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Old 12-12-2007, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Help/advice housetraining puppy needed please

Hi all
We got our 8 week old border collie (Lilly) puppy yesterday, and so far so good. Shes not chewing YET and seems quite happy.
Ive introduced the collar and lead and take her out into the back garden for 10 mins to get her used to this ( her 2nd jabs due 31st dec) so untill then shes not allowed out other than the garden, But when were out there she doesnt go to the toilet at all, shes to intrested in sniffing etc.
My main concern( because ive never had a dog before) is the house training, ive done what so sites have suggested which is put newspaper down, and she goes on that Sometimes! but how to i change from that to going outside? and how long is it likely to take?
Any more tips/advice is much apreciated as i said never had a puppy/dog before.
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:12 PM   #2
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STOP inside peeing....

A lot of people with toy dogs do this method which appears okay because of the small blatter but any trainer or book will tell you getting a dog from going inside to outside is HARD!!!

What I do is I had my dog drink a LOT. Then I rough her up and get her all excited and play a lot. Usually after that she has to go the bathroom. So I wait outside till she does and the second she does I'm right there yelling all happy "good girl!" with treats.

Next thing you know they LOVE grass

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Hi lilly lover and welcome to the forum.
What might help is to set up a routine, say take her out 1st thing in the morning, after each meal and once in the middle of the night. If she is interested in sniffing, let her sniff, but try to stay out until she does her business. When she does go, praise her and make a huge fuss so she knows you are happy over it.Once they get used to going inside it gets very hard to change that.
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply you two, ill be right on it first thing tomorrow morning, Defo the wrong time of year to get a puppy tho, its freezing!!!
Doesnt help when i have a 6 month old baby pulling the xmas tree over, Lilly and my baby gang up n me already over the christmas tree lol

Thank you for your advice my apreciated

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What I did for Kayla is a shoveled out an area that is "Kayla's spot" and its nice grass verses snow. I'll make sure she's really really worked up before we go outside that way she's ready to go the bathroom.

Considering the collie is a puppy it will pee very often so you have plenty of time.

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If she poops on the paper inside, instead of just tossing it out, perhaps put some of it outside in your garden. Just one pile should do And when she is sniffing, she may catch this scent, and it may trigger something. Also, just like Skunkstripe said- make a routine of about 3+ times a day.First thing in the morning, noon and bedtime are for-sures. Also, make sure you take hints. If you see her at the newspaper, looking to be readying herself, maybe take her directly outside. But don't startle her..

Bring treats with you in your pocket outside ALL the time. No treat unless she goes potty, and then praise and treat! Maybe, if she enjoys sniffing so much, do not bring her directly inside right away, or she may think that she was bad, as after she did the deed, you drag her back inside the boreing house.

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mojo fantastic idea, thank you. im so glad i found this website. before it was very daunting as i didnt have a clue what i was doing. Many thanks to you all

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I agree with Skunkstripe and Mojo, a routine is a must for a puppy! Also put her in a small contained area, like her crate, when you can't watch her. She is unlikely to pee in her crate, unless she has to go really badly. When you take her outside, see if you can't just wait her out. If she has eaten and drank anything in the last hour or so before going outside, it is very likely that she has to go, she might just be intimidated by the cold. Keep this up though the day, going outside at least every three to four hours, if not more regularly. You will probably want to taker her out once during the night also. For example, if you put her to bed at 10 pm, then a trip outside at around 2 am or so will keep her from soiling her crate. Once puppies reach 12 weeks they can usually hold it though the night, but for the first few weeks right now, a night potty trip is probably a good idea.

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http://www.chicagocanine.com/pentraining.html

That is how I train my dogs. I wrote that article and have had it published several times. I have trained my dogs and rescues this way. There is a schedule on there that you can adjust. Sheena was 8 weeks when I got her. She house trained in 2 days and was potty pen trained in a week. Potty pen trained means in one week of having her she was trained to not potty in the yard. Instead she would stop playing and run to the pen, go there and then resume playing. Ajax and Luca are also house trained and poty pen trained. We have a huge yard but none of my dogs will go in our yard. So it is safe for my kids to run around bare foot in the summer. This will also help you teach your dog to alert you to when it needs to go out to potty and also to teach it to potty on command which is great. Hope it helps.

sorry. had to edit the link since it was to my own website. I apologize to the mods. Here is one of the online places that published my article. It has been published online and in magazines.
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I have Poppy and from day one (at 6 weeks old) she had the crate. She loved it and I ALWAYS made the crate a happy place for her. She sleeps in it over night but I never leave her in it for more than 1.5 hours in the day.

BUT.....she does NOT do her business in there over night. A couple of times she had diarrhea and she whinged to let me know...she will not soil her crate. The only issues are when she is free in the house and you just have to WATCH and always 100% let them out after a sleep and at least every half hour otherwise. Praise like crazy when they go outside.

Good luck....there are TONS of training tips here on the training section.

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