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Old 01-31-2008, 09:12 AM   #1
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Default Lilly AGAIN!

Hello everyone
I only seem to come on here when i have a problem so ill start off with the positives

Lillys now learnt her name, comes back when shes called, So weve let her off her lead int he park a few times now, she loves it.
Yes ive had a few moments where she runs off with other dogs and ive had to go get her, but after calling her a few times and her finding me she comes running lol ( good old dog treats!)
Shes decided to protect the kids, more my 9 month old baby rather than the other 2, When Charlies crying she always finds him and licks him, which ive stopped because i hate dogs licking kids faces, especially being as young as charlie is.
Everything seems to be going well except.....

.... she keeps pooing in her bed ill add a link on here and show you what cage im using for when we go out and night time, ive had to lock her in when we go out now because i came in one day and the little darling had pulled my fridge freezer plug out the wall and chewed right through the lead!!
Also if i leave the back door open she will come and go as shes pleases and we get no accidents, but as soon as i close the back door( especially on a cold day) she has accidents!
Like today im washing her bed(that goes inside the cage) and she walks right into her cage and wees
I told her off and put her outside and told her to wee out there and she finished what she started inside.

So what can i do to stop this, my poor house is really begining to smell, mornings are much worse!

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Old 01-31-2008, 01:08 PM   #2
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Glad to hear Lilly is comgin along nicely.
I'll take a guess at one thing that can help you get Lilly back on track with the housetraining. Rather than leaving the door open and letting her come and go as she pleases, you might go out with her, and when she wees or poos, praise her lavishly. It sounds like it is being left up to her a little where she goes, so if it is cold she may prefer to stay inside. By going with her outside you can help her understand that you really want her to go outside.
Also if she does go indoors, telling her off is likely to confuse her. You may think you're telling her off because she went indoors, but Lilly might be thinking you don't want to catch her peeing and pooiing at all and so will try to be sneaky and do it where you can't see. Dogs will usually try to avoind a scolding, but they may not get the message that we think we are giving them.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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If she's going in her crate, then maybe it's too big. When I got my puppy, we had to put a divider into his crate to make it smaller until he grew. If there is only room to sleep, then dogs should instinctively want to keep the area clean. If there is little extra space and she still goes, it probably means that she was left longer than she can handle at that age.

I also found that taking my dog out on a regular schedule and using treats to reward him really helped. Initially I gave him a treat and praise every time he went outside. Once he was no longer having accidents, I faded back to using praise always and a treat sometimes. We also taught him to scratch his paw on the door to signal that he needs to go out. I've heard of getting a bell to hang on the door and teaching the dog to ring it can help too.

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