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Old 01-20-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hi my names victoria have just joined the forum.

Me and my other half got a king charles puppy on friday and I have a few questions on potty trainining.

Mollie is10 and half weeks old and already after a few days with us is doing very well at using her puppy pads and has had very few accidents on our carpet.

What I am concerned about is that we live in a large ground floor 2 bed apartment and the garden is situated to the rear of the building, how do I eventually train her to use the garden all the time and not to go in our apartment at all? I have been taking her out to the garden as often as possible and she is getting used to doing her business out there already but how do you phase it out the building totally?

I am already really pleased with her progress after only being with us 4 days.

I am really looking forward to chatting to you all and hopefully will pick up some useful training tips.

I also have a french lop house rabbit and a snake, Guinness my bunny has been very tolerant of mollie and I am positive they are going to get on well when she grows up a bit.

I hope to hear from you soon

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Welcome to the forum
Hope you will enjoy it here..

If I were you I'd skip the pads totally, they teach the dog to do it INDOORS, this can be really hard to get rid of later.

You need to take her out very often, after sleep, food, drink, play or if it's just been a while. You will start to see little signs soon enough, she gets restless, walks in a little circle etc.. Right now she can't hold it, so accidents will happen (pups blatter is not fully developed until they are about 7-9 months old or something like that).

You will learn to spot the signals however

and please don't forget to post puppy pictures we are all very keen on photos here
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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Hi there, thank you for responding so quickly.

I will start taking her outside a lot more regularly, I am starting to pick up a lot better when she needs the toilet, but she does gets up at about 4 am have to have a poo on her pad. Will it be ok to leave her pad down over night until she learns how to hold it a bit better, or shall i take the pad away in the hope she wont poo on the floor? I am worried about confusing the poor little girl! LOL

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ps, i will post some pics asap, but my laptop it a bit tempremental at times! Thansk again for your post

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Well that is up to you, overnight might work?! she seems clever enough. Im more the type Ill clean it up when I wake up...

Im not too sure of the pads at all, I just know I have encountered many people who never fully get their dogs totally housebroken cause of them..

Maybe someone else here knows better

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Hi molliespaniel and welcome to the forum!

I agree with Monkey about skipping the pads - dogs can easily understand the difference between "inside" and "outside" but have trouble with "it's ok over here inside" and "not ok over there inside."

May I recommend our FAQ section as there are some useful tips there.
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In principle it is definitely preferable to have a pup learn to go outside as soon as possible, however, I have been known to put down newspaper in a confined area overnight as I just can't function on broken sleep and decided to opt for cleaning up in the morning instead of getting up at night. You do run the risk of slowing down the learning process but I have always got away with it.

Another option would be to crate overnight somewhere you can hear her, get up and take her out if / when she wakes up and cries during the night. With crate training you tend to get a pup that sleeps through pretty quickly.

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As soon as my puppies start moving around good I lay papers in the whelp room. They go instinctively on them, so potty training is quick and easy for the new owners.
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House training should only take approximately two weeks to establish as a routine provided;
a) you must be consistent and committed
b) you are prepared to train your pet from the moment you take possession. Have a leash, collar, a designated area and are prepared to maintain a schedule.
Retraining a dog that has already established bad habits can take six weeks or more. As soon as possible get your new puppy to the vet for a complete check-up. This will assure you that you have obtained a healthy pup and alert you to any medical complications that can make house training more difficult. Situations such as intestinal upset, intestinal parasites and urinary tract infections can make house training difficult to impossible.
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Your puppy is at a good age to start crating at night. If they are not up and around during the night and sleeping in a crate, you will find they quite often will start sleeping through the night. As they do not like messing where they are sleeping, it teaches them to wait. If they really have to go through the night, they will fuss and you can take them outside.

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hi there, things are going pretty wel with mollie, she still gets up in the night to go to the loo so I am definatley going to start with the crate training. I dont have a crate but do have a pen that I can try and adjust to fit around her bed. She usually gets up at 3.30am -4am to do her business and we let her out at around half 6 so hopefully she will learn to hold it for another 2 hours.

I am really impressed with how cleaver she is, she has already learnt sit, paw, other paw, and to lie down. I have left her on her own a couple of times for no longer than an hour and left my voice recorder on to see if she starts to winge or howl, and both times she has sat in silence so i was really impressed with her, she is a good girl.

Oh dear as I am writing this she has just weed on the carpet and she only went out an hour ago, wonder why she has done this? I take my words of praise back the little terror - lol!

Thank you all again for all your advice.

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