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Old 09-25-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Roxy is now 13 weeks old. When we got her from the lady who had to give her up - she was paper trained (apparently).

Now that we have her we have noticed that she tends to miss the paper/puppy pad quite a bit. In the beginning we weren't taking her for walks just because she hadn't had her second set of shots. Now that she does - we take her for walks about 40 minutes after she eats as that seems to be her magic number. She's pretty good about going poo/pee outside but we can't get any indication from her that she needs to go so she will be walking along - squat and pee or poo. A lot of the times we catch her in the act - scoop her up and take her outside. I would say that we take Roxy for about 5 or 6 walks per day at this point - which can be difficult sometimes as we live in a 3rd floor apartment.

In short, I don't want her pooing/peeing in the house as we have carpet and its just not good manners. We won't be able to take her anywhere if we can't get her house trained!

So what I have done is lined our balcony with paper (like she's used to). Like, I mean lined the WHOLE balcony!! I keep throwing her out there every 15 minutes or so and hope that she will go to the bathroom.

Is this okay to do? Help!

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I would have thought that at 13 weeks Roxy would be showing signs of needing to go. Pads and paper always seem to be bad news for housetraining. The doggies don't understand what's different about them that they are supposed to go THERE and not on the carpet or anywhere else. It's like once they learn to go inside, anywhere is fair game.
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I would have thought that at 13 weeks Roxy would be showing signs of needing to go. Pads and paper always seem to be bad news for housetraining. The doggies don't understand what's different about them that they are supposed to go THERE and not on the carpet or anywhere else. It's like once they learn to go inside, anywhere is fair game.

My bad....she shows signs of needing to poo. She'll do this circling thing and then we know to scoop her up and take her out. It's just the peeing. No such luck.

Even this morning, I took her out for a walk and she peed and pooed. Then as soooooon as we got in the house - she went POO again - ON the carpet!
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Oh dear, sounds like she has got confused!!

We had exactly the same thing - we could walk Nellie, or stay outside with her waiting for her to go.....and the minute she came indoors, she would go on the floor!!

It was at about the same age as Roxy is now, so don't be disheartened. Its frustrating, but it seems pretty typical to take a few steps back in housetraining at some point as they mature. Just stay vigilant, be consistent, and it will pay off in the end.

Our turning point came after endless weeing and pooing on the floor indoors, when I despaired at her ever being housetrained - I followed some advice to go really crazy at praising her when she DID go outside (I had to wait an eternity) - I made a really big deal of it and leapt about giving her pieces of chicken. She gradually got more consistent after that - even if she left it a bit late and couldn't quite hold it, she would still head for the door. Bless her.

Skunk is right about the pads possibly leading her to think anywhere is fair game, but in fairness, Nellie had puppy pads in one corner of two rooms initially, and whilst it might have taken a bit longer to get her fully trained, she did come off them in the end.

She is totally 100% now. We've had three accidents in her two years of doggy life - she peed on our bed once when unsettled about visitors staying in the house, she peed on the inside doormat at my father-in-laws place when she was feeling a bit unsure, and she once peed on a cushion my dear old mum offered her as a bed!!! Nightmare!!

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It's good to know that I'm not the only one! lol

What do you guys think about the balcony with paper?? Bad idea? It's technically outside.
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I'd try to avoid using paper if I were you. Doggies get used to surfaces. For example once they get used to concrete, they won't mess on grass, once they are used to carpet, they won't go on concrete etc.

Seriously if you want her to go on grass when she is older I'd try to get a grassy surface for your balcony. Roxy might otherwise decide that "paper" is the right surface and not make the connection that the magazine on the floor of your living room wasn't intended as a potty spot.
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I agree with Skunkstripe. Paper training breeds a great deal of confusion in puppies. If you're taking him outside AND try using paper, your pup will have no idea what to do. There are some great videos on youtube about potty training. I would utilize those and follow them exactly. You may need to start treating your pup as if he were 8 weeks old. Start from the very beginning by taking him outside, be consistent, and give lots of praise.

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okay! thanks guys!! We are going to go and get the fake grass at Home Depot lol
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I'd try to avoid using paper if I were you. Doggies get used to surfaces. For example once they get used to concrete, they won't mess on grass, once they are used to carpet, they won't go on concrete etc.

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You will have to tell Hannah that!She is happy to use puppy pads, sometimes 'asks' to go in the concrete run and if she knows a walk is about to happen will wait til she gets to grass, her fav surface!!!
To be fair tho she did take 10months to get the hang and using puppy pads does lengthen the process considerably!!
Im right there with ya on the whole not knowing issue. Hannah often sits in a squatting position and with teeny daxie legs it was total hit and miss wether I caught her mid wee!!

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