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Old 11-11-2006, 07:04 PM   #1
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I was wondering how anyone out there knew when their dog was housebroken? At what age? We have had Riley for 2 weeks now and she is 10 weeks old. I keep her on a leash in the house so I can watch her all the time.
She does go towards the door and has rang her bell twice.
I am not sure if I should still keep her on the leash or let her off.
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Old 11-11-2006, 09:45 PM   #2
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For me, it wasn't until she was 6 months old - she then constantly "knocked" on the door to be let out. A couple of times it was a false alarm, but I let her out every time. Closely watched her each time, and was consistant with the "pee" or "poop" command. She's very good now - only one in ten is a "I just want to go out", the rest of the time, she really "needs" to go.

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Try to be patient. Ringing the bell twice is a good start, but I wouldn't consider a 10-week old pup housebroken. Your pup's bladder is very small and even under a watchful eye, the need for frequent trips outside is going to result in some accidents. What you don't want to do is setup your pup for failure. If I were you, I would continue the housebreaking routine until you are confident of the pup's behavior, and going outside and notifying you of the need to go are also routine.
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Good advice. Also do not be surprised if you have the occasional setback. Once in a while the dog will forget or possibly need to go so badly that he/she is not able to give you the signal in time. But it does sound like you have made very good progress!
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Well done with the progress. She will have the odd setback ,especially if she gets excited. IMO puppies sold at 8weeks and not before are easier to get clean.
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Thanks so much. She is still on her leash in the house but doing great.

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