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Old 12-08-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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please help i have an 9 week old rottweiler shes really lovely and i love her to bits but please can any one please help and give some advice on how to potty train her. she loves being in the garden with my adult labradors but when it comes to going to the toilet she wont have any off it, she has to do it in doors.she loves sniffing her friends
droppings but when it comes to dropping her own in the garden,theres just no way shes doing it. ive heard of when a girls gotta go a girls gotta go but well this takes the biscuit.she could at least go in the garden. is there any one out there that can give me some advice please on how to teach my little bow were to go to the toilet ive bought pads and the spray that is surpost to want to make her go were she smells this smell but bow has her own idears. thank you for taking your time to read my post.

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Old 12-09-2006, 05:08 AM   #2
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Wee harley is 11 weeks,so is just starting to go outside,and we have the same problem.When he was younger he wouldnt wee on paper,he tried to eat it.So we put old towels down in the kitchen,and trained him to go there,which he does.
What we are doing now,is after he eats,drinks,wakes up we take him outside and try and get him to wee.We also know when he''s about to poo,so we take him outside then also.
Doesnt always work,just need to persevere Im afraid.
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Old 12-09-2006, 08:36 AM   #3
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Hi Charlie... Welcome to the forum...as deacon has said consistantsy is the key...after waking, eating, drinking, & playing she will need to be taken outside....you need to follow though and praise, praise, praise her when she does go so she realizes she did a good job. You could also take some of her poop from inside to outside and leave it where you want her to go...then she'll have something to smell of her own. If she has an accident do not get upset with her as she is young and doesn't have control of her bowels yet... only 9 weeks... way to young ...only thing will help now is giving her every opportunity to releave herself outside...she won't be able to tell you she needs to go for a few months yet....you just need to learn when the call of nature comes around...lol ...about every 20 minutes....lol.. Alot of work will pay off big time in the future & she'll learn more faster!!!!
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Old 12-09-2006, 12:46 PM   #5
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Hello there,

Toilet training takes a lot of work and patience in the first few weeks, and by 9 weeks old I wouldn't expect her to understand that she should go in the garden. I think as Brunosmom said, you need to start taking her outside constantly, i.e at the very least every hour, then also as soon as you get up in the morning and straight after she's eaten too. You need to have eyes eveywhere at this stage, don't let her out of your sight so that she can run off and go to the toilet in the house in secret and you need to learn her 'signals' for when she's about to go (i.e. often for poos it's sniffing and circling) and then grab her and run for the back garden! If she does have an accident in the house, do not tell her off - she simply doesn't understand yet. Take her outside straight after she's been, even though she probably won't do anything more it's just reinforcing the connection and then just clean up the mess thoroughly, as if she can smell where she's been before she may well go there again.

Of course, when she does start going outside, amke sure you're there to praise her like she just won Crufts or something! I usually start verbally praising mine while they're still going and then once they're done they get loads of cuddles etc. I personally think puppy pads etc are total rubbish and are more confusing than helpful for the puppy because once you've taught them it's ok to go inside - but only on them, you then have to teach them that actually they can't go anywhere in the house, only outside. It just doesn't make sense in my opinion, you might as well start as you mean to go on - it makes the whole thing a lot quicker and easier!

Other than that, consistency is the key! But don't expect her to make the connection for a few weeks yet, even then expect accidents, and remember they have no clue until they're usually quite a bit older how to 'ask' you to let them out so it's upto the owner to help them out by not letting them get to the stage where they can't hold themselves. Hope this helps, good luck I've not long been through it myself!

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hi Charlie10 and welcome
You already have gotten some very good advice. The only thing I want to add is that at 9 weeks you puppy is like a human baby in diapers. Dogs can't hold it let alone understand where you want them to go.
Good luck!
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Great, just thought i have all this to come, getting my pup on Friday, should be fun trying to train him lol

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