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Old 25-05-2019, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all hope you are enjoying the long weekend,
I'm just after some tips?

Betty is 9 weeks old,

I'm taking her out at all the trigger times for toileting leaving the conservatory door open so that she can come in and out as I stay in the conservatory watching or walk around the garden with her. Sometimes we can be out for 30 mins yet as soon as we come back inside and to the living room she has a wee on the carpet!?

I've chopped up some ham as shes not really bothered with treats so going to try rewarding her with that when she next goes out for a wee.

We are a week in so still early days just feels like we have gone back a bit!

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Helen and Betty,

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Old 25-05-2019, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The weather and UTI haven’t helped us. I’m running out of bedding for her.
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Old 25-05-2019, 09:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Toilet training is so much of a lottery. My Mandy, my first Labrador, had I think 2 accidents indoors! Shortly after she arrived we went on a caravan holiday to Scotland, which I think started her love of caravan holidays! Some years later, after several easy dogs Beth arrived. At 6 months old I was beginning to think she never would cotton on. But she finally did. Of my present two, Amy was clean all night from 11pm to 6am after 3 days. Chloe took 4 days. Both were clean during the day in around 10 days after just 3 or 4 accidents indoors.

In some respects I find summer puppies harder than winter pups. In summer the door tends to be open so pup goes out whenever she likes and I really don't know whether she has done anything or not. This means that when I actually take her out I really don't know if she has already emptied her tank or no. So we tend to say after a short while, "Oh well, I guess she's already been." so take her back indoors and find she promptly goes on the carpet! In winter the door is closed, so I know whether she's been or not, so better able to control things.

Incidentally, I'm not big on treats for training, preferring hands and voice. In a subconscious way I think look at me having praised them rather than an inanimate object. (But then, maybe I'm seriously weird!!!) But this follows through to almost everything I teach, and I find my dogs look to me for conformation that they are doing the right thing. Interestingly, when I'm instructing novice handlers I invariably use treats, because I find their timing of the praise is so poor, and if you want the dog to associate the praise with the action then it MUST be immediate. As an interesting exercise, I used to tell people in class to watch others in the class handling their dog. Imagine the cannot hear the commands, (dogs don't speak English) so if you cannot work out what the person handling the dog is trying to achieve then how on earth can the dog work it out. Everything you do should be in a way that the dog understands what you want, and every praise should leave the dog in absolutely no doubt about what it's getting the praise for.

Just a few thoughts on how dogs learn.
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As an addition to the above. I never tell the puppy off when it's had an accident. But I do grumble at the accident all the time I'm cleaning it up! What I'm trying to get through to the pup is that I'm not cross with her, it's the mess that I don't like. I want the pup to associate the mess with my displeasure, not herself.
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I have Freddie to contend with. He is house trained but he loves Pops and is desperate to play with her. I can allow contact indoors but not outdoors as it can easily get out of hand. So whilst I’m scrambling to put the lead on Freddie, too late! Pops has peed! I knew it’d be difficult and I never, ever tell her off but do make a massive fuss if and when she goes outside.
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John and Nic have both had labs for longer than me, so you have excellent advice 😎
Dogs do not speak human language but do understand "commands" (sit, stay etc.) Many years ago, I found myself using the word "toilet", (perhaps it came from early school days when you had to put your hand up and say "please can I go to the toilet!!) I once had a friend who used the word "dump"!!! 😂
Before we go to bed OH takes Juice into the garden and sometimes gets results. I then take her and keep saying "toilet" in a "I'm tired and want to go to bed voice 👿 ", if she doesn't do anything then I am happy.

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...I then take her and keep saying "toilet" ...

Chel and Juice xx 🐾🐾
My lot have been brought up with "have a wee-wee". Next time, I'll ask Henry if he's performed his ablutions.

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My lot have been brought up with "have a wee-wee". Next time, I'll ask Henry if he's performed his ablutions.

😂😂😂😂😂
Bob, I'll giggle all night about this!!! ablutions means "cleansing" - - so are you saying " have you done "it" an' "licked yer bits"!!! 😂😂

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Last 2 days have been a lot better! Just one accident each day 🙂 she is getting there!

Using the command 'wee wee' I sound ridiculous but if it works I don't care!

Have a dump is hilarious! 🙊😂
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