Post # 1
Hi Bees! We have a lovely, if a bit of an obstinant terror, toy poodle named Billy. We are struggling with training her – particularly when it comes to toilet traning. Can anyone give me some tips on their approach?
We live in an apartment so we wanted to train her to use a tray in the spare bathroom. We can get her to use a puppy pad for most poops and when-she’s-desperate-in-her-pen pees but that’s it. She will pee anywhere, won’t go outside and will hold it until the last minute and then pee in the carpet in the middle of the room, even though she’s leashed at home until housebroken/taught ‘come’ commands treat-free!
Post # 3
We have two maltipoo’s that were not trained well at our last house- their accidents always happened in the same spots at the same time. If she’s having her accidents on carpet I’d strongly suggest having them professionally cleaned to try and get rid of the scent.
In our new house, I took the dogs out hourly, showed them where to go and gave lots of treats/praise when they went. I might suggest taking her to her pad and making her stay for 5 minutes or so hourly. If (when) she does go on there, make a BIG deal out of it. Kisses, pets, treats etc. If she doesn’t, try again in an hour. If she goes on the floor before you have a chance to take her back, put her nose near the accident and say NO in a low, firm voice. Then take her to the pad. If it was a poop accident, pick it up and place it on the pad and give positive reinforcement when on the pad. If its pee, just make sure to say NO and then take her to the pad.
Another thought- how are you feeding her? Our dogs used to graze on dry food all day long and they had to drink a lot of water to soften the food in their stomach- which led to lots of pee accidents. Now we soak their food in water and feed them once in the AM and once in the PM. Since they drink very little water other than what’s in their food, the accidents have completely subsided.
Sorry for the novel:) I know how frustrating puppy accidents can be:)