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30 Jan 2004

Guidance for puppy toilet puppy training
I have a 9 week old bouvier puppy. We had her since 6 weeks. We have been taking her down to our dog wee and poo patch as often as possble. THis is located on the lower level of our house. So we have to take her down a flight of staris to get there. Our other dogs learnt this. It seems as if she does not yet register that she has to do it outside. Most times she will go out and wee immediately. Then we praise her. But then she will come up and poo in the house after making a wee outside about ten minutes ago. We have two other dogs. I seem to think that they learnt faster. Sometimes i think its getting better and then we have a set back. She sleeps in the kitchen and makes a noise in the during the night and then we take her out and she does a wee or poo. Are we expecting her to learn too fast - she seems to be so bright and clever in other ways - please advise or should we just remain patient - worse of all is that she is so adorable that it is impossible to even raise the voice at her without feeling guilty when she poos or wees in teh house after coming in. Please give me some guidlelines. Thank you.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Jackie
Yes, you are going to have to be patient. Some puppies take longer than others and you can expect mistakes up to 6 months of age! Don't raise your voice or punish her, even if you catch her in the act, but just ignore it and clean up when she's not looking. Take her out as much as possible, once an hour is ideal, and if she does urinate or defaecate then praise her and play a little game with her for a few minutes. Often puppies think that if they do a poo outside then it means the end of the game or trip outside because everyone goes inside straight afterwards. Walking down a flight of stairs is quite an achievement for a puppy, never mind if it has a full bladder, so perhaps you need to make a "toilet" for her closer to her bed - a large shallow box lined with plastic and containing instant lawn or straw is ideal, or use newspaper. She can learn to use this and then you can gradually (over a few weeks)move this towards the stairs and then to the bottom of the stairs and to the door. It will be useful at night because she won't need to wake you, which can become a bad habit.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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