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30 Jan 2004

Maltese poodle
Dear Cybervet

I have been trying to potty train my maltese poodle since he was six weeks old (when we bought him). He is now 6 months old and still does not understand that he should go out in the garden to urinate, etc. He does that on the spot wherever he is, often in the house.

What can I do, and why is it so difficult to train a maltese poodle? I had no problem with my dobermann.

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01 Jan 0001

Hi Erica
Maltese do have a bad reputation for this problem, but they can and do learn if you are persistent and patient. Read the previous mail as it's a similar problem, even though your puppy is much older. Try this three day intensive program: set a kitchen timer for an hour - when it rings take him outside - if he "performs" praise, play and treat him, if not, go back inside - set the timer for an hour again. Keep doing this during the day when you are at home for three days and I'm sure you will have some success. When you are out or at night make it very difficult for him to make a mistake. Either put him outside with a sheltered spot to sleep in, shade etc. or put him in a room or encolsure where he cannot relieve himself anywhere except on soil, straw or newspaper. Puppies very rarely urinate in their beds so you can cover the whole floor and leave his bed in one corner. He should of course have lots of toys, water and perhaps the radio or TV on. Remember Maltese are dogs and do like to go for daily walks, have smelly chewy toys like cowhooves and like to meet other dogs to play with, so make sure these needs are being met. A male dog will start to cock his leg at about this age so watch out for territorial marking - neutering him may prevent or stop this.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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