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Posted by: anna | 2011/01/31

puppy wee

Hello,

I am trying to train my 2-month-old Jack Russell female pup to wee outside - how can I do this without getting cross with her?

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Hi Anna, thank heavens dogs are easier to toilet train than children! This is simple to do but does require you to be vigilant and consistent. A pup of your dogs age will, on average, eliminate just after waking up, after eating, after drinking, after playing etc. To give you an idea, the average 8 week old pup needs to eliminate about every 2 hours. If you see the pup smelling or circling, then pick it up and take it outside immediately and perform the following. The act of picking the pup up will cause the spincter muscles to contract and stop it eliminating. After the pup has eaten etc, take it outside to the designated area for elimination saying 'wee, wee's' or similar and the second the pup performs, say 'good wee wee's' and give a treat. Make the running outside to go to the toilet a fun event, getting the pup to run after you and saying 'wee wee's', over and over. A pup/dog will always work for what is rewarding, and getting to go outside with 'mum', performing the elimination (which is rewarding in itself) and then getting a treat for doing so, helps to make the process of toilet training quicker to learn. Keep the pup in a crate or box at night and take it out before you go to bed and when you hear it crying to get out. A dog seldom eliminates where it sleeps and this will help the training process. Good luck!

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Posted by: Scotty | 2011/02/01

Hi Joe, that would solve the problem, but not the best option! Whenever the pup came inside there would always be the possibility of ''accidents'' occuring as it had not been properly trained. Additionally, dogs are pack animals and view us, their people, as part of their pack. To leave a dog outside with a lack of human companionship will just lead to an unhappy, frustrated dog which could well result in behaviour problems such as destructive behaviour, barking etc. Thanks Scotty

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Posted by: Joe Dijeaux | 2011/01/31

Let her sleep outside?

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2011/01/31

Hi Anna, thank heavens dogs are easier to toilet train than children! This is simple to do but does require you to be vigilant and consistent. A pup of your dogs age will, on average, eliminate just after waking up, after eating, after drinking, after playing etc. To give you an idea, the average 8 week old pup needs to eliminate about every 2 hours. If you see the pup smelling or circling, then pick it up and take it outside immediately and perform the following. The act of picking the pup up will cause the spincter muscles to contract and stop it eliminating. After the pup has eaten etc, take it outside to the designated area for elimination saying 'wee, wee's' or similar and the second the pup performs, say 'good wee wee's' and give a treat. Make the running outside to go to the toilet a fun event, getting the pup to run after you and saying 'wee wee's', over and over. A pup/dog will always work for what is rewarding, and getting to go outside with 'mum', performing the elimination (which is rewarding in itself) and then getting a treat for doing so, helps to make the process of toilet training quicker to learn. Keep the pup in a crate or box at night and take it out before you go to bed and when you hear it crying to get out. A dog seldom eliminates where it sleeps and this will help the training process. Good luck!

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