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Old 02-20-2018, 11:43 AM
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Big dog adjusting to apartment living

My boyfriend and I have just moved into an apartment and took my 2 year old St Bernard along with us. He used to stay with my family and I in a 4 bedroom home and now lives in a one bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor. I definitely knew that there would be an adjustment period for him but I was wondering if anyone could give me tips on how to make the transition easier for him.

My two main concerns are:

1. The stairs. It took me almost 10 min to get him up them. I had to bribe him with food. I think the spaces in between the steps freak him out. Any tips on how I can get him to be more comfortable with them?

2. Going to the bathroom. I bought him a potty pad (fake grass) and put it out on the patio. He has yet to use it. Our patio is facing the street so Iím wondering if the traffic noise is making him uncomfortable. Heíll go out on to the patio with no issues and drink his water but I canít seem to get him to go potty. Any tips?

Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me!
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:24 PM
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Dogs are creatures of habit. At age two, his habit is not to pee on a pad, so its going to take a lot of working with him to change that habit. Kind of like going back to housetraining 101 again. As far as the steps, if he feels unsafe on them, because of the pitch, size of the steps, lighting or??? you will have to keep working with him. He is a big dog, and perhaps feels there is not enough space on or between the steps for him to be safe. He is going to need someplace to exercise, again he is a big dog. Hopefully there is a dog park nearby, so he can get some running time.
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2 suggestions; stairs. Throw a single sheet on stairs so dog cant see the open space. Hell go up then. Train coming down the stairs first. Easier for dogs on open stairs as they cant see the gap. Then start on up. Cover all stair gaps except the 1st. Train with high value food. Then uncover 2 gaps. Then 3. Use a ball if hell chase it up stairs. Lots of practice of going up stairs and no bad stuff happening but lots of nice treats for going up.
Toilet training onto a pad. Wait till out with dog when dog pees. Throw a hand towel into stream of urine. Pop towel in a bag to brng home. Lay it out on pad and give a little water in watering can to impregate pad with dogs own urine odour as a cue. Same with poop. But leave it on pad. May help.
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