Hi there, I'm in desperate need of some help with the toilet training of our 12 week old cockapoo, Daisy.
We have had her for 2 weeks and she has been getting on okay with toilet training, but recently it has not been so great. Our garden is practically all stones. Daisy no longer tries to eat the stones, but she now is digging up the stones and ripping up the plastic sheet that separates the stones from the soil. She does this every single time we take her out to go to the toilet, and is often too distracted by digging to go to the toilet. When we take her inside to stop her from digging she often has accidents straight away in the house. She let's us know she needs the toilet by sitting at the door, but as soon as she is outside she forgets until the distraction of digging is taken away from her, and pees as soon as she's no longer distracted in our quiet living room!
We cannot leave her to dig as she is ripping up pieces of plastic and chewing them. However I'm concerned that us covering up where she digs, and taking the plastic out of her mouth has become a game to her.
Keeping her on lead in the garden won't really help as the entire garden is stones so she would be able to dig anywhere we took her on lead (and she bites her lead if she's not on a walk).
She's only been able to go on walks for 3 days now so she still hasn't peed on the public patch of grass by her house, does anyone have any tips on how to encourage puppies to pee in public?
We are going to get our garden re-done with slabs but as it's the middle of September, no companies have space until September. I know that trainers don't recommend using newspaper inside but I am considering it until the garden is done as then she is at least learning to go in one specific place rather than wherever in the living room. My only concern with this is that she'd be around 5/6 months by the time the garden is finished and that it might be impossible to train her to go outside again after that.
I really look forward to hearing any suggestions or words of encouragement, I have a serious case of the puppy blues just now.