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Old 07-17-2018, 05:54 AM
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Puppy too distracted to pee outside

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.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:21 AM
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may help.

Hi As you've not had your puppy very long have you thought of asking the breeder who you had the puppy from where she was going toilet? You may need to make a soft area without stones for her to go toilet, i once had a labrador who wouldn't toilet on the back garden as it also was a patio and ornamental stones, she would only go if we took her out on to a grassed area
I personally would do a grassed area and try using a training spray which attracts where they should go toilet, you didn't say how old the puppy is but if very young maybe using training pads inside first may help stop the issue of ripping up the ground sheet.
hope you get it sorted quickly carol




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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.
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:42 AM
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Hi. I have had great luck with both my puppies by cleaning the inside "Mess" with paper towel and bringing it outside. Place the dirty paper towel were you would like the dog to go and place a rock on top of it to keep it from blowing away. let the dog sniff it every time he/she goes outside (replace as necessary). And after a few days they realize this is the place to go. it only took about 5 days to train my two dogs with this method. As far as the digging look on line for the "Leave it method" It takes some time but it works good for stopping them from getting into what ya want them to leave alone. Hope this helps .
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my miniature will often dig a hole & wee in it, maybe she's tryna do this but cant as she cant successfully dig a hole. My dog also didnt wee on walks until her first heat & then she started doing it to let the boys know. You could also offer to take a neighbours or friends dog for walks with you, so your dog sees & smells them doing it & will likely copy. I think sometimes theyre just not sure if theyre allowed to pee on walks at first. I think I would remove the plastic for safety reasons. I also used folded up old towels in the same spot for her 2 wee on inside as I could then wash & re use them instead of buying puppy pads or newspaper & having to throw them away. & buy more. When you dont want your dog using the inside spot anymore, clean the floor under it with disinfectant. If you do want them to use the spot then jst use a mild smelling cleaner. Its all about the nose!
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