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Old 09-25-2011, 05:17 PM
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Hi thanks for the all the mixed replies I know you lot are very loving to dogs so haven't taken offence to any comments. I love them myself and there's only one way to learn!

Not from pet store to the above comment!

He was purchased from the owner who has two beagles which had 4 babies. 1 sadly died and was left with 2 guys and 1 girl.

I chose him because he was very friendly and when handled he was perfect not rigging or anything.

I have been playing with him a lot and he's so much fun got to watch your fingers occasionally he can get a little excited but doesn't actually go for you properly (think he realises) he's very loving won't stock licking my hands and trying to lick my face!

Two things to address straight are:

He can't have paper to poo on as he thinks it's edible and fun! So tomorrow I'm thinking of popping and get some cat litter tray or something untill I can take him out to Poo and Pee!

I will be taking him tomorrow to the vet hopefully will fine a space for me and him have all day so should get in!

Will have him checked out and the likes!

The 2nd issue is that he has already taken a liking to my jeans and feet when in a playful mood! Not all the time though! I
Any ideas how to address this?

Appreciate and welcome any comments so if you want to tell me to try something a better way I will do so!
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:29 PM
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Read the threads on house breaking puppies. There is a whole section to the forum with that title! That is number one job right now!

Good luck with your little fella, and congratulations.
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gonna spend some time now reading up on the house breaking guides. have read a few already but so far the dog has given nothing to show it's needed a poo! it's just gone.. i put that down to it being a new home like the OP said above.

Tomorrow will hopefully go a little more smoothly but i guess you can never be sure with these little gremlins

all in all he's being very good and sleeping in another room.

Will be sleeping down stairs tonight to make sure he's cleaned up after and all okay throughout the night.
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Puppies purchased from disreputable places can often be returned, so I disagree with the assumed finality of a puppy purchase we have had members return pups to petstores and disrep breeders in the past, and then aquire a dog from a reputable source. That moral burden is on the op however, not us.

To the Op. Good luck with your pup, there are lots of nipping and housebreaking threads full of info here
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Well last night I was up at 3am and 6. At 3 he had half pooed on the paper and 6 he hadnt at all.

He must of been awake quite a long time because today he just wants to sleep!

Got him booked in for 3:20 today for his first vac's and flea treatment top up.

Not getting any where really with poop training as buy the time he's wee'd it's all over before I stiburb him
And get him on the paper.
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Hes started to collect his ball and take it back to his bed to play as well which with a bit of training could be back to me.
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He's too young to be giving you any indication he needs to poo right away. So take him out anyway, OFTEN! Like every 15 minutes while he is up and playing.

Take him to one spot in the yard you want him to use. REWARD him the instant he finishes potty (pee or poo) with a tasty treat!

Avoid punishment for inside accidents. This is very important as he won't understand why he's being punished and will simply think you are scary and an unsafe being!

Its very good you have him set to see the vet today. Hope he gets a clean bill of health.

Oh, and yes, the carrying the toy thing is wonderful and indeed in time you can train him to bring it to you. Just sit on the floor with him and gently encourage him to your lap. He may enjoy chewing the ball while on your lap (many of my puppies liked that) and that can be the start of a retrieve, as well as a nice bonding experience. Don't throw it too often though, just let him cuddle with you mostly.
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Avoid punishment for inside accidents. This is very important as he won't understand why he's being punished and will simply think you are scary and an unsafe being!

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I think this is the best advice anyone could give you because I think it's a very common mistake. Just quietly clean up the mess and ignore the pup.


Glad the pup has such a good home, no matter where he came from, and you're so willing to learn how best to take care of him! He's a lucky boy!
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Thanks for all the advice yet again!

Well today has been a massive success, took him to the vets and have decided that at 6 months he'll have his balls chopped and his little fingers (can't remember technical name) as they are quite flappy and could cause an issue if they get caught.

Seemed to have sorted the pooing. Taking him out in the garden evey now and then and straight after food / sleep time and he's done the deed both times not in the house

To say the least I'm very happy! Going to keep at the potty training and then eventually start to train other areas when he's pooing consistently outside.

He had some food at the vets whilst having the injections I think he liked it as I have never seen a dog eat so fast! He didn't even flinch with two jabs! The vet was expecting him to! Now going to keep him on that food even though it's a little pricey, but been advised it's very good!
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Lovely! That was very smart of you to give him treats during his jabs!

As far as the house training, all you need to do is be consistent with the rewards for potty outside, and work to PREVENT accidents with your careful management of the situation (lots of outside time!) So long as you don't ever resort to punishment for accidents... then you should be all clear in a few weeks time.

Congratulations again on your pup.

Oh yeah, those are called "dew claws" and if they are flappy, it's not a bad idea to have them taken off at the time of neuter.
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