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Hi to everyone in the forum,

About three weeks or so we brought home a Cocker Spaniel puppy. He was 10 weeks at the time. Last week we vaccinated him with his last parvo shot. We had been training him inside with pee pads until he was able to go outside with his full vaccinations. We have been very successful with the inside pee pad training keeping him on a constant feeding schedule. My questions is regarding outside potty training. We made the first attempt yesterday evening to begin his training outside but his stool seemed way softer than usual. Does anybody know if it can be due to nerves/change of habit. He does seem to tremble and look disoriented. Keep in mind that he has been indoors full time until yesterday. What is the best way to go about outside potty training to make it a smooth transition for him? We leave in a apartment building in the middle of San Francisco ,and our goal is to slowly weane of pee pads to the point we do not have them lying around in the floor.

Thank you for your help in advance.
 

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You could just put the soiled puppy pad outside, where you'd like him to toilet. The smell and feel of the pad should make him think that's where he'd toileted before. Than, over time, make the pad smaller and smaller until he gets the message. Rewarding him every time he toilets in the right place also gets the message through.

Regarding the trembling and looking disoriented - how long has he been doing it? Since you took him outside to potty train him? Have you been taking him out to socialise him since you got him, carrying him about in your arms before he was protected by his shots? The consistency of stools can be effected by fear or the shots, he had recently.
 

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Hi,

Thank you for your response. We have been very careful about taking him outside until he got fully vaccinated. Every few days we have taken short walks with him in our hands until we attempted to begin potty training two days ago when he got all of his parvo shots. He has been trembling pretty much every time he gets outside of the apartment. We are further attempting socialization beginning this weekend as we enrolled him in a puppy class. Hopefully his stools outside will improve soon enough.
 

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I would be careful with the puppy class. Your puppy seems nervous, therefore gentle exposure is needed. Hopefully, the puppy class will not be one where puppies are let off leash to run a riot. That kind of situation teaches bold puppies to become bolshy, and shy, nervous puppies that other puppies are not nice to be around.

The class should be nicely structured, puppies should learning simple things like focus on owner, sit etc, whilst on leash and at a comfortable distance form other puppies. Otherwise I would consider going elsewhere. Psychological damage that nervous puppies can sustain by being overawed by uncontrolled, unruly puppies, can take a long time to reverse. Gentle, under control introduction to other gentle puppies is good, and necessary.

Also the methods used would be very important to me. Knowledgeable trainer, only using positive reinforcements (= rewards, and NO punishment), no forcing the puppy into situations that he doesn't want to be in. No choke chains or prong collars, no shouting, no hitting, no suggestion of shock collars or I'd run a mile.

Hope your class is what you need for your little guy to become a confident dog.
 

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Thank you greatly for all your help. The past few days we have taken him out he seems to deficate and pee whenever he needs to let it be on concrete, grass or in the bushes. Is there a specific way to train him properly to only to his business in a specific spot or area?
 

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Yes, by taking him to the designated area and waiting until he goes, then rewarding generously.

But a word of caution - don't overdo it otherwise your dog might become unwilling to relieve himself elsewhere. Which wouldn't be good if you had to take him away from home and the familiar areas.
 
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