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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 03:00 PM

We have a house guest, and I need some advice.

Long story, but we are keeping a little dog for the next two weeks. My wife thought that she was puppy pad trained. Since we don't have a fenced back yard, I'm afraid to take her out much without a leash. However, she goes absolutely ape shit if we try to put a leash on her.

Well, she has peed on the floor twice now, once while we were standing there. I'm tying to get her to use her puppy pads. Any ideas?

On the positive side, our little cairn really likes her and likes to play. The youngest cat (the one that just got fixed) doesn't really like her, but they have been any trouble together.

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Reply We have a house guest, and I need some advice. (Original post)
NaturalHigh Dec 2014 OP
pnwmom Dec 2014 #1
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Inkfreak Dec 2014 #3
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Response to NaturalHigh (Original post)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 03:30 PM

1. Put the leash on anyway, while giving her treats, and then let her drag it around the house

(under your supervision) for an extended period of time and she WILL get used to it.

(Do this after she has recently relieved herself, so you're not feeling anxious about the timing.)

If they left you with a crate for her, don't be afraid to use it. Keep her in the crate between outings outside. Play with her and give her free run inside after she relieves herself outside.

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 03:49 PM

2. Also, about that crate..

Which I would never be without, with a young dog...
Depending on her size, a small crate or big cat carrier, with a towel or something for a soft flooring, is great, because pups usually will not soil it.
So in the am, reach into the crate, grab her lil scruff, slip the leash on, pick her up and deposit her where you want her to pee.
Then say "go potty" when she starts to squat..timing is crucial--when she does, fuss over her, give her a treat, let her sniff around, pick her up and bring her back into the house.
Do same after food, after naps...if she flops down and goes to sleep, put her into the crate so she will wake up there, she wlll want to pee again, so repeat.

You can also do this with a puppy pad if all is quiet and calm enough for her to figure it out. No leash needed if you are willing to put her onto the pad when she wants to wander off.

Most dog catch on very quickly, depending on how easily they accept training..and the age of the pup.
and I train to "potty potty" for the BM's..
Just catch them doing it, say the words, praise after.

The benefit?
On those cold rainy days down here, I use my dog's 25 foot lead, send him into the yard with the command, and I stand nice and dry in the carport.
He does his business and is willing to trot back into the house because that is where he knows a small treat is waiting.

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Response to NaturalHigh (Original post)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 04:24 PM

3. The above advice is spot on. I'd just add that consistency is key.

Good luck!

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Response to Inkfreak (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 05:06 PM

4. Thanks Inkfreak!

I appreciate all the advice I've received here.

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Response to NaturalHigh (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 01:55 PM

5. Thanks again for all the advice here.

Just so everyone knows, we are having an absolute blast with our little guest! I'm going to hate letting her go home in two weeks.

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