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Old 12-28-2012, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We've had our little girl for over two weeks now and for the most part, her potty training is coming along very nice. We just have to watch her water intake because it seems like she will just continue to drink any and all water we put down for her. And it never seems to fail that within 10-15 minutes of having some water she will have an accident. No warning, no crying, none of the other signs she gives us. Is she getting to much water?
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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this is an area that most housetraining fails. Never rely on a puppy to tel lyou it needs to go you need to be proactive and take the puppy out before it goes. You know the puppy need to go after drink after drinking so take it out rather than wait for it to tell you. When you get to the point that there are no accidents ocurning because of your management, then you can train a specific behavior for the dog to use to tell you it need to go rather than Waiting for the dog to figure one out on its own that rarely happens.

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Do not rely on a puppy to tell you when it's time to go out. That is expecting too much responsibility and communication at too early an age. It is up to you, the adult human, to know when he needs to go out. Watch his activity level and the clock.
A 12 wk puppy who is busy playing may need to urinate every 15-20 minutes, whereas a resting puppy might go for an hour, and a sleeping puppy can go 8 hours at night. Activity makes urine! Activity makes urine! Repeat this 10 times, slowly. This is a very important lesson for new puppy owners.

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On thing that is missing in the links is creating a ridged or as ridged a schedule as you can do that incudes access to food and water, play time and sleeping the ingestion of food and water tend to activate the GI tract and the need to eliminate soon follows. With a schedule when the dog need to go becomes predictable which means manageing the dog to avoid accidents is a whole lot easier. Keep in mind a lack of accidents is not an indication that the dog is housetrained but simply that you have adequite management in place to begin the process of housetraining.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yes yes what mikey t said. we started taking our pup out literally every 10 to 15 mins and very soon after she drank water. initially, it seems all you are doing is taking puppy outside but the payoff is there.

the pee pee signs if any are very subtle. with patience and persistence you will get there
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just love the way those from the other side of the pond call it potty training, pee pee & wee wee's . Just have this mental picture of trying to get the dogs to sit on a potty , sorry!
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not an expert here, but after any food, water or play, Ellie is taken outside to go (or whatever you want to call it). However, now that it has gotten cold and rainy, she will go out, but not do anything. So we are starting over again... In a way, I can't blame her, it is REALLY blistery out and I wouldn't want to pee outside either! It does get better, just takes some patience!

Usually she will give a "sign" but if you don't pick up on it quick enough, it can result in an accident. Ellie had been doing very well, until it got cold and rainy... doesn't much like sleet either, which doesn't bode well for this weekend!

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would come in with Gus from a potty break and set the timer for 20 minutes. When it went off out the door we went. Even now (he is 10 months) we go out at least every 1 1/2hrs. If he is active. He will ask to go out now but he just goes to the door and makes no noise. If u don't see him there might be an accident. Keeping track of time prevents that.

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