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  • surfer
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    We have an 11 week old Cocker Spaniel Puppy who joined us a week before Christmas. He is a bundle of joy and whilst we have an 8 yr old Lakeland Terrier its some years since we have done the toilet training thing.
    The breeder is excellent and has given us good advice I was just wondering what methods the STW hivemind would recommend?

    Thanks muchly

    Milkie
    Member

    Don’t ride with the puppy until at least a year old. Vets usually do a puppy introduction thing, where they get the puppys together so they can socialise. Go to a local dog training classes and get the citizenship awards, don’t give up I’ve seen so many that give up and a year later have problems.

    Search STW, it’s all been said before. 🙄

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Except he was asking about toilet training…

    surfer
    Member

    I was talking about toilet training.
    In terms of exercise it will mainly be coming with me on runs and days on the fells but that will only commence gently from around 9 months onwards.

    We have local puppy training classes arranged beginning in a few weeks once his innoculation period has finished.

    pingu66
    Member

    Toilet training or any training is relatively easy as long as your message is consistent. As its young give it somewhere to go, newspaper. When it has been or if you see it needs to go take it outside. Always take it outside about 15 minutes after its dinner so it can relieve itself.

    Just be consistent with anything you do. Get it socialised with everything, buses, loud noises, take it the shops, meet people, go to classes. Introduce it to as much of the world as possible.

    Puppy thread without pictures?

    *Reported*

    I hope you enjoy your ban.

    deadlydarcy
    Member

    Congrats. Pics please! 😀

    I’m sure you know the score…reward good stuff. Ignore bad stuff.

    The kennel club has a good section on toilet training. I think the most important bits are remembering to let it out for a wee in the night at the beginning, taking it for a wee first thing in the morning and getting it used to weeing when it goes for a walk.

    What worked for us was picking a method and sticking with it rather than scattergunning it when there were set-backs, which was tempting.

    If your puppy looks like this, back away slowly and find the nearest fire extinguisher:

    Milkie
    Member

    … and if you go to your local vets or dog training, they will give you all the help you need, even with toilet training. 😉

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    Pictures man, blooming pictures!!

    Large amount of paper on the floor.

    Post picture of puppy on STW

    Lots and lots of praise/treats when it hits the paper target and try and link a word with the deed ie ‘piddle’.

    Post picture of puppy on STW

    Take it out lots in the garden and repeat the ‘piddle’ command. It will link wee/poo with food/praise and perform.

    Post picture of puppy on STW

    Constant praise/treats when it pees on paper/outside.

    Post picture of puppy on STW

    Gradually reduce paper in the kitchen to a single page.

    Post picture of puppy on STW

    stufive
    Member

    We have a sprocker pup its a dog and he’s 5 month old now Ive had allot of dogs mostly labs and spanials ive always had bitches in the past and i must say this one is the first one ive ever had that just seems to be hard work to toilet train getting it to do its buisness on the paper most the time was ok but even now he still doing the odd pee in the house! he just seems a bit slow but i guess you just have to hang in there 🙂

    M1llh0use
    Member

    as soon as he wakes up – outside until pee/poo
    as soon as he finishes eathing – outside until pee/poo
    as soon as he finishes playing – outside until pee/poo

    you get the gist…

    stufive
    Member

    Ours

    Untitled by Stufive, on Flickr

    surfer
    Member

    Before the Ban hammer falls 😳

    Thanks everyone. Yes we are giving him loads of opportunity to go but he is still at the stage where hasnt control yet so we simply pick him up when he shows signs and take him outside and leave him on the ground for a minute then bring him in. We have to turn our back on him otherwise he continues to play 🙂

    willard
    Member

    Watch out for suspicious circling of said puppy (pictures) and also for whining. These are usually signs. If you let him out and he goes, _BIG_ praise for doing the right thing (pictures) and he should soon get the idea.

    Is he crated at night? We found that helped a lot with ours.

    By the way, post pictures. You know the rules.

    surfer
    Member

    Dont know whats happening with the pic thing. Give me a minute

    deadlydarcy
    Member

    Reported for picture posting fail. 😡

    Enjoy your extra week in the cooler surfer!!

    M1llh0use
    Member

    fixed the image issue…

    he looks just like mine did!!!

    surfer
    Member

    Thanks Millhouse !

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    That’s better!!

    Jase
    Member

    Take outside every 30 mins (or as above) and give loads of fuss when he ‘goes’

    surfer
    Member

    Is he crated at night? We found that helped a lot with ours

    Yes he has a crate at night and during the day he uses it for naps and we seldom close the door during the day only for his own safety. He takes turns with our Lakeland who sleeps in the cage sometimes and he sleeps in her bed. They get on very well.

    willard
    Member

    Awww! Much better! Smart looking dog there, Ted and Ralph say hello!

    surfer
    Member

    Millhouse what was I doing wrong?

    Pics of the Lakie too please….

    Premier Icon ffej
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    Spaniels rule! Looks like yours will grow up to be a good looking chap. Here’s my little girl, probably about 18 months old in this pic.

    I remember toilet training was a pain for a few weeks, but the advice above all works. Praise when they get it right and you get to know the signs of an impending poop and place them onto paper / outside beforehand.

    Good luck

    Jeff

    Premier Icon ffej
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    surfer, to link from flickr, use the Grab the HTML/BBCode option, and tick the BB code button. You want the “staticflickr.com” link bit.

    Jeff

    chubby_monk
    Member

    Watch out for sniffing – mine often circled the room sniffing the edges before she wanted to go.

    Also try associated a word with it when praising – we rather imaginatively used ‘wee-wee’. Now she knows what that means and will almost go on command when we let her out.

    M1llh0use
    Member

    you need the image address, like so:

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/11115595003_e2fa27a522_z.jpg

    rather than the address you had of

    IMG-20131127-WA0000

    which is the webpage that contain the image.

    emma82
    Member

    Watch for sniffing, circling as has been said. We tried the newspaper/puppy pad thing but they just got eaten. The first few weeks we just took him outside and waited, and waited. Even if he did a little wee or poo we’d wait a little longer and he would inevitably go again. Ours is nearly 5 months now and has just about got the hang of wees outside, poos have never been an issue. Sometimes I’m sure he just wees in temper if he’s been told off. I think some pups just take a while to get it, he’ll get there! At 11 weeks ours was still peeing pretty frequently in the house unless we got to him to get him in the garden first. It’s only in the last few weeks it’s stopped.

    surfer
    Member

    He is nearly 6 months!

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    bradley
    Member

    We have 3 cockers. The first is always the most difficult to train. You’ll love him its gonna be great. All 3 of ours have completely different personalities 🙂

    twinw4ll
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    Don’t even think about trying any of those pathetic training techniques on me.

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    Crumbs surfer, he looks more like 6 years, not 6 months. It’s the eyes, they’ve seen too much.

    Our’s is not in the mood to be trained;

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    Premier Icon Tracey
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    We pick ours up in the morning, cant wait

    Thrustyjust
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    If they have an accident in the house, use bicarbonate of soda and water in a sprayer to neutralise the smells, or it will do it again in the same spot. Don’t use disinfectant, the ammonia gives it the same impression. Take it outside every 30 mins, say ‘busy busy’ when it goes to the loo. Give it a treat. It wont take long at all. Most of that info comes from the father in law, who brings up guide dogs from 10 weeks to a year old and it worked for our dog.

    surfer
    Member

    Thanks for all the advice he is pretty much there now.

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