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    Hi

    I am new to this forum. I have just acquired a 5 year old desexed male border collie 'Bear'. He has been an 'outside' dog and naturally enough lifts his leg on the furniture when I let him inside. Fortunately I have tiled floors. I intend to have him inside so need to train him out of lifting his leg when he is inside. Any tips other than keeping a close eye on him and whenever he looks like lifting his leg scolding him.

    Thanks

    Gerri

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    I had an untrained female dog....i used the umbilical system on her. She was with me on lead inside all the time. I had a belt on and the leash clipped onto it. I also took her outside, initially every 1/2 hour (first days). On to hourly and then every time she drank ate or woke up or appeared restless. the first six weeks were hell. But newfie surprises are way too big to clean up. Also real good reward when she did anything out side. She often still looks at me when she does something the "where is my treat look". We also have a bell on the door when we toilet train. We rang it every time we went out. And then the dog rings it when they wan to go out. Works especially well on puppies and timid dogs, who won't be pushy or woof to let you know they need to go
    Boys are a little different, because it is also territorial. it is a shame some mishaps have already occurred. you will have to get rid of the smell to stop it happening again. I would also use a definite word that meant you are not happy. Ugh or enough or such. I personally think real punishment does not work, they only get more anxious. my dog is great now, so good luck
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    As above.........
    This the only way I know that works with older determed inhouse toliting.
    Do not use cleaning products to get rid of the smell only makes it worse. Use plain soppy water & I wipe over with vinger & water last.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Thanks Newfsy and Crazydog. I'll try the umbilical system.

    Gerri

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    Not for everyone but I had no neighbours but I peed on the lawn to show what was needed.

    Have heard of others peeing in a bucket at night and pouring some out on the lawn to give a quick idea.

    Scolding will only make them fearful.
    Lavish praise, maybe a treat reinforces the right behaviour.

    Here you would think the 2 pups I house trained had won an academy award when they peed outside.

    I also use a word, 2 actually..widdle widdle. I say it on the way outside..when we are there and then when they are doing it with a woohooo, well done etc after they finish.
    Now I can ask does anyone want a widdle widdle and any of the 3 who do will go to the door or just go to the door to be let out when they need to go,

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Not for everyone but I had no neighbours but I peed on the lawn to show what was needed.

    Have heard of others peeing in a bucket at night and pouring some out on the lawn to give a quick idea.

    Scolding will only make them fearful.
    Lavish praise, maybe a treat reinforces the right behaviour.

    Here you would think the 2 pups I house trained had won an academy award when they peed outside.

    I also use a word, 2 actually..widdle widdle. I say it on the way outside..when we are there and then when they are doing it with a woohooo, well done etc after they finish.
    Now I can ask does anyone want a widdle widdle and any of the 3 who do will go to the door or just go to the door to be let out when they need to go,
    Ha ha I wasn't going to say, hubby did that with an old male rescue we had, but a very good trainer told us it was an issue if the dog also peed on top of it. Especially with an unknown male rescue. But it did the trick for Zacky
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