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    Hay guize,

    I've got a client who recently adopted a new puppy and are having trouble with toilet training. She and her husband already owned a very sensible, level headed poodle-x who can hold his urine all day, and they ran into trouble when leaving the two dogs alone while they go to work. The puppy realizes that relieving itself outside is preferable to inside, but it doesn't seem to understand that it is supposed to only pee in a specific place whilst inside. Apparently they come home to wee and poo all over the house. Both people are very busy and work all day, so they don't have time to stay at home for days at a time to toilet train this puppy. I only walk the two dogs 2 days a week and my client has a limited budget so I can't be there to let it outside every day.

    Any suggestions on how to toilet train this puppy with a limited amount of time available during the day? Like I said, my client knows what to do when she is at home - she recognizes when the puppy is about to pee and relocates it to the appropriate place, praising it when it relieves itself in the right area. She also takes them both for long walks in the morning and evening. It's just that these two dogs spend a lot of time alone during the day, and communicating to the puppy that there is only one place it should wee, is proving to be difficult.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated people, thanks in advance!!

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    Hi Mosh

    Most puppies, under 4 months old cannot hold on that long. It would be really helpful if someone could let the puppy out. But if that's not possible, it may be better to crate train the puppy (on the weekend), and leave it in the crate while they're at work.

    The crate serves a couple of purposes.
    1. it limits the damage done to one place and the puppy does not learn that it can pee anywhere when its owners are out.
    2. most puppies/dogs will try their best not to soil their sleeping area and will go in the furtherest corner if they can't possibly hang on.

    Crate training involves making sure many good things happen in the crate like dinner and treats and games. There's lots of stuff about it if you google. The crate stays in its place even when the owners are home and the puppy gets lots of treats, chews and things when it is in the crate. My dog has a crate next to the end of the couch and she loves being in there. Cos that's where the goodos arrive.

    And it's a nice dark space and she just likes those. She also likes being between the back of the couch and the wall. And I don't give her treats there. Must be a dog thing.

    http://www.humanesociety.org/animals..._training.html

    This is the Ian Dunbar take. There are lots more people with dogs in apartments in the UK, USA and Europe.
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    Why did they buy a puppy in the first place if they don't have time to bond with and toilet train it?

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    Maybe they thought it would be like their first dog.

    A lot of people forget what it's like to have a puppy.

    It's like people buying labradors and thinking they're getting something as polite as a guide dog with no effort on their part.

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    Thanks for the articles, I am meeting her this week so I will discuss with her and let you guys know how it goes.

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    Crate train the dogs. B est way of house training. As soon as the owners get home they release the dogs and take them to the required pee spot and reward heavily for toileting on the right spot.
    Nev Allen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    Crate train the dogs. B est way of house training. As soon as the owners get home they release the dogs and take them to the required pee spot and reward heavily for toileting on the right spot.
    That worked with their first dog but the puppy can't hold it for long enough. I was thinking maybe they could cordon off a small section or room of the house with the wee paper and the crate, and while they are at home they can reward the puppy for going on the paper.

    The puppy would associate the absorbant paper with reward and approval, and given the small amount of space available, it would prefer to go on the paper during the day. Does anyone think that would work?

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    Mosh

    Not exactly - not really work.

    What might work is if they get what ever place in the house they want the dog to toilet - set up and reward it for going there, when they are home. They will have to do all toileting for puppy - on lead to limit the chance of mistakes. So the umbilical cord system when they're home - ie puppy always attached to someone.

    But if they still want to limit the bad habits and damage when they're out, they're going to have to crate, or pen the puppy whether it can hold on long enough or not. Eventually it will hold on, but to start with, it won't be able to. It's more likely to hold on if it's in a crate. At least it will try its best to hold on.

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    When we have a litter of pups, as soon as their eyes are fully open, they go onto the patio in a large pen with a crate in the pen. Their mum can get in and out of the pen and they all sleep in the crate. The floor of the pen is covered in newpaper.

    As they get older, the area of floor covered by paper is reduced until at 8 weeks they generally all learn to toilet on a single page of paper.

    So, in your case, you could use the same idea and in time the pup will learn where he needs to go.
    Nev Allen
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    Maybe they wanted a companion for there first dog.
    No one loves you like your dog does.

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