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    Ok so we are new at this, both pup and i...

    What are some ways that i can help this process along?

    During the day, if it is a nice day and the door is open she will taker herself to the toilet. However once the chill hits the evening air she wont even come when i call her to go out (unless its for play and even then it needs to be really tempting). I have stayed outside with her for 20+minutes in the evening only to have her squat 5 minutes after she is back inside..

    I do admit that i am not waking up to take her to the toilet during the night, so she goes on the newspaper during the night - and maybe this is the problem she associated night time with indoor toileting (which as i type this ...bugger, i hope that's not what i have done) however the idea of waking up every two hours only to go out in the cold and have her whine and carry on and still just wee inside isn't my idea of a fun night..

    I reward all manner of dribbles that happen outside and i ignore anything done inside, although let me tell you i would really love to just giver a good yell in teh aim for her to just stop it lol..
    So what am i missing here, how do you convince a young pup to go out in the cold to toilet when there is no punishment to do in the nice warm house???

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    Lol unfortunately your going to have to go stand outside every few hours in the cold. IMO it is the only way... they need constant toilet breaks and do not go back inside until she goes. I've done it in the rain at 2am in the morning and stood out there for ages.

    Its not fun, but needs to be done! It is great when they pick it up themselves.

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    I did it in winter with my dog but thank dog she was already 8mo and could last through the night! I agree that the key is to stay out until she goes. I put my dog on the lead and took her to the spot where she seemed to prefer to do her business during the day. Then I would just act really boring and wait. You have to look away and just watch them out of the corner of your eye kind of thing. Eventually they get so bored that even weeing is better than just standing there.

    It's a good idea to use a word when they go too. I use weewees. That way they will come to know that they are expected to go and that that is a condition for being allowed to go back inside. And always reward, with treats and or lots of jumping up and down and woo-hoo-ing.

    The only issue I'm still having is that I don't notice or wake up on the rare occasion my dog does have to go after I've gone to bed. And I wish now I had taught her to ring a bell at the back door earlier. I'm trying to teach her now, but so far she has only rung it once. It was quite exiting though!

    It does suck, especially when it's freezing. But the more consistent you are, the fast she'll get it.

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    They can learn to go on command.

    Frosty knows she has to do a 1&2 at the park across the road from dog club before she can go there and say hello to her friends. And I keep her on lead. And she's quite quick about it. I worked out on road trips it would take two laps of a football oval or park - about 20 minutes to get her to go - but it was worth it.

    The trick with puppies is to carry them out onto the lawn where you want them to go - so they get their paws cold and wet and absolutely refuse to let them back in until they have performed, and yes it requires you to be out there to watch them - and act boring like Beloz said. No eye contact, no talking, loads of praise when they go. If you think they're due for number 2 or they've been having accidents with number 2s - make sure you get one of those - even if it's tiny - before you go back in. And have a word you say when they go, that you can then use when you want them to. My dad used to use the name of his favourite politician eg "Mr Keating", I just say what's obvious (which cracks up my neighbours) "shitnapiss".

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    Rug up!
    chin up!
    its cold, all the more reason to get this right, first time.

    We toilet train toddlers in summer, why do we buy pups in winter lol

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    If it is any comfort you are not alone. My 12 week old puppy looks at me like I am mad when we stand outside on wet grass waiting waiting. It is raining here and I am house sitting and she seems to pee twice as much when it is wet! Lucky i have invested in a very warm dressing gown and fleecy ugg boots

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    Ahhhh fleecy ugg boots. God Bless australia!

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    I've been trying to get my guy to walk through the door to outside so he gets the connection that he needs to go to the door when he needs to go. But when it's cold and/or wet, there's not a chance he'll come out, he just gets most of the way to the door, stares at me, and runs the other way, lol. Most of the time at the moment I just carry him through the door and put him down outside. At least there's an under cover area that I can stand under if it's raining, and I rug up if it's cold. I think my pup has realised that most of his reward is getting to go back inside when he's done. Though I have to say I was very grateful that it only took him a week to be able to go through the night with no accidents, getting up every hour was killing me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackthorn View Post
    I've been trying to get my guy to walk through the door to outside so he gets the connection that he needs to go to the door when he needs to go. But when it's cold and/or wet, there's not a chance he'll come out, he just gets most of the way to the door, stares at me, and runs the other way, lol. Most of the time at the moment I just carry him through the door and put him down outside. At least there's an under cover area that I can stand under if it's raining, and I rug up if it's cold. I think my pup has realised that most of his reward is getting to go back inside when he's done. Though I have to say I was very grateful that it only took him a week to be able to go through the night with no accidents, getting up every hour was killing me.
    I suppose that's the other part of the training. If you make the pup realise that going inside is just not an option (so just don't give them a chance) they will be more motivated to hold on at night.

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    ok, ok i am hearing you loud and clear!! It's all on me if i want this to happen.. hmm just like parenting.

    So is every two hours a good time? What about if i wake up to take her and she has just happen to have gone during the two hours and she doesn't really need to go at the time that i am taking her... Will she still 'get it' is i am taking her out and she doesn't need to go?

    And am i waiting for a wee (which seems to be easy, i picked her up last night and took her outside and with a minute of her paws touching the wet grass she went) or do i need to wait for both poos and wee to happen before we go in?

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