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    When Poppy was little and we were house training her we used a command word for her to go wee's and poos.

    Now she is older and house trained she just comes and goes as she needs. We don't take her out, or give her the command word. She doesn't seem to need it.

    BUT...I have found that when we take her out at night, before we go to bed, she generally won't go wee's or poo's.

    And this means that occasionally she needs to go out in the middle of the night.

    Then last night she wee'd in her crate! She didn't even whine to get out which I thought was odd! Just did a little wee!

    I'm wondering if it had anything to do with the fact that she chewed up her bed and had pulled stuffing out of it. I wonder if she was trying to mark her territory or something?

    Should I go back to persevering with the wee on command thing so that at night she DOES go to the toilet before we put her in her crate?

    What do you do?

    Thanks!

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    I always use the command word, and for late night before bed time, I tell Frosty the command word. I also say the word if I happen to see her going of her own volition during the day outside. And I tell her good dog, every time I see her go in the right place.

    That way if you're on a long car trip or it is last thing or it's raining and you don't want to be hanging round, you can let the dog know what is expected, if they've really got the understanding of the command you'll get a squat even if all they've got to give is air.

    But it's not something you stop doing later because the dog is getting it right. You always give the command word and praise when the dog gets it right or the need to get it right kind of fades in the dog's head. Like how well do you remember what you learned at school in grade 2 - if you've had no followup since?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I always use the command word, and for late night before bed time, I tell Frosty the command word. I also say the word if I happen to see her going of her own volition during the day outside. And I tell her good dog, every time I see her go in the right place.

    That way if you're on a long car trip or it is last thing or it's raining and you don't want to be hanging round, you can let the dog know what is expected, if they've really got the understanding of the command you'll get a squat even if all they've got to give is air.

    But it's not something you stop doing later because the dog is getting it right. You always give the command word and praise when the dog gets it right or the need to get it right kind of fades in the dog's head. Like how well do you remember what you learned at school in grade 2 - if you've had no followup since?
    Thanks Hy. I suspected that was the case. That I SHOULD be continuing with the command word. Will get back on the band wagon!

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    Yep like Hy said use your command.
    And the rule you must stick with for the rest of her life is that she CANNOT come back in to bed until she pees, even if it takes an hour she does not come into bed until she has done it. She will learn that the best and fastest way to get back out of the cold
    Good luck with this
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    A bit off topic but want to have a little brag about banjo (dont get to do it often regarding his manners- or lack of!)
    Since we have had him the back door has always been left open so he can go out and do his business whenever he wants....
    But as it is getting freezing we have had to start shutting the door. Banjo has been soooo good. when he needs to go he sits over by the door patiently scratching a littl till he is let out, then he runs out does his thing and comes straight back inside!
    And before bed we take him out and he has done his whiz every time with out fail! (this last 2 weeks).
    No accidents inside at all. Am so happy he is so good in that department

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    Hi J&B

    I've got the same problem.

    I actually taught Frosty to bark before I open the door. And if she sits at the back door and barks - not crazy "there's a cat" barking, but one or two "let me out" barks, I let her out. If it's crazy "there's a cat" sometimes I let her out and sometimes I don't, and I always make her sit first and wait until she's quiet.

    Because I want her to tell me when she needs/wants to go out. I mostly make her sit too before I open the door.

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    Before bedtime I say we have to go to wee wees and Taya gives me a look that says muuuuum I really don't want to. Most of the time I'll go out and watch her and say the command while she's doing it, so it reinforces the command.

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    I am SUCH a doosh!!! I completely forgot it was raining last night. Hence her aprehension with going out for a wee hence her weeing in her bed!

    I can't bleve I forgot that! OH reminded me! Lol!

    Either way will still work on the command and putting her out 15 - 20 mins before we go to bed too!

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    Sometimes when it is raining it helps to carry the dog out into the middle of the wet grass and rain and then - she might as well go.

    For some reason when it's really raining hard, I find it easier to take Frosty out the front where I have a veranda next to the front lawn, and then we can both stand on the verandah, the heat stays in the house, the bugs stay outside, and Frosty can dither all she wants. But she seems to be more enthusiastic out the front, maybe because she so rarely gets to use that spot.

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