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    Will your kelpie be allowed inside at your dad's. Because that could make a big difference to her behaviour too. I know you probably would still want to get her a companion to keep her occupied, but have to add a different kind of warning here. If you live with your parents now you will probably want to move out some time in the next few years? Not sure what the rental situation is like there, but her it is extremely hard to get a rental that allows dogs. And to most landlords two dogs are twice the risk. I once rehomed a cat because it was too hard to find a place to rent with two pets instead of one. And I was still homeless for 6 weeks before I finally found a landlord who didn't mind the dog. Funnily enough they also turn out to be fine with me having foster cats too but that's for another story.

    I know you want to do what's best for your dog, but you have to find a balance between that and being realistic and also your own needs. Maybe doing agility with her would be almost as good as having a companion? Just something to mull over...

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    Well i will be home by myself all day when i live with dad so i am going to attempt to house train her. Any advice on housetraining a little turd kelpie who gets into everything on housetraining? Hahaha.
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    You'll just have to treat her like you treat a puppy that needs to be housetrained. Lots of advice on this in the puppy forum. It's lots of work at first, but hopefully she'll quickly get it because she's older. And smart. It took me about 2 weeks to get Banjo house trained when she was 8mo. She was an outside dog before I got her too.

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    If you are moving, far better to forget another dog, if you can concentrate on making your kelpie civilised inside. It does sound as tho your life is in flux, at present. There will probably be many changes in 5 years. Best not to add to what you will be packing and trying to take with you. It's much kinder, in the long run, to the animals. I thought you were in your mother's house for a long period.

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    the umbilical method is good. ie you put your turd dog on lead inside and take her out the the second her nose goes down to sniff anything. The lead is more to remind you to pay attention, because a dog can still sneak a 1 or 2 out when on lead without the owner noticing. I see it at dog club often. Owners gas bagging. one dog or puppy sneaks one out and nobody has noticed.

    There's loads of threads in here on toilet training. Have a word for it. Say the word, praise when it happens - and always stay out until something happens. My dog has figured out she doesn't get to go to dog club until we have our 1&2, so she's very quick now. She really wants to go say hello to all her friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    kelpielover

    the umbilical method is good. ie you put your turd dog on lead inside and take her out the the second her nose goes down to sniff anything. The lead is more to remind you to pay attention, because a dog can still sneak a 1 or 2 out when on lead without the owner noticing. I see it at dog club often. Owners gas bagging. one dog or puppy sneaks one out and nobody has noticed.

    There's loads of threads in here on toilet training. Have a word for it. Say the word, praise when it happens - and always stay out until something happens. My dog has figured out she doesn't get to go to dog club until we have our 1&2, so she's very quick now. She really wants to go say hello to all her friends.
    What can i do to keep my dog busy while inside she always seems to get into everything.
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    Also what you need to remember if you were to get another dog, having one high energy dog, and one low energy dog is not really the best combo. Especially if you are getting them for companionship.

    If oyu want them to play lots, they would need to be of similar energy levels.

    I do agree with everyone else though that you should just work on the first one.

    Good luck with toilet training etc, just lots of patience and perseverance and youll get there

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    My dog also always has at least one rawhide chew on the go. Treat balls, wobblers and kongs are good too if she is food motivated. Occasionally my dog will play with a ball or squeakie toy on her own, but never for very long. And most squeakie toys get treated as a test to see how fast she can get the squeaker out and kill it.

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    Thank you everyone, i bought a kong treat ball not long ago she seems to love that! Will buy some more of these kind of things and hopefully it all goes well. I'll keep you updated.
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