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    Default Hi There from Coco

    Hi, our names are kim and geoff and we have just bought a 9 week old long haired purebred chihuahua. Her name is Coco and she is just adorable.

    We have a steep learning curve ahead of us!

    Anyone got any ideas for toilet training???

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    Toilet training?

    There's lots of articles on the net.

    My technique - take dog outside, make sure it gets its feet wet on the cold wet dewy grass and don't let dog back in until it has performed. Use a word for the "performance". Like the name of your favourite politician. Some people say "be quick", I say "Shitnapiss". You get the idea. The dog will too eventually. Praise the dog every time you see it going outside.

    Feed dog no later than 4 hours before bed time. With puppies they have 3 small meals ie the daily allowance divided by 3, and last meal for mine was about 6pm. For some dogs you may also have to take the water away - but don't do this if you feed dry food, for at least an hour after dinner. It may pay to check with your vet on this one - some people disagree. And don't do it if you're likely to forget to put water back out.

    You can buy "puppy training pads" or use newspaper but I didn't use these. Might be good if you have to leave a puppy while you're at work.

    Never rub a puppy's nose in anything - it doesn't help toilet training and may make your puppy anxious.

    Do not use ammonia based products like bleach to clean up any accidents - because this just smells like more dog pee and your dog may "mark" back over the same spot. I use methylated spirits after cleaning up with normal dishwashing detergent and (hot) water.

    Some people say don't let your dog see you clean up - but my dog did see me clean up and she's toilet trained now (except for tummy upset accidents and I can forgive those).

    At night time - I used to sleep with puppy on lead - and the lead under me and attached to the other side of my bed - so if she got up she woke me up. One of my friends used to attach the lead to her toe or ankle. Unfortunately I rotate a lot when I'm sleeping so the lead might have been very short by morning or I might have lost a toe.

    When I was out - I used to put puppy in a crate. Puppies are very reluctant to soil their sleeping area and it helps them to hang on. But depending on how old your puppy is, you can't expect it to hang on for the 10 hours you're out at work. You may need to teach it to use a "safe" place of your house like the bathroom or laundry floor.

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    Hi &

    Got any pics?
    Good advice from Hyacinth although I would be to scared to sleep with pup on a lead just in case it got tangled up and hurt or strangled...
    I've heard that 'Urine off' works. I've never used it. It's a spray you can get in most pet stores.
    Be patient. She'll learn soon.

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    Hyacinth has covered things nicely for you, so I'll just say ....

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    Hello and

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    Hello and

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    Welcome!
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    Hi & to the forum.
    Any pics?
    See you round the threads

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    hi everyone, thanks for the welcomes! Still trying to get the pic up there, but i will persevere and get one there as soon as i can! She is going ok with the toilet training, pretty much almost zero accidents in the house but we are onto her all the time when she has something to eat or drink to go outside. Boy its like living in a house with a newborn baby sometimes, getting up all the time for toilets outside but i know that we will benefit with it all in the end!

    Once again, thanks for all the advice and welcomes, will eventually get time to have a look around on the forum for hints and tips!

    talk soon
    Kim and Geoff (and coco)

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