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    Hello, My name is Melissa and I am new to the forum. We recently purchased a pure bred Cavalier (Blenheim) and she is currently 17 weeks old. She has proven to be a great delight and interacts extremely well with my five and one year old children. Tori, the puppy, is currently having issues with toilet training and I have never had so much difficulty training a puppy such as this.

    I have a designated area for Tori to do her number ones and twos outside and take her out every 45 minutes to one hour. She does relieve herself 7 out of 10 times - which is great and she is rewarded well with lots of bells and whistles! The issue we are having is that even though she is doing what she needs to do outside, she is then coming inside and doing it again and not always in the same spot. Tori could spend an hour outside playing with the kids and then comes inside to relieve herself. I am literally at my wits end and getting a bit tired of washing the floors two or three times a day.

    Tori is exceptionally great at night and does not do anything where she sleeps. She cries in the morning to be let out and relieves herself straight away. I often find that when Tori is outside and has slept for a while, she tends to forget to go to the toilet outside and then comes inside to relieve herself.

    I have tried everything from encouragement to rewards and cleaning the areas thoroughly to discourage weeing inside the house.

    If anyone has any advice that they can give to help me get through this or to help Tori, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm not sure if there are any floors cleaners that can be added to water to discourage this behaviour, but if there is, please let me now!
    Thanking you in advance.
    Melissa

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    When she wakes up after her little naps take her straight out to the toilet. Other than that have you tried the puppy pads for inside. My puppies use them at the moment when inside and they are both 10 weeks old tomorrow. I use vinegar and baking soda to clean the messes up. As long as you don't wash the floors with an ammonia based product as that will make them go more.

    My bitch Rosie took ages to pee on a puppy pad but now does it no problems. It is frustrating but Tori and you will both get there.

    Oh and welcome I am also a newbie here and a fellow Melissa

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    rewarded well with lots of bells and whistles
    Pretty sure this would freak my dog out and annoy my neighbours.

    A dog needs some quiet time and some privacy or sense of safety and security to relieve itself. An hour playing with the kids isn't that.

    What are you cleaning up with inside? Some chemicals - like bleach - will encourage more peeing inside.

    To get success outside - you need to take her outside, keep her on lead if necessary so you can be sure about what she's doing, say your magic potty word, and be boring while you wait for her to do her thing, then praise and treat her with her favourite treat or toy or game.

    There are loads of threads in here on this. You are not alone but if you are consistent, make sure your puppy has no distractions when you need her to perform, have a magic word, and be patient - no coming back inside before you get what you want, then you will get there.

    google site search on toilet training

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    Thanks so much for both your responses... Funny story with the puppy pads.... I actually thought they were just absorbent pads and was placing them on her bedding. I then couldn't work out why she was wearing in her bed... Until my sister told me that they have a particular scent encouraging the puppy to wee on them... Since then, I only use them at night in the laundry with the puppy and add a bit of "skip to my loo" to help her find the spot. I don't use the pads around the house as I want to encourage outside relieving... But they do work.

    When I wrote bells and whistles, I did mean lots praise, clapping and patting. She knows when she has done a great job!
    I wash the floors with hot water and eucalyptus oil. I have floorboards through the house and the vet suggested using this mixture to discourage weeing inside.

    I'll keep soldiering on... Tori is excellent with clicker training and already knows a few commands... We will get there!!
    Thank you again!!!

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    I think keep at it. The few times she doesn't go when you take her out stay out there until she does. She will pick it up eventually!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Tori and melissa,

    Sounds like you are doing everthing right but i think some dogs take a little longer than others and i think the less mistakes she makes..the faster she will be toilet trained. I know thats easier said than done with a young family, but be assured, they are just like kids and consistancy is the key as mentioned by Rosie.

    Would love to see pics of Tori and below is a pic of my Cavaliers..

    all four dogs coffee time.jpg
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    my puppy class teacher suggested a product called Biozet, it's a washing machine detergent. I get the liquid one and add it to a bit of water in a spray bottle. I use that on carpets and anything absorbent that I can't really wash, I was a bit hesitant to use anything on carpets etc as I wasn't sure if it would stain or bleach, but this seems to be fine. I use it on the floor as well and usually leave it a bit wet to air dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackthorn View Post
    Biozet.
    Thank you so much again for your responses! Since my original post, we are still having toilet problems...! I keep perservering!

    Do I use the Biozet as a deterrant for her to not wee on the carpet? I've taken to adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to water and spraying that on the carpet... but doesn't
    seem to be working either!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelPuli View Post
    Thank you so much again for your responses! Since my original post, we are still having toilet problems...! I keep perservering!

    Do I use the Biozet as a deterrant for her to not wee on the carpet? I've taken to adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to water and spraying that on the carpet... but doesn't
    seem to be working either!!
    I was under the impression that the enzymes in the biozet just get rid of the part of the urine that encourages them to go there again. Not so much a deterrent but removes the encouragement, if that makes sense. I found the longer my dog was with me (Since I got him), he seemed to favour certain parts of the house to go to the toilet. Often it was the dining area because he didn't really do anything there so I suspect he kinda saw that as doing it away from the places he slept or ate or just hung around, he also seemed somewhat attracted to absorbent surfaces, like the carpet or the bath mat etc, so I close all the doors to carpeted rooms and pick up the bath mat off the floor etc to remove that encouragement. Where I can, I leave the doors propped open so he's got the option of just going out, and I try and be boring inside so he often chooses to go outside and sit in the sun. I also found when I have him in the laundry, he'd have accidents if his water was in the laundry, but since I put his water outside, he's had barely any accidents. My guy has taken a looong time to just start to get the idea (he's 6.5months at the moment), he's still not there, but just this last week or two, he's made so much progress.

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