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    So after what seems like aaages, I think Dexter is finally starting to understand the whole house training thing. We're still not there yet, but up until about a week ago he had no connection between needing to go and going outside. He would go if we took him out, but if he was inside and needed to go, he'd just go, making no attempt to communicate, even though I've been trying to teach him to paw at the door when we go outside. But all of a sudden I think the penny's dropped and he's now walking up to the door when he needs to go, he's done this probably 4 or 5 times now in the last week. We're still taking him out regularly, but any time he voluntarily 'asks' to go out is greatly rewarded just to drive the point home. I think we still have a while to go, as we are still having an accident hear and there, but it's sooo much better compared to what it was. I was beginning to think we would never get there! This is at least given me a bit of hope that one day he will eventually get there.

    Once 'success' has been achieved, eg: your dog is consistently asking to go out and is no longer having any accidents... how long do you need to keep reinforcing the behaviour until your dog is 'reliable' and can be trusted inside while you're out? I'm prepared to not really be able to trust him fully for a long time, if ever. I've read that dachshunds aren't the most reliable when it comes to house training, and one of my OH's work colleagues has one and said it's not 100% and I'm pretty sure it's a few years old.

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    How long would you be leaving him? The only little dog I've ever had, even though house trained, was never able to hold on for more that about 4 hours. If we were gone that long she would go at the back door - she was clearly doing her best, but couldn't hold on any longer.

    Maybe once he gets the hang of it, you can intall a doggie door for him? So he can go out and relieve himself when you are not home?

    I think I'm gonna go the litter training route, to begin with (a bit of a cop out, cause it's really cold outside!) and then progress to outside.

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    I initially wanted to litter train since he was to be an inside dog, but several people suggested otherwise and research that I did suggested it was more difficult to train that, so I ditched that idea. Also his legs are too short to climb in and out of a tray easily, lol, especially when I first got him.

    I eventually plan on having a door open for him and the cat. The problem I have to solve is my cat is an indoor cat, so I need to get around to enclosing an outdoor area that they can both go, then I can gradually extend the area of the house the dog has access to. But until then, he's got the laundry with access to the back yard while we're not home. I wouldn't want to shut him in the house while I'm at work, that would be about 6hrs, but I just mean if I go out to do groceries or something or for a few hours, which isn't often anyway. I'm expecting to have to keep this up for a few months at least though.

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    I would just hate the smell inside...NEVER inside for me LOL......

    I still sometimes reinforce my dogs when they do it if I am around.....And i still ask for it, especially if i am sure they are going to do it and reward when done. Even if it is only a "good girl", "clever dog" and a cuddle.

    It makes for great and easy times when you are traveling, away from home or in a hurry and want them to do potty.

    I can walk mine on lead and have nothing happening and ask and they at least try.

    Ours are in for sometimes up to 9 hours and they only have accidents on very rare occasions. even them it is usually in the furtherest corner away from the house on our screened verandah.

    Dogs, I think, want to be clean.....And if given the opportunity will be.

    We have doggy doors when we are home in warmer weather, but our doggy door can fit adults through, so they are closed when we are not home and in Winter.

    I have a beautiful sign that I was given. which says; " Jobs for today.......Newfie in, Newfie out......newfie in, Newfie out........Newfie in and newfie out"

    And that is just about it when we are home LOL....they want to be with us and they want to be out too many choices
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I would just hate the smell inside...NEVER inside for me LOL......
    I'm pretty sure litter training a newfie would be a bad idea! Imagine the litter box you'd need! lol We have cats that use litter boxes, so really it's not much extra hassle - and as soon as one makes a stink, I deal with it immediately, so it's not so bad! Plus I prefer it too hunting down poo in the garden - a dog may be trained to one spot, but the cats will go where they please

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    I just hate the litter box smell too, cannot get my head around it...when we had a cat we had a litter box in the outside cat run attached to the house, the cat had a cat-flap

    Funnily enough my newfies do not have very large poops and they are very well formed, because of their diet of RAW, cereals and veggie/fruit mix........Very tell tale at the kennel club when they are off and roam. One of the ladies there always tells me if by accident I missed on the pick-up LOL........They are identifiable LOL,
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    he'd just go, making no attempt to communicate
    So he never sniffs out the spot he wants to go?

    My dog always spends lots of time sniffing for just the right spot... it's a major clue if she starts sniffing inside, though these days she sits by the back door, and she barks if I don't notice her sitting there. I didn't deliberately train that, tho any time I want to go out or to let her out, I ask her to sit by the back door first. And I always reward. Even if it's just praise and opening the door for her.

    The only time we have inside accidents these days is if it catches both of us by surprise.

    Rewarding - you don't have to do it every time, but every time you do it, you're encouraging the behaviour. So it's easy to praise and pat, just do it. Money in the bank of doggy good behaviour.

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    I think I was very fortunate that at 12 weeks we went to stay at my sisters who has endless carpet. Her old dog and our extreme vigilance did the trick in a week. She even came away pawing at the door after watching old Tilly. Bonus

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    hyacinth, he does sniff.. more so outside though, he sniffs for ages, runs in circles even to find that right spot.. but inside, not so much. The other day he was doing zoomies and stopped mid run, peed and kept going, no sniffing, though usually it's just a quick sniff and he goes, but he also sniffs around when he doesn't need to go, so sometimes it's a bit like 'is that a pee sniff? ... ah, yep that was a pee sniff'. And since he's so small his pees are really quick so if I see him do one, he's finished by the time I run over so I can't really catch him mid-pee. I meant more that he hasn't twigged on how to communicate to us that he needs to go, as in walking to the door etc, the sniffing he would do with or without knowing where to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    ...Funnily enough my newfies do not have very large poops and they are very well formed, because of their diet of RAW, cereals and veggie/fruit mix........Very tell tale at the kennel club when they are off and roam. One of the ladies there always tells me if by accident I missed on the pick-up LOL........They are identifiable LOL,
    Hi Newsfie, have you shared your newfies cereals and veg/fruit mix in a thread before... If not could you please share and do you put extra supplements in? So sorry about the interruption Back on topic. I've noticed with my boy in the last few days he is being very good and taking himself outside for nature walks the other night for the first time when raining. Lot of praise for that one. No doggy door at my place at night he uses puppy pad. Oh forgot to mention my boy is 10mths a late bloomer I think
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