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    I do have a water bowl in my crate. Batty drinks barely anything so I'd rather have it there. He's slowly getting better at drinking but there have been days where I've had to syringe water to him. This is a personal choice and his water bowl is hooked onto the side of his crate so he can get a drink but can't knock it over.

    If you have a look at the crates in the stores and get an idea of what size you need for Mollie (make sure you measure it!) then you can look online for crates that are that size or a little bigger. I find they are a tonne cheaper online, particularly at sites like dealsdirect.com.au.

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    My dogs sleep together in the downstairs crate during the day when they feel like it...they have 2 bigger ones upstairs in their bedroom for night sleeping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demi View Post
    The 1st day I got Mollie, I started potty training, with her going outside during the day, and then newspaper in my bedroom for during the night. Its really not working. Sometimes she pees/etc on the paper - someteimes she doesnt. I dont know what I am doing wrong with it. When I SEE her having an accident, I say a firm "No" and place her immediately on the paper, when she has an accident and I dont see her, I ignore it && when she does it on the paper I give ehr lots of praise and treats.

    Mum isnt too happy about all of Mollie's accidents, so I want to try a different tact.

    I have heard LOADS of good things about crate-training && I think it would be good for Mollie, but am a bit confused.
    What is a crate? (LOL) All I can think of is an egg-crate
    How big exacly does the crate have to be?
    If you use it, did it work for your dog?

    Thanks guys
    You could always give the "wee wee pads" a try instead of newspaper too. They have a scent that attracts the dog to them.

    I must get crates soon (in preparation for airline travel). Just need to stop being such a tight-arse and go spend the bloody money *sigh*

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    Please bear in mind this is my opinion only.

    I don't like the wee pads. I would rather teach the puppy to go outside from the get go. There is no newspaper, no wee pads, nothing like that inside my home and it has worked perfectly. I have had a total of 6 accidents inside in the 3 weeks that Batty has been here.

    With the wee pads you have to train the puppy/dog to go on the pads, then train them to go outside. I'd rather just train to go outside straight away.

    Batty rings a bell when he wants to go outside.

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    Can I ask why you want to teach your dog to pee inside?

    Cant you get up during the night a few times to take it outside?

    I crate trained Atlas first, I would get up every 2 hours (at first!) to let him outside to pee, the second I heard him move/cry he would be outside, after a week I pushed it back to every 3 hours, then every 4 until he slept the whole night through.

    The crate was used at night, and when I couldnt keep an eye on him.

    He is 7 this year and has never gone to the toilet inside, hard work for a few weeks paid off.

    I now say "goto bed" and they both go into their crates and wait.

    Kaos was a bit harder, she was 4 months when I got her and had a few problems, took me a little while longer to train her.

    I always teach what I want in the long term up front. No peeing on newspaper, because then you need to move that to outside, teach them to go outside first, saves re training! No way i would want soggy pee soaked paper inside! ICK!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Please bear in mind this is my opinion only.

    I don't like the wee pads. I would rather teach the puppy to go outside from the get go. There is no newspaper, no wee pads, nothing like that inside my home and it has worked perfectly. I have had a total of 6 accidents inside in the 3 weeks that Batty has been here.

    With the wee pads you have to train the puppy/dog to go on the pads, then train them to go outside. I'd rather just train to go outside straight away.

    Batty rings a bell when he wants to go outside.
    The reason we use wee wee pads is because we live in an apartment and the puppies can't get outside if we're not home (it's going to cost us around $600 to install a dog door into the glass door). Outside on the balcony they have 2 homemade pet loos .

    I can't wait for the day they can "hold it" and don't need the pads - and the pads are actually pretty good indicators of how they're going (can see how much they've been used).

    AGB how'd you teach Batty to ring a bell? I'd love to do something like that - ours just stand at the door and look at you and wait for you to notice.

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    Mollie DOES go outside during the day && I always take her outside around 8PM at night to go before she sleeps.
    I just think a crate will help me that little bit extra.
    Newspaper was only for nights, but its not working.

    I told my mum about crate-training and she was all for it I'm going to try and get one soon for Mollie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    The reason we use wee wee pads is because we live in an apartment and the puppies can't get outside if we're not home (it's going to cost us around $600 to install a dog door into the glass door). Outside on the balcony they have 2 homemade pet loos .

    I can't wait for the day they can "hold it" and don't need the pads - and the pads are actually pretty good indicators of how they're going (can see how much they've been used).

    AGB how'd you teach Batty to ring a bell? I'd love to do something like that - ours just stand at the door and look at you and wait for you to notice.
    I have 6 bells on a little rope hanging from the glass sliding door. I will take photos for you when I get new batteries for the camera.

    The bells are like those from a cats collar, bought at spotlight LOL. The rope is basically baling twine (not pretty but strong).

    At first all I did was every time I was taking him outside I'd get him to sit at the door, near the bells ring the bells and open the door. Then I encouraged him to hit the bells with his paw - he was already throwing his paw around so I thought this was a good way of utilising it! I'm sure yours could use their noses instead if they wanted to. When he hit the bells it was an immediate jackpot of praise and a treat and the door opened. Now he races to the door and hits the bells just to see me open the door sometimes though...

    It took about a week and a half to get him really understanding it. I always ring the bells myself just before I go out so he knows that the bells must make noise before the door opens. That has been the clincher with him.

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I have 6 bells on a little rope hanging from the glass sliding door. I will take photos for you when I get new batteries for the camera.

    The bells are like those from a cats collar, bought at spotlight LOL. The rope is basically baling twine (not pretty but strong).

    At first all I did was every time I was taking him outside I'd get him to sit at the door, near the bells ring the bells and open the door. Then I encouraged him to hit the bells with his paw - he was already throwing his paw around so I thought this was a good way of utilising it! I'm sure yours could use their noses instead if they wanted to. When he hit the bells it was an immediate jackpot of praise and a treat and the door opened. Now he races to the door and hits the bells just to see me open the door sometimes though...

    It took about a week and a half to get him really understanding it. I always ring the bells myself just before I go out so he knows that the bells must make noise before the door opens. That has been the clincher with him.

    Hope this helps!
    That's brilliant! Question though... how do you stop him chewing it? LOL Charlie likes to put everything in his mouth and ours will have to be down quite low as Bells is half Charlie's height!

    PS Thank you also for reminding me I need to charge my camera battery! If only I could remember where I put the damn charger. Or the camera, for that matter...

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    Batty only tried it once. I'm sorry to say he got his tongue stuck in one of the bells and sounded like he was dying until I released him. He hasn't touched them with his mouth since.

    I'm really not sure what to suggest, I haven't come across the problem!

    Is there something they hate the taste of that you can coat the bells with?

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