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    hey guys,

    some of you may know that my new stafy came home on saturday, a beautiful 8 week old pure bred....now im askign for some advice.

    firstly, im am trying my best to toilet train him, but obviously he is gonna have accidents etc, which im not to fussed about.

    during the day he is inside in a play pen attached to his crate, im usually out of the house for about 9-10 hours a day, so understandably he will need to wee during some stage of the day, as soon as i take him out he does another one usually followed by a number 2.... lots of praise is given and all seems well..... now during the night he is in his play pen and crate too and i usually wake up to find a wee on the floor again..... not to worry, i take him outside, he does a #1 and #2, again lots of praise, a quck play and then back in the crate and play pen and off to work.....

    now my question, during the night while he is supposed to be sleeping, is it ok to shut the crate doors and leave him in there all night?

    second question is about his biting, being only 8 weeks old its understandable that he want to chew, and i have toys for him to do so, its when he starts chewing hands it becomes a problem.... he teeth are so sharp that it does start to hurt at times, esspecially with a 8 year old aroudn the house too, its gonan hurt her more.... now ive read that we should push our hands furster into his mouth when he bites, to make him wanna spit our hand out, however all that seems to do is knock him over and then he sees it as a game...... any ideas?

    thanks in advanced

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    Yes, you can shut the crate door. be mindful though that his teeny tiny bladder will not hold much or for long. At 8 weeks, I wouldn't expect a pup to hold any longer than 3 - 4 hours at best.

    I don't advise pushing your hands into the mouth further and I have always disagreed with this. When you are playing, have a toy handy. When he starts to bite you swap your hand with the toy. If he persists and he is biting hard, say very loudly - NO! Say it loud and sharp in a deep voice so he gets the idea that biting and biting hard in particular are a 'no no'.

    Think of what his mum would do if he bit her and bit her hard. She would yelp and then snap at him to let him know he isn't to bite her hard. She will let him mouth her, but not actually bite. His siblings would do the same. You now have to play this role of teaching him to mouth and not bite.
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    With toilet training - I would get some puppy pads and try to push him to do it on them. It will make it easier when you want him to go outside, you will just have to put the pads on the grass and then eventually take them away.

    At 8 weeks he is too young to be able to hold on all night. I would set your alarm fpr the middle of the night to take him out or leave his crate open. If you close it he will just go in his crate.

    With the biting - He is a pup, I dont think I have met one that doesnt bite. They grow out of it eventually. If it gets too bad just say No and put him down, stop playing with him.

    Hope some of that helps!
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    I actually disagree with puppy pads. All you do is teach a dog to pee on a mat on the floor. When he then does it ona real mat, you get upset and yell and he becomes confused.

    I can tell exactly which of my rescues that I had in were trained to paper or puppy pads, becuase everytime it rained, they weed on my rugs on the floor!

    Train your dog to grass. The simplest, cleanest and best spot for a wee.
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    excellent, thanks heaps... ive got him a frog teddy bear which he loved to chew on, im worried that it might ressemble a small animal to him and be teaching him bad habits? any thoughts on this one?

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    Teddy bears are fine. A dog will recognise it is not a living thing. One word of warning though, enusre the nose and or eyes are not buttons or plastic pieces that can be chewed off and become a choking hazard or an intestinal blocker. Remove them if they are buttons or plastic or find teddies that have noses and eyes that are sewn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I actually disagree with puppy pads. All you do is teach a dog to pee on a mat on the floor. When he then does it ona real mat, you get upset and yell and he becomes confused.

    I can tell exactly which of my rescues that I had in were trained to paper or puppy pads, becuase everytime it rained, they weed on my rugs on the floor!

    Train your dog to grass. The simplest, cleanest and best spot for a wee.
    We used puppy pads with Ruby, it was a very easy transistion from the pads to grass. She was toilet trained within two weeks of getting her home.

    I guess it works for some and not for others.
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    The other thing you can try in the house for toilet training is something like this.
    Dog Potty, Puppy Potty Training, Dog Toilet - The Pet Loo
    As you can see it uses a fake grass, so the dog is still learning to go on a grassy surface and it is easy to clean up.
    Or if you want to go cheap, buy a cat litter tray and get a piece of turf and put it in the litter tray with some dirt from your backyard underneath it so all you have to do to clean is lift the turf and change the dirt

    With the biting. I usually, yelp like another puppy would and then stop playing, and walk away for a short time. Puppies usually get the idea pretty quickly.

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    Biting. I raised 2 litter mates together and had seen the mother hold the muzzle and growl to discipline one or the other so I copied it.

    I did not growl as I am not a dog but I did hold with a firm NO and eye contact.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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