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    Hello, I have an 8 week old Jack Russell puppy and she is really doing well since she moved in with me a few days ago. I have made her a den inside and she can walk out to the laundry where I have her food & water. I also have a dirt box further away so she can go to the toilet.

    I have been lucky to be able to catch her sniffing etc before she goes to the toilet and I take her to her box or outside. Occasionally I miss her and she might wee in the wrong spot (inside).

    I don't expect her to be house trained properly for sometime yet and I think she is doing well so far but I do have a problem when I take her outside to do a pooh. I decided I don't want her poohing all over the place so I picked a spot outside on the lawn and scooped up all her previous poohs and placed them all there and some sand from garden. The first couple of times I took her there it was fine and she will still wee there no problems but now she refuses to pooh there anymore. It seems she wants to pooh in a different spot each time.

    I would appreciate any help on how to train her to pooh in one spot. I praise her when she poohs or wees in the right spot but if in another spot I just don't do anything, I don't scold her or even say "No" as I don't want to scare her.

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    Pick up the poop immediately and splash some water there.

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    Dogs generally are not dirty creatures. She won't toilet where there are several droppings already. Dispose of her droppings each time.

    How big is the area you are wanting her to use?
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    Anne is right - she won't use a dirty spot. Sometimes they like slightly longer grass. Try leaving that part of your lawn longer between mowing and she might use it.

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    ah, ok I see, maybe that is the problem. I have let her naturally find a spot outside she is favouring now and it's ok with me as its out of the way so I will try to let her use that area and I will clean it up each day.

    As for inside.... she continues too wee in the dirt box which is great but only when I take her there or if she is in the laundry already. She will just we or pooh anywhere but usually on the newspaper in her den. She won't pooh in the dirt box and I even put a new one in there and she won't go near it but will happily wee there. As soon as I took her outside she was fine and headed straight to her spot.

    I will see how she goes over the next few days after I try some of these tips, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Anne is right - she won't use a dirty spot. Sometimes they like slightly longer grass. Try leaving that part of your lawn longer between mowing and she might use it.

    Mine are the oppposite. If the grass is longer, they will use the pavers as they don't like the grass tickling their butts I guess. This is even more so in wet weather.
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    Hee hee - their butts are just too close to the ground...

    And Badge - your girl is really very young. She will naturally get better at using one spot with age and maturity. So although the cleanups seem endless - it really will only be for a short part of her lifetime.

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    We have a pet loo (made ourselves because they are too expensive) I bought some Wee Wee spray that helps put the scent for them to pee in the same spot and he runs to it all the time. We keep it on the balcony so Jimmy waits to go out and uses it all the time. We noticed if we left a pooh on the spot he goes back to it, but when we removed it he would frantically run around looking for other places. So I guess a combo of the spray and not removing his scent helped a lot.

    Maybe try the spray.

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    I don't scold her or even say "No" as I don't want to scare her.
    Call me old fashioned but I had my puppy fully toilet trained at less then 4 months by yelling and smacking when he did his poo/pee on the carpet. I was very consistent though, I made sure he knew where it was ok to do it by giving lots of praise when he did it in the right spot.

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