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Puppy Portraits; puppy behavior — 5 Comments

  1. I’m afraid you taught them too well to use the rugs as a toilet… never, ever allow pups to pee in the house, no matter how small they are or how bad the weather… you ‘just’ have to take them out zillions of times to let them pee outside, like the second they wake up from a mini nap, the second they stop playing and lots more times in between, during the night as well. It’s just so much harder to un-teach them bad habits… And of course, litte accidents will happen, but as long as you don’t reward those and will reward the correct behaviour, they won’t be a problem.
    And I’m speaking from experience, having a puppy in the house right now and my husband having been a trainer of dog-trainers for years… He’s actually offered to try and help you out a bit with the puppies. Just let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll send you our telephone number so you can have a chat.

  2. Get a new rug – the old one says, “Peeing is okay” to their noses. Even if you have washed it several times, dogs’ noses are so sensitive that they still can tell.

  3. Nan, thanks… ;-))
    Richelle, I didn’t teach them at all to use rugs…. I was training them with papers, which only took a few weeks and they rarely resorted to using them. It seems like it’s almost more of a territory marking than anything else. Amazingly, they haven’t had an ‘accident’ since the beginning of July. We’ll keep working at it. Thanks for the offer…. I may take you up on that.
    manningroad, that’s the plan! I pick the rugs up when I leave the room.
    Zoomie, unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. The rugs are in good shape, I can’t get similar here and they were peed on by the old dogs…. We’ll get it worked out.