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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by lexi2013, Oct 11, 2013.


  1. lexi2013

    lexi2013 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello,I'm new to this forum and wondered if someone had any advice for me.I've rehomed a Boston terrier bitch (aged 3 last July),I've had her exactly 8 weeks,I was on the lookout for a puppy but happened to ring a breeder and she told me she had this little bitch who she used to show but she couldn't breed from as she had produced stillborn twice,I didn't decide immediately as it was a big decision for me to make and I'll explain why...Dec 2011 I was diagnosed with B-Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma which is a blood cancer,2012 was a year full of chemo treatments etc,in Jan this year I had a stem cell transplant and am in remission which is great but I had to retire so I am now home the whole time and thought it would be nice to have a little dog/puppy and start walking again..this little dog was used to being in a run and I have been patient with her about her toilet and she's been great,she's the sweetest natured little dog and I really don't know I've got her,she's had one season since I've had her and I intend taking her the 1st week Dec to be spayed but she can be a bit lazy,all summer the back door has been open and she has access to the garden,but because it's colder I've kept the door shut the last two days,yesterday she just went to wee on the tiled area even though I was in the kitchen with her and today I was on the phone and she could see me in next room as it's all so open with just a baby gate between the two rooms and she did it again just because the back door was shut,I'm sensitive to her needs and she never gave any indication that she wanted to go out...don't quite know how to remedy this as now I can't trust to leave her in kitchen with the door shut and even pop upstairs,she's fine if the door is open but that's going to be a bit cold on frosty,windy days.....my friend suggested a dog flap but I don't think she'd use it because she hates the rain and I think she'd just carry on doing it in the kitchen,I understand that she probably thinks of it as her run but what can I do to rectify it,sorry for all the waffling but I wanted you to get the full picture.
     
  2. SusieRainbow

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    I had similar problems with my rescue dog when I first got her. We found the answer was starting from basics with toilet training - putting her outside at frequent intervals and staying with her till she produced. She soon got back into it and is fine now. Lots and lots of praise and treats when she obliges too.

    Leaving the door open all the time is not really helping as it blurs the boundary between inside - where you don't want her to eliminate , and outside , where you do. Every time you open the door for her to go out say ' outside - weewee ( or your phrase of choice ) My dog will now wee to order !
     
  3. lexi2013

    lexi2013 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you,she's fine in the night because she's crated and she goes to bed at 10 and I'm up at 7am for her...well we'll have to see,I can't see a dog flap making any difference as I'm here the whole time if I do pop out on a rainy day I'll pop her in the crate or if it's sunny I leave her out the garden as it's very secure...I'll give her the benefit of the doubt as she has been stuck in a run the whole of the time but just a bit disappointed that she couldn't "ask" me as I was there at the time,thanks anyway will see how it pans out.
     
  4. Lizz1155

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    Hi Lexi, congratulations on being in remission, and on your new furry adoptee :)

    (I ended up getting a dog to help keep me fit and active after a third liver transplant; they are really good company, especially if you're at home a lot. And he's making sure I get a lot of exercise :p )

    With regards to peeing in the house... You've done what quite a lot of people do, leaving the door open all summer because it's easiest. Unfortunately this actually doesn't result in "toilet-training" as such, because it does not teach the dog to "hang-on" until the door is opened, or to ask to be let outside. So now you have a dog which thinks "hmm, the door's closed, I'll just pee this side of it" instead of asking to be let outside.

    I would suggest going back-to-basics toilet training (There's a Sticky thread on it here:http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-training-behaviour/75317-housetraining-your-pup-older-dog.html ) - frequent trips outside in case she needs to pee, lots of praise and treats when she pees in the right place...and 100% supervision when she's indoors (especially if she hasn't peed lately). If she is crate-trained it would be advisable to crate her during periods when you cannot supervise her. If she is not crate trained, consider keeping her on a houseline (a long, lightweight lead) when she's indoors, so that if she shows any sign of being about to pee you can escort her outdoors. Most dogs get the message pretty quickly about peeing outdoors, so long as there's consistency in the training.

    Even in the long run, many dog owners still escort their dogs outdoors to the toilet, since toilet-training is a lifetime skill and something you wish to maintain (especially if the dog becomes old and incontinent).

    It's not uncommon for dogs to dislike going out in the bad weather, and because of this you may have to permanently escort your dog outside to the toilet in bad weather (especially if they are unmotivated to go outside themselves). You may want to consider teaching her that rainy weather is actually really good: waiting til it's a bit drizzly, taking her outside and giving her lots of treats, praise, playing with toys etc... and repeat...and repeat with worsening weather. (Yeah, it's not fun training, but neither is having a dog which toilets inside when it rains :eek: ).
     
  5. lexi2013

    lexi2013 PetForums Newbie

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    Yes,it does all make sense,and I've got to say if someone asked me to recommend a breed I'd have to say a Boston terrier as she's great,she's confined to the kitchen because I bought a baby gate to close off my sitting room,I'm going upstairs shortly to iron a couple of things in a minute,I've been outside with her for her to have a wee and we'll see if I can trust her for 15 mins...fingers crossed,but thanks for the advice...much appreciated and glad to hear you're out and about.
     
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    We use Be Quick as it's less embarrassing when the neighbours can hear.

    Mind you, it's taking a while to sink in. We were joking recently that one of our latest rescues thinks her name is either Tiggy, or Bickwick.
     
  7. lexi2013

    lexi2013 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for all your replies,I tend to say "quick quick" and she's pretty good to be fair anyway I'll just have to be patient with her,someone told me that they wee less after spaying don't know if that's correct but anyway will have to dig out my umbrella for those rainy days lol !
     
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