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Going downstairs to pee

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Hammy1231, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Hammy1231

    Hammy1231 PetForums Newbie

    Aug 20, 2018
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    Hi all,

    I have a 5 month old havanese who is toilet trained when on the ground floor of the house but when we sit upstairs she has accidents. It's really tough to know when she needs to relieve herself because she shows no signs of needing to go, she just does it. She can do the stairs on her own and is happy to do this but hasn't figured out to go down them to get to the garden for toilet breaks. She has regular breaks to check if she needs to go but nothing otherwise she is locked in the same room as us to avoid accidents. In fact in some cases she will follow me back up stairs and then have a wee!

    Any ideas on what we can try?
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Continue with basic toilet training and encourage her downstairs and outside regularly, praising her when she goes.

    Make sure any odours from past accidents have gone (biological solution, rinse and dry).

    Block any favoured areas- lift rugs etc.

    Maybe a play pen in the upstairs room with a bed and water bowl for the times you have to leave her alone?
  3. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Feb 18, 2009
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    Rather than just checking if she needs to go, take her outside for five minutes and stay with her. If it's dark, have an outside light installed or use a torch. She may not feel secure being outside on her own.
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