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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Richard Nicol, May 30, 2019.


  1. Richard Nicol

    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    Our puppy moved in on Monday 6 May (15 weeks old) and she is now 19 weeks. She is well behaved but there is one thing that I wanted to seek advice. I come down to let her out of her crate on a morning and take her immediately outside to go for a wee, I will leave her outside for a while and sometimes she does a wee and sometimes not. When I let her in she immediately goes in her crate, I will maybe go to stroke her and shut the crate, and she will do a wee immediately in her bed or blanket. She will only do this for me and she has never done it for my wife (she gets on a lot better with my wife and follows her round everywhere; she is on maternity leave now also).

    It might just be one of those things etc but I thought I would ask, also if I left the kitchen door open she would run through to the living room and sit next to the sofa and when I went to get her she would also do a wee.

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    Richard
     
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    It sounds like nervous weeing. Maybe a man frightened her before you got her and she is a bit unsure or nervous of men in general now. If she was 15 weeks when you got her is she a rescue pup and what breed is she, as some breeds are far more sensitive than others?
     
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    Generally a 15 week old pup is going to need to wee after sleeping all night so I would make sure she is empty before bringing her back in the house, which means you need to supervise her outside instead of just leaving her to it. If she still does nervous wees after that at least there’s less to come out!
     
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    I too wouldn’t leave her outside to toilet on her own.

    She might feel a bit vulnerable out there alone (my 10 year old sighthound hates being shut out on his own).

    Plus you still need to encourage and praise when she does toilet and be sure she’s emptied before coming in.
     
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    I have dogs that prefer someone to be with them in the garden...unless they think they should answer the call of the wild...then they happily try to run into the garden!
     
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    Oh yeah - if Jack’s spotted a squirrel he forgets he’s a woos! ;)
     
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    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    No a friend of my wife had the mum and dad of our puppy. Her mum and dad were crossed, so she's a true crossbreed. Mixture of Corgi, Staffy, Alsatian and possibly Dalmation/Jack Russell. She is fine around all men apart from me. She loves the company of everyone, i have told her off a few times if she has done things wrong so maybe she associates with me with getting things wrong. Not quite sure what to do now.
     
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    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    Will ensure i do that in future. This morning i went to open the crate/as i was opening it she started weeing and basically cleared herself out before i even got to her.
     
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    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    Yes i will make sure i stay with her from now on and praise her. Thanks.
     
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    You mean she toilets in her crate, rather than enters it?

    Its not uncommon for puppies to toilet on re-entering the house. As others said, go outside with her and wait. If she doesn't toilet, bring her in after 5 minutes but watch her like a hawk - any hint of a head movement or anything else that might indicate she is about to toilet, scoop her up and get her out fast. Repeat until she toilets outside and immediately deliver a reward - it has to be immediate so she gets it that its for toileting. Your aim is for her to eventually want to hold her toilet so she can get the reward, once she has physical control to do so.

    What are you telling her off for? She wont be deliberately making mistakes, she doesn't know your rules yet - better to tell her what you do want rather than telling her off when she gets it wrong. I'm not saying that as a criticism but if you tell us what you are telling her off for we might have some suggestions to help you so she doesnt 'get it wrong' and you don't need to reprimand her.
     
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    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    Yes like this morning, I came downstairs and I was opening the crate she started weeing just in her bed (she does this basically every morning when I come to see her).


    That’s good yes I will make sure I do that thank you with the reward.


    She is a really good puppy so I do not need to tell her off much. It’s just when she goes on the sofa or goes upstairs.
     
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    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    Also something i would really like some advice on is walking her...

    When i try to take Marley out for a walk i usually have to carry her out of the front door, she will just sit and shake at the front door or if i get her out of the driveway and onto the street she will just sit and will not move.
     
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    To add to this, but if she sees someone else she will be all over them or playing with another dog if i manage to get her down to the field.
     
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    She may have been at the very limit of her ability to hold. I suggest getting up a little earlier (or even a toilet break during the night if she is still struggling to go all night). Rather than telling her off for going on the sofa, lure her off with a reward. And a baby gate at the foot of the stair will stop her going up. Remember she is a learner, think about when you learned to drive - you were told how to do things right rather than left to figure it out yourself and told off for getting it wrong.
     
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    Again that is not uncommon. The world is a scary place for a puppy. But she arrived with you quite late so do you know how she was socialised before week 15 when she came to you? You could go out without a plan to actually get anywhere. Gently encourage her towards you, maybe walking backwards with treats to lure her towards you and reward any progress. Gradually you will be able to go sideways then forwards.
     
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    You've answered your own question then if you've 'told her off a few times if she has done things wrong'. I'm afraid you've made her fearful of you, hence the submissive/nervous weeing. Personally I always take the approach with my puppies to praise the good and ignore the bad as I want to build a relationship with them. I'm not a saint and many times I've had to count to ten, especially with my last pup who I swear was half collie and half beaver judging by the amount to damage she did....!!
     
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    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    Yes unfortunately i am going to have to something similar, this is the first dog i have ever had so it's a big learning curve for sure! I will have to try and re-build that relationship slowly...
     
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    We have a baby who is nearly 6 months old so sometimes up during the night so can definitely try a toilet break then, good idea. I will definitely start using rewards more.
     
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    She wasn't socialised at all, no walks just out in the garden with mum, dad and other puppies. I will be very patient and use treats to try and keep her coming towards me. Thank you :)
     
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    Richard Nicol PetForums Newbie

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    Again as well this is another issue with me as she walks fine with my wife. I have a lot of good advice from you all which is really appreciated :)
     
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