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    Default Re: Good grief - I need advice

    So 5 mos she is heading out of the puppy stage. She really only needs to poop twice a day. Go to the home page and look at the food ratings because I'm not familiar with what you are feeding. 1 cup of food in the morning and 1 cup at night is good. As long as her poop is formed, soft is ok. It should not be flooding out of her or breaking into pieces as she poops (this means it's too hard). Isn't it great you can come to a forum and discuss POOP?? Anyhoo...is the food she's on an all stages food? I switched mine from puppy to an all stage at 7mos. I think if she poops after dinner she should be ok for the night. Does she give any kind of signal that she has to go? If she does, than I would get up and let her out.
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    This is what I did. It seems mean but Meatball was in his crate a lot as a puppy. I would let him out for 30min. Every hour to potty and stretch/play. Than with each couple of weeks I extended his crate time. Let him out every 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, until he learned to hold it for at least 4 hours. Once he got that down, I started letting him free around the house knowing he can hold it for 4 hours. I crated when we went out, ate, and for night sleep. It took a long time!!!!! At least 6 months and he still pees in house if he plays too hard with kids, and I don't let him out immediately after play. Now he can hold it for 6-8 hours give or take. Housebreaking sucks!!!!

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    This is what we are feeding her.

    http://www.petsmart.com/dog/food/sim...alue%3Dfaceted

    I was wrong with the name. It's called Simply Nourish. It's a limited ingredient dog food, and we feed her the lamb and pea formula. The guy at Pet Smart said that it was OK at her age to feed her dog food instead of puppy food, because the dog food is so full of vitamins and minerals, and has such a high protein content, that it's every bit as good as puppy food. I hope so. This particular brand might not seem familiar unless you shop at Pet Smart because it's their house brand. It came recommended from friends, and Lily seems to love it. Plus, since we changed her food, well that is when she went from 4 times a day to 2.


    I am wondering if her body is using the food more. We used to raise Dobermans, a million years ago, and we had them on a totally raw diet. They went from dropping bombs the size of a football helmet, to bombs the size of a hamster. Their body was just using the food - almost totally.

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    My boy was really easy to house train yeah Sebastian ! But he does have accidents from time time .... Hope ur pup gets it soon .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enjnene View Post
    My boy was really easy to house train yeah Sebastian ! But he does have accidents from time time .... Hope ur pup gets it soon .


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    Lily doens't have accidents. If we aren't watching her, she just "drops trou" and goes wherever she wants to go. I was sooooo bragging on her the other day because she went to the back door and I saw her. I almost jumped up I was so excited. I took her out and she peed. I praised her to the moon and back, treated her, etc. She came back in, and 10 minutes later, peed in the floor - RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.

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    Default Re: Good grief - I need advice

    I wish I had THE answer for you but we had lifelong problems with our girls! Charley would bust before going in the house (unless stress excited, then he pees, but that has happened maybe 4 times in 5 years.


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    Lily does pee from time to time, just dribbles a little, when she gets excited, but she hasn't done that in a while. We take her out so many times a day, so hopefully that is helping.

    She hasn't an accident in a few days, so that's good.

    I talked to the breeder we got her from yesterday, and she's having the same trouble with Lily's litter mate. He's not housebroken yet, either.

    I told her it's weird -- it's like, she knows when she goes outside that she's supposed to do her business, but it's also like she doesn't know it's not OK to go inside. Does that make sense?

    She knows what's right, but she also doesn't know what's wrong.

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    Default Re: Good grief - I need advice

    I never experienced any problems, I guess I was lucky Right from the start when we got them as puppies I'd take them out every 2 hours in the night (and increase the time by an hour every week if I thought it world work), I'd take them out straight after food, napping, playtime... when indoors I always checked them and if they showed any sign of wanting to pee or poop I'd carry them outside to their spot. We didn't use any sort of pads or paper on the floor. They got it very quickly, I think by a month time they were housebroken. I had the privilege to live in a house with fenced in garden which helped a lot as the door could always be opened for them. If they had an accident inside I didn't say a word, I just still carried them outside to their spot so that they would maybe connect the dots And praise them when they did their business outside.

    It is a mission with puppies of any kind, my husband has a habit of finding unwanted puppies... and what can I say when he asks me if I will save it? This method has worked for me on everything from Chihuahuas to Great Danes
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    I've heard so many different things, Petra. Some say use the pads, some say don't use the pads. I guess you just have to do what's best for the puppy and hope for the best. I love that little face, though, so it's hard to get upset at her.

    She has this whole toybox full of toys, right? We pick her up a new toy, almost every time we go out. She'll grab all her toys, sometimes two in her mouth at a time, and bring them up on the sofa between Hubs and me. She'll get all excited playing with her toys, and run back and forth between him and me. Then she will like grab my hand (or his hand) with her mouth. She won't bite it, but it could be if she clamped down. I look at her and point my finger and say 'No biting!' and that gets her even more excited. It's cute, and I laugh at her which is counterproductive because I am laughing, so she doesn't take me seriously. I have to get on top of it LOL.

    It's like when kids curse. It's funny and you shouldn't laugh (but you do LOL).

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    Default Re: Good grief - I need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by GAbeachBum View Post
    I've heard so many different things, Petra. Some say use the pads, some say don't use the pads. I guess you just have to do what's best for the puppy and hope for the best. I love that little face, though, so it's hard to get upset at her.

    She has this whole toybox full of toys, right? We pick her up a new toy, almost every time we go out. She'll grab all her toys, sometimes two in her mouth at a time, and bring them up on the sofa between Hubs and me. She'll get all excited playing with her toys, and run back and forth between him and me. Then she will like grab my hand (or his hand) with her mouth. She won't bite it, but it could be if she clamped down. I look at her and point my finger and say 'No biting!' and that gets her even more excited. It's cute, and I laugh at her which is counterproductive because I am laughing, so she doesn't take me seriously. I have to get on top of it LOL.

    It's like when kids curse. It's funny and you shouldn't laugh (but you do LOL).

    Adorable it is impossible to be mad at them, they are just to awesome and somehow everything they do is cute... even when they fart it's funny
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    Ew, I don't know if I agree with it being funny LOL. I just love it when she does it on my husband. I told him, "payback!!"

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    Default Re: Good grief - I need advice

    My girl is 12 weeks old and is doing okay with the housetraining. Getting better at knowing when she has to go, but won't tell us in anyway other than sniffing around and pacing at times. What I need help with is crate training her. She keeps pooping in her crate!! Every single time she is in it. Vet said she would stop but it's going on week two and she is still doing it. Any suggestions??? She is in it for the night and while we are at work. Doesn't matter if it's several hours or one hour nor does it matter if she has already gone outside. Help??!!

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