cavalier king charles puppies

Posted by roger-comeau
Mar 4, 2008
need help please
our cavaliers puppies are smart only 3 1/2 months old.
Can sit, shake paws,and some other minor tricks.
But they seem to forget to poop and pee outside.
I let them out very often but lots of the times they end up doing their chores in the house. During the day they are kept in the kitchen with gates to keep them there with water and a training pad.
They are starting slowly to use the pad but most of the time its a miss.
Lately they are climbing the gates and doing their thing all over the place.
Even when I am home and put them out they still find a way to poop and pee somewhere.
What do I do
Posted by Todd
Mar 9, 2008
HI there and thanks for your question.

This can be a very frustrating part of owning puppies so don't despair. Time and training are the keys

The trick to toilet training is to preempt when the animal wants to go toilet. To start with you will have to take her out first thing in the morning, after play, after feeding and before you go to bed. These are the times that dogs most often need to go toilet. When you take her out at these times take her to the same spot and say something like "go toilet". If she doesn't go wait, and take her out ten minutes. Keep doing this until she goes toilet.

The next time your dog has an accident inside:

1) Growl as your dog is doing it. You must reprimand your dog as it is performing the undesirable behavior, because dogs only ever associate your punishment or reward with the very last action they have performed.

2) Soak up the puddle or pick up the waste with a sheet of newspaper.

3) Then clean the spot with your odor neutralizer.

4) Keep the soiled newspaper, place any solid wastes or the soaked paper outside, or wherever you want their bathroom spot to be. This will give your dog a place it can return to that is marked with its own scent and therefore safe to use as a bathroom. (keep in mind that dogs mark their territory and therefore claim their dominance as they eliminate, if another dog has been where you want your dog to go, your dog will only go there if it is of a dominant disposition and wish to challenge the opposing 'dog'.)

5) Take them out individually every hour on the hour (when possible) to that place where you have placed its waste. Introduce the command "Be quick!....Good Dog" as your dog goes and reward it with treats if you wish. This command is handy, as your dog quickly associates your voice command with the act of eliminating.

Adequate supervision is very important. Loosely tie your dogs leash to you, so that you know where it is at all times in the house. You may of course tie it to the coffee table if you are watching television say. Remember not to leave your dog tethered when you are not supervising it as you may run the risk of choking.

Give them time and i am sure they will catch on. Please let me know how things go and if you can help at all.