Hello my dog is 10 months old she has had 3 of the shots the kind u can get at the feed store that has all the puppy shots included . But she hasn’t had the 4 th one . The supply stores have been out of the shots . I am new to having a dog . Do I have to start all over or can I just give her the last one and then she will be fine ? Thank you
Hello Sonia, I am not a vet. I recommend asking one of the wag vets under the medical articles section of wagwalking.com. From my experience as a pet owner myself, I believe you can simply continue with the last shot, but I am not a vet so can't say for certain. I would ask a vet. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We had toilet training down to a T with narla and she went outside every time. She is teething and I'm back to work and so is my partner. She has people check on her. She has started going to the toilet in the house again even when we are home and wont go outside. She seems to be holding it and we cant understand why?
Hello, I think it may be that Narla is finding it hard to adjust now that the house is empty during the day and everyone has gone back to work. How did you toilet train her the first time? You may have to go back to square one and start over, especially if she is going to the toilet inside the house. The guide you have referred to it the one I would recommend. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Try the Crate Training Method and the Timing Method. (Maybe the crate while you are at work and timing on the weekends.) You can also set up an exercise pen area, sometimes if dogs are left in the house alone, they feel that the space is too big and there is anxiety. Take a look here: https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/how-to-set-up-puppy-long-term-confinement-area. Maybe put some of the tips into place. Leave the radio on when you are at work. Take a kong, fill it with softened kibble and freeze it. When you leave for work, give it to Narla and it will occupy her for the beginning of the day. Make sure she is well exercised in the morning before you leave. Not just a pee break but a long walk. All the best!
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We are training our 9 week old beagle, Ruby, using the crate method. We live in a first floor apartment so need to carry her from our flat to the garden.
Do you have any tips on getting her to make the link between needing to go and heading to the door etc? At the moment it is reliant on us carrying her out. We try to lead her to the outside door but not sure if she is getting it!
Hello, I think once Ruby has the idea, she will have no problem going to the door. My suggestion is to keep leading her outside as you are doing (rather than carrying her). When you take her outside, verbally instruct her as well so she gets to know the command, too. I would praise her and give her a treat when she pees outside, too for incentive and reward. All of these things will lead toward her wanting to go outside. Lead her outside often, since she is so young - giving her the opportunity for success. If you think that you would prefer more communication from her, you can always work on training her to ring a bell as described here: https://wagwalking.com/training/go-pee. Good luck and keep up the great training!
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We have had georgie for 8 weeks now. She does not eliminate in her crate and uses puppy pads consistently.Despite all our efforts, in the 8 weeks we've had her, she will not poop or pee outside.We've done everything recommended ie. placing poop outside, pads outside, picking her up when we catch her in the act and placing her outside on pads etc...
We don't know where to go from here. We've had long walks, spent hours outside etc.. georgie has held her bladder for 6 hours during the day and the minute we resign ourselves to let her use the pad because we are concerned for her, she pees on the pad. We used a suppository on the recommendation of our Vet and she still wouldn't poop for hours, eventually going when we again gave in for her sake as it was 4 plus hours since getting it. please help?
Hello James, Some dogs will hold it because going potty puts them in a vulnerable position, and they feel unsafe while outside to a certain extent. I suggest continuing to try what you have been doing but also spending a lot of time simply hanging around outside, doing fun and relaxing things with pup for 1-2 hours at a time. Take a book, meals or even work outside if you can - you want outside to become almost as familiar as inside so that she will relax while out there enough to start going potty. Play games like finding treats in grass (pesticide free areas), fetch, sitting and relaxing, come games like round Robin on a long leash, ect... Second, try taking pup potty on a long leash - 20-30 feet and letting pup wander several feet away from you to go, pretending not to watch, but be ready to toss treats over if they go. Some pups think it's not okay to go in front of people so won't go while on a short leash, especially if they had an accident inside and got in trouble and misunderstood, thinking the discipline was for pottying in front of a person rather than in the wrong location. If this is pups issue and they will go while on a long leash, then you can slowly reel the leash up to shorten it over time, tossing treats to pup after they do go to help pup learn its acceptable to go in front of you. Third, try switching the pee pads inside out for a disposable real grass pad inside - to get her used to simply pottying on grass in general - even though its inside while you are still working on the outside. Have outside be biggest priority but when you have to offer an inside option, offer the grass pas instead of pee pad. If she won't potty on the grass pad either, place a pee pad on top and gradually cut away the pee pad until she is peeing on the grass underneath. When you do get that first potty outside, don't get too loud but do praise her genuinely and offer several small treats one at a time. Once she is doing it more often, tell her to Go Potty each time you take her, then give treats after, to teach that command so that pottying outside will get faster. I also wouldn't get worried about holding out for her to go potty outside when it's been less than 8 hours. By this age a normal pup can hold it for up to 6 hours when needed, so anything before that isn't that unusual. You may have to follow the crate training method all day and wait until the 8 hour mark to get that initial pee at first. I am not a vet though so always check with your vet for any medical concerns. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi thanks a lot Caitlin for your reply, really appreciate it. She actually has been doing great today and has gone a few times to wee straight on the rocks and also done a poo on there too tonight so I have completely removed the pads. She did have an accident earlier on in the kitchen even though I had just taken her out for a wee and she done one outside . I’m dreading leaving her in her crate for the night as I’m not sure if she’ll cope well with holding it in all night ( some mornings we get up there was poo on the puppy pads and some others just wee) any suggestions to help with that ? Also when I came back earlier on after leaving her in the crate for about 40 minutes , she had weed in it but I’m not sure if it was from excitement to see us come back home ?
Thanks a lot for your help, very much appreciated.
Hello Lea, Glad to hear she is doing well! As far as overnight, if the crate is the correct size most puppies will cry when they wake up needing to go potty - at which point you quickly take them outside. At this age she will probably have to go potty during the night half of the time and the other half will sleep through until morning and need to be taken out ASAP when she first wakes up (as soon as her bladder wakes up too the urge to go will hit her and she won't have long). For these reasons, either crate her in your room where you can hear her if she wakes to go potty and then can take her outside, OR crate her somewhere else and use an audio baby monitor with the volume set high enough it will wake you up when she cries. Occasionally a dog won't cry Or more often - the cry won't wake the person up. If you find that that's happening, you will need to set an alarm for the middle of the night and take her potty then for another month most likely. When you take her - regardless of if she or the alarm woke you, take her on a leash, keep the trip super boring, don't give any treats, play, or attention, and then put her straight back into the crate after and ignore any crying at that point - you will know she doesn't have to go potty then and just wants to play so it can be safely ignored so that she will learn after a few nights just to go back to bed at that time. As far as the daytime crate accident, first - be sure to clean the crate well with a cleaner that contains enzymes to remove the accident smell in the crate. It must be enzymes - even bleach won't be thorough enough. Read pet cleaner bottles and look for the word enzyme or enzymatic. This is important - the accident smell needs to be removed. You can also use that cleaner on any other accidents. The accident very well might have been from excitement. When you first get home, if you know she can hold it for a bit longer - ignore her for 5 times when you first get home - no talking to her, going up to the crate or giving any attention. When she is calmer, then let her out very calmly and take her potty. Save the petting, sweet talk, and enthusiasm for after she has peed outside to help her hold it until then. Keep all greetings when you first get home calm like this so that she will be conditioned to stay calmer when you get home - this is also one of the things that helps prevent separation anxiety so its a good practice in general. I would just pay attention to whether the accidents continue in the crate after such a short time. I am assuming she had been taken potty 40 minutes earlier - right before being crated. If not, she might need more frequent potty trips - such as every 1 instead of 1.5 until her bladder capacity improves with age and with practice holding it. Many pee pad trained dogs can't hold it for as long as their bladders would normally be able to at first because they are just used to peeing whenever the urge hits instead of having to hold it - the crate conditions the dog to intentionally hold it until time to go - instead of just pee on demand. All of this means, she might need more frequent potty trips for a couple of weeks until she gets used to holding in in general. Finally, just make sure the crate is small enough and there is nothing absorbent in the crate - no soft beds or towels. Those too things could lead to accidents. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed in the crate. For sizing, it should only be big enough for her to turn around, lie down, and stand up...There shouldn't be extra room in the back where she could pee then move away from it. You can get a bigger wire crate and use a wire crate divider to make it small enough also...as she grows the divider can be moved to give more space so that you don't make to buy multiple crates. If you have a wire crate now and find it's too big, look into purchasing a wire crate divider off amazon that fits your size crate. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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