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Nicole: it is hard without 3 kids, so I can only imagine with a full house. Does Izzo seem to have the concept down? I think a big thing with these little guys is communication... Have you taught him a way to let you know? My boys scratch at the door... most sane people hang bells for them to ring. But when I was training We would always ask the same question "do you wanna do your biz?" and take them to the pee pads or outside. Eventually they picked up what "do you wanna do your biz?" means. (although a smart puppy may fake it for a treat..but that's ok) Or is there something he does to indicate he has to go? Cash as a puppy would start acting a little crazy and we would ask the question.
Jasper got the concept right away...he still had accidents, but he knew what made us happy. With Cash we were still not sure at 7 months and we had to be very vigilent. But then finally it seemed to click... Both my boys had a set back at 10 or 11 months...but it was short lived.
If you could set aside an entire weekend to keep Izzo with you at all times and take him out frequently and say what ever you words are and then when he goes...treat, treat, party, party...I think that would go a long way.
As for little vacuum cleaner. I found the best thing was to teach him "leave it" or 'drop it" you need real high value treats for that...Izzo has something he shouldn't, you have chicken..."Izzo Drop it" showing him the morsel. he drops it "good drop it" treat. party.
Hope this helps... These guys can take longer to house train, but the extra effort pays off.
Missy, Jasper & Cash