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A potty experiment

Today I tried placing kibble in my kid's rooms and watched Cass eat it and hope it will stop her from having accidents in them. Will let you know if it works.


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Today I tried placing kibble in my kid's rooms and watched Cass eat it and hope it will stop her from having accidents in them. Will let you know if it works.
I have used the kibble trick in areas of the house that can't easily be closed off, but a better answer for rooms that CAN be closed off is to keep the door closed! This is especially true in kids' rooms where possible potty accidents are the least of the worries. There are so many things that kid leave on the floor that can either be damaged by a puppy or can hurt the puppy if ingested. I used to go NUTS over my younger son's Nerf gun "bullets". They are made of the same foam as pool noodles, and EXACTLY the right diameter to choke a puppy. I finally ended up charging him $1 each time I found his door open or a Nerf bullet in any other part of the house. He finally learned when it hit his pocket!(negative punishment works with kids too!)


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Closed doors are the best solution. We put those rubber tile pieces in Julian'sroom, because the boys will go in his room and mark his toys. They're fine in the rest of the house, it's just his room.


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I sprinkled some kibble on Maccabee's favorite no-no pee spot. I'll update after he has had a few sessions of free time in the living room.

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Yup, we try keeping the doors closed too. Charging money for open doors is a great idea, except my kids never have any money and would be in debt forever! lol


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Yup, we try keeping the doors closed too. Charging money for open doors is a great idea, except my kids never have any money and would be in debt forever! lol
When my kids were younger, I had a "toy impound" that I used instead. I took toys away for infractions, and gave them back as rewards for good behavior. It was very sad when certain toys had to go to "toy jail".


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I must say that the instant reward for going in the right place has worked very well and her accident level has dropped considerably! Could be age too...


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I must say that the instant reward for going in the right place has worked very well and her accident level has dropped considerably! Could be age too...
Maccabee was with my fiance at his house last week, while I was traveling for work. He had no accidents in his expen (he has a litter box in there) or crate while I was gone. He had a couple accidents on the carpet when Scott was less careful.

Once I got there on Friday, I started taking Maccabee out very frequently and rewarding him as soon as he peed outside. When inside but not in the expen, I either had him on my lap or a fairly long lead. No accidents until Sunday morning when Scott put Maccabee in his expen and left the litter box beside his crate in our bedroom. Of course, Maccabee pooped in the expen (he had already peed in the litter box before he went downstairs).

No accidents since we got home yesterday, either!

I'm pretty proud of my boys, especially since the big by had a kidney stone attack on Wednesday and ended up in the ER. When he got home, in extreme pain, he had Maccabee to deal with. Both boys survived and Scott is feeling much better.

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Poor guy! That SI above and beyond the call of duty! Glad he's feeling better!

Most of Kodi's mistakes when he was little were when I left another family member in charge. They just didn't get how CLOSELY they have to be supervised. It made me really glad that I didn't trust my KIDS to sitters very often!


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we kept the kids doors closed also, it was about a year before we could relax on that at all!! Now she only goes in thier rooms if they are IN there OR if she is lookin' for trouble! LOL

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