Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Ditto to Karen's comments. I wish I could find the link to the guide that I found online and went by religiously. I did copy it, but the author did not want it shared without it being attributed to him and I didn't save his name, but an important part of what it said was ... after waking in the morning – carry him/her to the spot, after naps – walk him/her to the spot, and what I found to be VERY important - 5-10 min after a drink and 20-30 after meals - walk him/her to the spot. If he doesn't go when you take him out, take him back to his crate and try again in 10 minutes, and like Karen said "have a party" and really praise/treat him. I kept Oreo confined at all times in the beginning unless I knew for certain that he had been successful with his pottying, and then just gave him freedom for maybe 20 minutes. I learned his behaviors that indicated he had to go, and would take him out immediately. I also learned that the 20 minutes after meals didn't apply to him at breakfast. He only had 2 poop accidents, but they were both within a minute or two of his finishing breakfast, so after that I would scoop him up and take him out as soon as he finished his last bite. If you are vigilant, you will learn his schedule, and will be able to head off accidents before they happen, and that speeds up the training process tremendously. Of course, it really is you who becomes trained initially, but once you are trained, he will follow suit. Good luck!