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Potty Training and Grooming
ahhhh. okay. We have two ex-pen setups, both on carpet but covered with tarp. I thought I knew how to approach this, but it isn't going well. I either put him on the tray when he doesn't have to go, and five minutes later he'll either make it to the tray or just by it, or not anywhere close. It's hard to tell the percentage because there are times he makes it to the tray and I don't catch it. He is FAST. Poop is a little better, because he's only a twice a day pooper (I wasn't sure this was normal, but he's not constipated per the vet and he's eating, generally he poops consistently after meals so it's predictable) and piddling can be, of course, constant. I have managed to avoid accidents outside the ex-pen by making sure he's on a leash and has gone recently, or on my lap. He does not pee on laps, couches, beds, his crate etc. He starts squirming and I can definitely tell to put him on the tray. This is the only time we're remotely consistent. Oh, and he goes PSYCHOTIC if he's in your lap and has to poop. He starts nipping like crazy and flipping around. So at least there's that.
I cannot make these two ex-pens smaller. Is it worth it to add another potty tray? I'm thinking that could help. I really want to successfully potty train Oliver. (I'm even slow at potty training kids!!!)
Also, how often do you bathe a puppy? Considering how he runs through pee, I feel like he'll need a bath every three or four days at this rate, even with wiping his feet. He has white fur on his paws! On the grooming note, how often should his paws be trimmed? I have to comb them with a pin comb at least once a day right now. Maybe he's especially fluffy. This is my first experience with a long haired dog, and I think he's gorgeous, but I'm still learning the grooming stuff. He's 12 weeks old.