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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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I am so proud of little Ceylon. After 2+ weeks of somebody almost always being by his side, day and night, he hardly ever cries when we leave the room for a minute any more, even when he has to be locked in the kitchen. It's like he is realizing that we will always come back for him

Today was the big test - I've hired a sitter 3 days a week for this young period in his development, and I have been able to work from home the remaining days - up until today. So he was locked in the kitchen with all of his toys, crate, food, water, pee pad, and a kong for 4 hours today - ideally, I am planning on leaving early on the days when he has to be home alone so that I can come home for lunch, so that he is only alone for a couple of hours at the most, but that didn't happen today since I was busy trying to set our webcam up to check in on him, and suddenly I was late for work, not early!

Anyway, I checked in on him periodically (like, every 15-30 minutes!) throughout the day via webcam (Skype, actually, lol), and I never once heard him cry!! In fact, until the last 15 minutes, he was so quiet every time I checked on him (I couldn't really see him very well since the webcam is currently set up across the room - I will set it up better the next time he is alone) that I started to freak myself out, imagining that something horrible had happened haha. Of course, he was perfectly fine, and he was definitely getting restless at the end - I could see his little head moving around a bit as he moved around the kitchen, and he voiced a couple of soft complaints, but no real crying or barking - but I am talking 15 minutes before my daughter got home, so all was well. Yay Cey! What a great improvement from just a week or two ago, when he would start crying the second, and I mean the SECOND, I left the room to go use the bathroom, grab something from my room, etc.

To be honest, I was thinking/hoping that he would prove to be a real chill dog when left alone, since both of his parents were very calm and relaxed, but up until a couple of days ago, I was getting a bit worried But he seems to be doing GREAT so far (fingers crossed!!!)

Now if only potty training would progress as nicely! Instead of improving in that area, he has started a horrible habit of peeing wherever he is, including on the couch, even when we have just taken him out (and he also has pee pads all over the house)!! He doesn't seem sick, so for now I am thinking/hoping this is just a phase?! I also apparently don't recognize his signs very well yet... sigh. Well, I will take potty training problems any day over a crying dog, since the crying could get us in trouble with the neighbors and cause me much more stress and worry than cleaning up little puppy pee messes with vinegar every so often

"mess? What mess?"

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We've had our puppy Lola for 2 weeks. The housetraining is going extremely well.....not even one accident! We are very lucky, doing the right thing, or she's just very smart! Or a combo of all 3!!! Whatever it is, we are knocking on wood and keeping our fingers crossed.....and maintaining our positive attitude!

Here's what we've done. We have her set up in our Master bathroom. We've put her pee-pad in our shower and whenever she awakens from her sleep/nap, plays for 20-30 minutes, she runs into the shower and does her "business" on the pad. She will go there routinely on her own when she's playing with us in the bathroom and the "urge" strikes her. We give her LOTS and LOTS of praise..almost crazy with enthusiasm, which I believe makes a difference.

And while she has the run of the bathroom, when she sleeps, we close her in her crate. Lola goes into her crate on her own when she's had enough or is tired. When she wakes up, she starts to cry for our attention and we call out to her before going in to let her know we're on our way!

We DO NOT have pee pads all over the house. I have a feeling that it would be confusing and make the pup feel as though they can pee anywhere. We have an X-pen set up in our kitchen on the main floor, but her pee pad remains in our bathroom upstairs. We have brought it down into the X-pen, but found she didn't like having it there and began to chew at it. Bottom line, pee pad remains upstairs.

She sleeps at night by our bedside in her crate "locked" and when she has to use the bathroom/pee pad, she will cry to let me know she's awake and has to "go"! I will take her into the shower & in no time she does her business, I give her a wipe and back to bed we go!

So far.....this is working. Once the warmer weather hits, we will be taking her outside to do her business. Hopefully she will be older and be able to control her bladder better.

Lola for the time being has access to our master bathroom, supervised runs in our bedroom (but only after she pees/poops and is "safe"), kitchen/X-pen and we've taken her for short walks on a lead around the house. But she does not have access to every room in the house. We don't feel she's ready for that yet.

All I can suggest with your housetraining with Ceylon, is perhaps LIMIT the rooms he's allowed in for now. Keep the pee pad in an area he's familiar with, load him with lots of praise when he does his business, perhaps offer a tiny treat. Havs want to please us......when we're happy, they're happy! I'm no expert, just sharing what has worked for us!

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All I can suggest with your housetraining with Ceylon, is perhaps LIMIT the rooms he's allowed in for now. Keep the pee pad in an area he's familiar with, load him with lots of praise when he does his business, perhaps offer a tiny treat. Havs want to please us......when we're happy, they're happy! I'm no expert, just sharing what has worked for us!
Thanks for the advice! We actually do keep Ceylon either blocked in the kitchen (when we cannot supervise him in the living room), or limited to the living room and kitchen - he is not allowed in the rest of the house except for during sleep time. I admit I exaggerated a bit about 'pee pads all over the house' - we have a very small place, so he has one pad by the front door in the living room, and one in the kitchen - he is never more then 10-15 feet away from a pee pad at any time which was what I meant I guess; I should have stated that better lol. And we do give him TONS of praise every time he goes outside - heck, even when he manages to make it to the pad! We are trying to be very vigilant - taking him out every half hour or so, praising him when he goes outside, not punishing him but stopping him with a stern 'NO' if we catch him going inside (and definitely not making any sort of an issue if we don't catch him going inside but find the evidence afterwards), and I think we are doing all of the right things... we just don't quite recognize his 'signs' yet, I think. He is VERY eager to please, and will actually stop peeing if we catch him in the act and say a stern 'NO', and loves getting his praise and loving when he goes outside, so I think he will get it, eventually. (fingers DOUBLE crossed!!! lol)

How old is your Lola, by the way? She is absolutely gorgeous!!! Do you have more photos? She is beautiful!!
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Lola sounds like a dream puppy. I remember you talking about the shower area you must have your eye on her at all times or she is a bit older and controls her bladder well. I want a Lola.I am still trying to train and zoey is 4mo Maddie 7mo I know it is my fault I have gotten tired of the whole thing. I get new energy and buy new products to inspire me. The weather has been a real damper for me Maddie was almost trained and is still really good . But she does not go to the door as much and using the pad, pads, indoor outdoor carpet Here is my latest because it has been raining so bad and she was used to the green carpet out side and my covered structure on my patio collapsed during the last big storm. So now the outdoor is indoor! I also tried a litter box , and wood chips out side that was a mess! Oh I forgot to mention when we first got her we has real grass on the patio it died and became a muddie mess!
I think the worst problem is that we need to get the carpets cleaned we are in the process of moving so it will not be done tell we move out .
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Suzi, we don't have our "eye" on Lola ALL the time. It's impossible and we can't be here 24/7, nor do I think that would be healthy.

Lola is now 11 weeks old & seems to have gotten used to her routine.

I will say that we've been extremely consistent with Lola and although she knows the bathroom is "hers" for the time being, she has learned how to use her pee pad properly on her own! LOTS of praise is given and we believe she knows what "good girl" means....and wants to please us (or so I tell myself LOL)

We've extended her privileges to include our bedroom where she can romp and play and has constant access to the bathroom.

She also knows what "no" means. If I show her my finger and say "no" firmly, she looks at me and retreats from the mischief she was about to cause.

Can you believe, when she has enough playing, she will go into her donut bed or crate and crash for a nap? She will also "at random" head to the bathroom to use her pee pad all by herself!

So, we might have gotten VERY lucky with Lola as she does seem to be the dream puppy indeed.
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