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When to stop treating for potty-well-done

I'm training Sheldon to go potty on a mat in my walk-in shower, using Ian Dunbar's advice of treating with freeze dried liver for a job well done. It's working great! Sheldon is so cute - he'll be playing in the LR, then suddenly rush into the bathroom to pee in the shower and eagerly await his treat, tail wagging.

What I'm wondering about is when (or whether) to stop treating. I'm happy to continue the practice indefinitely, but part of me wonders whether I'm encouraging him to go potty more often than he otherwise needs to.

Should I switch to treating intermittently? Or only under certain circumstances?
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How long have you been treating? If he is consistently 100% trained, slowly taper the treats off, but always praise "good boy" with a happy voice.



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I've been treating him since I got him - at 9 weeks of age, and he's turning 16 weeks old this week.

As for whether he's 100% trained - good question! I don't think so. He definitely knows where it's ok to go - but I don't think it's yet 100% clear where NOT to go. I still watch him like a hawk when he is not in the ex-pen.
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Brody is 2 1/2 and he still gets treated for it. Not all of the time...maybe around 30% of the time. Lots of times, the reason why I know he has gone off to his tray is because I see him waiting by the treat table for the treat he is "owed".

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I'm training Sheldon to go potty on a mat in my walk-in shower, using Ian Dunbar's advice of treating with freeze dried liver for a job well done. It's working great! Sheldon is so cute - he'll be playing in the LR, then suddenly rush into the bathroom to pee in the shower and eagerly await his treat, tail wagging.

What I'm wondering about is when (or whether) to stop treating. I'm happy to continue the practice indefinitely, but part of me wonders whether I'm encouraging him to go potty more often than he otherwise needs to.

Should I switch to treating intermittently? Or only under certain circumstances?
Sorry I have no advice but I'm curious to see what advise you will get. I'm almost in the same boat as you. My 3 other dogs poppy outside, they all took going outside pretty quickly except for Vino (16wks too) he occasionally goes potty outside but not consistent. He mostly goes inside where he has two designated areas. So, Iím wondering am I encouraging his inside potty by letting him and like you, I give treats and praise. I think he does it more to get treats then too potty.
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Tillie potty trained very young, but even at 3 yrs old I STILL treat her when SHE rings the bell and asks to go out. OR if I ask her to go because I need to crate her while I'm gone or something. She gets treats about 30% of the time as well...

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We never use treats for potty training-only praise when done correctly.
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Timmy will be two in the end of October and it seems he's been 100% for quite a while. I switch it up, sometimes he gets treats but most times he just gets praised which seems okay by him. I did however have to house break him at home and our beach house and since he really needs to cue me at the beach he usually gets treats down there. I sometimes have to bribe him him with a treat these days to get him to come inside. You might want to try out a trial of no treat, like first thing in the morning, when you know they'll go anyway.

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We never use treats for potty training-only praise when done correctly.
This is the way I have done with Leo as well. Praise when he potties outside. No treats. Same tack I've taken with all of my dogs over my lifetime. Seems to have worked.


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do it intermittently at this stage ,, but use a word marker after they finish. , so you can teach potty on cue. Then you can teach for other locations. Food is number one motivator. Praise for every performance. http://denisefenzi.com/2012/08/03/sc...-foe/#comments

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