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Introducing Bunsen Honeydew

Hi Everyone! After lurking around here for months I thought I'd finally say hello and introduce you all to Bunsen Honeydew! He's 14 weeks now and is an absolute joy. He's a cheeky smart thing—since he was 8.5 weeks he's been able to sit, watch me (solid eye contact) and poop on his wee wee pad 100% of the time (yay!). He's met a ton of new people and had several successful puppy playtimes and interactions with older dogs. He also seems to love the camera and knows how to pose!

I love his beautiful brown color (everyone thinks he's a teddy bear!), but his roots are looking pretty light, so I have a feeling he's going to be more cream colored soon...

We've been training him to use the wee wee pad as we live in NYC and its just easier overall with our lifestyle. Even though he has never made a mistake with #2's, for some reason his peeing is a bit all over the place. Since we got him there has been an obvious shift in his thought process: now instead of just stopping and going wherever he is, he will consciously walk over to the end of the ex-pen that the pee pad (in a holder) is in, and do his business over there. Problem is 50 percent of the time he ends up peeing on the floor because only his front two legs are on the pad. It's super frustrating because there has been obvious progress (something clicked in his head!), but its not quite right.

There are occasional mistakes (rare, and really, not his fault) when he's out of the pen, but for the most part I'm concerned about how to fix this current situation. Any thoughts? As of now he gets a treat only when he pees successfully on the pad, but part of me thinks he enjoys seeing a white paper towel move about when I clean up the mess (he's a big fan of anything white and fluffy)!

Also, if anyone out there has successfully trained their dog to reliably use the pee pad no matter where it is/where they are, please let me know... I'd love to trade tips and stories!

Thanks so much!
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Bunsen Honeydew! Is that the cutest name ever, or what? It goes with his awesomely cute and loveable face as well. Re: The potty training -- it sounds like he is doing great. At least he has the right idea, which is the hard part, and now just has to improve his aim. I'll leave it to others to give you more specific advice in that area, but just wanted to congratulate you on your gorgeous puppy.

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Dang, he's cute!! I don't have any tips on indoor potty training as Emmie only goes outside. When I first got her it was tough because my condo was on the 4th floor so I had to run (quickly) down the stairs to take her outside to pee/poop. It's easier now because we moved and the distance from the front door to a patch of grass outside is much shorter, and she can hold it longer because she's a little older.

Some folks have had success with litter boxes that have sides on them, such as this one:

Good luck training Bunsen Honeydew and welcome to the forum!!

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Welcome Bunsen Honeydew!
I love his little smile in the 4th photo - how sweet!
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SO adorable!! Congratulations and welcome to the forum!!

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Congrats on the pup! We use a litter box and still had the two-foot problem for awhile. I was just extremely diligent about regularly putting her in the box when she hadn't peed in awhile and praising like crazy when she did it right. It took a few weeks before she stopped.

It also seemed like the 2-foot thing was most likely to happen when she was a little anxious, especially when I left her in the pen to go upstairs for a shower. She's much better at separation and generally more mature so I think that contributed to her success.

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Bunsen Honeydew is so adorable!! oh my gosh, he is sooo cute!!
And Jeanne, you sound like me... We were on the 4th floor when we got Mikey. That was a challenge. Now we are in a house with a back yard. Yea
So, I'm no good on pee pad training either. I tried it at first and he did great with pooping but not as good with peeing. But my pee pads were on our deck because I knew eventually he would be going outside to do his business.

I think it sounds like he has the idea, which is wonderful. Maybe if you put the pee pads in something that he has to step into. I know some people do that. Maybe that would help???

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Brody would do the two-foot on his Ugodog and 2 feet on the floor thing and then just let her fly (all over the floor). He went through a couple of phases when he did this (and they were both quite short) and then he'd go back to doing it right. I used to just pick him up and put him fully on it when he was done. I tried not to show irritation (not sure how succesful I was at that!) I don't know that I really did anything to make him get it...he'd have it, then backslide to the two-feet thing and then he'd be back to doing it right seemed to be a phase.

And, may I add, your baby is adorable!!

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Awwww, Bunsen Honeydew is adorable!!!!! You are right about him looking like a teddy bear!! I haven't done potty pads with Chester but watch him every second for any signs of "I'm about to potty" and correct. And welcome!

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Ok, I have a puppy crush!! He is just the cutest-love the little grin in the last photo.

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