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Is Cuba potty trained?

I came home today with crossed fingers. Yesterday when I got home, I noticed that Cuba did not go potty in his room/use his potty pads at all. When we went outside shortly after, he did his business everywhere. Today - same thing. Is he potty trained? The thought is so exciting!

The only difference is while I am at work he's been going to camp twice a week and staying in his room the remaining three. Perhaps camp is helping...

He's five and a half months old.

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What a good boy! If he's 5 and 1/2 months old he probably is potty trained, or certainly well on his way! As the mommy of a 5 month old, take this bit of advice - never let your guard down!

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I think it is too soon to say but I think you are well on your way. Dont get upset if he has a set back, this is normall. Oh and on these days when he waits for you to come home to go outside bring some treats out with you and have a huge potty party right as he finishes this will help him know he is doing good.

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I think it is too soon to say but I think you are well on your way. Dont get upset if he has a set back, this is normall. Oh and on these days when he waits for you to come home to go outside bring some treats out with you and have a huge potty party right as he finishes this will help him know he is doing good.
Good idea about the treats. I never used treats for potty training so perhaps he will realize it is something special.
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Every time we congratulate ourselves on how well Scooter is doing he seems to have an accident! You'd think we would stop doing that! He's 7 months old and when he does have an accident it's our fault, usually it's upstairs or in the basement. He rings the bells when he has to go out but we don't have them anywhere but on the main floor of the house.

Sounds like Cuba is doing great though! Congrats!!!

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that's great, sounds like his hold-it muscles are well-developed!
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Now it is up to me to be disciplined. Cuba rings the bell almost as much to play as to go do his business. He think it's great fun to ring it and then run away when I get there or to ring it so he can just go outside and enjoy the breeze and sniff around. Any idea how to break him of these habits? He does reliably ring it to actually do his business so I am weary to mess with that.
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I had the same problem Saydee. A trainer told me at this age they can hold it for at least 20 minutes. So once she's gone potty, I don't let her out again for 20 minutes, no matter how many times she slams the bell into the door. I just ignore it, as if I don't even hear the bell. When the 20 minutes are up I say "Good girl!" when she rings the bell and make sure she goes potty before I let her back in. By that time, she can pretty much go on demand. So far, no accidents resulted from this little technique...

Saydee also tries to bring toys outside to play with. This results in her being so distracted with RLH that she doesn't get her business done. This also makes for alot of dirty wet toys. So, the rule now is that she must "leave it" before going out. If she really needs to go, she drops it. Then it's fun time when she's done and comes back in for the toy again!

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Cicero also used the bell for play as well as potty for a while. I always carried out a treat, but he didn't get it unless he pottied. I put a bar stool by the door and when we came in after a potty, I would lift the bells off the hook and sit it on the stool. After a while when he wasn't looking I would put them back. He soon learned they were to potty and get treats afterwards. He's 10 months now and I don't know why but about a month ago he stopped using his bell...and barks one loud bark at the door when he needs to potty. That's fine with me...he hasn't had an accident inside since he was tiny. Easiest dog I've ever had to train !! It sounds like Cuba has learned to hold it also....and that's GREAT.


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I would say give a treat when he potties too! When you take him out, encourage him to potty but don't play. If he doesn't go then take him back in but give treats if he goes. Hope that helps!

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