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Just braught Coco home snd was wondering if it would be better to take her in the elevator or carry her down the stairs to do her business?
 

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She's a puppy, right? The stairs might be a bit much for a little one if the risers are very deep. Nice opportunity to get her used to elevator manners and eliminate any fear of them. Some dogs are uneasy in elevators. Mine were.
 

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There are really good training books and nothing is more helpful then an obedience class, after the pup has had all its shots. Please don't just pull your pup around, work with her around the house first, get her used to the lead. Please do some reading and learn about basic training of your pup- Good luck with her, I wish you both the best! Di
 

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Right now you will either have to carry her or go where she wants when she is on her leash. Start when she is done doing her business with a few treats to get her to walk where you want her to go.

There is some excellent puppy books out...in fact I think I had one call Labradorers for Dummies that I used.
 

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I'm done with you. You are a dolt.
Thanks for your help I did not mean to drag her i meant to just keep tension on the lead. Thanks for all the suggestions from other members the food works much better than treats and I got her to walk to and from the elevator.
Thanks a lot guys.
 

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Sorry about the punctuation or lack of. I have her registered for classes when she hits 10 weeks i know her attention span is only about 5 min right now which should be a little better by then. What do you mean by "Troll" that is a new one for me?
 

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Jeez. I don't think this is a troll, but a guy with a 6 week old puppy who really knows very little about raising a puppy. He needs advice, not bashing.

I've been answering his questions in the puppy board and he has not been trollish with me.
 

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Jeez. I don't think this is a troll, but a guy with a 6 week old puppy who really knows very little about raising a puppy. He needs advice, not bashing.

I've been answering his questions in the puppy board and he has not been trollish with me.
Sorry but with the choice of name etc I would be surprised !
 

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The following is a copy of a post I've often made:

If it was me, I'd train my puppy to use an indoor potty tray. (Whenever I've posted this before, there's always a chorus of JL members who scream "No!" that grass is the only place to teach a pup to potty.)

I disagree.

What about the millions of city dwelling dog owners who live in high rises 5-10 minutes away from sidewalks and where it's illegal to use grass? Should they give up their dogs?

I faced this problem when Puff (@ 9 weeks old) came home. I puppygated her mainly to the kitchen since it had an easily cleaned tile floor. While there was a sliding door to the back yard, it had some problems that needed fixing and was unusable. The other door was across carpeted halls and living room, out the front door. Much too long a distance to take a pooping or peeing pup.

I bought the largest size of Purina's Second Nature Dog Litter 22"W X 28"L X 9"D and kept it in the kitchen within just a few seconds distance from Puff. I lined the bottom with layers of newspapers.

Whenever I noticed Puff beginning to assume her peeing posture (hind quarters squatting, tail lifted) I'd whisk her to the tray (only a few feet away) and always praise her and treat her for making her deposit IN the tray.

Likewise for her Poop posture (arched back, rear paws placed farther forward than her front paws).

I was careful to clean up any dribbles, using Nature's Miracle or OTC 3% Hydrogren Peroxide to nullify any odors broadcasting to a dog's nose, "here's a great spot to pee or potty."

Puff learned quickly.

It helped that I noted on the side of the fridge each time she peed or pottied. I found that she'd be fairly consistent in when she went -- UNTIL she changed her old rut for a new one.

IIRC, within 2 weeks we had a 90-95% success rate. Within 3 or 4 weeks, it was essentially complete.

And she had not the slightest difficulty making the transition to peeing or pottying on grass.

This may have been helped by reciting a mantra to her in her training of either "Puff, Pee-pee!" or "Puff, Potty!" whichever one she was doing. That probably also helped make the transition to outside.

("Puff, pee-pee!" results in almost immediate compliance. "Puff, potty" always has to be given several times with some excercise in between recitations to be effective. My supposition is that my first few recitations of "potty" are needed in order to get the peristalsic movement going to move the deposit through her intestinal tract until it's at last in firing and depositing position.

I was motivated to teach Puff to use the tray not only because of our back door problem but also because I needed her to have a good way of getting elimination relief when she was sailing with me and grass was out of reach.

Previously I helped a friend, Miriam, who lived in an apartment above the Episcopal student center at the U of Fla. solve a similar problem. She had a dachshund puppy, "Reinhie" (after Reinhold Niebuhr) that she'd trained to use paper. It was at least a 5 minute trip from her apartment to grass, over to and out her door, down the stairs, across the great hall, out the door, across the porch, down to the brick courtyard between the SC and the chapel, and then across the courtyard to either front or back grass.

Reinhie became so used to going on paper that he wouldn't pee or poop outside. So I suggested Miriam take newspapers with her and gradually provide smaller and smaller areas. Within 7-10 days, Reinhie was peeing and pottying outside. IF I'd suggested that she use a mantra (such as "Reinhie, pee-pee" or "Reinhie, potty") it would probably have made for an even quicker and smoother transition.

BTW, once Puff finished using her 2nd Nature potty tray, after thoroughly cleaning it and putting a bed pillow in the bottom, it serves as her often preferred bed.

We've not yet had any long sails where a tray was needed to serve as her auxillary "head".

I'm sorry Purina stopped making this largest size tray but there are many inexpensive large plastic trays at hardware & home improvement stores, and Wal-Marts that could be easily modified to serve the same purpose.

I never did use Purina's 2nd Nature litter -- we found newspapers quite satisfactory and cheaper.

The first link below is for Purina's Second Nature system:

http://www.doglitter.com/GetPage.aspx?PageID=37&MenuItemID=16

The following review was written when Purina still made the larger tray which was used by the owner of a 50 lb. Lab mix:

http://www.epinions.com/review/Purina_Secondnature_Dog_Litter/content_107505225348

I thought the following lengthy review by a person living on the 23rd floor of a condo was very useful:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Review-of-the-Purina-Second-Nature-Dog-Litter-Box-System&id=144649

 
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