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02:12:24 Thu
Mar 29 2007

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Can anyone tell me why our 12 week old puppy wets on the beds everytime he gets onto them? We live in a bungalow and although he is in the kitchen with his bed sometimes he escapes and runs through the rooms. When we are in the longue he comes in with us. I had to strip the eldest kids bed this morning and when I got in from work this evening [work 9pm - 1pm] OH had left the door gate ajar and pup had got in and on our bed - last thing I wanted to do was strip our bed. Getting fed up with it. He hasnt an infection - asked the vet about that and got him to check sample.

Can anyone think of a solution?


  
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He is probably marking territory or is just getting overwhelmed by all the scents on there and getting over excited! :eek:

The most obvious answer I can give you is to stop him going in the rooms unless he is controlled. Also, at 12 weeks, he shouldn't really be jumping on and off beds as this could damage his muscles.

Allow him in the rooms but only when you are with him and do this several times during the day so it isn't a novelty for him.

As long as you are in the house, don't shut him in one room as this makes the rest of the house extra exciting, and may stress him out. Let him be around you, but make sure you have plenty of outside trips to stop accidents! He will get over excited at first, but pretty soon everything will just be part of his normal boundaries and wont have the same thrill to it!

Good luck - I would never go back to that age for all the tea in china :luck:



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Hi, as above, but to add. I have a male Boxer, and he can pee for Scotland. As a pup he peed on everything, naming it as his. He had to affirm his territory. Once he knew the house was his, the peeing stopped. Same out side, regular routes get the same place "marked" every time we pass. New places, OMG, every tree, bush, lamp post, sign post, clump of grass, etc. etc, etc. Each and everything has a visitors book thet must be read and then signed. Patience will win through.

  
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Funny that, Zeb did it as a young pup and Casper peed on our bed the other night too :sad:

Must be a boy thing
Lola never did, she's a lady don't you know :wink:
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Agree with all the above.

Unfortunately boxers do not like isolation so keeping your pup in one room will if anything only make matters worse as Karen pointed out.

If possible use baby gates as an added defence for rooms that are off limits, additionally this means you can if required leave the door open but gate shut - at least pup can see through though.

As already said keep putting him out for a wee, remember you will have to think for him at this age, so regular trips outside especially when he has just eaten, had a drink or woken up - put him straight outside and donot let him in until he has had a wee. Once he has wee'd let him back in but remember lots of praise when he has had a wee!! This re-inforces the good behaviour of going outside.

I will dig out some old posts on the subject for you as it has been covered in some detail during the past few months.

Hope the above helps initially though.

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Right i'm back with a reply so someone else who had similair problems as you. Ignore the name bits as that was obviously the person who asked the question some time ago but basically the rest should help and give you some insight into the "how, why, when and who" of the matter.

Hope it helps, here it is:-

House training can be hard going but it really is about consistancy, patience, praise and thinking for your dog more often than not.

Not a pleasent topic but try to think in terms of when you need the loo, so generally when you wake up, possibly after a meal, large intake of fluids etc etc. Jovery is just the same the problem is unlike us he won't think to let you know - if he is busting for a wee he will just find a spot and go.

So you need to think for him, when he wakes up from a snooze put him outside and go out with him, tell him to go "toilet" for a "wee" or "poo". Do this every time you put him out and repeat the command.

I'm afraid you will have to stay outside with him yep even when it's raining, freezing cold or blowing a gale . No fun I'm afraid and I remember well standing outside in a warm thick jacket in mid winter with Molly our brindle boxer and she would come and sit on my feet .

Basically keep repeating the command, which ever you are happiest with, when eventually they do go for a wee or poo give them lots and lots of praise, let them back inside and dry them off if they are wet.

Keep doing the above and stick with it after every meal, every time he has a drink, every time he wakes up. Remember the praise every time he does what he should do and a small treat / biscuit.

Also try using newspaper, puppy training pads for those periods when you are not their or around to think for him. The pad / paper should be put in a spot that he may use as a toilet and gradually moved toward the door you use to let him outside.

Cleaning up any mess thoroughly is also essential, do not use detergants / carpet cleaners that contain amonia as this is present in his urine naturally and even though you have cleaned up his wee with a detergant that may smell fresh to you it will still have a smell of urine to Jovery due to the amonia. You can buy specific products for this purpose such as mouse type products which you use after drying any wet patches and using a detergant, you then rub in the mouse leave it to dry and hoover over it.

Making sure you remove any evidence / scent will further re-enforce the fact he should be going to toilet outside and that the house is not where he should be going.

If you catch him in the act of weeing or pooing use a very firm "NO" command and immediately put him outside to finish his business. They can and will test your patience do not feel the need to use physical re-enforcement of your commands it will not help matters if anything it will make it worse.

Look out for tell-tale signs of him searching for somewhere to go toilet -this could be circling, sniffing the ground, standing by the back / front door etc etc, Their is usually something they do that you will recognise as a sign that they need to go. As soon as you see that tell tale sign, straight outside and use your chosen command and again lots of praise and a treat.

Sounds simple but it often requires the patience of a saint

Ann-Marie it's all to easy to forget Jovery is a young pup and that he will have the odd accident and he will not always be as well mannered as you may like, he will also have moments of utter madness - this is generally perfectly normal for an adolescent boxer .

Hope the above helps - that said I know having 3 kids makes for a busy life anyway so get the kids invloved in putting him out for a wee etc and give them a treat as well for helping out

Regarding the chewing, I think you can get a junior "KONG" toy that you fill with treats, he may or may not like them but they are a great way for your dog to exercise their jaws and it also stimulates them mentally.

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Paul

  

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