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melanie
24th June 2005, 03:01 PM
Hi All,
I'm new here and just wanted to say hi! I have a 5 month old Tri that we have had for about a month and we just love her! I have learned alot from reading everyones post. unfortuntly I'm not getting anything done at home. I think I'm addicted to this board
Melanie

Cathy T
24th June 2005, 03:04 PM
Welcome and join the crowd. I have a heck of a time getting my work done on the computer since I'm always checking message boards!!

Nicki
25th June 2005, 05:12 PM
icon_welcome Melanie and Sadie, lovely to have you with us.

Looking forward to hearing more about your new baby, and hopefully lots of photos too :D

Karlin
27th June 2005, 05:01 PM
icon_welcome Puppies sure are fun, and there are plenty here with experience if you have any questions.

Andrea&Diva┬┤s mom
27th June 2005, 07:29 PM
icon_welcome Melanie and Sadie, hope that we can see photos soon of your baby, she looks very cute at your avatar ;)

melanie
28th June 2005, 10:31 PM
ok Lets see if I can figure out this photo thing. Thanks for all the welcomes. So far Sadie is doing great with everything except the potty training. She is so smart and is doing great with some of the basic commands so I cant figure out why she is having trouble with the potty thing. I did notice today that she is going to the door very briefly, but she only stays there 1/2 second. So if we can catch her right then she goes out fine. The big problem is sometimes I will take her out and we will stay out there for 20 min and she doesn't do anything and then 5 min after I bring her in she uses the floor. Oh well! She will eventually get it Right?????
Melaniehttp://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b223/melaniecmc/b0c13fe3.jpg

Cathy T
28th June 2005, 10:41 PM
Sadie is one cutie patootie!!

Sharyn
28th June 2005, 11:00 PM
Welcome Melanie and Sadie! Sadie is a doll and I love her name. The breeder had almost completely potty trained Lena by the time I got her but I always used food treats when I was in a hurry-like in the morning getting ready for work. It's amazing. If she knows I am carrying them and I tell her to "Go pee" or the other, she immediately goes. :lol: Sometimes its a lifesaver. Especially in strange places where she doesn't want to go.
Sharyn

Anita
29th June 2005, 09:45 AM
icon_welcome Melanie and Sadie, great to see you got the hang of posting pictures :D I too spend time on message boards reading about Cavaliers and looking at pictures. LOL

Its a wonder I get anything done around the house at all! icon_whistling

Maxxs_Mummy
29th June 2005, 10:06 AM
Hi Melanie and Sadie,

Sadie is beautiful and so innocent looking :D . I did the same as Sharyn with the toilet training and always gave Maxx a little treat (usually a piece of carrot) when he'd wee'd for me.

Maxx's first human Mummy (hate the word breeder as she rarely has litters from her 17 (at last count) babies had him almost clean when she let him come to live with us but said that in all of her experience the best thing to do if they started to go in the house was... say 'no' in a very stern voice and immediately lift them back outside, when they finish off in the garden then give them a reward. They are such intelligent little furpeople that they soon get the hang of it :D

I also trained a rescue Cavalier this way and it only took me a few days - try it and see if it works :D Good luck anyway :D

Julie
29th June 2005, 11:45 AM
icon_welcome to the board Melanie and Sadie. I love the photo of her she is a real cutie.

The potty training can be a hard time when they are young. I was lucky with Chloe I would give the do pee pee command when outside and she would go straight away. With plenty of praise and treats they soon get the message. As you mentioned Sadie already knows basic commands so hopefully she will soon follow out a toilet command.

Good luck. :D

Nicki
29th June 2005, 04:26 PM
Sadie is just beautiful Melanie, what a lovely photo.

With regard to the toilet training, the above advice is very good. Strangely the girls do seem to go through this phase where they are outside for ages, then come inside and wee. It usually passes quickly fortunately.

With Rupert, I took him outside every time he woke up, after meals, when he'd been playing and about every hour in between. He had very few accidents, and was actully trained within a couple of weeks. It does vary tremendously from dog to dog though.

Try not to interact with Sadie until after she has toiletted - go outside with her, but stay quiet and don't play with her. As she's going, use your chosen words for toilet and then really praise her - she should learn what those words mean very quickly.

Cavaliers are naturally very clean, they are also very eager to please and quick to learn, so she will catch on.

The general guide is that they haven't got 100% control until at least 1 year ...so don't despair.

Maxxs_Mummy
30th June 2005, 10:27 AM
I read in one of my (many) Cavalier books last night that it can actually be 18mths for little girls to be clean and dry day and night - a bit like having a human toddler LOL

I know I was really lucky with Maxx. He felt sick on Sunday and so pawed madly at the door to get out the garden then threw up all over the patio :( Poor love.

Max's Mom
1st July 2005, 01:39 AM
I'm encouraged that it can take a while for pups to catch on to training. Max is almost 10 months and he still has his days. He hasn't went wee on the floor in months but the other is so frustrating! He was doing great...maybe had an accident once or twice a week. However this past weekend he had a bit of loose stool and ever since it's like he can't wait for me to walk away so he can make a mess!!!! He seems to have normal stool now but for the life of me I can't figure out what to do to get stop the accidents! He isn't even going to the same "place" in the house...he just goes wherever we aren't. We don't typically freak out on him just reprimand him if we catch him in the act and then send him outside. I have heard that if you have pen of sorts you should put the pen around the poo with dog inside too. Apparently they hate being confined with their poo, same reason they don't go in their kennel, and this discourages them from going anywhere inside. Haven't tried it but I guess it might work. We have however put Max in place and very firmly insisted he sit ther and then put his poo next to him. We then take him and the poo outside, dump it and tell him to go poo. He seems to get it...at least for awhile...of course keep in mind I'm the one with a 9 month old who still poos in the house :roll: ! I think I'll just keep my advice to myself and read everyone else suggestions instead! :lol:

Maxxs_Mummy
1st July 2005, 10:51 AM
Awwwwwwwww poor you and poor Max. I'm sure he doesn't mean to do it inside. Has something frightened him outside when he was doing poopy? There's almost always an explanation for it :?

Only a suggestion but have you tried standing in the garden with him and telling him to poopy and then rewarding him when he has? Does he have a regular poopy time?

I have a problem with a friends Cavalier that sometimes visits - she always goes straight behind my sofa and does a poo! My friend denied it was her baby doing it but Maxx was out the garden the last time so I knew it wasn't him, besides he loves having friends to play and never does anything when any others visit LOL

Max's Mom
1st July 2005, 04:12 PM
Yes I have always gone out with Max and used the same "go potty" or "go poo" command. He actually does go poopy outside on a regular basis...he just likes to leave little presents inside too. :roll: We make sure he goes outside at all the right times...after waking, eating or being in the kennel. He was doing really well but this bout of loose stool seems to have set him back. I can be patient but I wish he'd bark or something when he needs out. He does go to the door and even scratches it...which has left a nice set of claw marks in the woodwork! :shock: The problem is we have a large home and if I'm not in the immediate area I may not hear him. I'm thinking of putting a bell on the door that he could bump with his nose. Some friends have said this has worked with their pups.

Maxxs_Mummy
2nd July 2005, 04:41 PM
That sounds like a good idea. I must admit that I don't always hear Maxx, especially if i'm not in the same area of the house as him. However, he's quite brilliant really and comes looking for me. Then he stands there and gives me this 'Oh THERE you are' look & huffs loudly LOL

I empathise with you over the scratched wooden doors - I think that only about two of the doors in this house haven't suffered the same fate :lol:
The large patio windows are also permanently covered in dirty paw prints too - I don't know why I ever bother cleaning them :lol: [/b]