Puppy pic and puddles of piddle

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I think I've now added a pic of Georgiandog to my profile. I'll try and get an awake one too.

Out of interest, why does my puppy (10 weeks) insist on piddling on the carpet? We have made some progress - one wee outside, several poos and he's less indiscriminate about where he wees but, 9 times out of 10, he will spend a lovely time outside, sniffing around, pottering about and then zoom back in for a carpet wee.

I don't comment on his indoor pees or poos. I just clean them up with an enzyme-based spray. Any outdoor successes are greeted with lots of praise and a special treat. I use the phrase, 'busy busy' when he goes to the loo outside and when I want him to do so. (Not that he does yet, but I figure it's good practise.)

Any ideas what the carpet fixation is about?

moosemama Wed 25-Sep-13 12:03:11

Hi, can't see photo - your profile is set to private.

As for weeing on the carpet. Are you soaking as much of the wet up first, then totally saturating the area with the enzymatic cleaner. You do have to use quite a lot of the stuff to adequately break down the odour enough for him not to still be able to smell it.

The best thing to do though is to get him outside often enough that he doesn't go inside at all if possible. Start at every 15 minutes and gradually increase it until you've worked out how long he can go between wees. (That's in addition to taking him out after every nap, meal and play session as well.)

Thanks! So, we go outside every 15 mins? I'll try that. No, reading your reply, I don't think I'm using enough spray. I'm soaking up the wet patches well. I'll, use more spray - thank you.
Off to change my profile now...

Sorry for lack of proofreading.

Pic now visible, I think.

basildonbond Wed 25-Sep-13 14:31:37

he looks very chilled!

I think that carpet feels quite like grass to some pups, well enough like it not to discriminate

We started by taking ours out every 20 mins or so plus after every nap, meal, playtime - basically any kind of transition

And for the most part it's working - I can count the number of times he's wee'd or poo'd indoors on my fingers

(now if we could just sort out biting and sleep I'd be laughing ...)

ErrolTheDragon Wed 25-Sep-13 14:37:22

Another thing to do before you put the spray on - soak up the puddle with a cloth and then take that outside and let your pup sniff it there and give him some praise - reinforcing that this is a good place for pee.

moosemama Wed 25-Sep-13 14:39:18

Aw, he's really cute. grin

He looks like the puppy in my favourite book from when I was a child. smile

Thanks Errol, I'll try that. Moosemama, I'm already succeeding with your 'little and often' plan! Thank you.

He's very cute and pretty chilled, which I believe is good for the breed.

Pizdets Thu 26-Sep-13 18:33:51

I also found it really useful to keep 'eyes on' our pup all the time. It nearly killed me but over 3 days I didn't let him out of my sight, put him outside at the first sign of a wee (ie sniffing, tracking across the floor) and kept him in crate/on lap/next to me whenever I could. After several depressing weeks it was cracked in 3 days suddenly! Might be worth a try although I know it's very hard work?!

Thanks. Had more successes today, although he pooped on the carpet this evening and licked it. <boak>

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