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Old 01-13-2005, 12:45 PM
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Hi all experienced trainers. I am trying to potty train a st. bernard pup that is 10 weeks old. She is doing better since I have started this forum. Anyone have extras pointers or have a st. Bernard themselves that have gone through the potty training phase. I am open to all suggestions.
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Old 01-13-2005, 12:51 PM
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First suggestion from someone with very large Fila puppies: keep a stack of old newspapers handy! Accidents happen and they do tend to be lake-sized, as I guess you've already discovered!
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:01 PM
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Does the puppy paper really work?
Missy, my saint, has been using it effectively, but when I bring her inside, she has a few "dribbles" here and there, my guess is that she is excited or bladder hasn't grown much? either way, this is a gr8 experience training.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:30 PM
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I just used the paper to sop up the accidents. I did leave some on the floor for Kharma's use when she was still baby enough not to be able to hold it all day, just on the days I had to be out on the road. I left some down at night for her, too, since she wasn't terribly reliable about trying to wake us up if she had to go. I did the same with Shiva. Bimmer and Buffy, our first Fila puppy, spoiled me. Neither one had to be housetrained. They just never, ever went in the house. Ever. It was WONDERFUL!

The dribbles are probably just excitement. Do you stay out with her and play with her for a few minutes after she's done her business? That might help stop the dribbles.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:55 PM
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In the other thread you said that the crate is in the garage? I think that it would be much better is your pup was in the house with you and a part of the family. Put the crate somewhere where she can see you and know that she is not alone. Dogs are very social, pack animals and I really don't like the idea keeping them in the garage. If your dog is happy and part of the family she will be much easier and more willing to learn.

Regarding your water question from the other thread. I've read different things about this. Some people say you should never keep water from your pup (not even at night) others say it won't hurt them to go overnight without it. Personally, unless your nights are really long I wouldn't worry to much about the overnight thing. Do what feels right to you and when she is getting more reliable you can start putting the water back. But during the day I would let her drink as much as she wants. My newfie (another large, hairy breed) drank so much water as a pup. New still does of course but not as frequently. Water is such a vital thing. I wouldn't restrict it for the sake of potty training. That's just my opinion though. Realistically if you gave her water every couple of hours she'd probably do fine.

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Old 01-13-2005, 02:04 PM
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I am happy to announce we have had progress, slowly, but some. I think keeping on a schedule is working. Thanks all....
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Old 01-14-2005, 12:02 AM
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Saja, wanted to reply to your thread about the garage. The garage is attached to my house. BY having the crate in garage gives Missy time to feel she is in her own room. Any answers?
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Still the same answer. I think it's a good thing to make her feel a part of the family. She still has her own room. Her crate is her own room. She'll be able to bond with the family and see what normal behaviour is.

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I read the attachement you sent me...tanxs It helped out a bunch. But I guess I'm still missing the boat about Missy beiing in her garage. We bring her inside all day when people are home and she gets loads of attention. My kids and I play w/her all the time and not a minute goes by she is not being loved.. I do need to introduce walking to her. Yesterday the kids took her walking and she made it one block....she was tired. After the walk she remained in the home and didn't go to her kennel until bedtime.
Now I have read different things about the food. I am feeding Missy IAMS and Pedigree wet food, is this food OK? Or should I switch to another brand? If so, what does everyone recommend? Tanks all...
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Old 01-14-2005, 11:16 AM
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Have you been reading the threads in the Food Forum? There are some good links there that you'll want to check, but I'll start you out here with a good one: www.greatdanelady.com . There are even several articles there that address the specific needs of large puppies, and everything is presented in a real-world manner that is understandable and practical. After all, a feeding program doesn't do your dog any good if it's too complicated to use.

Getting her on a nutritious, non-toxic food will help her stamina greatly, too, as well as decreasing those St. Bernard puppy piles in frequency and size - a real help in housetraining!

Be careful about a puppy in the garage; even though she can't get into the things that are typically found in a garage, she still gets the fumes from those things. We can't smell them, but they are there and they aren't good for a baby. That's one of those things no one ever tells you about. If you keep your car, or any other type of motor or engine driven machinery there it's that much worse.
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