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How could you be annoyed at that sweet face! He is adorable! :)

I used puppy pads (the best invention know to man in my opinion lol) initially he had one in the living room, then I moved it to the kitchen, then conservatory and then outside. After that he just started weeing in the garden all the time.

Is he not using the pads at all now or is he using them now and again. trying and missing or what?

He is only a little baby still, and needs to be shown where you want him to wee so you need to start showing him and taking him out in the garden - I would say every three hours or so.

Do you have a word you use when you want him to wee? With Bobs I would say 'pee-pee' when he wee'd and then give loads of praise. even now, if I want him to have a wee I will use that word - it works :)

Start taking him to the garden, using your word, giving treats and praise when he does something and I am sure he will soon get it right :)
 

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I found this article a useful read and my 9 week old puppy seems to hold to all in from 10pm until 5:30am which is the time I get up in the morning.
www.cockapooclubgb.co.uk/crate-training.html
I think one of the 'problems' may be that people equate crate training with house training, when in reality (I think) they are two seperate issues.

You don't have to have a crate to have a housetrained dog, plenty of people never have a crate at all.

Your dogs crate should be his sanctuary, the place where he can go for a nap, to get away from the bustle of the house, to sleep comfortably in at night, and where you can put him when you go out and know he is safe

It is his bit of the house and he needs to be taught to feel comfortably in there.

You don't want your dog using his crate as his toilet area.

As well as training him to feel at ease in his crate, you also need to teach him where you want him to go to the loo, and that takes time, continuity and patience. You may well need to get up in the night to let him out, sometimes pups will sleep through the night quickly, others take a bit longer.
 

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I have to disagree with the above post, no-one is suggesting a puppy is encouraged to pee in it's bed, on the contrary, it can encourage a puppy to hold on!
I think you may have misunderstood my post :)

Of course no one is suggesting a puppy be encouraged to pee in it's bed, and you are right that being in a crate can encourage a pup to hold on a bit longer.

What I was suggesting is that crate training and housetraining do not always have to be conjoined. The crate is a brilliant thing to have for your dog, and does help them develop some control, but it does not mean that a pup won't pee in the wrong place when he is let out of the crate.

The OP seemed to be concerned that her pup had stopped using puppy pads and was peeing anywhere. I was suggesting that she both needs to encourage him to toilet outside in the garden to show him where he needs to go, take him out regularly, praise etc, as well as encouraging him to use his crate as a sanctuary and quiet area.

Just putting a dog in a crate is not going to encourage a dog to be housetrained (not suggesting you were going to do this Jessica), and a crate is not an essential part of housetraining either.

Hope that clarifies my post a bit :)
 

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We used a crate as a tool for house training. There are always going to be different ways of doing things and a lot of ways will get you to the same outcome, but for us using a crate was an easy, less stress way to get to house trained quickly. Now for some people using a crate may not be as easy as it was for us so they may use another method, but I do think crate training and house training are related. Now that she is pretty much house trained I use the crate less. While she was being trained I used the crate every time i couldn't watch her. If I had to shower she went in the crate for 10 minutes. We also use the crate to keep her safe while we are out and as a comfortable spot for her in our loud, crazy kid filled house. IMO crate training is the best thing in the world, but I understand that not everyone is going to share that view. It's not the only tool in house training your puppy, but I only commented on that aspect of it because the poster was asking about the crate. When Olive wasn't in her crate I'd take her outside every 30 minutes and then moved that up to every hour. It's a lot of work, but well worth it.
Totally agree.

A crate is a wonderful addition to dog care, and many come to look on their crate as the important area of the house. I know my own dog loves his and often takes himself off to it.

As you say, it is a way to keep them safe when you can't be there with them all the time, stops them from chewing through cables :eek:

The crate can be an aid to housetraining because as mentioned they do not want to wee in their bed area, but as you say, taking them out regularly is vital.
 
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