Wednesday, November 2, 2011

720. Tray-training a Golden Retriever puppy

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 11:14 PM,> wrote:

Hello there, came across a site where you've provided information of toilet training dogs. I current have some enquiries and I would be glad if you could help me with it. I've gotten a golden retriever pup 4 days ago and he is 2 month old. We've been crating him with a tray inside and some space left for him to lie down. So far while in the crate, when he needs to do his business he would do it on the tray and not on the empty space. However during the day, we will let him out to play and only let him in during his nap time. This has caused several accidents. However, after observing, we noticed some consistency in his pee and poo time so we bring him out when we feel he needs to release and hence the no of accident has decreased. We have another tray placed outside where I hope I can train him to do his business there. However every time we place him on the tray, he will start sniffing and will without fail walk out of the tray and do his business outside the tray. I have placed tissue soaked in his urine and poo with new newspaper on top of it and metal grill to prevent him from stepping on his pee or chewing the paper. I was wondering what should be done to train him to use the tray instead of the floor. Should I lease him so he cannot wonder off the tray or should I 'fence up' his toilet area and only let him out after he do his business. My friend recommended me to leave him in his crate for a month and not let him out at all even to play so he will get toilet trained . But I don't think it's a good idea to crate him up without letting him out as I'm afraid of complications such as too much energy not release and becoming destructive or excited once let out etc. I hope you can give me some advice on what to do. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

I am Dr Sing from Toa Payoh Vets. I assume you want the puppy to pee and poop on a "tray". Is the tray of sufficient size as this is a big breed? What are the dimensions?

Pl send at least 3 images of housing and layout plan as what I visualise about the tools you are using for toilet-training, based on your text description, may be incorrect. A "tray" to you can be a floor grate + pee tray below to another dog owner.

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