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Going from paper inside the house to the back yard
Hi. I did some searching before hitting "new thread" but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.
We live in Virginia and picked up our Maggie the weekend before Sandy came up the coast. The back yard flooded so bad we couldn't take her out for the first 3 days we had her (not that she had a problem with the mud/water) but it was pretty nasty and unsafe out there. After a week of paper training, she's hitting it 90% of the time and never goes in her crate. What I want to do now is get her to not just run over to the paper and let go, but learn to have us let her outside.
Some information if it helps:
Age: 10 Weeks (In the house for 1 week)
Food: usually dry food twice daily, but for the last week we've been giving her pumpkin and rice because she had really bad diarrhea for a couple of days. That's fixed now, so we're giving her a cup of dry in the morning and evening with a few treats now and then when training or when she does something good. Water is always available until about 1 hour before bed.
Crate: from around 10:00 pm to 7:00 am with back yard trips roughly every 3-5 hours. She's never had an accident in the crate and wakes us up when she needs to go out, but if I haven't heard anything from her I have my phone set to go off every 5 hours and I wake her up and let her out where she does her thing.
What I'm worried about is since we have her trained to hit the paper, hollering "eh-eh" at her when she's about to start going on the paper might freak her out and then she'll start going where we can't see her.
Anyone else had this problem?
Thanks in advance.
Ed & Jess