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  1. I have no idea what's wrong with the people who answered this thread, the majority of you seem extremely judgemental. ihave explained that I do praise the puppy when she does it right and when she does it wrong I gently put her on the pad. I don't see a problem with speaking sternly to a dog, it isn't violence, and I was trying to understand why she has got confused apparenly when everything was ok. Yes I was angry, but I didn't say that I took the anger out on her. I disagree that I haven't trained her correctly. The point is she has been doing very well for four weeks, I think it's unlikely this is coincidence. To the person who said that I should not be using puppy pads, I don't have a choice because AT THE MOMENT SHE IS NOT ALLOWED OUT BECUASE SHE HAS NOT HAD INJECTIONS. Of course she's going to make mistakes, and so am I, for goodness sake. I was looking for help and got nothing but judgement. As a result of this, I am leaving this disgusting judgemental forum. Apologies to the few of you who actually tried to help me. To the rest, you know what you can do.
  2. arrrr you twisted my arm... Well this is a super cute one to be fair. Seren has been quite naughty today, she has been very good at using her puppy pads to defecate on, from the moment I got her, but in the last few days she's started going on the floor in the same room as the pad. I've told her off where I can and sat her on the pad after. But today, she went ALL over the floor and I was rightfully furious. I don't understand why she has done this when she does know where to go.... it really upset me. Is it likely that she's doing this because of confusion or boredom, or is it just that she's got confused about scents?
  3. Hello. My puppy is now 12 weeks old. She from the get go was very good about using the puppy training pads to poo and wee. Initially I put a training mat in my bedroom because she was tiny and wanted to stay close to me. Then I put other mats, as well as the bedroom one, one in the kitchen, one in bathroom, which have lino on the floor. She has used both of these for at least 3 weeks no issues, as well as the bedroom one. However, for some reason, she seems to have begun using the floor in my bedroom which is carpeted. Every time she's done this, I've spoken to her sternly, and where possible put her on the mat to show her the correct place. I change the mats regularly and there are three around the house, all of which she uses. However, today, I went in the bedroom to find LOADS of poo, on the carpet, all around the floor. I was disgusted and very angry with her. I don't understand why she seems to be going backwards in understanding... she hardly had an accident at all at the start! Any ideas anyone? I live in a flat and there isn't a garden by the way.
  4. Hi there. I'm new to the forum and not sure how to post pics yet... I will do some soon! Thank you for your advice, both of you. Well I also had a rather unpleasant former BC owner who I met in person making rude comments about her need for stimulation which worried me, and perhaps led me to be a bit too rough with her at times, tickling her to excess, poor doggie. She does have two "boxes" which are basically beds in old suitcases which she happily sits and sleeps in. I think that your advice, hooper2, is really helpful, as I agree, a clingy older dog is no good, and also, I'm interested that you recommend taking her out already, she has been to a few friends homes where they have dogs who have been vaccinated, but not out in "public" as such. Disinfectant wipes is a good idea. Thanks.
  5. Hello I've recently become the owner of a border collie who is now 10.5 weeks old. I have read everywhere that these dogs need constant mental and physical stimulation or become "destructive". However I've not seen this with my girl. She is very laid back. I do spend some time each day deliberately playing with her, and have taught her to go to her bed, to lie down and begun to teach her to fetch, though she seems to only get this intermittently for some reason. But I am not constantly stimulating her mentally. Maybe a couple of hours per day. She's also been left alone for a couple of hours with no ill effects. I suppose my question is, do they vary in their need for stimulation? She is so far too young to go for walks as hasn't had all her vaccinations, but we do run about the house together. As soon as I'm able I will take her to the park so she can run about on a long lead at first, later she will be doing coastal walks with me. Her parents were working dogs but they seemed very laid back, and when I spoke to the breeder they said that the mum and dad were very relaxed and that collies can be happy as house pets. I have never had a collie before and reading all the stuff about they can become destructive has worried me as I thought that maybe she will suddenlty one day start destroying things and biting me without warning...
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