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With a little help from Lisa I've finally figured out how to post photos without forcing you all to go to another site.

Here are a few pics of Mia, my miniature multi-gen Australian labradoodle. Her maximum size will be 15 inches tall and about 25 lbs. She has a non-shedding fleece coat and she's an absolute dream.


13 weeks old in her first snow


playing with her new Christmas toy


relaxing with her friend Dominique ... a six year old Bedlington terrier
 

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I know I posted a reply earlier ...and I wonder where it went? oh no CRS hit and it must be on a different post?

MIA is a doll baby!!! wow!!!
 

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THe picture of Mia at the flower/barrel pot I WOULD FRAME it

it is fantastic!
 

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I put Charlie onto the snowdoodle site - Thank you for the help in posting his picture - I have had him since October and we are almost housebroken - he rings a bell and is very good when we are in the family room downstairs - next to the backyard - but when we go upstairs to the living room and kitchen we have problems - I put bells on the front door but he doesnt ring them to go out - he doesnt bark, he doesnt whine, he doesnt stare at us so he just goes and pees behind the fireplace. 3 months now - I am being very patient I think!
 

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DREAM DOG
Max UESD to whimper only ONCE but stopped and I hear you!!!
no signs, no sitting at door, no whine or bark etc.

I started with a bell but never hung it ( shame shame on me)

so know what we do?
1) we DON"T let him out of our sight for any reason.
2)we also take him for walks every 2 hours no matter what.

3) ONE of his Major signs now: he gets RESTLESS , paces back and forth OR walks in circles...you tell him to "settle" and he is just antsy!! (mybe cuz he's gotta go :wink: )

YUP we grab the leash , using the word OUT and off we go with success.
don't know if this helps
we had a couple of setbacks with max due to worms and food issues
so it was like starting over again.
 

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We have had the best luck with Tanner by giving him a treat when he goes potty. :wink:

Before we tried that, he never went to the door to be let out. Now he stands in front of it or whines and is excited to do his business and get that treat. We hung the bells but often forgot to ring them before taking him out. If we don't hear his signal, he will occasionally ring the bells on his own.

Of course, at 5 1/2 months, we still keep him close at all times and if he doesn't signal to be let out after a couple of hours or as you say he can't settle, we take him out anyway.

One night, my husband was tired and thought he would skip letting Tanner out for the last pee. Tanner wouldn't settle down on the bed like he usually does. He kept trying to chew everything. Then he jumped off the bed and peed on our down comforter which had slid of the bed and gave my husband a very exasperated look. I think my husband was the one that learned the lesson that night.
 

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Finally "house trained"

When we first got Mia she had been litter trained by the breeder so took some convincing to think that outside was the place to do her business. I could walk for 40 minutes, I could stand in the pouring rain or freezing cold for an hour and she would do nothing. As soon as we went back in the house she would head straight for a training pad in her small pen and do it there.

Then I did some reading and took the advice of the puppy trainer I've been going to. I started to make sure she ate all of her food in one go rather than nibbling all day. Then I would put her in her small fenced area (about 2 ft X 2 ft) for about 20 minutes and then take her outside. She got five minutes to take care of business, if it didn't happen she came back in and went back in her pen for another 20 minutes and then we would repeat the exercise.

For the first few days it sometimes took 3 or 4 repetitions before we got success. Now, with only the odd mistake, she understands that outside is the place to go and she asks to go out. When she is alone in the house, or if we are busy doing something that is likely to make it impossible for us to pay attention to her requests we put her in her pen with some chew toys and she's perfectly content and able to "hold it" till we get home.

Since she's only a little over five months old I expect we will still encounter a few accidents before we can truly say we've succeeded.

This whole process was made somewhat more difficult because we also have a 16 and a half year old Springer Spaniel who is senile and often unreliable about going out to potty since she doesn't remember that's what we do. :( I think Mia figured of the old lady could pee in the house she could too. :roll:
 

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I think your right about Mia doing what your spaniel does. When my daughter brings her dog, who marks, to visit, Tanner will mark around his pen. I fixed that though...I bought a pair of boy dog pants (in denim of course) and I put them on him when he comes through the door. He never marks when he wears them.
 
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