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PUPPY PEES AND POOPS EVERYWHERE
FOR PAST 1 MONTH
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow),
First written: Dec 24, 2009
Toilet Training Your First
Puppy in A Singapore Apartment
Barking was the main
complaint surprisingly. As the
puppy is small, elimination all
over the apartment was a secondary
toilet-training should be the main
challenge as the puppy will grow
bigger and produce bigger volumes
of stools and urine. Below
is my proposal to resolve the
first-time puppy owner's problems.
Owner: Young man doing
national service. Brought the
puppy for the 2nd vaccination.
Puppy: Shih Tzu bought one month
ago via the internet (7 weeks
Housing: Crate + pee pan in the
young man's bedroom. Puppy
training pads are placed onto the
pee pan but the puppy shreds them.
So the owner gives up
Feeding: 3x/day. Dry food inside
the crate. Milk in water bowl
placed outside and inside the
Two Common Problems of
first-time puppy owners
1. Barking when confined to the
crate. Wakes up at 5.30 am and
barks loudly. Other times too.
Therefore not confined. He does
2. Pee and poo everywhere in the
apartment for the past one month.
What to do?
Owner's solutions to Barking
Sudden loud noise:
Adopting the advices from the
world wide web, he put coins
inside a can. When the puppy
barked, he shook the can.
"Does it really work?" I asked.
"Yes, for a few times. Then the
"The puppy sees you holding the
can and thinks you are playing
with him," I said. "You are
supposed to hide somewhere and
release the can from the top of a
door when the puppy barks."
The young man said, "Barking is
due to the puppy wanting to come
out to pee and poop as he does not
dirty his crate. When my mum lets
him out at 5.30 am, he quickly
pees and poops onto the floor
1. Confine the puppy in the
bathroom and crate for 2-4 weeks.
"Too stuffy," the young man said.
I proposed using a baby gate so
that the puppy can see outside and
it will not be stuffy and he will
2. Place pee pan with training
pads (urine smell) at one distant
corner from his crate.
3. Feed and water bowls beside his
4. At 5.30am, mum takes him out of
the crate and puts him onto the
pee pan. Do this after feeding,
waking up or seeing signs of
elimination (puppy turning,
sniffing). Say "pee here." Food
treat on success. Back to the
crate or inside the bathroom.
Change soiled pads daily.
5. Neutralise floors with white
vinegar:water at 1 part to 3 parts
put into a spray bottle. Use a rag
with this mixture to clean up all
floors, including areas in the
bathroom where the puppy is not
supposed to eliminate.
Feedback: one month's time
when the puppy comes for the 3rd
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