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Roo, gets a small peice of a hotdog, when she performs outside...I think it's time to cut back on the reward partly because she is doing quite well, 2nd because she is tricking me, she squats and it looks like she is peeing, gets up and looks at me with a proud look as if to say "ok I did it, now give me that treat"...after I look at the spot I can see she hasn't gone at all lol. Now she also doesn't go in the house either, if I am watchful. When she is awake I take her out every 30 mins (more or less), obviously if she is sleeping I am not going to wake her to take her out, but do as soon as she is awake. I ONLY kennel her if I am going away or just cannot watch her (which isn't that often) I stopped crating her at night because it was just so sad and heartbreaking to listen to her scream for 15 mins, sleep for 5 than start yelling again. She hasn't peed in my bed, but Monday night (about 4am Tuesday morning) she found her way off teh bed to pee on the kitchen floor, I heard her get down but assumed it was my older dog until I saw a glimpse of her sniffing around. I took her out and she pooped...

So anyway back to my question, do I stop treating just like that or do I cut back slowly each day? I don't want her to think that no treats means bad job, but yet I am not willing to treat her for the rest of her life.

Also which comes first bladder or bowel control?....She pooped in the house only once, but that was my fault, I didn't clue in to the fact she needed to go out and she did bark seconds before she went. Her bladder seems to be a more difficult issue in holding it. I thought bladder control would come first, but for her it seems to be bowel.

She is 15 weeks old, so how long should she be able to hold her bladder for?
 

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I found the best thing to do is to substitute big praise for the treat. But the key is to work the substitution in slowly.

First day is one-for-one: treat/praise/treat/praise/etc
Second day is two-for-one: treat/praise/praise/treat/praise/praise/etc
and so on

Eventually you get to the point where praise is the expected reward. That's also when the treat becomes super useful.

Every thirty minutes seems a little often for a 3-month old puppy to me. Others with more experience might disagree. No idea about which control occurs first.
 
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