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Hey,

I'm looking for a little help. I'm trying to toilet train layla to go outside. (9 week pom).

I've only had her a week and training to go outside for the past 6 days. Thing is she hates doing her business on a leash she pulls like mad, i stick it out but she just sits and looks at me in protest.

She'll do a wee on the lead, but only after showing me how much she hates it. But refuses to poo. For the last 3 days ive been taking her out on her lead, in the morning she has a pee, comes in for breakfast then 15 or so mins later she needs a poop, so i take her out and she does nothing!! I was stood out there 25 mins yesterday morning, evening walking her up and down to get things moving, but nothing. As soon as i bring her in, she poops on the carpet!! Today same routine, only i let her off the lead after 20 mins and she runs to the back of the garden sniffs and poops!!

Do i carry on trying to get her to go on the leash or let her run amock! lol There's so many ways to toilet train, do i just do want seems to work for her, or do it by the book??
 

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I would maybe try a 20' line. Once that's working, shorten it. Then shorten it some more. A longer leash can help.

If she didn't go, I would put her in a crate and try again in 15 minutes. I would do that over and over again until she went. When she goes outside, give treats and throw a mini party so she knows she's awesome.
 

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Hi:

You need to do two things.
(1) leash train
(2) remove the aversion that for whatever reason has become associated with the leash

The long line enables both ( but more on that after). However, you can do them separately and I've found that works better. Most training works better when it is broken up into smaller pieces.

To leash train, you will need what is called a "drag line". Essentially, this is a leash without a loop at the end. You can buy these already made, but they are easy to make with some very light poly rope and a snap - you can get both very cheaply at any hardware store. Or just cut the loop off an old leash. You want the drag line to be about 6' long. Use is very simple - you attach the drag line to the collar and let the dog drag it around the house as long as she is inside. Since there is no loop, it tends not to get caught on furniture and the like - but you should still keep an eye on it. You don't want it to get hung up anywhere. Every so often , you casually pick up the drag line - but you never actually pull on it - and you praise and reward. As you go on, you can also use the drag line for "close tethering", which will teach your pup to be close to you while not being a pest about it. But that will come later.

When you actually go outside, attach the long line ( you can remove the drag or leave it on - your choice). I've fund that a 10' length is adequate if you are using the drag in conjunction with it.

After about a week or so - sometimes only a few days - you can try using a regular 5' -6' leash outdoors and stop using the drag line in the house ( or better, start using it to teach close tethering).

You can use a proper size flexi to replace the 10-foot long line and the 5-6 foot leash if you wish, but don't let the puppy pull it out at this stage. Set it up to the desired length and leave it.
 

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You've gotten good advice. In addition, I'd recommend not staying out so long, if she doesn't go. Give her a few minutes, 5 or so, and then take her back in. HOWEVER, when you take her back in, you should probably either crate her, OR keep your eyes on her constantly, because she may try to sneak off to poop inside. Then, after waiting inside for 5 minutes, try again outside. Basically alternate out to try for 5, then in for 5 until you get her to go.

You may try letting her drag her leash around inside to get used to it.
 
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