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Hello everyone! Next week the fiance and i are moving to a 2 story duplex. And with us we are taking this cute little guy http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=13251848 He is a maltipoo!

I already have a big sized shepard mutt named Sadie. They both met and get along splendidly! Only thing is, Richie (the 2 year old male maltipoo) is NOT house broken. But i said i would be willing to work on training him as i did when Sadie was a puppy.

They recommended that we use a belly band, or even tube socks with sanitary napkins in them. Alot of the foster moms at the lil dog rescue group said they have used this method to train their dogs and it works wonderfully. To leave it on when they are inside so to catch a mess, but still be able to train them when they make the "leg lift" motion and so forth. One foster mom said it worked great on her 7 year old never trained toy dog (i think she said a poodle but I'm not sure).

They put a small one on him and it seemed to work very well, no leakage or anything. And he seems comfortable and not bothered by it at all.

Does anyone have experience with these? as well as training maltipoos in general?

thanks in advance!
 

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My neice has a Maltepoo. She has had him since a puppy and no matter what she has done, other than crating him all the time, he marks around the house. She uses a belly band on him so he can be loose in the house and when he has it on, he does not mark. It does not seem to bother him and makes life easier for both of them. I don't know whether using it for actually house breaking a dog would work as I have never tried it. I think it would probably be better to start right out with him like you would a puppy. Keep him either in a crate or tethered to you so he is always watched. Lots of praise when he goes outside.
 

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My neice has a Maltepoo. She has had him since a puppy and no matter what she has done, other than crating him all the time, he marks around the house. She uses a belly band on him so he can be loose in the house and when he has it on, he does not mark. It does not seem to bother him and makes life easier for both of them. I don't know whether using it for actually house breaking a dog would work as I have never tried it. I think it would probably be better to start right out with him like you would a puppy. Keep him either in a crate or tethered to you so he is always watched. Lots of praise when he goes outside.
Hmmm, well i guess we can just see how it goes training wise. I agree that we will be using lots and lots of praise when he goes outside. It's how we dealt with Sadie when she was a puppy and training. Thanks again for helping to confirm that the belly band works well though :) This sure makes me feel relieved.
 

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I have no experience on the belly band, but I do have a male something-poo similar to yours. He's about 15 years old (he was a rescue, so I'm not sure), 5 lbs, and was house trained when I got him. He does have a bad habit though of pottying in the house, or marking, and always has. I wish I'd known about the belly band because it could have saved me lots of money on carpet!

Here's a pic of him. He can look like a totally different dog depending on the cut I give him. I've been told he's crossed with maltisee, shih tzu, or a yorkie - nobody knows for sure.

Good luck with your new fella!
 

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They also said using tubesocks with sanitary napkins in them can work. He doesn't seem to mind, we will just take it off when he goes outside for a walk hehe. I just hope in time it works.

And your boy is so adorable! i'm sure with longer hair Richie would look just like him! It's weird that Richie has such long legs though, i wonder what breed that's from.
 

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Yep, Puddles has the long legs too. As he's gotten older and thinner, he's all legs!

I really like the idea of the tube sock with the sanitary napkin. Poor Puddles is getting senile, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he forgets his housetraining altogether. The tube sock would really help!
 

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puddles is such a cute name!

I hope the tube sock idea works for you, i'll let you know how Richie does with it :) It may take some time, but i hope training with it pulls off.
 

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Thanks. Puddles may be a cute name, but never, EVER name a pet that or you'll be sorry. ;)

I named him after finding him standing in a puddle in the middle of a 2,000 acre wooded deer lease. He's not a traveller, so someone obviously dumped him out there. That was 12 years ago and I still wonder what kind of mix he is. He's definitely lap dog because he's only happy when he's being held or sitting in my lap!

I wish you years and years of happiness with your new baby!
 
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