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Hi, I was wondering if you could comment on traveling with a 6 month old puppy with respect to where we are at with housebreaking.  This is a small dog so its been a lot of consistent work and I feel like we just turned the corner a few weeks ago. She has made it through the night with no issues for a long time, day time was an issue with accidents, but we have not had any for a while.  I feel like we are well on our way of becoming housebroken.  That said, if we want to travel a few days and stay somewhere other than home where she is used to the routine of where she goes etc. are we asking for trouble?  is it too soon to change her environment even for a few days? I noticed when we had neighbors building a fence and using loud staple guns, when I moved her to the other side of the house to go potty, it seemed as though she thought she was on a strange planet and didn't quite get she could go there just like the other side of the house.  I am not willing to jeopardize all the work we have done and her progress.


Hi Lori,
There is no way of knowing for sure, but I would say, "Go for it!"

You just need to watch her more closely, and use the crate when you can't watch her. You have to travel sometime, and you can use this as a socialization experience.

Reward her with treats when she goes potty and also when there are new events, people, etc. to increase her enjoyment of the new experiences.

Have fun!

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I studied with Jean Donaldson in San Francisco in 2002. She is one of the foremost dog trainers anywhere and I sought her out and traveled from Chicago to work with her. I am expert in all phases of dog development in regards to training. I can offer advice from young puppies through adult including aggression, separation anxiety and barking. While aggression is often handled best in person by a skilled positive reinforcement trainer, a lot of advice can be spread in this forum. I have written EBooks on separation anxiety and barking and am currently writing a book about dog aggression.


I have been working as a full-time professional dog trainer since 2002. I only use positive reinforcement techniques and am well-versed in using the clicker. My clients do not have to use a clicker to have success using my techniques. I started teaching 14 classes a week for the first two years while I was building up my private practice, Chicago Paws. Since 2004 I have worked exclusively as a private trainer in the Chicago area. On January 1, 2007 I launched an online version of my business that can be viewed at Watch and Train. At you will find streaming videos for purchase that play directly on your computer and cover a variety of specific topics including house training, jumping, come when called, counter surfing and leash walking.

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