So we close on a new house sometime between now and friday, and we move in about a week after that.
How do I go about getting Moogli used to the new house as his house, so that his housetrainig carries over. Is it simply a matter of going back to the basics for a while?? Taking him out more often, praise when he goes outside, and doing stuff in each room of the house so that he sees it as part of his den??

Marcel and Moogli
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So we close on a new house sometime between now and friday, and we move in about a week after ... outside, and doing stuff in each room of the house so that he sees it as part of his den??

IME dogs figure out that a new house still has the same rules as the old house all on their own. However doing what you suggest certainly wouldn't hurt. The only thing you really have to worry about is teaching Moogli where the new "out" door is, whether the back, front or side. Once he knows where out is he'll be fine.

Tara
IME dogs figure out that a new house still has the same rules as the old house all on their ... the new "out" door is, whether the back, front or side. Once he knows where out is he'll be fine.

Heh. Moogli has figured out that the out door is usually sitting in front of me, whining a little bit, and staring at me, door, me, door, me, door. If it is during the night, the best way is to stand on my chest/back and lick at my face. Thankfully he hasn't had to go at night for about a year now.

Marcel and Moogli
How do I go about getting Moogli used to the new house as his house, so that his housetrainig carries over.

Marcel, the house we moved into was much larger than the old house, and the dogs needed help learning that all the rooms were "house." We went back to basics and confined the dogs to high-traffic areas with hard floors. We reinforced that the yard was the place to go and only very slowly gave them more room to roam in the house when we were gone.
I think a cautious approach, whether or not Moogli actually needs it will prevent bad habits from forming in the new place.

Kate
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How do I go about getting Moogli used to the new house as his house, so that his housetrainig carries ... outside, and doing stuff in each room of the house so that he sees it as part of his den??

If you want to be safe, sure. But Moogli will probably see these as extra treats because *he* knows that he's house trained.
Almost 3 years ago (!), Friday came here from a foster home completely housetrained and learned in his first minutes where the appropriate door was; he's never peed, pooed, or upchucked inside (have I hexed myself?). If Moogli was trained to go in one particular area of your previous yard, you may have to retrain this.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
How do I go about getting Moogli used to the ... so that he sees it as part of his den??

If you want to be safe, sure. But Moogli will probably see these as extra treats because *he* knows that he's house trained.

True. Although Moogli is such a food-*** that I don't think it could hurt to speed things along.
Almost 3 years ago (!), Friday came here from a foster home completely housetrained and learned in his first minutes ... If Moogli was trained to go in one particular area of your previous yard, you may have to retrain this.

Thanks for the data point about Friday. We currently don't have a yard, so Moogli gets walks 3 or 4 times a day. Once we get the house, and have put chicken wire up along the spots that need it, how would I go about tecahing him the "right" place to go. I have seen stakes at PetSmart and places like that that are supposed to work. Do they, or is it just a matter of taking him out on a leash and only letting him go in a certain area??

Marcel and Moogli
I have seen stakes at PetSmart and places like that that are supposed to work. Do they, or is it just a matter of taking him out on a leash and only letting him go in a certain area?? Marcel and Moogli

Bingo. The "pee post" seemed interesting for a few days, and then nothing. Taking Moogli to your preferred spot (on or off leash, depending on him) will get him going in one area even when unsupervised. My dogs have favorite spots that I have allowed them to choose on their own. Cleanup is simple because I do it 2x/daily and I know where to look.
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We currently don't have a yard, so Moogli gets walks 3 or 4 times a day.

I knew that. Sorry for the brain fart.
Once we get the house, and have put chicken wire up along the spots that need it, how would I ... it just a matter of taking him out on a leash and only letting him go in a certain area??

Save the stakes for vampires, but your last sentence is bang on.

Before I had Rocky, one of the first things that I took from this group was area training, and it worked really well with him. As you say, take Moogli out on leash and let him go in only one area (the leash is optional with some dogs). Lotsa praise when he goes. Are you using commands for go pee/poo? (I've just noticed that this paragraph is perfectly left and right justified - cool!)
No mistakes: if it's the middle of the night, take him out. In ice storms, take him out. Don't get lazy. In my situation, the potty area is on the other side of the house from my door, yet I still accompany my dogs outside no matter the weather or time of day. This consistency allows me the odd time or two when I really don't want to be nekkid in my back yard when a dog has an emergency.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
When we moved from Ca. to Tx. Roux was very anxious in the new house. Our belongings did not arrive for 4 days so we slept in sleeping bags on the floor and sat on lawn chairs. When we tried to leave the house Roux had a major panic attack and made noises I never heard from him before. As they were unloading our stuff he was so interested but still tense. When they finally set up "our" bed he jumped on it and had a look on his face that said "Home at last". No probs after that.
Linda in Tx
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