How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days (Revised)

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For almost twenty years, dog owners have turned to this compact guide for sensible, step-by-step advice how to housebreak their beloved pets--in just one week! Now revised and updated, pet expert Shirlee Kalstone's foolproof method for housebreaking your dog is available with a fresh new look and up-to-date information.

Whether your dog is a puppy or getting on in years, whether your goal is to housebreak, paper train, or litter train, this practical, easy-to-follow plan will help you transform your pet into a dependable member of the household--in a way that works with both his innate behavioral instincts and your individual lifestyle. You'll never again have to worry about your dog acting out, feeling anxious or depressed--or ruining your brand-new rug--as you discover:

* The simple secret of successful housebreaking--understanding your dog as a den dweller

* Step-by-step programs tailored to both apartment dwellers and home owners, as well as to people who go to work, versus those who are home all day

* Schedules for training puppies and (re)training adult dogs

* How to identify your dog's natural behavioral rhythms--and use them to your advantage

* How to cope with housebreaking lapses, marking territory, separation anxiety, and health problems

* The power of praise and positive reinforcement, not punishment

Including sample schedules and timetables, and a list of related resources and websites, here is the essential, proven advice that will make training a pleasure, for both you and your dog.

Customer Reviews:

    I will advise the reader to buy the book before getting the puppy. READ IT!!! and think if you are ready to do what its needed... if you are still COOL with the idea.
    This is the BEST 7.99 you have spent in a long time. Adopt the schedule that best suits your style and star doing in it from day one. The schedule will help you and the puppy to get ready for the paper training, out door o whatever you decide.
    I have trained TWO shelties using this book, and on the first day. I GOT POSITIVE RESULTS, becuase I adopted a schedule from day one.
    Shelties are very easy to train, but getting them on the schedule from the start help to make it easier on you and them.
    The book gives you different choices depending on your life style, and it makes you feel good if you work all day (YES!!! THERE IS A SCHEDULE FOR YOU TOO)
    It is a quick read, no more than 30 minutes to a fast reader, around an hour for a slow.. it is easy to follow and you can skip a chapter depending on what you need.
    STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!!!...more info
  • this worked for us
    we used this book seven years ago to train our mutt. we did it in conjuction with an obedience class - it really worked for us. rarely do we have a mishap (usually caused by excitement) - our dog is just amazing and we feel like this book helped. you must follow what it says - and be on top of the situation for the 7 days. getting a dog is fun, but it is work work work. you must have the time for your pet to train it. its is worthwhile and wonderful....more info
  • How To Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days
    This book would be very helpful for someone who has no clue about housebreaking. However I found the same information by using internet search engines, the keyword:housebreaking, and found more than I could read. The book did have little tid bits here and there that were good to know. Also, by the time this arrived my puppy was already housebroken. Lastly, this book is overpriced for the size and information that I already got from the internet for free!...more info
  • Don't waste your money on this pamphlet
    Every once in awhile I buy something online that is a total waste of money and this is one of them. I can't say I learned one thing from this book (pamphlet) and it is way overpriced....more info
  • How to housebreak your dog in 7 days
    I love this book. My puppy was only 8 weeks when I received the book and most of it already worked. It is a very informative book and details many different ideas of how to housebreak your dog. The best part about the book is that it is not too long. It is a quick read and interesting to learn about dog behavior, so that the training program makes sense.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who has a new dog or trouble with training an older dog. The program really works. ...more info
  • More relevant for older pups (12 weeks and up)
    Although the summary and reviews said that this book was good for puppies, it is really meant for older pups (4 months and up). For anyone housebreaking a puppy, most of the puppy books have better information for the younger puppies (8-12 weeks). ...more info
  • house breaking your dog
    It is a good book to read has alot of good info....more info
  • How to House Brake Your Dog in 7 Days
    Knowing that puppies are like toddlers and that you shouldn't even try to house brake them until they reach a certain age is very helpful. Less stress on me and better for my puppy....more info
  • Didn't work for me
    This book had a lot of good information, but didn't work for my dog; a Min Pin. Would not buy it again. Have just used my common sense to get her housebroken when she is free in the house. But the crate method did not work at all...more info
  • Precise and to the point
    This book is precise and to the point. It gives step by step instructions on how to housetrain your dog using the crate method. I think this is a good book for those dog owners with anything but small breeds. This is not the ideal method for training toy breeds who are unable to "hold it" as long as the larger breeds....more info
  • Worked Like a Charm
    We were given this book at the shelter where we adopted our 10-week old retriever mix. It gives programs for both people who are at home during the day and those who work, and also a part for older dogs. The premise is "what goes in must come out" and that by keeping a journal and keeping a strict feeding and watering schedule you can do a good job of anticipating when it's going to happen. The idea is if you set your puppy up for success he will succeed. The only thing we did differently was set an alarm for 2am to go out so that in the morning it wasn't such a mad dash to the door. We never had a single accident in the house and he really was trained in about 7 days....more info
  • It really can happen in 7 days!
    My fiance and I were having trouble housebreaking our dog. He would do great for a few days and then he would have an accident. We decided to give this book a chance, and it changed our lives. Within 7 days, our 4 month old puppy was completely housebroken. We read this book 2 months ago, and followed all of the steps to the T, and our puppy has not gone inside since. What I found most interesting is the part about sending mixed messages to your dog, which we were doing. We had wee wee pads inside "just in case," but ideally, we wanted him to be going outside, so this was sending him mixed signals! Who knew!? I would definitely read this if you are looking to housebreak your pup, and follow the recommended schedule exactly as is. Make the sacrifice for a week, and you'll have a lifetime of peace of mind knowing your puppy will go where you need him/her to go. ...more info
  • Small, easy reading
    I found a couple hints I didn't see before, but like others found the book was overpriced....more info
  • Perfect for a new puppy
    This worked like a charm. I didn't believe it, especially with a ten week old puppy. But it worked perfect. I even returned the Nature's Miracle carpet solution!...more info
  • good book!
    I read this book before I got my puppy. I used some of the advice given for training puppies under 16 weeks, because that is when the author says you can officially traing your dog. I learned how to read my dogs signals on when he had to go, and he is 13 weeks now and is pretty much trained. He knows outside is for going and he goes to the door and whines, etc. He has had a few accidents in the house, maybe once a week since we got him at 7 weeks. Overall, good advice for someone who has no idea on what to do about potty-training a puppy or older dog....more info
  • House Training
    Ummm-I think the dog just has to want to do the correct thing. Good ideas in the book but it didn't work for us, but we have 7 dogs....more info
  • good specific training advice for all possible training situations
    As a first time dog owner this book is helpful in guiding training, I am paper training my dog poodle and the information was very helpful....more info
  • Good book
    The book offers a great basic understanding and scheduling for training. The most valuable part of the book is the schedules the author offers for various working/non-working owners. ...more info
  • Patience, Patience, Patience
    This book gives you a seven day schedule to housebreak your dog. There are several schedules; some for people that work all day, some for people who are home all day. A very good book. Easy to read and to the point. 7 days is worth a lifetime with a housebroken dog....more info
  • How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days
    This book disappointed me. By the time I received the book, I had housebroken my puppy using the methods in the book (common sense)without even reading the book. It might help some to those who have never owned a dog before. The book is small and I think overpriced for what you get....more info
  • The most useful dog book I have ever purchased!
    I used this book to housebbreak my very first dog! It has an exact schedule to follow. This is the best and easiest way to housebreak your dog! I have read many dog books, and this is the only book that spelled out exactly what to do to housebreak a dog. My dog has learned to "hold it" and dooesn't even have to go out , or ask to go out every hour. I just let her out about every 3 or 4 hours and she goes right outside! She is only one year old! She was completely trained in 2 weeks!Due to this book, I just bought another puppy, because I knew I could train her!...more info
  • Very good
    I love the book. Very simple and easy to understand. I did what it said and it worked. I recommend this book highly....more info
  • Total waste of money!
    I wish that I would have never purchased this book. It's a total waste of my hard earned money. My dog is over a year old, and is still not housebroken. It has silly plans in it which are supposed to fit everyone... but they don't! ...more info
  • This is ALL you need to housetrain your pup or dog!!
    If you can make it through the first 24 hours, freedom from an unhousetrained dog will be yours! It REALLY DOES WORK! I had a dog that was a 1.5 year old, I mistakingly paper trained her first and she never stopped doing what she was taught- going inside on the paper! NOT A GOOD IDEA! A family friend recommended this book and within about twenty four hours she was house trained!!! Most people would have said that I would always have a problem with her, NO way! Two years later, she's remains PERFECTLY HOUSETRAINED! In addition to this amaziing success story, I recently loaned the book to someone who was having trouble house training her new puppy; within a few days- no problem at all! Buy it, it really is well worth the money!...more info
  • A Life-Changing Miracle of a Book!
    Shirlee Kalstone's book LITERALLY changed my life. I had skimmed over this book at the pet supply store but thought, "Very interesting...but surely I'LL never need it because teaching MY puppy to 'go' outside will be a snap." Two weeks, one wet, yellow floor, and two peed-on couch cushions later, I was at wit's end, finally admitting to myself I needed help (BADLY), as it seemed that my 18-week-old miniature dachshund boy would never have ANY interest in outdoor urination.

    This book was truly the answer to my prayers - I was AMAZED by it and the great results it produced! It really did change my entire life, as well as my dogs'. The book emphasizes sticking to a schedule, which created a challenge for me initially since I am the "creative sort" (read: TERRIBLE at time management, being on time, sticking to schedules, etc.) but I really made a point of sticking to it as closely as possible (for me) and once he became reliable, I was able to relax it some. Another thing I liked about this book is that there are two different time schedules, depending on whether or not you work outside the home. Most housebreaking books assume that there is at least one person at home at all times to help with the housebreaking but, for those of us who actually have to work for a living (quelle horreur!), this offers an excellent alternative schedule that is very easy to comply with.

    Summarily, this is an INCREDIBLY worthwhile read and one of the few books that I would recommend - and give as a gift!- to ANYONE getting a new puppy. I devoured everything I could on puppy housebreaking when my dog was learning, both in print and on the Internet, and "How To Housebreak Your Dog in Seven Days" was by FAR the best, fastest, and most effective. In only two weeks' time, my dog went from seemingly SMILING at me while copping a squat on my bath rug to peeing outside on command whenever he hears the phrase "HURRY UP" (in fact, he's so reliable about it, I'm almost afraid to say those words indoors, even in other contexts!). This book is destined to become a classic and one I would recommend over and over to ANYONE who would prefer their dogs pee on their front lawn and not their carpet. ...more info
  • A valuable resource
    I have used the techniques described in this book with two cherished puppies--a Jack Russell and a Border Terrier. It is simple, clear, effective--and it works! I often make it a gift to friends who are new dog owners. Followed correctly, it will prove to be one of your best "new owner" resources. Good luck using it with one of the best friends you will ever have....more info
  • How to housebreak your dog in 7 days
    This book didn't tell me anything I didn't know already....more info
  • Training for Anyone! Perfect Book.
    I've owned two dogs in my time, one I made many mistakes, my Wheaton I was determined to do it right. This book saved us and gave us a wonderful pet. IF the owner does the work. Also, seven days can turn into four or five weeks, however if you are consistent, this is a fabulous book....more info
    Someone once asked me if my new, nine-week old English Cocker Spaniel was "housebroken." My response was, "If you mean has he broken just about everything in the house, his training is coming along quite nicely, thank you." Ah, the joys of a high-spirited, strong-willed puppy. It is full of surprises, much like becoming a parent again in mid-life.

    When I jokingly asked a local grocery clerk if they carried that famous brand name disposable diaper for dogs yet, he actually went to check! My saving grace was those not so illustrious looking "wee wee pads" available at department stores (you want to hide them really quickly when company comes.) My new puppy proceeded to drag his pad to every available corner of the room and used it for its's original intent only when bored with game and more luxurious ammenities were not in sight! I happen to be one of those people who, unlike the author, is as opposed to "crate-training" as much as I was to keeping my three "now-adult children" in playpens when they were small.

    However, my little critter definitely knows what the great outdoors was intented for and since he has discovered trees and a fenced in yard, I no longer need the advice passed on in this informative book. You will have to discover which method works best for you. Obviously, if there is not going to be anyone home during the day, or you live on the 30th floor of a highrise and nature seems as far away as the moon, training him to go outdoors is not going to work. I did find the book helpful since it does present several options, but the reader will have to determine which method works best based on their time, lifestyle and living conditions....more info

  • It works
    Initially I was skeptic about the seven days, having followed the rules "almost by the book" I was able to change my beagle's habits. Easy to read, easy to follow, no filler reading....more info
  • A must have!
    I have had many dogs, but never a puppy, so I was worried about the housebreaking process. If you follow this book, your puppy will be housebroken! I highly recommend this to any dog owner that needs help in housebreaking! ...more info
  • How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days
    A very thin paperback book. Not much more information that the pamphet from the Vet. Easy to read....more info
  • Good book for dog owners
    We purchased this book a few weeks before we got our first dog, an 8-week-old Boston Terrier puppy. The guidelines in this book were really helpful to us as first-time dog owners. Our puppy is now a little over 12-weeks-old and she is already close to being fully house trained. Even though this book and other books say puppies don't have full control over their bladder/bowels until they are 16-weeks, we have followed the steps in the book since the day we got the puppy. And now she is almost fully house trained a month early.

    I would recommend this book to any new dog owner....more info
  • Works, fluff-free
    Calling this a pamphlet might be generous. The real "Information" you need for a new puppy is about 5 pages. Other sections cover older dogs, etc...

    I have lived with and trained dogs all my life. My wife hadn't. I got this book for her since she never listens to a thing I say anyway. The concise, correct advice is easy to read, it just relies on the owner to follow through.

    The book tells you how to housetrain a dog. The people who said this book didn't teach them anything.... Did they already know how? Then why buy this book? I've seen too many owners not want to crate their puppies, and refuse to discipline them, if you're not up for being your puppies warden, then you won't like the advice presented within. If you plan to have a long-time companion who is well-adjusted, this book also has great general training tips.

    Frankly, I was overjoyed by the book's brevity. I want the info, not fluff and filler. It was very easy to say "Honey, that's 5 pages of instructions that are clearer than what I can tell you, just read it."

    A year later, my Dog Ruckus is accident free, I have no fear walking into another person's home, and he pees on command if needed. I only hope Ms. Kalstone writes a book on child rearing sometime soon....more info
  • Easy and practical
    Easy to understand and practical to use. Very thin book. Mostly common sense....more info
    When I decided to bring my dog inside and housetrain her, I didn't know where to start, but then I found this book on Amazon, and I was very impressed with the results! I got this book, and the next day I started training my two year old lab that had been outside since I had her. When this book says that you can train your dog in 7 days it means 7 days. Today I was gone for almost the whole day and I came home and there was no surprises for me! I would recommend this book for any future dog owners or puppy owners. This book is a very valuable resource. I can proudly say that my dog is 100% potty training! But you have to stay with the schedule once you decide which schedule you are going to go with or it will not work, which is pretty obvious to say the least....more info
  • Common senses well packaged
    This book gives the most reliable approach to housetrain your puppy. If you can follow the advise, the dog will be housetrained, but probably in more days than 7.

    The essentials are actually quite simple and the principles can be summaries in 3 pages. Talking to someone experienced in crate-based training is probably easier....more info

  • A Lifesaver
    This was a lifesaver! My dog was partially potty trained and this book managed to fill in all the gaps within two days. This book was an excellent investment and I would encourage anyone having housebreaking issues to get this book and try it out!...more info
  • Very Good Book, Easy to Understand and Read!
    This book was a great [$] investment! :-) I got this while on vacation to my hometown, Buffalo, NY. The title caught my eye, and since in a few weeks, we'll be bringing home a 12 week old English Cocker Spaniel puppy, we'd love to get it housetrained within a week or two. I can't wait to try their advice and methods out to see how quick it does work! :-D I recommend this book to all new puppy parents!

    Heather Lundquist
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  • How to House Break you Dog in 7 Days

    Quick informative book. A good resource for someone who wants to gain insights but dosen't have a lot of time to read....more info
  • This book is a waste of money...
    It truly is. There are no big tips, no clear instructions. It's a complete waste. Go with anything else before you buy this book....more info
  • Best book about housebeaking your dog. Ever.
    When we brought our Irish Terrier puppy home for the first time our friend said to get this book. It is simple and makes sense. If you follow their guidelines your dog will be housebroken in record time. The only accident our dog had since that time was 100 per cent OUR fault and not the dogs. I cannot recommend this book more highly. First time dog owner? Get this book. I have since given copies to friends who are first time dog owners....more info
  • This slim book helped tremendously !
    Bring this book home with your new puppy. Straightforward, easy to follow advice takes the heartbreak out of housebreaking. There are realistic, step-by-step training outlines for every type of household schedule. The best gift you can give to a new dog owner !...more info
  • Bottom Line: It WORKS!
    I was a first-time dog owner, mother of five children. This book was my life guide for seven days, and for the subsequent eight lovely years I've had a PERFECTLY trained dog! Thank you, Shirlee Kalstone!...more info
  • Worth Every Cent!!
    This is a very insightful book into housebreaking (and even some basic training) for any dog. My dog is almost 2 years old and was allowed to rule the house and do whatever wherever he wanted until I got him. We live in a rental house and cannot afford ruined carpet, so I got this book. He was a changed dog in a matter of about a week. He had been marking all over the house and would hide from me and defecate so I wouldn't scold him, but using the tips in the book really helped. It will help owners understand what not to do as well as what works! Great book. I've passed it on now to my sister for her puppy. ...more info
  • My Bible When Housebreaking a Puppy
    I am a puppy raising leader for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The book when followed is the lifesaver. I successfully housebreak all my puppies by the methods outlined in the chapters and strongly encourage puppy raisers in my group to buy a copy....more info
  • Easy to follow
    This is a great system only if you're disciplined enough to follow it. It worked for my family. The book is very short and the instructions are very clear and easy to understand. If you're not willing to follow a strict schedule though, this book/method is not for you....more info
  • How to Housebreak your Dog in 7 Days
    This is a most confusing and contradictory book. In the first few chapters, it states never paper train if your intention is to have the dog "go" outdoors. Then if you dog is very young put plenty of layers of newspapers on the floor. It says not to confine the puppy in the crate, let him come and go. Then it says to confine the puppy in the crate.

    I think it would have been beneficial to chapter each method and be consistant within each chapter. Our new puppy is primarily my 10 year old son's dog. However I am reading the material too. He has informed me that this book isn't vey good, and has found another that is better. I hope Amazon prints all of the reviews....more info
  • VERY helpful
    This has been the most useful book I've seen so far, and I have 3 other books on this topic. Unlike a lot of reviewers here who talk about "common sense," this is my first dog ever, so I have no prior experience to apply.

    I found the information very specific and helpful. In the book, the suggested schedules begin with puppies as young as 4 months (16 weeks). But it worked just as well with my 13-week-old puppy. He's 19 weeks now and I can say with confidence "No 'accidents.'" I've even been able to take him over to friends' homes for an evening and he only goes outside. When he's in his crate at night, he's good until morning.

    The key to getting the best results from this book, I think, is that you really have to be consistent and follow the directions as written. I took a week off from work to apply the techniques in this book, and it's been great ever since....more info
  • Simple and Successful
    This approach worked for our puppy (a Lab) as well. It's based on a few simple ideas, one of which is the puppy's idea of its "den", which it will scrupulously avoid soiling. It's you, the owner, who needs to understand what constitutes the puppy's notion of its den and use that to your advantage.

    Dogs, like most people, are creatures of habit, so that can be used too. Set up a watering schedule that will contribute to success. Also don't try to housebreak a puppy before it's old enough to have adequate bladder control. Still, you can make it to that point without too many accidents. The book details all this.

    Finally, remember Pavlov's dog. Dogs respond directly - they don't understand abstract thoughts. Start by repeating a word like "potty" over and over quietly while your puppy is relieving herself, then praise her. This will associate the word with the feeling of relief. DON'T USE THE WORD ABSTRACTLY like asking "do you want to go out and potty?" when you're in the house! (You can say "do you want to go outside?"). After "programming" your puppy about 100 times, she will pee on command when she hears the word. This will really pay off later when you're travelling, etc. The important thing is to understand that dogs take everything literally and directly and really only understand a few key words, your tone of voice, and your body language.

    Try to think like a dog - it will change your whole view of the world!...more info

  • 7-day puppy housebreaking book
    I did like this book but I just wasn't able to housebreak my puppy in 7 days. My puppy had already been trained to urinate on potty papers in the house and it was going to take some time to re-train him to go outside. Plus it would be a lot of work on my part. I read through the whole book in about an hour and it has a lot of good advice on how to train and re-train your puppy to be housebroken.

    Angela M. Horton...more info
  • Every puppy/dog owner should get this book....
    I stumbled upon this book over 14 years ago when we got our Scottish Terrier puppy. He was 3 months old at the time. I bought this book with great hope since my husband and I work F/T. I work 5-10 min. away so I could get home at lunchtime. I was truly amazed on how quickly and efficiently these techniques worked. McDuff only had 3 accidents ever until he got to be a senior. I lent this book to an old co-worker years later who adopted a pitbull. I never got the book back because she passed it on to others as well. She was amazed also! Sadly, McDuff was put down a year and a half ago from Canine Lymphoma at the ripe old age of 12. Just a few days ago, we got Ripley - a Mini Schanuzer. We re-bought this book - it's just a must have inmaking everyone's life so much easier with housebreaking. I love that it gives different scenario's, timetables etc. Whether you think it's all just common sense or not, I always value someone else's perspective. We didn't follow the book to the letter, but at least it sets a good parameter for your lifestyle. I just can't say enough great things about this book and would highly recommend it....more info
  • informative and realistic!
    I purchased this book (and three others) to prepare myself and my fiance' for the arrival of our new puppy. This is the only book of the four I purchased that actually directly addressed how you are supposed to housetrain a puppy when you work and are not home with the dog all day. All the other books assumed you would be available every two to three hours to take the dog outside, which is, in my opinoin, very unrealistic for most people who work 8 hour or more days and can't hire a pet sitter to stay home with the puppy in their absence. This book provides detailed schedules for people who are able to be home all day as well as people who can't be with the puppy all day long, allowing you to develop a consistent, realistic program for your puppy regardless of your schedule. The book was a very quick read (I read it cover to cover in less than a hour), straight-forward, simple to read, and very understandable. The concepts and principles in this book seem as if they will be easy to implement. This book made me feel more confident that we will be able to work the puppy into our lifestyle (with a few minor changes) instead of having to overhaul our entire lives to be slaves to the puppy's bowel and bladder. I strongly recommend this book to other first-time puppy owners who, like us, want to "do it right" and are looking for strategies and solutions they can implement to raise their puppy to be a well-mannered, obedient, and loving dog. ...more info
  • ehhh
    I was kind of disappointed by this book because it didnt tell me anything that I didnt know already. The one thing that I did learn was that you cant really potty train a dog until its 4 months old because it doesnt have bladder control...which I actually read in another book later. Honestly, the best way to potty train your dog is to leave him/her for a weekend with a friends dog that is already potty trained. They learn things from a pack so much more quickly then they do from you. My dog used to go in the house at least 2 times a day, I went out of town and left her with my friend who also has a dog and she came back scratching the door when she needed to go. That following week she only went one time in the house, it was AMAZING. Sorry...a bit of a tangent, but thought some people may find it helpful. All in all...skip the book and just google your info youll learn everything thats in this book....more info
    My wife and I decided we'd like to have a dog (neither of us had had one before). We researched breeds and a training and settled on a Bishon Frise (playful, great family dogs, but a little stubborn to train) and this book. WOW!!! That's all I have to say.

    We followed this book to the T, waited and waited and waited and then all of a sudden it just clicked... Our little man was peeing on his paper. The only thing I'd say is that we'd intermittently walk him outside and now he goes outside if we're walking him, or goes all-day inside on his paper if we need to leave him for a few hours to run errands. We'll even bring him to our friend's house, drop down a newspaper and he'll play all day and when he's ready do his business on the paper. In fact, most of our friends ask (if not encourage us) to bring our little man! I'd highly recommend this book to first-timers.

    Follow it to the T, have faith in the system, and you'll see it click. Good luck!!! ...more info
  • Great!! Very helpful book
    This is the only book that gave me a practical schedule for feeding etc...
    Written in a concise manner this thin book is incredibly practical and I can assure it works, because it worked for me. Amazing....more info
  • great
    pretty much followed the book and it worked!! I took in an abused older dog so it took a little longer but with patience it will work!!
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