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Old 02-01-2013, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My pup is 5 1/2 months now and lovely. Except... the potty training is still killing me. I find that if I take her out to go potty, she goes, but if she's in the house, she has no desire to hold it. So, I'm not sure the "take her out every half hour" is really helping. It's helping keep the pee off the carpet, but not helping her learn not to pee in the house if she's in here. She'll just pee on the carpet. I know it's not a UTI - it's not like she *can't* hold it. She'll find her favorite spot of carpet. But I'm not sure how to instill in her that it's preferred to go outside. I can let her out a lot, and have her blocked in the kitchen often to help, but I'd just like to eventually get to the place where I can trust her in the house for a little while. Any advice?
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Im in the same boat. Padmé is almost 4 months old and to me it seem like lazyness. I take her out every hour on the hour and she is fine. But than sometimes she will pee a little on the floor maybe 20 minutes after she was outside. Its not a lot so I know its not like her bladder is full. I know the cold weather we have had here over the last few weeks hasnt helped.
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that is why people use a crate. there is a lot more incentive to hold it when confined !
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Are you rewarding her when she does it outside?

Definitely you have to keep her away from that spot until going outside is the "habit" - and every time she goes inside, it forms the opposite "habit". That's why we stress the need for close supervision (tying her to you if necessary), and crating when she can't be watched.

Basically every time she pees outside, if she gets praise and a treat then she's motivated to pee outside. The more she does it, the more she gets conditioned to it being a "good thing".

The problem is, even without you rewarding her peeing inside is self-rewarding because she feels better (empty bladder). That's why you have to be vigilant not to let her practice that "habit".

Only let her earn her freedom in the house a little at a time.
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you also neet to teach her a signal to use to tell you she need to go

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is she off lead when going outside? i.e. getting distracted?

we put ours out only on lead, if she produced, said something like "good girl goes outside" emphasizing "outside" when taking her out also.

if she didn't produce, right back into the house she went. hope this is of some help......
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I'm having same prob! Kenz is 3 mo and just when I think she gets it she makes a boo boo! Agh helpppp


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Cooper is three months. And I definitely recommend a crate. Cooper has never pottied in his crate. Ever. He holds it. And I believe that is training his bladder to hold while out n about. And anytime he did pee in the house he got his nostrils filled w it. Then we would go outside. Mind you, this potty training thing has been absolutely horrific with living in ohio and dealing w this 9 degree weather and snow. But.. Coopers a trooper.

Sorry, I'm straying away from the crate. I vote get a crate. It's helped cooper train his bladder and bowels. I put him in at bedtime, when we leave to go do errands, or when I just need an hour to clean or something.

I'm also not an expert. Coops my first basset\dog ever. So this is just based off 3 months experience.


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I do have a crate. She also has never made a mistake in her crate but I'm not goin to make her stay in it all day. And filling nostrils with pee is straight abuse even sticking the nose in it.


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This is a forum. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I don't think I'm abusing my dog. He doesn't resent me. Nor does he pee in my house. Apparently I Did something right. Cooper is a happy an loving dog. But I'm curious as to why that would be a form of abuse?


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