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Positive Potty Training Tips

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Drgnrdr, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    I don't have much of a routine during the day, since my classes are at different times on different days. On mondays, wednesdays, and fridays, I can come home at noon, but not on tuesdays and thursdays (and my lazy roommate is usually still asleep when I come home at 2:30).
    My morning routine is wake up when she wakes up (around 6 or 7), let them out (she'll pee), feed them, let them back out (she'll poop), and let them hang out outside and look at the world and play a bit until they want to come in (meanwhile I'm getting ready to leave, I can see them from the window to monitor them). Then when they want to come in, as soon as they come in the start playing (wrestling/chasing/playing tug). They go about this for about 10/15 mins. That usually ends around 8am, when I have to leave. She has a VERY sensitive stomach, and doesn't handle bones at all (she gets diarrhea), and doesn't care for kongs if I put peanut butter in them. I leave her with plenty of her favorite toys that I know she can't swallow. But when I put her in her crate, when I come back she hasn't touched the toys (I guess she just sleeps in her crate). If I leave her out of her crate, the molding is chewed, the stairs are chewed, and the toys aren't touched.
    If I could find toys that included food that would keep her occupied for that time, that would be great, but I feel like that would require the toy to have a lot of food in it, and I don't want to do anything to compromise her stomach.
    I think if I had a more regular routine, it would be easier, but my classes are at different times and there's really nothing I can do about it.
    I'm upset about the crating, because it sounds like there's no way that I can undo what happened when she was younger. It's not like I can tell her, hey, it's not good to pee on yourself. I don't like to leave her unsupervised with Liberty, and crating would be the easiest way to keep them separated (especially if I move to a place without a basement).
    It may sound like I'm a bad owner because I don't have a routine and I can't control my dog, but I'm really trying, it's been 4 months and she just doesn't seem to get it. I don't want to give up on trying to crate her but it seems like the only option at this point.
    And it's not like I don't know how to house-train a dog, Liberty is 8 years old and hasn't had an accident since she was a few months old.
    I know every dog is different, but it's like it's just not clicking with her. She knows she's supposed to go outside, but she it's like she doesn't care. I'm sorry if this was confusing, I'm just very frustrated with the situation because I want what's best for her and she isn't letting me do what's best for her.
  2. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    specific answers in bold
  3. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Oh no no don't think I don't respect you, I really value everything you say, as obviously you know much more than I do. :) In all honesty, Liberty house-trained herself (and I was 10 when I got her), so in reality I'm kind of doing this for the first time.
    I'm not blaming my dog AT ALL, I'm frustrated WITH MYSELF because I feel like I'm failing my dog by not knowing how to teach her the right things. I never get frustrated around her because it's not her fault, it's my fault.
    The reason I say she knows to pee outside is because in the morning, she goes straight to the door to go out, then she pees, and comes back in. I feel like she has some grasp on it, and just doesn't understand the crate situation because of her prior situation.
    Also, I have a feeling while she's at the vet getting spayed (she'll be there until wednesday), that she's going to fall back into the same routine of peeing on herself, and now it will not be good because of her incision.
    Lily's crate is in the basement, and Liberty stays upstairs. Do you think it would be better if they were together? I would think Lily would get upset that she is in a crate and Liberty isn't.

    I really want to thank you for helping me. Everything you say is very informative and I will try to implement everything you suggest. Every dog is different, and Lily obviously needs different things than Liberty, so I'm just trying to figure everything out with her. It's the first time I've had a puppy in 8 years, and really the first time I've raised one by myself. Thank you for the support, even though this may sound frustrating to you.
  4. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    I was wondering how "attached" she was to Liberty? if she is having anxiety being alone and away from her, ie...the crazy chewing on the stairs etc...or if it's lack of exercise, have you tried to leave Liberty downstairs with her? it's okay if she's in crate depending on what she does, you can test it by pretending your going to leave like normal, go but return 30 minutes later, or sit so you don't make noise upstairs, and wait and see what you hear..that's sounds funny, see..hear..LOL
    Make sure you go with her for potty she needs to be treated for going out, she just knows the routine up,out door, I have to potty, come back in..but she doesn't know that's what you want, outside potty, unless you treat her immeadiately after she goes, give her at least 3 treats ONE AT A TIME, and praise her "good girl, good girl" after each treat, make it profitable for her to go out, she gets nothing for potty inside. I have to get to work, so that's all I can suggest for now.
  5. voice100

    voice100 Puppy

    I have a friend who has a 5month female pup, she keeps going for a wee on their bed?
    Sometimes they will let her outside, then when she comes in she will wee inside?
    I think the problem is she is trying to be in charge or do not know who is in charge, is this correct or could anyone give me some advice to give them
  6. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    print out the article I wrote and hand it to them, don't let her on the bed, go out with the dog to make sure she goes etc..
  7. This was a great read. Very informative. I am in the process of housebreaking/ potty traing my little man, he is really smart and works well if he has constant repition. If we miss a time to take him and he wee wee in the living room, becasue like you said its far enough from the room he is at most of the day. So repitition repitions....Thanks!!
  8. mondo

    mondo Puppy

    My pup Hercules is now 10 weeks old he has no prob. In his crate over night but he stays out side during the day while I'm at work . I take him out early in the morning and he goes where I want him to go pee. Than I'm off to work I come back to find he has poo poo all over the yard. I have work so I'm wondering if I should crate him while I'm gone or just work with him on my days off . I feed him 3 times a day." Thanks"
  9. KAYlA1140

    KAYlA1140 Puppy

    how long do u think potty training should usually take?
  10. jazzie

    jazzie Puppy

    I'm having trouble potty training my pit. We rescued her about a month ago (she's 6 months old) and immediately she had a urinary tract infection so potty training couldn't start right away.

    She's taken out 1st thing in the morning, again after she eats in the morning, then she's crated until my girls come home about 3; at that point she's taken outside. She's walked at least 3 more time before crating at bedtime around 10. On these walks she almost always pee's but getting her to poop is a problem. She will also go outside (pee) and then go inside and pee or poop or both. I can't figure out her schedule nor her ours so the potty training is not going well at all. HELP!!
  11. Mighty Mouse

    Mighty Mouse Little Dog

    great read! thanks for all the info. I was just curious if any of your answers change if the pup is messing in the crat but not with urine?
  12. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    You mean pooping? she needs to get out and not be left in to long and or have a chance to poop b4 going in crate or she's experiencing sep anx and having uncontrollable BM's or she has a med issue??
  13. SemasMom

    SemasMom Big Dog

    I adopted my puppy from the pound. She's 5-6 month's old. She had pneumonia, and it's finally starting to clear up. However, when she was still pretty sick, the coughing fits would lead to accidents inside. Almost every time she coughed, she peed. I have cleaned all the areas with nature's miracles. Now that the coughing is subsiding, we are hit and miss with the training. Sometimes she's great about letting me know she needs to get outside, and sometimes she just pees.
    I am not supposed to give her treats for another week, when the antibiotics run out (she's had stomach issues) so I do give lots of praise.

    The only time she's pooped inside is when I missed her cues and didn't get her outside. But the peeing...well it's getting old. Any suggestions for what I can do until I can start with some treats?
  14. Zues11

    Zues11 Puppy

    this was very helpful..
  15. ErinsDeuce

    ErinsDeuce Puppy

    I have tried EVERYTHING with my 7 month old pit, Deuce. We have taken him outside to his poop spots every single time, removing accidents, scolding him in the act, taking the poop outside, long walks, etc. He sill does not get it!! We love him to death, but this is getting out of hand as his poo is now moose poo, not just mouse poo lol. He is crated when he doesn't go poop outside and we feel totally bad about this, as he is a part of our family now. HELP!!
  16. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    ErinsDuece:I don't have enough info to form a reply. Read the article step by step form a systematic plan of action. If the dog potties in your home it's your fault. How long have you had this dog? since 8 weeks? where has he been going poo? is it the same place/area or totally diff spots, like 4-5 feet from any area he has gone before? what were you cleaning it up with? have you tried different chemicals? what does he do when he has to pee? Is he hiding it, going away from you so no one sees him? Who supervises when he is in the house? how much home does he have access too? When home do you have water down for him all the time? what about his food, is he on a routine schedule of eating, same time every day? or do you randomly feed him due to your work schedule? Has he had a urinalysis or fecal exam? is he fixed/neutered? Does he have anxiety or stress when your home or away? What is your routine, feeding him time, go out walk time, get back, exercise time, what do you do with him while your showering or cooking before work? give me a step by step picture of your home routine, from the time you get up and get to bed, what you do with him and what times you take him out, does he go when you take him out, does he pee or poo? I need it as detailed as possible, since I can not talk directly to you. These are the kinds of questions that need answering to help you.
    Drgnrdr CPDT-KA
  17. MidnightSkye

    MidnightSkye Little Dog

    This is probably the best article on potty training ive ever read!
  18. Kbell

    Kbell Puppy

    1st time Momma

    I have a 10 week old and am questioning my methods of potty training. Kobie is put in a crate at night about 11 and is in there till about 630am, sometimes she may pee, but the past couple of nights she hasnt:). At 6:30am she goes out either for a little walk, comes in and eats 2 cups of food and 1/2-1cup of water at about 7am. Then she runs around or plays for maybe 10-15mins while we get ready and we take her out again before we leave which is at 7:45am. Then she is in the crate until maybe 3:30/4pm when my gf gets home and takes her out back in the yard or for a walk. She is out and about running around and playing with multiple potty breaks until 7pm which is when she eats and gets water again. After that she goes out to potty a few more times and gets some more water at about 9pm(goes out to potty a few times) then in the crate at 11pm for bed.

    Her crate is big enough for a little bed in it and a pee pad. After reading all the post im thinking maybe im not giving her enough water.

  19. DanielleEW

    DanielleEW Puppy

    I have a 6 month old pit puppy. We have had her about 3 months. Im having the problum that she likes to potty where ever she wants. She will scrach at the back door. We let her out then after she dose her bissness she comes back in and potties where ever she wants. Her favorite place is on our beds and couches. Ive had to already replace to many mattress and 2 couches. I try to regulate the water. but it dosent help. Im not sure why she is doing this. Can anyone help me?
  20. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    I don't have enough info to help you. Has she always done this? do you go out with her or do you let her go out while you get ready for work? then let her back in? If she is going on your bed and couch someone is not supervising when she comes back in the house, also if she is going out then coming back in and potties

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