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Old 01-10-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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Getting frantic - potty nightmare

Teddi is almost 4 months old. When I am at work, Teddi is confined to an area by our back door. In her X-Pen are puppy pads that she mostly uses correctly. When I take her out of her pen to play, she will squat and pee wherever she is playing. Sometimes she will head to a corner or behind a chair to pee. She pees and poops beautifully outside and always gets a treat after. How do I get Teddi to stop peeing and pooping inside? I a quite certain she knows it's wrong to do this. When she has these accidents I always say no to her. Does anyone have any ideas? I am getting discouraged.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Our little ones are a challenge to potty train. Don't lose heart! hang in there.

One of the difficulties is that b/c they are little, they don't view ALL of the house as inhabited. First thing I would check is to make sure she doesn't have a UTI or anything (b/c you mentioned she'll just pee in the middle of playing, right where she stands). If she is healthy, you should put her on a potty schedule. my rec is the frequency of outside visits is based on your puppy's success. so if you take her every 1/2 hour but she's still peeing in the house, you need to try every 20 minutes. also limit her access to the rest of the house.

I'm sure you'll get a boat load of great advice. hang it there it does get better.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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Every time she is taken out of the pen, take her outside to pee. When she does act like it's THE BEST thing that ever happened, then a treat for reinforcement. Repeat, repeat, repeat all day long . I agree that perhaps you need to take her out every 20 minutes, and use the same phrase each time "Go potty" or whatever you've been saying. I know it is exhausting, but she'll catch on. You're persistence with her will pay off big time later. There's my two cents...
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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Just to give you some perspective, my co-worker, she has a rescue pitty. her dog pees on command, even if it's a drop. just to hear her owner's praise.

My dogs, they do their thing on a walk in the place they select. and I wait. I personally don't have it as a priority that my dogs pee and poop on command.

but it's possible. and if this makes you feel better, my 3 yr old, 1/2 hav, every winter, he doesn't want to go outside to the backyard to pee. so I gave up last yr and just put a pee pad down for him, b/c he's select his own spot to relieve himself. btw my sliding glass door is almost always open for the dogs to come and go freely to the backyard. I've seen my ollie, stand at the doorway of the yard, and seemingly think, Hmmm, naw too cold for me, then turn around and look for an alternate place in the house to pee.

also, your girl is young so her bladder is tiny. as she gets older she'll be able to hold it longer. Ollie can go 12 hours without peeing (sleeping in on the weekends).

it's all about consistency.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:00 PM   #5
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They don't "know" that it's not right to do it. They won't have that sort of understanding until probably sometime after a year old. At this point it's ALL habit.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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Take her outside immediately when you take her out of the x pen. Make sure you are giving the commands as she goes, pee pee poo poo and praise like crazy. When she is inside keep a close eye on her. If you can't watch her she should be in the pen. If you see her about to go, catch her in the act and say, no pee pee outside! Even if she is finished going, scoop her up and take her outside. The more accidents she has without you catching the more of a habit you are creating. It will click, but you have to do your part.
I always put a bell on my guys collar when they were wee pups. This way I could hear when they were on the move!
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:28 AM   #7
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my little girl just turned 1 and she's finally getting the hang of it! My havanese was much much harder to train than my other big dog. A few mistakes I made:

if you scold her when she goes then she may become afraid to go in front of you. I made this mistake and it set us back by months. She would poop in the house, in a quiet corner when i wasn't watching. Instead of scolding her for going in the house i simply put her outside and cleaned up. When she did actually go outside it was a big party with lots and lots of praise and treats.

the second problem is that their signal to go is very vague it's hard to know when to let them out. it was a lot of work to get her to make a sound, use a bell, etc. Finally she knocks on the door to go out (she never liked the bell, but will take her paw and bang on the door when she wants to go out). it's cute; looks like she's knocking! If that doesn't get my attention then she'll stand up on her hind legs and frantically paw at the door until i open it.

Finally, when they are young they have tiny little bladders and can't hold it very long.

Good luck and don't get frustrated. it will happen.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:18 PM   #8
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the second problem is that their signal to go is very vague it's hard to know when to let them out. it was a lot of work to get her to make a sound, use a bell, etc. Finally she knocks on the door to go out (she never liked the bell, but will take her paw and bang on the door when she wants to go out). it's cute; looks like she's knocking! If that doesn't get my attention then she'll stand up on her hind legs and frantically paw at the door until i open it.
This was the most tedious and frustrating phase for me. Kodi didn't have accidents because WE knew his schedule, and got him out at the right times. But I felt like WE were trained instead of him! As smart as he is, the bells were useless with him. I tried and tried, but he never ONCE touched them independently, and I finally took them down because they were scratching my woodwork. (anyone want some just-like-new bells? )

Then one day, when he was well past two, I heard this deep "woof" at the door. A sound I'd never heard him make. It was very clear that he wanted to go out, so I took him out and he pottied immediately. It was like a switch flipped in his brain, that HE could control the door! From that point on, he has been completely reliable about telling us when he needs to go out, and I've been able to stop watching the clock.

NOW the only problem is that at the moment, he CONSISTENTLY "needs" to go out in the middle of me cooking dinner. Ah, well. It is what it is. THIS is a compromise I'm willing to make!
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:45 PM   #9
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ha ha, ya, Tillie ALWAYS needs to go out the second I sit down to finally relax in my recliner. lol
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for such good, practical advise. Just hearing from you makes me feel that I am not alone. You have all been through what I am going thru right now. I know Teddi will catch on when she is older. She is such a good, loveable and smart little girl����❤
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