Lincoln and Scout's Mom
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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Both my guys are completely potty trained, and it took Lincoln until he was 5 mos. old to be consistent but it took Scout close to 1 year. Scout had lots of setbacks (like being neutered, having to wear a cone so he couldn't get out the dog door, etc.) and just getting praised for pottying outside wasn't enough of an incentive for his "I'd rather do it inside where it's warm" personality.
Anyway, it took a lot of consistent effort 24/7 with both of them. I literally watched them every single second watching for that elusive "I'm gonna go now" body language, restricted their "free" roaming area and gradually gave them more access to more parts of the house as they became more reliable, etc.
It really was exhausting - I felt like I had an incontinent infant living with me for months. This crosses my mind every time I think about getting a third! But now I'm glad I put out the effort up front. My feeling is that it is easier to train them from the beginning than trying to retrain a dog that has already developed some bad habits. It just seemed like while one successful potty outside was 1 step forward, one accident was equivalent to 10 steps backward vs. just 1 step backward in the training process.
Last edited by Jane; 11-24-2009 at 05:34 PM.