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fully house trained?

after reading so many threads here about house training, the trials & tribulations of...i wonder if mugsy will ever get it?

how many here have havs that are fully house trained?

i need to know that it's a real possibilty that someday he may actually stop the 'p&p show' on the rug.

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Joe, you crack me up, but that's exactly what I would like to know too. Can't imagine a happy life with constant p&p in the wrong places. But if you're consistent they will eventually get it, that's what they say...

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Joe,I took up all rugs....it is easy to sneak a pee on a rug....and unless that scent is completely gone,they'll repeat there. Try to get one of those cleaners specially for cleaning up dog messes...

Yes-my boy is completely housebroken. He is going to be 2 in April. I really do not remember his last accident,but it has been quite awhile. I did crate him at night though until about maybe 4-6 mo.ago.He loved his crate and went in there on his own...If I were leaving for a long time during the day---I would probably crate him...but he is a good boy...just for safety I'd crate,not because of potty messes. Hang in there--Mugsy will get it
Just be extremely diligent......I stress every word......extremely diligent. They must be watched like a hawk.

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Joe, you crack me up, but that's exactly what I would like to know too. Can't imagine a happy life with constant p&p in the wrong places. But if you're consistent they will eventually get it, that's what they say...
i try to maintain my own sense of humour about all this too!

i have had a few dogs in my life time and they all learned about house training in a matter of days. i have had mugs for months now and there is no consistancy in his behaviour. i have tried everything i know, can think of and what i have found with research but nothing works. it's a bit frustrating cause he's a very smart dog.

the sad part is that i love the little guy and know i will never give him up so i sometimes think of a life time of being on poop patrol and it gets me down.

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julie, i shampoo the rug in the living (only inside place he goes) about twice a month with a doggie shampoo. i even fabreeze it regularly.

he does not go overnight so i know he can control it but then he will go twenty minutes after a walk, a walk where he did his business quite nicely!

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Well,Joe,are you using something like Nature's Miracle? I would put that directly on the spot and it worked quite well. Hang in there--it really does get better.Like you,I had a few dogs over my lifetime,a sheltie who pottied once in my house--ever......and then Quincy.I swear to you,I thought he would never be housebroke! I could not believe how hard it was. I was using carpet shampoo though and it was not taking out the scent. I learned from that----and then kitchen rugs etc. My stinker would go in front of the door and if I wasn't looking right at him,he'd quietly turn around and go! That's when I discovered bells.My husband thought I was nuts! There is a thread on here about "ring the bell".This has saved my sanity! He drives you nuts for awhile----but both my boys ring the bell to go out to potty. I believe this helped me with Quince alot.

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Kodi is 100%, and Shelby is about 98%. She will go weeks without an accident, and then pee on the floor.


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Once Miss Daisy, who was three years old this month, taught us her signals for wanting to go out and potty she hasn't had a single mishap.
I am hesitant to mention this because I know I will probably get slapped around for it but ......... One thing I have noticed, is that the majority of postings about potty training problems seem to be in regard to male dogs.
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Brady is perfect. Well, he is perfect at our house. He has had a few accidents at the neighbors house when they take him to babysit, but I really believe that is because they are children (12 and 14) and don't take him out as much as he needs to go. I have to say, Brady was actually very easy to housetrain. We use bells and he tells me when he has to go. I have to say that even though he holds it for hours on end during the night with no problems, he does ring his bells every 2 hours or so to go outside when we are home. Sometimes, it is 20 minutes after a walk and he is bell ringing. But, I take him out and he does his thing. He is in the crate when we are out of the house, but I do completely trust him. He is just most comfortable in his crate when we are not home.


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I noticed it is easier for people with a house, yard&doggy door to house break. I have a hard time with living in an apartment on the second floor. By the time I catch the bugger having an accident, putting a leash on him, getting dressed myself, walking down the stairs, etc. he's completely clueless why I'm doing that.
It just impresses me, that these dogs are so so smart in every way other than the potty issue. Pablo had 10 accident free days in a row and I thought he finally got it. And *whoom* he acts all clueless again for no apparent reason, kind of like: 'Huh?! Has this thing (the pad) always been here? What's this for? Ahhh, you want me to sit on it? No? OK, how about down...no? Belly???' >>>GRHHH<<<
I hope and pray that this is just a phase and I just keep watching, correcting and praising him like I did before, hoping for the breakthrough to appear soon.


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