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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2009, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Peeing in the same spot - Rug

We have a two story home with carpet on stairs and in some of the rooms upstairs....
Mojito is now 19 months and was pretty much house trained as far as peeing goes (very rarely would he pee indoors always in the laundry room which is where his crate is on a tiled floor). Poop is a different issue as occassionaly he would poop in my younest son's room - but mostly he poops outside. Peeing has never been an issue until recently. About a month ago I stepped out of the house for about an hour or so and didn't crate him - I left him loose downstairs we have a gate on the landing of the steps -

Before I left I let him out to potty, but while I was out he pee'ed on the rug in front in front of the gate on the landing. We rigoursly cleaned it out and used some products to remove scent, etc. Unfortunately he's done pee on that spot about 10 more times in the last month with my wife or I cleaning it rigoursly every time... But it has continued.. Interestingly he hasn't pooped in the house for months...

Any thoughts on what to do?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2009, 08:49 PM
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You will never get that smell out. You may not be able to smell it but your dog can. Even if you were to cut that part of the rug out the scent has gone into the sub floor. I'm afraid it's back to basics. Here is a good article.
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...-housetraining

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Try feeding Mojito on that spot for a few days. Dogs do not want to eliminate wear tehy eat.
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Just a quick question (sorry to jump in on your thread!)
How long should you be giving treats for potty outside? I still give verbal praise, but no longer give treats. Baxter hasn't had an accident for about 2 months. Is there a chance he could regress if I don't keep up the positive reinforcement?
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hi Joanne, it never hurts to reinforce once in a while with a tasty treat . I always verbally praise Molly when she goes outside. Once a month throw in a bonus and give them something tasty and different. The best time to reinforce any good behavior is when they outperform a command or basic manners. A good time to reinforce eliminating outdoors would be when they go out in the rain or bad weather. Reinforce all things learned occasionally or they can become what is known as extinct.

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I agree about the smell .. That is why he keeps going back to the same spot .. I have the same problem . We had a dog visiting and that created some attention lapses and me me Mom competition so we had some territorial stuff going on .. The visitor would mark in one spot and my guys would reestablish theis in another .. The visitor chose tile floor my guys the carpet .. They keep going back to that spot . I cleaned it well and to me it looks fine but to them it needs to be refreshed every now & again .. I have put deterrent stuff on it but they were still attracted. Now I have covered it up with one of their stuffed beds .. No way will they pee on their bed .
For now it has stopped but it is like a soap opera to be continued .. You never know what will set them off and back to old habits ..
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