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Potty training...GRRRR !!!

We have had 5 days with no accidents and I was sitting on top of the world. Today has been horrible in spite of many potty calls. That's all she has done is pee and poop everywhere !!!! What is up with this?

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They can (and will) take a step backwards at times!
Don't despair. Has the weather been rotten there? I was thinking maybe she doesn't like to go potty in bad weather. In any case, she's perfectly normal.

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I know how you feel. We go 14 days without a boo boo and then we have 1 or 2. She's done that 3 times in a row. I guess they have their limits.... You didn't mention how old she is. Our Pixie just turned 5 months. Hope this is normal!

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Robin and Sharlene, I am going through exactly the same thing with Heath. He will do well for a few days, then totally regress and dump a big poop inside , which I loathe. Biscuit was much better at this age and used the pee pads, which Heath won't touch, just wants to tear apart & devour. He even peed inside the other day, maddening. He is slightly over 5 months old. It's a good thing he's such a charmer. . . .

Plus he only poops once or twice daily so you can take him out 15 times and miss it. I'm so frustrated I've just started putting him out in the yard for long stretches with Biscuit, hoping he'll do it and not keeping track. I have been wasting HOURS out in the yard trying to get him to poop. GRRRRRRR. This too shall pass, pardon the pun !



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Evye is 4 months so I guess we are on track as pathetic as it is.

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Yes, you are on track. I swear I will never ever housebreak another dog. I will get an older puppy. Biscuit was so easy, yet I feel Heath is a much brighter dog,but not at this.
And he has a perfectly trained older dog to mimic.



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It seemed to me that Tucker would never get it! The light bulb didn't even go on in his little head until he was 5 months old. I think that was when the training really started, as far as he was concerned. Up till then, the second his little feet touched the carpet, he'd think it was time to go potty!

He wasn't reliable until he was about 10 months old. My big dogs were trained in a matter of weeks, not months! And, you can't tell me it is because "a little dog's bladder is little"....its size is comparable to a bigger dog's size and bladder in relation to each other.

But, I do love him to pieces! (If he'd never become housebroken, though, that would have been an totally different story!)

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Rey is really good about not making poopie in the house but likes to use the carpet as a piddle pad (almost 3 months old). I feel like a stalker following him around the house when he is out of the ex-pen but I am so paranoid that as soon as my back is turned he will piddle inside. Most of the house is hardwood but the bedrooms are carpet. He sees the carpet as a big lawn. I think is is because the lawn is Bermuda grass; it's almost the same color as the carpet this time of year.

We have had him almost 3 weeks and the first week with us he was in the ex-pen most of the time (only allowed out for 20-30 at a time. He graduated to a few hours at a time out of the ex-pen the second week (with the stalker in constant line of sight and the piddle pad by the door) and this last week I have had him out more and more (we even let him have the door to the ex-pen open. We have taken the piddle pad (we use the washable ones so he does not tear them up) out of the house during the day and only use it when he is in lock-up (and overnight because I am too lazy to wake up to take him out, I know pathetic). The ex-pen has been a true life saver!

Sometimes I am getting geared up to go outside (the cost, the boots, the door) and oops I missed it. Talk about frustraiting. We had to remove door mat by the back door trying to deter this action. Time will tell I guess.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with your older fur-babies so I don't expect to much too soon. I know they say that most won't be fully housebroken until about 12 months but they seem so smart most of the time you forget they are just babies. Expecially when you hit that streak of no accidents for what seems like forever.
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i had a yellow legal pad and every time i took django out i'd make a note of it and of course what occurred outside! remember, from what i've heard, small dogs are harder to train because the connection from their brain to their bladder doesn't connect until they are 1 year old, it's not that they are being bad, the connection just isn't there yet. this is normal. sometimes xtra play can stimulate the bladder and if it's cold outside, they just don't empty out like they do when it's ice outside, there more interested in getting back in then sniffing!
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Every time we thought training was finished we were proven wrong! LOL. He's almost a year old and does so much better now but I still won't say he's 100% yet. We don't leave him anywhere in the house unsupervised and if he's going upstairs or down in the basement we take him out just before.

He seemed to have many setbacks but it does get better.

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