Bringing home a new dog is tons of fun! But those first few weeks can be quite the hassle. Both you and your pup have to get used to life with each other. For most puppies, this means learning where they should – and should – not pee!
You'll lose the rose-colored glasses of puppyhood fast if your house starts to smell like a kennel. Some dogs just don't know where they are supposed “go.” Others are trying to claim various possessions by sprinkling them with their signature scent. Either way, you're probably going to want your pooch to not pee in your house.
Teaching canines to only pee outside is called “housebreaking.” It's pretty standard for puppies to learn this hygienic habit, but sometimes an older dog will have to learn it too. This is often the case of rescue dogs, or dogs who have lived their entire life outdoors.
The goal is to help your four-legged friend understand that peeing should only happen when the dog is out of the house. Eventually, you can even train your dog to pee on command! But you've got to crawl before you run. Most pups will need to start at the very beginning of housebreaking. And the whole process may take several months to perfect!
To help you on your puppy-potty-training journey, you're going to need a few things. Below are a few essentials to help get the job done.
It's important to mention that in rare cases, your pooch might be peeing inside because of a health problem. Take the dog in for a check-up to be sure all is well.
Following are some of the best tried and true ways to teach your dog to keep the urine on the grass and off of the carpets. No matter which one you choose, remember that consistency is key!
Bentley has been trained to go outside or use a pee pad when it's cold out but when he gets scared he'll do his business in the house. This usually happens during thunderstorms and we won't notice the spot until much later. How do we calm his anxiety so he's not peeing in the house? And how do we let him know it's wrong to do so even when he's scared?
Hello Ashley, Thunderstorm phobia is unfortunately a common problem for many dogs. To help him remember to not pee in the house I would begin by making him a safe enclosed area in the house, where he can feel secure and have a potty area on the pee pad close by. Many dogs feel safe in closets or bathrooms or inside of their crates during storms. Pay attention to where he tends to go when scared and if possible set up an area for him there that includes a pee pad, a bed, and something he can hide under, such as a crate with a blanket over it, a cardboard box, or a piece of furniture. Keep this area separated from the rest of the house so that he is less likely to eliminate in other places that are further from the pee pad when you cannot pay attention to him. When you are with him you can distract him from his fears by playing with him or having him perform his tricks for food, if he is food motivated. It is important to act confident, calm, and happy around him when it is storming, pitying him or acting angry can encourage him to be more afraid. Once he is acting happier and more relaxed, take him to his pee pad and encourage him to go, if he does give him another treat or play a game. Pay attention to how long it has been since he has eliminated last and if enough time has passed then take him to his pee pad area again and encourage him to go and reward him. You may need to help him relax right before with training rewards and play. If you work on telling him "Go potty" every time you take him to the bathroom when it is not storming, and reward him for going then, then you can use that phrase when he is on the pee pad during a storm to remind him what to do then. Some people also find success using the Thundershirts for dogs, or talking to their veterinarian about medication that can be used during a storm for severe anxiety, or by getting a dog use to the sounds of thunder gradually ahead of time by playing a recording of a storm very quietly and rewarding with play or treats and very gradually increasing the volume over time if the dog is relaxed. I hope Bentley feels better during storms! Caitlin Crittenden
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So I’m convinced my dogs aren’t very intelligent, I was always told dogs aren’t supposed to potty where they sleep “lay” well my dogs don’t seem to care they will poop and pee on themselves with no care in the world so kennel training has been completely horrible So we’ve tried puppy pads they chew them up I’ve tried feeding and watering them around the same time every day and not feeding or watering them after a certain time long story short I can not seem to potty train. My dogs at all I will take them outside FOR HOURS and the moment we come back in literally they will have a accident
Hello Stormy, Did your puppies come from somewhere where they were kept in a kennel or crate a lot? When a puppy or dog is kept in a confined space for longer than she can hold her bladder or bowel movement for, then she is forced to eliminate there and over time will loose the desire to hold it in such spaces. It's possible that was the case with your puppies before they came to you or there are also rare dogs that simply do not care. It sounds like you have tried most of the usual things, so I have a couple of more creative suggestions that you may need to try. For the first suggestion, they will need to wear what basically amounts to doggy diapers while indoors. This will hopefully take away the comfort of peeing inside and remove the continual smell they are adding to everything, and will break the habit of eliminating on items in your house. You can buy Belly Bands for boys and menstrual cycle diapers for girls, and place doggie feminine pads, which can be purchased at the pet store, inside, or you can even use human Maxie type pads for absorption. You can buy both disposable and cloth versions, your dogs will probably be less likely to eat the cloth type and it will save you money. At first you may need to have them wear Elizabethan collars to prevent them from tearing the diapers up. With your dogs outfitted, you will need to get a good pet odor eliminating spray. It needs to say that it contains enzymes. The enzymes are what break down the poop and pee enough for the dog to not be able to smell it. If your dog can smell it, the smell will encourage your dog to eliminate where the smell is over and over again. You will also need to take your dogs outside to potty as frequently as possible, ideally every hour and a half while teaching this, if you have that option. Be sure to take off the diapers and Elizabethan collars and to walk them on leash to a soft, ideally grass, spot. When one of them goes potty outside offer five treats, one at a time. The more accidents that you can prevent inside and the more that you can reward outside, the quicker your dogs will become potty trained. The second option that you can try is another type of indoor potty that resembles the outside environment more. To create this, enclosed your puppies in an exercise pen or very small room with a baby gate at the entrance, such as a half bathroom. Set up a no chew, non absorbent bed area. I recommend purchasing PrimoPads online, or something similar, for this. Then, on the opposite end of the enclosure, place a doggie toilet. You can either create a toiet out of a wooden or plastic box with a piece of sod grass wedged tightly inside, or you can try using a litter box with cat litter in it to train them. You will need to use an open top type litter box. You can also purchase spray that smells like pee to a dog. If you spray this spray onto the toilet area it will encourage your dog to go there. If you catch your dogs using the toilet area offer them a treat and gently praise them. Be careful not to startle them though. Once they are toilet trained in that area, if you do not want a doggie toilet to remain in your home you can gradually move their enclosed area closer to the door to outside, and then move the actual toilet gradually outside, and then deconstruct the toilet until your dogs are doing their business on the ground outside. If you have ever watched one of those movies where a dog owner, with a notoriously hard to housebreak dog, ends up getting their dog to pee outside by gradually transferring the dog's favorite peeing chair or pillow to a grassy spot outside, it's a bit of the same idea, as goofy as it may seem. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Atticus has (mostly) adapted to pad training, but lately has accidents on carpet when we let him out. Now that the weather has improved we would like to train him to go outside. Our challenge is that beginning next week, he will be alone from 8am to 4pm each day. A few things to note: He sleeps in his crate, has a large Pen complete with toys, comfy blanket, food and water.
How do we wean him off of the pads to only go outside?
Hello Nic, Atticus might be peeing on the carpet because the fabric type material reminds him of the pee pads. Some dogs will make this mistake, so it is best to remove the pee pads like you are planning on doing before that becomes a strong habit. There are a few things that you can do to remedy the situation. The first is to clean all carpets that he has eliminated on with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes. The enzymes are very important because without enzymes to break up the protein in urine and feces, your dog will still be able to smell it even though you will not. The remaining smell will encourage your dog to eliminate in the same spot over and over again. Also avoid cleaners containing Ammonia because Ammonia smells like urine to a dog. Once you have cleaned the areas then there are a few other things to do. For next week while you are away, you can create a potty area that resembles your yard better and eventually move that potty area outside. To do this I recommend getting a cat litter box tray or something harder that your dog will not chew up, if he will chew that. Fill the tray with a piece of sod grass, or if your dog will eliminate on it, cat litter. The idea is for the "Pee Pad" toilet area to no longer look like fabric but like something that your dog will only find outside. The grass will also smell like outside which will help later. Place the toilet area inside of the Pen area with your crate. Your dog can stay in his pen while you are gone from eight to four. Be sure to also give your dog interesting toys to keep him entertained. I highly recommend stuffed Kong toys, or something similar, because it keeps your dog entertained for longer and discourages barking while you are away. Your dog cannot chew and bark at the same time. When you are ready to begin Potty Training outside then I would use the Crate Training Method and The Leash Method to teach your puppy to eliminate outdoors. To do this, place your puppy inside the crate whenever you cannot directly supervise him. Be aware that at three months of age he will not be able to physically hold his bladder for any longer than four hours during the day, even in the crate. If you force him to hold it longer than he is able to inside the crate, and he eliminates in the crate too often, then he will eventually loose his desire to keep his crate clean and you will no longer be able to house break him with the crate. With your puppy staying inside the crate, take him outside to go to the bathroom, on the leash, every one and a half hours whenever you are at home for a month. As he learns to go potty outside and is no longer eliminating inside at all, then you can gradually increase that time. When you take him outside, tell him "Go Potty" and let him sniff, and when he eliminates outside, then praise him and offer him several tiny treats, one at a time. If he does not eliminate, then bring him back inside after seven minutes and put him in the crate for thirty minutes. When the thirty minutes are up, take him back outside on leash to try again. Repeat this until he goes potty outside. After he goes potty, then you have two options. You can give him freedom in the house while watching him closely for forty-five minutes. After the forty-five minutes, put him back in the crate until it is time to take him again, so that he is not loose with a full bladder. Your other option is to attach him to yourself with a six or eight foot leash, so that he is always supervised and cannot sneak away to eliminate on the carpet. I suggest this method in your case, so that you will be very attentive to his signals that he needs to go outside, so that he cannot sneak away to eliminate on the carpet, and so that he will be with you at all times to help him learn how to alert you when he needs to go outside. Watch for any signs that he needs to go, such as trying to sneak away, circling, sniffing the ground, whining, pawing at you, or barking to get your attention. In general the more accidents that you can prevent inside and the more successes that you have outside, the quicker house breaking will go. It takes several successes outside to undo one mistake inside. The hard work will pay off with a well trained dog down the road, and you are obviously looking ahead to plan for success which is great. Best of luck with training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We have a wee bit of a problem with our Vuki's peeing habits. This is the situation, we live on a rural property where he is completely free as a bird to go where he wants and play, run, explore, etc.. So he has acres of land to pee but he somehow pees ONLY in the workshop. Workshop is a big building away from the house where the tools, food for animals, vehicles, and various other things are stored. He has the freedom to pee wherever he wants but somehow he only does it inside of it, and in the most unfortunate locations (on electric tools and appliances, animal food, stored materials, etc, basically on all the things that can get bad/broken by fluids/amonia). Please how can we try and change his habit? Thank You
Hello Miodrag, He might have originally chosen to pee in there because of all the interesting smells in the workshop, and because of bad weather or wet ground outside that he wanted to avoid. Now that he has done it several times, his own urine smell is attracting him to the area again and again, and he has developed a habit of going in there, making it harder to break. You will need to remove all of the previous urine scent from the workshop by using a pet safe cleaner which contains Enzymes, in order to break up the urine, at a protein level, well enough for him to not be able to smell it still. Also, if you have any products in the workshop that contain Ammonia, such as cleaning solutions, then they are probably encouraging him to eliminate there also, since Ammonia in cleaners smells like urine to a dog. If the workshop is made out of unfinished wood or other absorbent material that is hard to clean, then removing the smell well enough is probably not possible, and it will need to air out over several months. If there are every any animals in or around the workshop, such as cats, rats, or raccoons, then their own urine and feces will encourage him to eliminate there. In order to teach Vuki not to eliminate in there, you would also need to supervise him very carefully every time that he goes inside the work shop, to prevent him from having anymore accidents, to take him outside frequently, on a leash to ensure he goes potty, and to praise and reward him with treats for eliminating outside, so that he will want to eliminate outside in the future. Since eliminating the smell and supervising him as closely as you would for potty training in a house might not be an option, the next best thing is to teach him to avoid the workshop altogether, to break his bad habit of going potty in there and to give him more opportunities to eliminate outside. Work on boundary training with him, to teach him to avoid the workshop perimeter. If you cannot supervise him while he is outside and teach boundaries using your body language, supervision, and rewards, then you will probably need to purchase invisible fencing, and create a "fence" around the workshop, and go through the process of training him how to avoid the area using the electric collar that corresponds to the fence. It would be the same idea as an invisible fence for your yard, except instead of keeping your dog in somewhere, it would keep him out of somewhere, in this case the workshop. You can also purchase a device called a "Pet Barrier Transmitter" that will emit a signal that corresponds with a collar, to teach him to avoid the area. I have not personally used those though, so I cannot speak toward their safety. Another option is to purchase a high quality manual electric collar or remote vibrating collar. Good brands are: Dogtra, Sportdog, Garmin, or E-Collar Technologies. If you choose to go this route, then you will need to hire a local dog trainer with experience using electric collars, to help you use the electric collar properly for electric collar boundary training. A good trainer will only use the collar on the lowest settings that your dog responds to well, that correspond to what he finds your dog responds to best when he carefully tests the levels on your dog. He or she will only use a high quality brand, not something inexpensive and dangerous from a website being shipped from China, and he will have lots of experience using electric collars. The training should also always be paired with great communication, so that your dog understands what he is supposed to be doing and avoiding, and lots of rewards for getting it right. I recommend only ever use an electric collar under the supervision of a qualified trainer, because when used wrong they can be dangerous, but they are extremely effective when used correctly and paired with great communication. Last, you could simply place a physical, wooden or metal fence around the workshop, or block off entrances into the workshop, so that your dog does not have access to the building. This last option is probably the simplest solution. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I got my puppy when she was 5 months old. She was doing fine with being housebroken but has started to has more and more accidents. What should I do? I reward her when she goes outside AMD punish her if I catch her. I dont know what im doing wrong. Please help !!!
Hello Autumn, There are a few things you can look into to see what the problem is. The first is to check what type of cleaner you are using to clean up any accidents. It should contain Enzymes, only enzymes will break down the protein in the poop and pee enough to eliminate the smell enough to not encourage your puppy to eliminate there again. Also avoid cleaners with Ammonia, Ammonia smells like pee to a dog. Second, look at your schedule, until a puppy is fully potty trained with no accidents for at least a month, she needs to be taken out very frequently. Every two hours for two weeks would be ideal, but definitely no more than four, unless she is crated. If she is crated then at seven months she should be able to hold it for six, possibly seven hours, but four hours would be much better. Crating encourages a dog to naturally hold their bladders for longer, because dogs do not want to soil the area where they sleep or eat normally. If she has had enough accidents in the crate, she will loose that instinct though. The crate needs to be large enough for her to stand up, turn around, and lay down, but not bigger than that. Extra room can encourage her to eliminate in the crate while still learning. Whenever she is free she still needs to be supervised. Only give her freedom in your home when she has eliminated outside during the two to three previous hours. All other times she should be confined to a crate when you cannot supervise her. Do this until she has gone one month without accidents, and is alerting you every time that she needs to go potty. Only increase the freedom gradually, and only continue to increase the freedom if she is remaining accident free. To ensure she stays with you you can tether her to yourself with a leash if she will not pull you over. Third, if she seems to be peeing very frequently, get her checked out with your vet for a urinary tract infection. That can cause urinary incontinence and frequent accidents and your pup will not be able to help it. Also, if she is on any medications like steroids, certain medications will cause urinary incontinence, so ask your vet about that. Last, if she is not eliminating in front of you easily when you take her outside, then the punishment for eliminating inside could be to blame. Some dogs will respond to certain forms of punishment by avoiding going potty in front of you anywhere, and by sneaking off to find somewhere to potty when you are not around. If you are not taking her out on a leash, but simply letting loose into your backyard, then she might be getting distracted and not eliminating while outside. The solution then would be to take her out on a leash or follow her, so that you can see when she goes. When she goes tell her "Go Potty" so that she will learn to go in the future on command when you tell her "Go Potty". If she struggles to alert you when she needs to go outside, then teach her how to ring a bell when she needs to go outside, and reward her for going potty when she does so. Check out these Wag! articles on how to teach that. https://wagwalking.com/training/got-potty-with-a-bell https://wagwalking.com/training/with-a-bell Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I have a 6 year old cojack and I have to admit I don't think we trained him properly he pees everywhere everyday since we've had him. He's very disobedient and aggressive towards everyone in the house don't want to give him up but definitely on the verge. Please some advice
Hello Antonea, For the potty training, probably the most effective thing to do is to crate train him and to use the crate for potty training. Here is an article on how to teach that: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Use "The Crate Training Method" in the article linked above, and follow the instructions as if Rahlo is a puppy just learning. Because he is older you can experiment with only taking him outside every two hours when you are home instead of every one, but it is important to do it frequently still. If he is doing really well then you can increase it to every three. The key is for him to not have free access to your home unless he has peed outside in the last two hours, to ensure that he does not have an accident. It will probably take longer, so I recommend crate training first, but "The Exercise Pen Method" should also work quite well. That method can be found in the same article that I linked above. Again, it will limit his freedom in your home while he learning, encourage him to eliminate outside by rewarding him with treats, and provide him with a schedule. Be sure to clean up an accidents with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes. Only enzymes will actually break down pee and poop enough to remove the smell, so that you dog cannot still smell it and be encouraged to eliminate in that same spot again. Pay special attention to any rugs or mats that might have urine soaked through them and still smell like urine to him. Also avoid using cleaners with Ammonia in them on your floor because Ammonia smells like urine to a dog. For the disobedience and the aggression I would suggest implementing all of the methods from this article with him: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you I would recommend focusing most on "The Working Method" though, to adjust his attitude and build respect for you. I would also encourage you to purchase a basket muzzle for him and get him comfortable with wearing that. A basket muzzle will still allow him to open his mouth inside the muzzle, and you can still reward him while he is wearing it by dipping a straw in soft cheese, peanut butter, or something similar that is dog safe. You can poke that dipped straw through the muzzle holes to let him lick it as a reward. To get him used to wearing the muzzle show him the muzzle and give him a treat, let him touch the muzzle and give him a treat, place it on his face and take it off and then give him a treat, put it on and buckle it and then give him a treat, and have him wear it and poke the food covered straw through it to reward him. Practice all of this over the next couple of weeks until he is comfortable wearing it. Work on one step at a time with him until he seems more relaxed, before moving onto the next step. For example, focus on just touching him with the muzzle and giving him a treat over and over again, until he is comfortable with that, before moving onto placing it all the way onto his face. When he is comfortable wearing the muzzle then leave the muzzle on him when you are at home so that you can enforce your house rules, be firm, and consistent with him, and him not be able to bite you when you do so. Many dogs form a habit of biting because they learn that when they bite they do not have to obey and people leave them alone. Essentially biting works so they continue doing it. He needs to learn that he no longer controls things with his mouth, and that you are going to require that he follows through with whatever you have told him to do, and he cannot use his mouth on you. When he is behaving respectfully and obediently then you can reward him for his obedience, but he also needs to obey you simply because you told him to even when there is no reward involved, and he needs to have fair consequences for his disobedience, such as having to leave the room if he is being pushy, not being allowed on furniture at all if he is being possessive of it, or having to obey a command five times in a row if he chose to ignore you the first time. Give him structure and make sure that he follows through when he is told something, and have him wear the muzzle so that he cannot bite you when you go to him. If he dislikes being touched then also work on desensitizing him to that by touching him in an area and then rewarding him with a treat. Do that with every part of his body, such as his ears, paws, tail, belly, and back. Every time that you touch him then give him a treat or let him lick the straw through the muzzle. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We just adopted a dog. We were told he was potty trained, but since we got him home he has peed all over the place. Is this just because of the new place? Do we have to retrain?
Hello Daelee, It could be due to the new location. Either way you will need to treat him like he is not potty trained. If he actually was potty trained, the training should go very quickly though once he starts to understand the new rules and location. Check out the article that I have linked below. Following the "Tethering" method or the "Crate Training" method should teach him the fastest. Because he is older, you can take him outside every three hours instead of one hour (sooner is fine too though). When you are gone off, in the crate he should be able hold his bladder for six hours, and eight hours once he is trained. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I just got a puppy this week, and I am starting with the training pads, but and about a day later I noticed she was sick. Vet said she was dehydrated and needed some antibiotics. I believe she pees on the floor a lot because of sickness and drinking a lot of water. Right now because she is on the meds I am leaving the water bowl always available for her so that she stays hydrated. However, once she is off her meds and better how often should I give the pup access to water?
Hello Krista, Once Arizona is off of the antibiotic give her access to water every time you feed her, which is probably three times a day. If she is eating only two times a day now, then give her just water a third time also. Also give her water after any exercise, including playtime, training sessions, outings to places, and walks. Also give her water whenever she is spending time outside in the heat. You can give her water very frequently, but let her take a drink and then put the water up again. To sum things up, give her access to water no less than three times per day when she is not active and not in the heat. If she is active or in the heat, then give her access to water even more. Some puppies do fine with continual access to water and will only drink when thirsty, which makes it fine to leave water down. Others on the other hand, find drinking water fun, and will drink all day long just for the fun of it, so need designated times for drinking. I do not know what Arizona is sick with, but if it is a urinary tract infection, then that condition will cause her pee very frequently. If that is the case, then the antibiotics should resolve it, but if it does not improve after she finishes the course of antibiotics and she is still peeing frequently, then return to the vet and make sure that the antibiotic actually cleared the infection. If the sickness is something else, then disregard that last statement. Also she is beautiful. I hope she feels better soon. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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When Felipe first arrived at our home, he peed on his way outside. We didn't think much of it until he peed again on his away outside. He finally got the hang of it and went poo/pee outside. Then, later that night, he also went pee inside, on the carpet before we could take him outside. Are we starting a bad habit already?
Hello Vela, At eight weeks of age puppies can only hold their bladders for two to three hours. Before they understand the concept of holding their bladders until they get outside, I recommend taking them outside every hour at this age unless they are in the crate, in which case they should not be left without a potty break for more than two and a half to three hours. Puppies can generally hold their bladder for the number of hours they are in months plus one. Meaning when Felipe is three months of age he will be able to hold it for four hours during the day. At night time puppies bladders also go to sleep and they can hold it for longer. The more accidents that you can prevent and the more successes outside that you can facilitate, the quicker he will learn, but all is certainly not lost! He is young and no matter how vigilant you are, there will be mishaps from time to time. Simple learn from his mistakes, and make adjustments to your routine and training as you learn what he needs. When he starts to have an accident, whisk him outside right away and encourage him to finish peeing there, even if his bladder is empty by then. Do not punish him if you catch him in the act, but you can surprise him and hurry him outside. Clean up the accident with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes, which will remove the smell completely. When you take him to go potty, when he goes then give him five small treats, one at a time. Do this to encourage him to hold his bladder until he gets outside, so that he can exchange his pee for treats out there. If he tends to wander off and pee, then clip his leash to yourself so that he has to stay with you while you walk around or sit down in your home. If he is simply walking too slow in order to get outside in time, then clip a leash to him and quickly walk him outside without stopping, so that he cannot stop and squat to pee. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I’ve had baby since she was six weeks. This months she turns 10 months. She should’ve been house trained but I work 5 days, 10 hour days (including travel time) I’m having the hardest time house training her. She does her business very where in the house. I live by myself on a third floor walk up. When I take her out he’s she pees and poops every time. I just need help. Should I rip out my carpet and then what do I do from there. I KNOW the carpet has to go Caus it’s FILLED with pee stains. I guess the question is after I rip the carpet what do I do ? Help please and thank you -brandy
Hello Brandy, Because Baby has had so many accidents in the house she needs to be very strictly crate trained for potty training. Only give her freedom in the house when she has peed outside during the previous two hours. After those two hours are up, put her back into the crate until it is time to take her potty again. At her age, I would suggest taking her outside to go potty every four hours when you are home. She should be able to go seven to eight hours without peeing when you are not home if she is in the crate, but taking her every four hours when you are home will give her more opportunities to learn to go potty outside and will give her more opportunities to earn freedom outside of the crate. The carpet will need to go and the area surrounding it be cleaned thoroughly with a cleaner that contains enzymes. The enzymes will break down the pee to the point where she will not still smell it and be re-attracted to that area. Have a dog walker, like a Wag! Walker come to your home midday to take her outside to go potty. Ten hours will be too long for her to hold her bladder every day. The walker can also get some of her energy out for you. While she is learning all of this, spend sometime in the evening putting some of her dog food into a bowl, covering it with water, letting it sit out until the food turns into puffy mush, and then mixing a bit of peanut butter, liver paste, or cheese into the food mush. Next, stuff the mush into several large hollow Kong toys and put those toys into a bag and freeze them overnight. When you put her into the crate and when the dog walker puts her back into her crate after taking her outside, then grab one of the pre-made Kongs from the freezer and give it to her in the crate. The Kong will melt slowly and give her something pleasant to do in the crate. She will spend most of her time sleeping while you are gone though. In the crate she should be able to hold her bladder for the entire day with a midday walker if you take her outside right before you leave and make sure she goes potty, then have a walker come by to take her potty then put her back into the crate, and then take her back outside yourself as soon as you get home. The objective is to limit her freedom whenever her bladder is not empty so that she can no longer have accidents in your home. Once she has developed a habit of peeing only outside, then you can gradually increase the amount of freedom you give her being outside of the crate between potty trips, as long as she remains accident free. When you take her outside to go potty, tell her to "Go Potty" and bring several treats with you and give her those treats, one at a time, after she goes. This is to motivate her to want to pee only outside because she only gets treats there. This should also help her to learn to go quickly when you take her and tell her to "Go Potty", and to learn to let you know when she needs to go out. Here is an article with more details on how to train her. Follow the "Crate Training" method from that article. Because she is older you can take her outside every four hours when you are home and give her two hours of freedom inside after she goes potty outside, opposed to the shorter times the article describes for a puppy. While you are gone she should be able to hold her bladder in the crate for up to seven hours, but only if she is in the crate because the crate will help her to want to hold it. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Admiral understands to go potty outside when we take him, but through the day or evening when we are home (sometimes not long after coming back from a walk) he will sneak off somewhere and pee/poop. Aside from the routine of going out once he wakes up (crated at night) and when we get home from work, he wont ever tell us he needs to go, he just goes. I have tried to interrupt him and take him out then praise when he finishes outside, but his first thought is to still go in the house. It has been incredibly frustrating to step in wet spots on our carpet and i cant afford to get a steam clean more than once. I would like to train him to ring bells hung at the front door if possible. HELP!
Hello Lauren, I would absolutely teach Admiral yo ring a bell. Here I'd a link to an article on how to do that: https://wagwalking.com/training/ring-a-bell-to-go-out Teach him how to ring a bell and after he knows how to do that, whenever he rings the bell and then goes potty outside, even if you instructed him to ring the bell before you took him out, give him three of his favorite treats, one at a time, for going potty. Also, attach one end of a six or eight-foot leash to him and attach the other end to yourself between potty breaks when he is not crated. This will prevent him from sneaking off to go potty inside until he learns to use the bell. When you feel like he understands the bell and wants to ring it to go outside, then let him off of the leash to test whether or not he will ring the bell on his own. If he rings it to go out, then great! If not, keep him on the leash for longer and test him again in a few days. Make sure that you are cleaning up any accidents with a cleaner that contains enzymes. Anything else will not remove the smell enough for him to not be attracted to pee or poop in that same area again. That goes for high-end cleaners too. Also avoid using Ammonia containing products in those areas because Ammonia smells like urine to a dog and will encourage him to pee or poop there. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I work from 6 to 7pm Monday- Friday and have an inconsistent schedule with no extra hand to help take care of Callie
I live in an apartment so no outside space to leave her hence she’s mostly indoors
She poops and pees everywhere, living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and she HATE cages so I’m unable to keep her in it when I have to leave home ( because she makes so much noise and my neighbors complain)
What do I do
Hello Lucy, If she will tolerate an Exercise Pen, then I would suggest using an exercise and litter box training her using the "Exercise Pen" method from the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy To encourage her to be quiet in the Exercise Pen leave a food stuffed Kong in the Exercise Pen, on the opposite side of the pen from her litter box. To stuff a Kong, place her dog food into a bowl and cover it with water and let it sit out until the food turns into mush. When it turns into mush, mix a little bit of peanut butter with it, and then loosely stuff a medium or large sized Kong or other hollow chew toy with it. Place the stuffed toy into the freezer and let it freeze. When you leave her in the pen, give her one of these stuffed chew toys to focus on so that she will be less likely to bark. You can also purchase a device called AutoTrainer or PetTutor, that will automatically reward her with pieces of dog food when she remains quiet for a certain amount of time. When you purchase peanut butter make sure that it does not contain Xylitol. It is extremely toxic to dogs and a common sugar substitute. If the Exercise Pen is not an option, then you will need to deal with the barking so that you can crate her. To do that you will need the help of a professional dog trainer who has experience with electric remote training collars. She will need to be taught the "Quiet" command, introduced to the crate with the door open and treats randomly left inside for her to find to get her used to going in there, and then crated with a Kong. While she is crated with a food stuffed chew toy, then with the help of the trainer, you will need to set up a camera, go outside, and correct her with the collar for barking. This needs to be done very carefully so get help with this. The collar needs to be fitted correctly, be the right type of collar, and be set to the level that is appropriate for her, and that level is different for every dog. When she becomes quiet, then you can go back inside, calmly reward her, and after ignoring her for a while, let her out while she is calm. If she tries to rush out, then quickly close the door. Practice opening and closing the door until she will wait inside the crate patiently. When she is waiting patiently, then tell her "Okay" and encourage her to come out. Coming out of the crate calmly sets a precedence for being calm in the crate and respectful of you out of the crate. Let the trainer help you pick out a remote training collar. Many of the cheaper ones are dangerous. Sportdog, Dogtra, Garmin, and E-collar technologies make good quality collars. You will need one that is rated for small dog also. E-Collar Technologies mini educator collar is rated for dogs 5lbs and up. Your final option is to take her to doggie daycare during the day if you can find one in your area that will work on potty training with her. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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When we got Milo 2 years ago. He hadn’t really learned to go potty outside and went in the house. At the time Jasper was port trained and was doing good. Unfortunately since Milo was going in the house Jasper thought it was okay and started going in the house also. So I was asking if there is anyway to make sure both dogs go outside to go potty. Jasper is 6 years old
Hello Alanna, If you did not use a cleaner that contained enzymes, then the smell of Milo's urine left behind was probably the main reason that Jasper started going potty inside. The first step is to purchase a set safe cleaner that contains enzymes and clean up both dog's current and prior accidents with that as best as possible. Your home needs to no longer smell like urine or poop to the dogs. Only enzymes break down urine and poop at a protein level, fully removing the smell for dogs' sensitive noses. Unfortunately, not all pet cleaning products contain them. If there is a particular rug or item that the dogs pee or poop on often, then remove that item for now also. Once you have eliminated the urine scent, then go back to the basics with both dogs. Ideally, crate train both and treat both like they are puppies on a strict potty training schedule. Do not give them any free time outside of the crate unless they have gone potty outside during the hour prior. When they are out of the crate, either supervise them closely, or if they tend to sneak off, attach them to yourself with a six or eight foot leash while you are home. If you do not want to supervise them or attach them to yourself at some point, then put them in a crate. If both dogs will hold their bladders while in an Exercise Pen between potty trips, then you can also use that instead or in addition to a crate, but only if they do not have accidents in it. When you take them potty outside, take them on a leash, tell them to "Go Potty" and then give them each five treats, one treat at a time, after they go. Your goal is to completely break the bad habit that has developed by removing any lingering pee scent that is encouraging them to go potty inside, by limiting their access to the house so that they cannot have an accident, and by rewarding them for peeing outside and showing them where to go. The more strict you are with all of this, the quicker the results should be. It will be inconvenient but it should be worth the effort and less work in the long run to be strict for a little while. Follow the crate training method or Exercise Pen method from the article that I have linked below. Since your dog's are adults, they should be taken outside every two to two-and-a-half hours while you are at home, but they can probably go up to eight hours in a crate while you are gone if needed during the day. The more frequent potty breaks while you are at home are to ensure that their bladders are never full while they are loose in the house and to give you more opportunities to reward them for peeing and pooping outside. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello! We've had Molly since she was 8 months old. We started off training her to ring a bell when she had to go outside. She picked that up in less than 24 hours. We haven't used the bell in over 6 months and she has been doing just fine, but occasionally she will just pee a very small amount, even after she just came from outside. The vet said she doesn't have a bladder infection or anything like that, and because of this we kennel her whenever we're not home. I recently got a new job where I will be gone around nine hours Monday through Friday, and I want her to learn not to pee in the house so she doesn't have to go in her kennel. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Hello Steviea, Does she ever pee a tiny bit in her crate after it has been a long period of time? The first thing to do is to determine why she is peeing just a little bit sometimes. If she is peeing in similar locations then those locations' smell might be the issue. Purchase a cleaner that contains enzymes. Only enzymes remove the smell or previous urine and poop completely for dog's sensitive noses. Clean the area thoroughly with that spray. If the item can be washed, you can also purchase detergents with enzymes and wash a small rug in that. If the area cannot be cleaned but can be moved, then move it for now. This will mostly apply to larger rugs. If you have cleaned up current and previous accidents well with an enzymatic spray and her accidents are still occurring, then pay attention to when they are happening. Are they happening when she is excited? Right after you just got home? Or when she gets in trouble? If so it might be excited or submissive peeing, which should only be an issue while you are home and not gone, and will not effect her ability to be free while alone. When you return home ignore her for a few minutes, and especially do not touch her, until she has calmed down enough for you to leash her up and take her to go potty outside. Once she has peed outside, then you can greet her while she is outside. The key is to keep things calm during times when she is likely to pee out of excitement or submissiveness because that type of peeing is mostly habitual by three years of age and you want to break the habit by preventing accidents from happening and calming her down. Is there another dog in the home that she competes with? If so she might be marking. If that is the case, then work on her respect for you so that she is not trying to be so dominant at home. You want her to view you as in charge so that she is not trying to be. You will also need to keep her crated until you deal with that underlying issue or she will continue doing it. If the issue seems to be competition and respect related, then check out the article on listening that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Finally, the issue could be anatomical. She may have an anatomical condition that causes her to leak a little bit of urine out. Unless your vet recommends surgery, there is little you can do about it other than manage it. To manage it get her used to wearing a reusable fabric diaper. If she is only loosing a tiny bit of urine, then a fabric diaper with a pad on it for absorption should be able to catch any dripping and keep your home clean. You will need to get her used to wearing it while you are at home and teach her to leave it alone by interrupting her whenever she tries to bite at it and praising her and giving her treats whenever you put it on her. When she first wears it around, distract her with fun and games so that she will get used to how it feels without thinking about it. If he can learn not to take the diaper off, then you can leave it on her while you are gone, but you will have to be careful to make sure she is not likely to eat it while alone. Once you tackle why she is having accidents, then try setting up a camera and leaving the house for ten to thirty minutes while spying on her from the camera outside where she cannot see you. You can use two tablets or smartphones with Skype or Facetime on mute as a camera. Other good option are video baby monitors, video security cameras with phone apps, and GoPro cameras with the Live app. Any video monitor on mute will work. You may need to confine her to one main room, like your den, to make sure you can see her with the camera at all times. Spy on her a couple of times over the weekend and if she does well start to give her ten minutes of unsupervised free time after you get home in the evening. Go for a short walk or somewhere close by. When you return, inspect everything and see if she did alright. If she does well for a week, then increase the time to thirty minutes. After a week of that, then leave her for one to two hours. After a week of being alone for two hours without issue leave her alone for four hours. If she has an accident or destroys something at any point, then she is not ready for freedom, go back to using the crate for three more months and then try again then. Nine hours is a long time to go without peeing, especially if she has an anatomical bladder issue. Not all dogs will be able to go past seven or eight hours without peeing. Being in the crate asleep or calm makes it easier for her to hold her bladder so she is less likely to have an accident in there. I would recommend hiring a dog walking to come once a day, four to five hours into the day to make her more successful with potty training and freedom in the house. Once you have ensured that she can be trusted alone in you home by gradually testing leaving her alone for longer and longer, then you can leave her for the full nine hours with a walking coming by to let her out midday. When the walker comes, instruct him or her to ignore Molly until she calms down a bit to prevent potential submissive or excited peeing. Once she is calm, then the walker can leash her up and take her outside to walk and play. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Every time my family and I don’t pay attention to her she pees outside of our bedroom door when we are sleeping in it sucks because we have to keep cleaning and cleaning. So basically when we don’t pay attention to her she pees and I don’t know why please help.
Hello Christian, There could be a number of reasons she is doing it. I would suggest crate training her and crating her whenever you are in the bedroom without her. If you can also try blocking off her access to that area near the door, then you might be able to leave her out of the crate, but only if she will not pee anywhere else when you do that. Three basic things need to happen. The peeing habit needs to be broken by preventing her from doing it again, she needs to be rewarded when she pees outside to motivate her to hold it until she goes out, and the area needs to be thoroughly cleaned with a cleaner that contains enzymes. Only enzymes will break down the urine at a molecular level and remove the smell so that she cannot smell it, with her sensitive dog nose. If she can smell where she peed before, then every time she is there and smells it she will be encouraged to pee there again. Not all products that advertise that they are for pets contain enzymes, it should say that it contains them in the ingredients or on the bottle somewhere. To break the peeing habit, keep her from accessing that area by blocking off the area or crating her when you are in that room. Do this for at least one to two months. After one or two months you can give her access to the door again when you are in the bedroom and set up a camera to spy on her to see if she tries to pee there again. If you see her start to pee, then quickly leave the bedroom and interrupt her peeing and immediately take her outside. After you do that, block the area off again for a month, and then try again in another month. You can use a baby video monitor, security camera, GoPro with the liveApp, or two smart phone or tablet devices with Skype of Factime on mute, to spy on her with a camera. Any camera that will let you view her live, silently from the bedroom will work. When you take her outside to pee, go with her to make sure that she is peeing, tell her to "Go Potty", and then reward her with three treats, one at a time, right after she goes. Do this to motivate her to ask when she needs to go outside. You want her to "Save" her pee for going outside so that she can receive treats. If she is saving her pee, then she will want to pee outside more than inside. If all of this fails, then you might be dealing with Separation Anxiety. If the issue is Separation Anxiety, then she will probably pee in her crate too after being in there for a short amount of time when you crate train her and try putting her in there. To treat Separation Anxiety I recommend hiring a professional trainer to help you. Several things have to be addressed with Separation Anxiety. Including her response while confined or excluded, her general confidence level and respect for you, and her ability to be independent. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Training Oreo is fun but I'm trying to get him to calm down when he is in the vicinity of others and not to use the bathroom in the house. So far, he's doing good because I keep him in the cage but how do I transition him to be out of his cage and not pee on the floor?
Hello Octavia, After Orea has just peed outside, give him forty-five minutes to one hour of free time outside of the crate, but attach him to yourself on a six to eight foot leash. After the hour is up, put him back in the crate until it is time to go potty outside again so that he will not be free while his bladder is full. Also keep him in the crate when you cannot supervise him and have him attached to yourself. While he is with you give him his own toys to chew and work on teaching him the rules of your home. When he starts to let you know when he needs to go potty outside, then you can increase that hour to four hours very gradually over the coming months. Only increase it if he remains accident free though. If he has an accident take away time until he is not having accidents anymore. Being with you when you can supervise him and his bladder is empty should give him opportunities to learn house manners and how to hold it inside without letting him learn bad behaviors from a lack of supervision. When he can be well behaved on the leash attached to you and is not having accidents in your home, then you can take him off of the leash but keep him in the room with you by blocking off exits. As he improves, gradually increase how much of your home he can get to. Don't rush this process. It is very important to prevent bad behaviors from becoming lifelong bad habits in the first year or two of your dog's life. Limiting his freedom, being able to show him what to do and not do, and preventing him from getting into things can make the rest of your dog's life easier. If you prevent most bad habits from forming and work on instilling good ones during the first year to two years of his life, then he will outgrow a lot of his destructive tendencies and be more trustworthy and be able to be given more freedom as an adult because he has not turned those puppy behaviors into lifelong habits. If he tends to chew on leashes, then look up VirChewLy leashes. They are chew proof. Also, here is a link to an article with are additional tips on potty training with tethering. A combination of tethering and crate training is most effective. Check out the "Tethering" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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we have been trying to house train our puppy for months now and shes not making much progress. Everytime she goes in the house we clean it and put her in her crate for a little while. What are we doing wrong?
Hello Meghan, Try the following routine with her instead. Wake up: take her outside to go potty on a leash. Tell her "Go Potty". When she goes, give her four treats, one at a time. Bring her inside after she goes, feed her breakfast, then take her back outside thirty-minutes after breakfast to poop. If she poops, give her two hours of supervised freedom, out of the crate, if you are at home. If she does not go potty, then put her into the crate, but give her a food stuffed chew toy to make the crate pleasant. In an hour, try taking her potty again. Repeat the trips outside every hour until she goes, putting her back into the crate in between if she does not go. Once she goes potty, then you can give her her two hours of supervised, non-crated freedom. After the two hours of freedom, put her back into the crate for another two hours, making it a total of four hours since she last went potty outside. When you take her outside after four hours, then clip her leash onto her and hurrying her outside so that she does not have an accident on the way. Tell her to "Go Potty" once outside. Slowly walk her around to get things moving, and encourage her to sniff. Keep her on task. If she goes, then give several treats, one at a time and praise her for going, then give her two more hours of freedom. If she does not go potty, then back into the crate for an hour, and try again after the hour. Repeat this every hour until she goes potty outside. Do all of those things the whole day, all day long. The goal is for her to only be free when her bladder is completely empty so that she cannot have an accident. After four hours, she should need to go potty again, increasing your chances that she will go potty outside when you take her. Don't punish her when she has an accident, especially if you do not catch her mid-pee stream. If you catch her mid-pee, then clap your hands loudly to surprise her and run her outside to go potty there. If she has an accident and you do not see her, then make a mental note not to give her so much unsupervised, un-crated freedom next time when he bladder is that full. On days when you cannot be home, she can be crated for up to six hours as long as her crate is the correct size and she has not learned to pee in it from too many accidents in there before. The crate should be big enough for her to lay down, stand, and turn around. It should NOT be big enough for her to pee in one end and then stand in the other end, away from her pee. She will not be motivated to hold her bladder in there if it is too big. If your crate is larger, then you can block the back off with a metal divider for wire crates, or put something chew-proof in the back of the crate to block part of it off. Whenever you are home, practice the schedule I mentioned above, taking her potty every four hours though, to give her more opportunities to learn and succeed outside. She should not be outside of the crate for longer than two hours after peeing though, or you run the risk of her having an accident. The more accidents she has, the harder the training will be and the longer it will take, so putting in the extra effort and sticking to the schedule religiously now will save you a lot of work and frustration later. Don't skip the treats and the "Go Potty" command, those will help her learn to go potty faster when you go take her in the future. Put the treats somewhere out of her reach right by the door that you take her through, so that you will remember to grab them on your way out. Also, resist the temptation to just let her out into the fence to do her business, if you have a fenced yard. She will likely get distracted and never go potty, then when she comes back inside she will have an accident. Plus you will not be there to teach her "Go Potty" and reward her. You also need to be there and she needs to be on a leash to keep her from playing until after she goes. After she goes, then you can take the leash off if your yard is fenced, and let her play as a reward. Eventually, if you do this, then you can transition to simply letting her into the yard to do her business by herself, if your yard is fenced. She will know the "Go Potty" command by then, so you can simply tell her to "Go Potty" on her way out the door and she will understand. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Train my puppy to pee outside the house.
Hello Rubina, Check out the article that I have linked below. The "Tethering" method and "Crate Training" method tend to be the most effective for older dogs who have had more accidents in the past. Dogs who have already had more accidents tend to need the closer supervision and confinement of a crate or leash attached to you to help them learn to hold their bladders inside. Make sure your crate does not have anything soft or absorbent in it (Primopads.com can be used instead of a soft bed). Also, make sure that the crate is just big enough for Pooka to stand up, turn around, and lay down, and not big enough that she can go potty in one end and stand in the other end away from it - too big of a crate won't encourage her to hold her bladder. You can make a wire crate smaller by using a metal divider to block off part of the crate if yours is too large. Since Pooka is older, when crate training, you can take her potty every three hours when home, instead of every hour like you would for a small puppy. Once she goes potty outside, you can give her 1.5 hours of supervised freedom outside of the crate before putting her back into the crate until the next potty trip outside. When you are gone, she should be able to hold her bladder in the crate for about five hours, and longer after she is potty trained when needed. The strict schedule can be work, but the more accidents you can prevent and the more times you can reward her for going potty outside, the quicker she will learn and the less work it will be in the long run generally. Potty Training article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We adopted Murphy a week ago from a shelter--he was already close to house trained, and for the first few days had no accidents in the house! We take him outside to go potty 4-5 times a day. We live in an apartment complex, and every time we take him out we have to leash him and take him to the dog area outside, so it's a bit of a process. In the last few days, he has pooped once and peed several times in the apartment! We have tried taking him out immediately upon catching him in the act (we supervise him closely and have caught him every time) but I have a couple of worries. One is that it takes so long to actually get him outside in a position for him to pee that he no longer connects the trip outside with his peeing in the house. The other is that he now sees peeing in the house as an opportunity to go out--even if we don't let him play, he still loves to get to go outside (as we don't have a backyard he can roam freely in) and I'm concerned that the peeing in the house is now a way for him to get to go outside whenever he wants! The last time he peed in the house, it was less than an hour after the last time I had taken him out and he had peed twice outside! We have been trying to get him out more frequently, and have been cleaning the area immediately with an enzymatic cleaner every time (it's been generally in the same spot, close to his food and water). He seems to understand that outside=bathroom time, because he pees and/or poops every time we take him out! He also sleeps through the night every night and has had no accidents in his crate. I'm not sure what else we can do!
Hello Annie, You definitely need to crate train him and use the crate to potty train him starting immediately. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. Since he is older you can take him outside every three to four hours. Sooner is fine too. After he goes potty, give him one hour of free time outside of the crate, then put him back into the crate until it is time to take him back outside. If he does not go potty when you take him, then take him back inside within ten minutes, put him back into the crate, and try taking him back outside in an hour. Repeat this every hour until he goes potty. The key is to prevent as many accidents as possible by using the crate until he gets used to holding his baldder while inside, and starts to prefer to go potty outside because of the treats you will be giving him for peeing and pooping outside. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside It sounds like he is peeing a lot. How much water is he drinking? Some puppies will drink water just for fun. If he is constantly drinking, then you might need to control his water better and only put it down for him at four designed times per day and after exercise. If his drinking seems normal, then get him checked out for a urinary tract infection. The discomfort of an infection would make him want to pee very often during the day. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy goes outside to poop and pee but also will pee on her bed or towel whether it is in her crate or next to her crate. She will also pee when she is lying on someone’s lap. Vet says urine is fine. How can I stop this?
Hello Judy, She is likely peeing on her bed and towel because they are absorbent, like grass and other soft material. Remove the towels and bed from her crate and resting areas. Check out Primopads.com and put one of those or something similar into her crate. They do not look luxurious but they provide firm padding to protect joints, and they are durable enough to withstand puppy chewing, are not absorbent so won't encourage peeing, and are easy to clean. These are what I use myself for puppies. When she is fully potty trained and past the puppy chewing stage -- typically after a year, then you can transition her to a softer bed if you wish. Soft beds in puppies crates can actually be dangerous because when her jaws start to develop around five-months of age, she will be able to chew through the bedding, and some puppies will ingest the material - which can be bad in larger qualities. Chewing her bedding when you are not there to stop her also teaches her to chew things like blankets and clothing - which you don't want. After you remove the soft material, clean her crate well with a cleaner that contains enzymes. Look on the bottle and it should say enzymes or enzymatic somewhere. Many pet cleaners contain enzymes - but not all of them! Only enzymes will fully remove the smell for her so that she is not encouraged to pee there again due to the lingering potty scent. The peeing on laps is probably excited or submissive peeing. This is a puppy trait and many will outgrow it if you can keep it from happening enough to avoid it becoming a long-term habit. The unfortunate answer is not to hold her in your lap for right now. When you are playing with her, stand on your knees while you are low so that she cannot climb onto your lap. Also, when you do need to hold her, put a leash on her and try to avoid speaking to her excitedly or sweetly or touching her very much. Talking to her and touching often cause a dog to pee. As she gets better control of her bladder, gets more used to you, and breaks the current habit of peeing in your laps by avoiding it for a bit, then she should start to do it less often. Also, get her used to being handled to build her confidence. Practice this as many times per week as you can, once or twice a day would be idea but do it when you can. Because of her tendency to pee, you may need to practice this outside at first. Gently touch her everywhere on her body, one area at a time, and while you are touching her, give her a treat. Gently touch her ear - give a treat. Touch her paw - give a treat. Touch her tail - give a treat. Touch her belly - give a treat. Open her mouth - give a treat. Repeat with all parts of her body gently. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello! Gracie is an 11 year old 15lbs mixed small dog and recently we've been having a problem with her urinating only when we leave. She's on a schedule for food and gets dinner the same time every night. She goes outside right when we wake up and always after dinner too. Throughout the day she will let us know when she needs to go outside as well. It is only when we both leave does she ever have a problem. Regardless of time, if its a quick trip to the store (less then 30 minutes) to a few hours for a holiday party theres always an incident. It is always in the same room too, a room we don't even use. When we come home she always cries. We've stopped getting excited when we come in and just say hi and give a nice pat. Usually after the hello her ears go down, which indicates that she's done something wrong. Sure enough she's peed in the room. How do we teach an older dog that she can't keep up with this behavior?
Hello Sam, It sounds like your issue might be related to age and a bit of mental decline. You could have your vet evaluate her if you are concerned. I suggest setting up an exercise pen, purchasing a disposable real grass pad (you can also make your own with a piece of sod cut up and placed into a shallow plastic bin), and putting her into the exercise pen whenever you leave. https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI/ref=asc_df_B005G7S6UI/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309763115430&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13574458329797813412&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015431&hvtargid=pla-568582223506&psc=1 Check out the article below for teaching her to use the grass pad. You can also simply put her in the exercise pen with a food stuffed chew toy without encouraging her to pee on it, then she will be more likely to hold her pee while in there but can use the grass pad if she needs to or forgets where she is or gets anxious (and won't have access to the other room where she has been peeing). The article is written for litter box training but the steps are the same for teaching a grass pee pad, simply substitute the litter box for a grass pad: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy You can also crate train her and crate her when you are gone but if there is some mental decline or she starts to have bladder control issues as she ages, then she might have accidents in the crate also. Also, purchase a cleaner that contains enzymes (it should say enzymes or enzymatic on the bottle - something like nature's miracle should contain it). Clean the area where there have been previous accidents with an enzymatic cleaner (look for one that's safe for carpeting and do a test spot first to make sure it's alright for the color of your rug). Part of the reason she is probably going back to that spot is because of the remaining pee smell from old accidents. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We moved into a new home in November. Our Maltese has pee pads in the downstairs bathroom and upstairs laundry room. He knows where his peed pads are as he will use them but we have noticed that he has starting peeing, not marking, at certain places in the house. We crate him when we go to work - which we have not had to do before - so this is something new.
Hello JoeAnn, Check out the article that I have linked below. Because of the new location he probably needs a potty training refresher in the new house. He needs to develop a habit (that's rewarded with treats) of peeing on the new pee pads (choose where you want them to be and use the same spots consistently - this is more about location that just the pads), and he needs to be reminded not to pee anywhere else, which crate training, setting up an exercise pen or only giving him freedom when you are physically able to watch him should help...essentially the accidents need to be prevented before they occur. Clean any new or old accidents up with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes also. Only enzymes will fully remove the smell for his sensitive dog nose, and any remaining pee or poop smell will encourage him to go potty in the same spot again. The article linked below talks about litter box training but you can use the same methods for pee pad training also. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We recently adopted Dixie from a local shelter and she is just the sweetest thing. Always eager to please and very attached to me. I am a teen who lives at home with my family so there is almost always someone home, mostly me because I am homeschooled. She follows me everywhere. However, when I am gone, she pees inside the house. Even when I'm only gone for 15 minutes she still pees. I've considered the possibility of seperation anxiety, or maybe she's upset that I'm gone so she's punishing me? I've started giving her treats when she goes outside and I'm hoping that will help. Any ideas?
Hello Ellie, I suggest crating her when you leave. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Because she is not having accidents when you are home and is older, you can follow the method more loosely and let her go longer between potty trips; however, introducing the crate carefully like the method describes, giving her a fun chew toy while in the crate, teaching her the "Go Potty" command, and rewarding her when she goes potty with treats are all great things to do. The method will touch on each of those areas. Introduced carefully, the crate can be great for separation anxiety too because it helps a dog learn to handle boredom and being alone. A separation anxiety protocol is much more involved though. Crate Training is great for potty training because it naturally encourages a dog to hold her bladder when you use a crate that is just big enough for her to turn around, stand up, and lay down, but not so big she can pee on one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid the pee. The crate will help her get into the habit of holding her bladder while you are gone if potty training is the issue. I suggest trying through crate and the crate training method from the article I linked above, first. If she has accidents in the crate after introducing it gradually even when you are gone for shorter amounts of time, then that is a sign she may have separation anxiety, which is easiest to address with a crate but more involved than just crating her. If you find that to be the case feel free to respond here again. It is most likely a potty training/supervision issue that needs to be tackled though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi, we adopted litter mates, male & female approx 4 weeks ago. We're unclear as to thier story only that they were fostered for a month. We're currently crate training them, so they are in the crate when we leave, approx 4-5 at most and at night. The first 3 weeks we were doing great, only a few accidents, as we were all getting used to each other. They are fed dry dog food and walked at the same time everyday. They were checked out by our Vet and are in great health. We recently introduced them to a doggie day camp, in which they spent 4 hours there. We have a tripped planned and I want them used to boarding at the same facility. That night they were fine, however, the following night after visiting the camp, both dogs defecated (diarreha) in their crate that night, matter of fact each of them had 2 accidents. The next night the same, diarreha in the crate, even after following their schedule and long walks. Last night was the 3rd night, and yet again diarreha in the crate. Only at night, during the day, they don't. Also they sleep in thier crate in our room. I'm at my wits end, I need some help!!
Hello Wendy, First, they may have picked up a bacterial infection or worms from being at the Daycare (this is unfortunately not that uncommon with some Daycares with the number of dogs present). They could have picked it up very recently, even though they were previously healthy before going there. They also may have been fed something that upset their stomachs like treats. Finally, they may have eaten other dogs poop at the daycare and that caused the diarrhea. A medical reason associated with their stay at the daycare is probably the most likely cause. During the day they might be alerting you when they need to go potty so avoiding accidents during the day. Second, if they were not taken outside for potty breaks and forced to go potty in their kennels at the daycare, that is likely confusing them with the crates. I would investigate into that. Generally even un-potty trained dogs do not have to poop during the night though. Third, the stress of being in the kennel with all the new sounds, sights, and other dogs present may have created anxiety associated with confined spaces. If they stop going to the daycare and you work on making the crates a positive place that should improve. The fact that they had two accidents the first night and the accidents have been diarrhea each time suggests a medical problem in my opinion. The issue could be anxiety, but I suggest a visit to your vet's to check for something like Coccidia or worms. I am not a Vet. Generally a bland diet of white rice and plain chicken with a small amount of unsweetened canned pumpkin is recommended for a few days to give their digestive system a rest, but you will also need to get to the root issue of what started the diarrhea and treat it with the proper medication if needed. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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not peeing and pooping on the flowr
Hello Aubreyanna, Check out the article linked below. For the quickest results and least amount of accidents I suggest following the "Crate Training" method or a combination of the "Crate Training" method and the "Tethering" method. It takes the average puppy about three months of very consistent potty training to learn to hold their bladders inside and ask to go potty, so be sure to be consistent with the schedule and follow the steps to help things along. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I work Monday through Friday 8-5 and am having a hard potty training my dog. I don't have consistent help at having someone to him out on the daily. Also, every time he gets super excited(often) or if he's scared, he'll unrinate..
Hello Zak, At four months Parker is struggling because he is only able to physically hold his bladder for about five hours during the day, and that is assuming that he completely understands that he is supposed to hold it while inside, which he may not. A general rule of thumb is that puppies can hold their bladder for as many hours as they are months in age plus one. So being four months old, Parker can hold it four hours plus one, equaling five hours. Because of this, the only way for him to learn at this age is for him to be taken out before he reaches five hours. Dogs naturally will try to keep their crates clean if the crate is small enough that they cannot eliminate in one end and then hang out in the other end without touching the poop or pee. After dogs have been forced to eliminate in their crates too many times many dogs will loose that instinct to hold their bladders while in their crates. If that has already happened then potty training will take longer, if it has not happen yet it is essential that you hire someone like a dog walker to let him out to go potty midday to prevent that from happening. If he is crated with an interesting chew toy such as a kibble and peanut butter stuffed Kong that has been frozen overnight, then he can self entertain and sleep in his crate throughout the day, and will likely attempt to hold his bladder until the dog walker takes him to go potty. This will encourage him to only go outside. He needs to build a habit of peeing outdoors. The more successes he has outside and the less accidents he has inside, the quicker potty training will go. Crate training and finding someone to let him out will be the quickest way to train him, the other option is to teach him to potty in a designated area inside and then transfer that area outside later, when he can hold his bladder for longer. Since I am guessing he is a small dog, you can use an exercise pen, also called an X-pen, set up in a circle somewhere without carpet, such as a kitchen or large bathroom. Connect his crate to the X-pen wall securely so that he can go in and out of his crate from inside of the X-pen, or place his entire crate inside the X-pen if it will not connect securely. Now create an elimination area inside of the X-pen, away from the crate. For a dog this size I actually recommend using an open cat litter box with a layer of grass sod or kitty litter or other natural, but non toxic, material that can mimic the outdoors but be scooped or changed as needed. You can also place a puppy pee pad in there. Pee pads work well for attracting a dog to that area to eliminate but do be aware that because of the material that pee pads are made of some dogs will also learn to eliminate on other fabric type material such as door mats or even carpet. This is not all dogs but there is the risk. When you are home, work on walking Oliver on leash over to his X-pen toilet area at a time when he is likely to go. Puppies typically need to go if it has been a couple of hours since they last eliminated, if they have just woken up, if they have been playing or getting excited, have just finished eating or dranking water, or just finished exercising. After he has just woken up from a long nap in the crate that would be a likely time. When you have directed him to the area on leash gently, then tell him "go potty" while he is standing there, and give him time to sniff around. If he goes then praise him and offer him three tiny but tasty treats, one at a time. If he does not go, place him back in the crate and try again in thirty minutes. Repeat this process until he goes there. You can also further encourage him to go by spraying a special spray that smells like urine onto the bottom of the toilet area right before taking him over or placing one of his own small feces from outside, to make the area smell like a toilet to him. It sounds gross but it can really help until he learns. Most large pet stores will carry the spray, you can ask the store clerk where to find it. Once he is regularly eliminating there, then when he is older gradually move his toileting area closer and closer to where you want him to be eliminating outside, until you can remove it entirely. After he learns to go in his potty area, then any time when you are home do still take him outside on leash to eliminate so that he will be learning that as well to help the transition later on be easier. When you take him outside, repeat the same things you did to teach him to eliminate in his potty area. Lead him to where you would like him to go on leash, to prevent him from becoming distracted, tell him "go potty" to teach him to go on cue, and when he goes praise him and deliver three small treats, one at a time. It will help to keep a container of small treats by your exit door, so that you can grab some every time you take him outside while teaching him. For the peeing while excited or scared. That is what is called excited or submissive peeing. Many young dogs go through a period where they will do that. The best thing to do is to come in the house very calmly and ignore him until he has calmed down. Take him potty without speaking to him or getting excited and then once he has gone potty and calmed down then you can love on him and say hello. Many dogs will grow out of this behavior if you can prevent it from turning into a habit. To prevent that, you simply help him remain calm during times when you know it will be hard for him to hold his bladder, such as after you have been gone all day and he is excited to see you and his bladder is full. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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my dogis constantly peeing at one place during the winter how can i get her to stop and fast? also she goes inside in the rain
Hello Maxwell, First, that area needs to be cleaned with a cleaner that contains enzymes - which is the only thing that will move the odor enough that a dog cannot still smell it, and any remaining smell will encourage her to go potty there again. Second, block off her access to that area. She needs to avoid that area long enough for her to break her habit of going potty there. Third, work on crate training her and crate her when you cannot supervise her or need to be gone (the cycle of accidents needs to be broken for her to earn freedom again and stop the accidents long term). Check out the "Surprise" method on crate training from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Fourth, when you take her potty, tell her "Go Potty" and when she goes potty in the correct location give her 4-5 small treats, one at a time, as a reward to motivate her to want to potty outside more. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He keeps using the bathroom in the livingroom,kitchen,and our rooms. I’ve had him outside walking him for an hour at least and he did nothing but sniff around and run and didn’t use the bathroom one bit until we got back home and he let it all go.
Hello Zaira, I suggest strictly following the "Crate Training" method from the article linked below. That method will limit his freedom so that he is only loose when his bladder is empty which will encourage him to go potty outside. If he has accidents on the way outside or to the crate, carry him right now or run him there. Be sure to take him on leash to keep him from getting as distracted. "Crate Training" method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We rescued a dog almost a month ago. The first 5 days he had no accidents and then started having accidents in the house when we were not looking for a few days. The vet said to not take our eyes off him (we have a big house. 2.5 weeks and no accidents, leaving him in the crate when I have to be upstairs or leave the house (I am a stay at home mom). Well...he peed in the dining room when I wasn't looking and upstairs. I felt bad because it was almost 6 hours since he went out and 4 hours after his breakfast...so I should have been more careful but was kind of testing hI'm .Do I have to start the 30 days all over again? I really would be shocked if he wasn't a house dog before he is so gentle and easily sscared. Did I undo all our time and work?
Hello Alexis, I do not think one accident undid all of your progress, but 30 days is generally not long enough to fully potty train a dog either. I suggest doing another 30 days simply because most dogs take around 3 months to potty train fully (when potty training is done vigilantly - if neglectful it can take even longer). Many older dogs without a history of having accidents in the house can learn a bit sooner though, so I would be very vigilant for another 30 days, making it a full 2 months of potty training. The less vigilant you are and the more accidents he has during the process the harder and longer potty training gets. Its far easier to be very strict for 2-3 months, then have a fully potty trained dog, then to be too relaxed about it too soon and continue having occasional accidents for years. He may have been an indoor dog because but he also might have been pee pad trained or allowed to have frequent accidents. Either way it is safer to assume he was not potty trained and just treat him like he needs to learn to be sure. If he does not learn on his own how to alert you when he needs to go potty in the next month, then I also suggest teaching him to ring a bell when he needs to go outside. Check out the article linked below and "The Peanut Butter" or "The Nose the Bell" methods. You can also use squeeze cheese in place of Peanut Butter is there is an allergy. https://wagwalking.com/training/ring-a-bell-to-go-out Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Opie knows that peeing outside is a good thing, but doesn't seem to understand that peeing inside is not good. We give lots of treats when he goes outside, take him often, wait, etc. We do not yell or punish when he has an accident inside and use Nature's Miracle to get rid of the smell. If we catch him in the act, which is very rare (he does not lift his back leg to pee), we clap and yell to startle/stop him and then take him outside immediately to finish. However, it doesn't seem that he's catching on that it's not okay to go inside the house. The door to the yard will be open and he will go right inside rather than walking 4 feet to pee in the grass. Any helpful tips or just keep at it?
Hello Heidi, I suggest crate training him to help him learn to hold his bladder better and to stop the accidents from happening - the more accidents that he has the more successes he has to have outside to undo those accidents, so less accidents in the process equals learning faster. Check out the crate training method from the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Also, it takes most puppies around 3 months to really understand potty training when the training is practiced consistently - if inconsistent and lots of accidents it can take even longer, so part of it is simply continuing for longer, not expecting him to make the choice on his own yet, but still need to be taken potty and his freedom limited so that he doesn't potty in the house while he is still developing a habit of only pottying outside. I would keep at it and crate train to stop accidents and teach him how to hold his bladder, but it sounds like you are generally doing a great job. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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hi, my dog has been peeing in the house for ever and I can't find a way to train her. I take her out every hour think that that's the problem but thats not the problem. when I take her out she pees then comes inside the house the poops, or the opposite. do you have any suggestions in how to train her?
Hello Rebecca, There are a couple of things you can experiment with: 1. Try having her wear a doggie diaper while inside. Continue to take her outside to go potty every 1-2 hours and take the diaper off while she is outside. Some dogs will naturally hold their bladders at first while wearing the diaper because of the way it feels. If left on and forced to pee in it she will adjust to the sensation and get used to peeing in it, but if you take her outside frequently she may learn to go potty outside instead since that is preferable to peeing in the diaper. This will be an experiment though since different dogs react to diapers differently. When you take her outside to go potty be sure to tell her to "Go Potty" and give her five small treats, one treat at a time, while praising her, if she goes potty while out there. Remember to take the diaper OFF whenever you take her outside to go potty. You can get reusable fabric diapers and use pad inserts to save on costs since you will be taking them off and putting them back on a lot. 2. Crate train and use the "Crate Training" method from the article linked below. When you take her potty, tell her to "Go Potty" and walk her around slowly let her sniff to find a spot while she is on a leash. After she goes potty once, always walk her around again even if she doesn't act like she needs to go, and remind her to "Go Potty" again in case she needs to pee or poop again. Many dogs will do the minimum that they need to do to feel less full, but will be too distracted to finish going potty all the way and need to be reminded to go again. When you crate train, since she is older, crate her for 3-4 hours so that she will have to go potty when you take her to go. If she doesn't go potty when you take her, walk her around on a leash, and say "Go Potty", then bring her back inside and put her back into the crate for an hour, then after an hour take her outside on a leash again. Repeat this every hour after the initial 3-4 hours until she goes potty when you take her finally. When she finally goes potty, if you think she is empty (meaning if she peed, and pooped or already pooped as many times as she normally does during that part of the day, usually once in the morning and once at night for many dogs), then give her 1-2 hours of supervised freedom, then put her back into the crate until time for the next potty trip, so that she is not free while needing to potty. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside 3. Attach her to yourself with a leash at all times, taking her potty every 1-2 hours still. Watch for additional signs that she needs to go potty, like sniffing the ground, circling, trying to escape, squatting, whining, or generally acting restless. At night and when you need to leave the house, crate her in a crate that is just big enough for her to turn around, lay down, and stand up but not so big that she could pee in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it. Do not put anything absorbent in the crate. If you want to add comfort use something like www.primopads.com that won't absorb the pee. Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside 4. Teach her to use an indoor grass potty using the Exercise Pen method from the article linked below. Keep her in the exercise pen at all times right now unless you know that she has both peed and pooped recently and you are directly supervising her, tethering her to yourself, or going outside with her to play, take her potty, or train. The article linked below mentions litter box training, but you can use real grass pads in place of a litter box for this. I do not suggest using pee pads because with her history she is likely to confuse the pee pads with other types of fabric in your home, such as rugs and shirts. Exercise Pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Disposable Real Grass Pads: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI Another long-term buying option once pottying grass pads is established: https://www.porchpotty.com/ Each grass pad is advertised to last around two weeks if poop is scooped. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog has been frequently peeing inside of the house and we give her treats and leave poops outside, but tonight she did it again and my father was furious! He said to train her or we aren’t going to have a dog anymore. We haven’t really tried much but I don’t want to lose my precious dog!
Hello Tali, She needs to be crate training very strictly to stop all of the accidents, rewarded for treats when she does go potty outside, tethered to someone whenever she is free in your house to keep her from wandering off and having an accident, and the accidents she has had that you can remember need to be thoroughly cleaned again with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes - because only enzymes will remove the smell enough so that even a dog cannot smell it (bleach isn't good enough). Any remaining smell from old accidents encourage dogs to go potty on the same spots again inside. Check out the article linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method most of the time. Follow the "Tethering" method anytime she is not in the crate. She needs a few months of doing all of this very strictly to help her form a long term habit of going potty outside and to break her habit of going inside - which is already a long term habit so will take work to undo. Because she is older you can take her potty every 3-4 hours when she is in the crate (she can go longer in the crate - but only in the crate not while free - if no one is home, but don't exceed 6-8 hours). After she goes potty outside, bring her in and give her 2 hours of supervised freedom where she is clipped to you with a leash. After 2 hours, put her back into the crate until time to take her outside again - 3-4 hours since she last went potty, or take her outside again if she may need to go. If she doesn't go potty when you take her, then put her right back in the crate for 1-2 hours, then try taking her back outside again to see if she will go now (no freedom unless her bladder is empty - we need to stop as many accidents as we can for this to work). Repeat the potty trips every 1-2 hours until she goes potty, then take her every 3-4 again. Crate Training method and Tethering method (leash): https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Type of Enzyme spray example: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Natures-Miracle-Stain-and-Odor-Remover-Trigger-Spray-24oz/576075856?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&wl13=3611&adid=22222222227158820046&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=269451593753&wl4=aud-566049426705:pla-448686025103&wl5=9010791&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=local&wl12=576075856&wl13=3611&veh=sem Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We recently added a new furbaby to our family, we already have a 3 year old male Chi named Killer. It's only been about 4 days but Killer is still very jumpy around her and she is totally oblivious to any chastising when she does wrong. Potty training has been extremely difficult and I'm worried about how socializing them is progressing. Any tips would be Greatly appreciated!
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Hi. My dog is house trained but when we are gone for long extended periods of time we leave her the option to use a potty pad, but I think we have confused her house training. Now when we are gone no matter the amount of time she will use the restroom on the floor even if we don't leave a potty pad. I know she can hold it for long times because when it rains she refuses to go outside and just holds it.
Hello Hailey, Inconsistent use of pee pads can confuse dogs and cause some to go potty on the floor when the pad isn't available because pee pads are made of fabric like other objects in the house. 1. The pee pads need to be removed and stopped. 2. Places that you know she has an accident in before need to be cleaned with a cleaner that contains enzymes to fully remove the smell - dogs' noses are so sensitive that other cleaners don't remove smell enough - including bleach even. 3. She needs to be crated for several months while you are gone to reinforce potty training and her holding her bladder. You can give her a food stuffed chew toy in the crate to make it more interesting also. Surprise method for introducing the crate: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Copo and Mina (our other Havanese pup that's 4 months old) are still being potty trained. The problem is even if we take both of them out and they do all of their business outside, Copo and sometimes Mina, will come back in, and without warning, pee on the floor. We can't figure out how to catch them fast enough to take them outside since it happens so suddenly. What can we do? We've had them since April and we can't seem to find any improvements. We are also trying to teach them to ring the bells on the door when they have to go.
Hello Chilinga, Both pups need to be crate trained to see much improvement at this point likely. Any time that their bladders are not empty they need to be crated - give a food stuffed hollow chew toy in the crate to keep them entertained in there. Whenever they are free if you are not 100% confident that they are empty enough not to pee somewhere, keep them tethered to yourself with a 6 or 8 foot leash so that they cannot sneak off to pee. If they start to squat to pee quickly clap your hands a couple of times and rush them outside without saying anything. Once outside, if they pee outside instead, reward with treats. Tell them to "Go Potty" any time you take them outside and reward with a couple of treats, one treat at a time whenever they pee outside. The accidents need to stop inside before you will see any progress with potty training. They have learned to pee outside, which is a great first step, but right now they probably think inside and outside are the same and it doesn't matter where they go. They need to be forced through careful supervision and confinement to ONLY pee outside as much as possible so that their desire to keep a space clean will be generalized to the rest of the house - a crate can help with that. Also, clean up any new or old accidents (that you know of) with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes to remove accident smells - only enzymes will remove the smell fully for a dog's nose. Even bleach won't. Crate Training method and Tethering method - since they are older they should be able to hold their bladders for 4 hours and 6 hours when you have to leave the house if in the crate. Take them out frequently to help them learn while home though. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello! My dog is adopted. And he is doing his business on the same spot every day once we go out. When we're home he doesn't make mess. I will appreciate your opinion. P.S we are working full-time 8-9 hours and on different shifts. We will appreciate your opinion. :))
Hello Linda, First, clean that area thoroughly with a pet cleaner that contains enzymes. The enzymes will remove the smell better than other cleaners and if any smell remains from previous accidents, the scent will just encourage him to go potty there again. Second, if that area is the only area he has an accidents on, if he is peeing there right after peeing outside, he is probably marking that spot with his scent to 'claim' the area. Have him wear a belly band - which is a male diaper that catches urine, to stop the scent from spreading more. Only give him freedom when you can closely supervise him right now. When you are watching him, if he starts to lift a leg or squat to pee (with the belly band on so nothing will come out) then loudly clap your hands a couple of times and say "Ah Ah", then rush him outside. When you do take him potty outside, tell him to "Go Potty" and give him a treat after he goes potty outside - you want him to learn that peeing outside is still good - it's just marking that's not alright. You need to catch him right when he starts to squat or lift a leg and not later - this is why only letting him be free while you can supervise him is important. Confine him to a crate when you cannot supervise. As he improves, and is ready for more freedom, block that area off where he is peeing when you cannot supervise him as much so that he doesn't slip back into old habits - he needs to go several months without an accident there to break his current habit. If I misunderstood and the accident is happening while you are gone for 8-9 hours, then he needs to be crated while you are gone and you need to hire a dog walker to come let him outside during the middle of that time. He might work up to being able to hold it for longer in the crate and you won't need the dog walker once he is used to holding his bladder, but most dogs can't hold it past 8 hours during the day so 9 will be a stretch and you don't want to force him to have accidents in the crate. Surprise method for crate introduction: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Enzyme cleaner - you can also purchase enzymatic carpet cleaning solution to use in a professional carpet cleaner if needed - some grocery stores and hardware stores will rent professional carpet cleaners but you need to use an enzymatic solution in it if allowed. https://www.amazon.com/Natures-Miracle-Remover-Control-Formula/dp/B0717BLT6V/ref=asc_df_B0717BLT6V/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=218421090408&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7078516470826770749&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010820&hvtargid=aud-643565131866:pla-364753662627&psc=1 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I crate trained her the moment I brought her home when she is 3 months old. She has no problem of holding urine in her crate for a long time, and I brings her out to pee every time. However, even I just bring her out to pee, when she returns home, if I don't crate her, she pees again within an hour, I clean it with dog urine cleaner, however she still pees at the nearby spot. Besides She gets worst and worst as she pees just in just a few minutes after returning home when we don't notice. She seems to do it in purpose. We were mad and punished her, but it doesn't work! Now we can only crate her all the time at home. She is a big dog and staying at the crate 22 hours a day seems very cruel to her, but she just leaves us no choice. What should we do to correct her?
Hello Yvonne, Most dogs need to be crated while not supervised for the first year of life. I know it's not ideal, but one year of crating prevents a dozen years of long-term bad habits like destructive chewing and potty training issues. If you don't crate, you could struggle for year s instead of months. 5 months is too early to expect her to be fine on her own. Check out the article linked below. Follow the Tethering method when you are home to help her learn to hold it then, and continue to follow the crate training method while gone. At her age she needs to go potty every 4-6 hours or more often at her age. You can also give her a frozen dog-food stuffed chew toy in the crate to help with boredom - as long as she pooped outside before going in the crate. When you are home be sure to do things that are mentally and physically stimulating (like a walk and training). While she is tethered to you, if she starts to squat and hasn't gone potty yet, then clap your hand and rush her outside to interrupt her attempt to go. Punishing after she goes potty does not work. The most effective way to potty train is to prevent all accidents though. Potty training is based on a dog's desire to keep an area clean and not on punishment. The more accidents you prevent and the more you reward pottying outside, the sooner you will get there because she will form a long-term habit of cleanliness inside. Crate Training and Tethering methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My pupper is somewhat housebroken, however, despite all day access via a dog door that she uses frequency, she seems to have a problem with occationaly going poo's and wee's in 'infrequent' zones of the house, i.e. the garage, guest bedrooms,my in-laws bedroom e.t.c... I've tried spraying pet repellent but it seems to have little effect and doesn't seem like a long term solution as we don't mind her going in those areas of the house, we just don't want her peeing there... We've also tried keeping her on a feeding schedule and taking her outside an hour later, but that isn't having much effect either... Any suggestions? Should we try feed her in those zones? Do we need to take her into those spaces more often?
Hello Isone, First, you need to break the cycle of going potty in those spots. To do this, you can either block off those areas, crate her or place her in an exercise pen when you cannot supervise her, tether her to yourself, or try putting a doggie diaper on her to discourage peeing while the diaper is on - this works great for some dogs if they are taken outside regularly and the diaper removed while out there so they do not simply get used to peeing in the diaper. Other dogs do not mind the feeling of wetness so this isn't effective. Clean those areas where you know she has had accidents with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes. Only enzymes remove the smell and you don't want any lingering smell that her sensitive dog nose picks up on encouraging her to potty there again. Bleach and other cleaners simply don't remove the smell well enough for many dogs. You certainly can try feeding her, playing with her, and letting her sleep in those areas. The garage will be the most challenging because it likely smells like outside - I would simply limit access to the garage if at all possible. Other areas like the guest bedroom, try spending more time with her in there with food, play, and sleep, but don't leave her unattended in there per the first paragraph I wrote above - you need to stop all accidents from happening in there first, before she can learn to associate those areas with something cleaner. The truth is, the best luck you may have is an intensive crate training protocol for six months - where she is only free while tethered to yourself or right after peeing outside, and always in the crate while her bladder is getting full until time to take her potty, or back in the crate for 1 hour if she doesn't go potty when you do take her outside, then given another chance every 1 hour until she goes potty outside. It's essentially starting from scratch with potty training, stopping all accidents from happening, while rewarding her with treats for going potty outside. Since she is older and has the basic concepts down it should be easier in a lot of ways than training a young puppy with a small bladder - while in the crate she should be able to hold it at least 5-6 hours when you are gone, with potty breaks every 3-4 hours while you are home, and 2-3 hours of freedom after pottying outside each time. This protocol is a reset and will be work on your part, so you could try the first above suggestions before doing a potty training boot-camp with her, to see if the easier route works first. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I have tried every trick in the book I know of to potty train Rzr, and I’m failing miserably. I work in a vet clinic and we have ruled out any possible medical reasons, so we’ve come up with it’s behavioral. He has done wonderful the past few weeks in the house when he’s out and about and playing with my other dog and sometimes will even cue to us that he needs to go outside, however, when he is in his crate he will urinate and defecate. He doesn’t have any accidents overnight, but when he’s at work with me or he’s in his crate he will have accidents. I take him out on frequent walks at work and he won’t eliminate on leash(he has free run at home in the back yard). So I can take him out, he does nothing then before I’m even through the kennel doors he’s urinated or defecated in his crate. I have tried treats, praise, more frequent walks at work, keeping him out of the kennel more at home (I have a 7 month old baby so when I cannot supervise him he is crated) and nothing seems to work and I’m pulling my hair out.
Hello Melissa, He is likely peeing in the crate because he has accidentally been trained to go potty in a crate - the way you would train a dog to pee on pee pads. The environment he was raised in before you brought home may have led to this, or a few too many accidents in the crate caused him to associate it with that, or having something absorbent in the crate, or a crate that's too big...If there is anything absorbent in the crate with him, you can try taking that out first to see if that helps. Check out www.primopads.com for a non-absorbent bedding option if you need one. Also, clean the crate thoroughly with a cleaner that contains enzymes- only enzymes remove the smell well enough for a dog not to smell it still, and any remaining smell will encourage elimination. Make sure the crate is only big enough for him to stand up, lie down, and turn around, and not so big he can have an accident in one end and stand in the other end to avoid it If accidents still happen after cleaning and removing absorbent material, you will need to potty train a different way. I suggest setting up an exercise pen in an area that you can remove access to later once fully trained, like a laundry room, guest bedroom that can be closed off, or bathroom. Place a real grass pad on one end of the exercise pen and use the Exercise Pen method from the article linked below to teach him to pee on the pad while you are gone off and at night. Since your end goal is outside potty training you will not phase out the exercise pen like the method mentions, instead you will go straight to blocking off that area and keeping him in the rest of the house when he is reliable with potty training in other parts of the house. You can try reintroducing the crate in a year once fully potty trained. Exercise pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pad brands: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com When you are home, use the tethering method to train him to hold it while in the rest of the house - away from the exercise pen: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Since we’ve had June, she’ll sneak off and do her business in the house before we even realize it.
When we adopted her, she had been returned to the shelter twice. We are guessing that she was never trained in peeing in a proper spot (outdoors). We were hoping she’d eventually learn but it seems maybe once a week she’ll pee and or poop in the dining room (which I have told my parents needs to be closed off).
At this point I don’t know what to do.
Hello Dianne, you are probably right that June was never taught to pee outside. She could have also been improperly taught to pee on puppy pee pads, but it was not done correctly so she associates peeing with the indoors. I would treat her like a puppy that has never been housebroken. First you will need to clean all of the areas that she has previously eliminated on with a pet specific enzymatic cleaner. Look on the bottle and make sure that it says that it contains enzymes, because it is the enzymes that actually break down the protein in the poop and pee that the dog can smell even when we humans cannot. Also be sure to avoid any cleaners containing ammonia because ammonia smells like urine to a dog, and can actually encourage them to eliminate in the cleansed spot again. Once things have been cleansed, create a small enclosed area for June to be in whenever she cannot be completely supervised. A crate is the best place because it will utilize a dog's instincts to hold their bladders while in their den. The crate will need to be small enough that she cannot eliminate in one end and sleep in the other. but large enough that she can stand up and turn around comfortably. If you have a large crate already, you can block off part of it the make it the correct size. An exercise pen with a crate inside or a small room like a gated off bathroom without any rugs or carpeting may work if she tends to hold it in areas that size also. While she is in this space you can provide her with puzzle toys with kibble inside or with Kong chew-toys stuffed with food to keep her entertained. She will need to be taken to go outside very often at first, as often as every two hours if someone is home with her and able to supervise her completely while she is loose in the house. While crated she may be able to hold it for as long as five or six hours, but the more times that she successfully eliminates outside, the quicker this process is likely to go. When you take her outside, take her on a leash to an area where she has eliminated in the past so that the smell will encourage her to go. Tell her "Go Potty" or a similar simple word or phrase that she will learn to associate with going. Stand still and give her time to sniff around and think about what to do. If she just sits, then you can take a couple of steps every time she does it to get her interest again, but then stand still again and let her sniff. If she goes, praise her enthusiastically as soon as the finishes and offer her four tiny but flavorful treats, one at a time. Taking her on leash will help her to not get distracted while outside. Once she has eliminated she can go play if you would like, but not before. If she does not eliminate while you are out there after seven minutes, then bring her back inside and put her in her small area for forty five minutes. After forty five minutes try taking her outside again. Repeat this until she eliminates outside. If you try to enclose her in the small room or exercise pen instead of a crate, but find that she eliminates there too, then she will have to be in a crate for this to work. You can experiment though. The idea is to teach her that eliminating outside is very fun while also teaching her to hold it while inside by utilizing her instincts to keep her den area clean. The more times that she eliminates outside and less times that she eliminates inside, the quicker the process will go. It takes several times of eliminating outside to make up for one mistake inside, so if you do not feel like you can be vigilant watching her while she is loose in the house and taking her out every two hours, then either utilize the crate or have her on a leash that is attached to you so that she cannot sneak off while she is learning. Many dogs prefer eliminating on rugs and carpeting because it is absorbent so be especially vigilant around those. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello! So I have 2 dogs Chauncey and Chip. Chauncey was potty trained for the most part prior to getting Chip, he would have an accident here and there and he would always go by the door. After getting Chip who was not potty trained they both seem to not care where they go. Chip is learning to go outside but if he keeps seeing Chauncey going inside too then I’m not sure we will ever be fully successful.. they have gone on the floor, my bed, my couch and I’ve about had it. They are on a consistent feeding schedule and go out at least twice a day. Both dogs don’t have accidents in their crate but will go in my house like 10 minutes after being taken out.
Hello Jessy, It sounds like both dogs might be marking to compete with each other - opposed to a real potty training issue (which the new pup could also have). First, purchase a pet cleaner spray/ floor cleaner/laundry additive that contains enzymes. Only enzymes completely remove the smell of urine and poop - and since dogs' noses are so much more sensitive than ours, any remaining pee smell will encourage the dogs to keep competing and peeing in the same spots. Clean all the previous accidents and future accidents with the enzyme cleaners as best you can. Second, purchase belly bands for both dogs - belly bands are like male doggie diapers that catch pee - this stops the spread of pee around your house, which is important to keep things clean but also to reduce competition between the dogs. Continue crating the dogs when you can't supervise them. One at a time, let one dog out of the crate while wearing the belly band and attach them to yourself with a leash (or hold the leash if easier or safer - if the dog may pull you over). Any time pup goes to mark in the house (right next to you because you have them on a leash - either clap loudly three times to interrupt them or spray a small puff of air from a pet convincer at their side (A pet convincer is a small canister of unscented, pressured air). I suggest just clapping for the new pup who may also be learning to potty outside still. Try only clapping with Chauncey, and only use the Pet Convincer if the clapping doesn't seem to interrupt him. When only one person is home, this will mean only one dog is free at a time and you will have to rotate who it is. If two people are home, both dogs can be attached to one person each and be free at the same time. Also, working on building pup's respect for you can sometimes help with household competing between dogs. You be the one to make and enforce rules for the dogs so that they are not doing so for each other. For example, if one pup is pushing another out of the way, make that pushy dog leave the room. If one dog is being possessive of you and not wanting the other dog to come over, make the pushy dog leave. Don't allow the dogs to steal each others' toys, block off doorways or areas, steal food (feed in separate locked crates if this is an issue), or bully each other. Don't tolerate the dogs being pushy with you. The commands and methods I have linked videos and articles for below are also good ways to build a dog's respect for you: Working and Consistency methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Finally, for the new pup, they need to be taken potty every 2 hours while first learning to potty train while not in the crate - in the crate they should be able to hold it for up to 8 hours if an adult, but while loose in the house, take them outside every 2 hours at first, and every 3-4 hours once they are doing well with potty training and seem to understand the concept. You can also reward both dogs with a few pieces of doggie kibble after they go potty outside each time to further motivate them to potty outside. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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