For the hour and half before going to potty again, is the 45 minutes of play time included in the hour and a half or is 45 minutes of play PLUS an additional hour and a half in the crate (totaling 2 hrs 15 minutes between potty breaks)? Thanks!
Hello, The 45 minutes is included in the hour and a half. So 45 minutes of freedom, then 45 minutes of crate time, then back outside. Potty trips are every 1.5 hours. Since your puppy is a little bit older, once she is consistently going potty outside right away when you take her and not having any accidents, you can transition to potty trips every two hours. Making it an hour of free time and an hour in the crate, then back outside. Learning to go potty quickly when you take them outside typically takes about a month for most puppies to learn. As she improves and gets older so that she bladder capacity increases, you gradually add more and more time to the freedom and the crate time until they can always hold their bladders between potty trips, even without being in the crate. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I take buster out right after eating he wont poop... After 15 mi. Bring him in put him in his kenel 20 min later i take him back out... He still wont poop i repat this another time and then take him in and if i dont carry him to his kenel he will poop on the flore i have tried leaving him out longer and repeati g the steps 4 or 5 times and he will always poop on the flore in the house. Or after 3 times of being put in his kenel he will just poop in his kenel im so frustrated please help
Hello Katie, It sounds like Buster is either too distracted or nervous while outside, so holding it until he cannot hold it anymore. First, clean up any accidents with a cleaner that contains enzymes to make sure that he is not confused by any remaining smells from previous accidents - only enzymes get rid of the smell fully, even bleach will not. Also avoid ammonia containing cleaners because they smell like poop and pee to a dog. Second, when you take him, take him on a leash and slowly walk him around your yard, keeping him from getting distracted, encouraging him to sniff and keeping the movement going if he tries to stop just to sit. Take away any toys, sticks or other distracting things he tries to pickup. Tell him to "Go Potty". If he goes, give him five treats, one at a time, every time that he goes, to make getting him to go in the future easier. Distracted puppies need to be lead around and kept on task and may need to stay outside, walking around slowly for longer to get things going. If you tell him to "Go Potty" and reward when he does go, he should overtime learn to go potty faster though. If he is nervous, spend time with him outside, hanging out, playing games, training, and simply building his confidence in the area. Pay attention to his body language to see if he seems nervous about being outside. Look for signs like a tucked tail, ears back, low body, licking lips, shaking leg, lifting leg, or obvious signs like pulling to get back inside, hiding behind you, shaking or whining. Pooping is vulnerable for a dog so may nervous dogs hold their poop until they feel safer. The key is to help a nervous puppy feel safer outside in general by spending fun and relaxing time out there with them lots of times other than just potty trips. After he pees, make sure that you are walking him around again and encouraging pooping. Don't expect a puppy to initiate needing to poop without being encouraged. Many would rather play or move onto something different since they can often hold their poop for a bit, opposed to peeing immediately once outside. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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