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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I use the crate method, but every time I bring her out from the crate to pee, she doesn’t eliminate all, just half of it, then when she comes back within a short time, she pees again at home, what should I do about it?
Hello Yvonne, First, be sure that you are saying "Go Potty" when you take her outside and giving treats after she goes potty. Doing that will teach her what you want her to do when you say "Go Potty". Second, after she pees initially, walk her around again for a few minutes and tell her to "Go Potty" again and keep her focused on sniffing to go - she may be marking and needs to be really encourage to go again, or she may be getting too distracted so she is peeing just enough to satisfy you, then wanting to do something else - insist that she go again each time, paying attention to how much she went total and if you think she completely finished. She has to be taken outside on a leash for this also if you are not already doing so. When you get back inside, if you are not 100% sure she peed outside all the way, then attach her to yourself using a 6 foot leash so that she cannot wander off to potty. Pay attention to her for signs that she needs to go and take her potty sooner than you usually do - she should start pottying better outside and holding it better outside with practice. If she doesn't potty outside at all, then put her back into the crate when you bring her inside and try again in a bit. If she is still pottying really often doing the above or having accidents even while attached to you on the leash inside, then I would consider taking her to your vet to make sure she doesn't have a urinary tract infection or other issue that causes a dog to need to pee really often. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Coco is 4 months old and has been going on puppy pads inside her playpen but when I came back today the puppy pad was in shreds and she didn’t see or poo so I decided she was capable of holding it and decided to just use the crate and get rid of the puppy pen and puppy pads. I took her outside and put a puppy pad then and she weed on it outside so praised her loads ! What I was wondering was how long should I keep using puppy pads outside before I remove them and she goes on the floor directly ( we have little rocks in our front garden)?
Thanks a lot
Hello Lea, Honestly if you are using the crate so that she isn't being given freedom inside except when she is empty, you could remove them completely immediately. To make things a little easier for her I would say cut the pee pad down 1-3 inches every day until there is mostly just grass or gravel underneath that she is pottying on - at that point you can remove the pad piece completely. This process should take about a week, you can go a little faster or slower depending on how she is doing. Just make sure the area you have the pee pad on is where you want her to end up learning to go potty - since she will be learning to potty in that location before generalizing it to the yard completely. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi thanks a lot Caitlin for your reply, really appreciate it. She actually has been doing great today and has gone a few times to wee straight on the rocks and also done a poo on there too tonight so I have completely removed the pads. She did have an accident earlier on in the kitchen even though I had just taken her out for a wee and she done one outside . I’m dreading leaving her in her crate for the night as I’m not sure if she’ll cope well with holding it in all night ( some mornings we get up there was poo on the puppy pads and some others just wee) any suggestions to help with that ? Also when I came back earlier on after leaving her in the crate for about 40 minutes , she had weed in it but I’m not sure if it was from excitement to see us come back home ?
Thanks a lot for your help, very much appreciated.
Hello Lea, Glad to hear she is doing well! As far as overnight, if the crate is the correct size most puppies will cry when they wake up needing to go potty - at which point you quickly take them outside. At this age she will probably have to go potty during the night half of the time and the other half will sleep through until morning and need to be taken out ASAP when she first wakes up (as soon as her bladder wakes up too the urge to go will hit her and she won't have long). For these reasons, either crate her in your room where you can hear her if she wakes to go potty and then can take her outside, OR crate her somewhere else and use an audio baby monitor with the volume set high enough it will wake you up when she cries. Occasionally a dog won't cry Or more often - the cry won't wake the person up. If you find that that's happening, you will need to set an alarm for the middle of the night and take her potty then for another month most likely. When you take her - regardless of if she or the alarm woke you, take her on a leash, keep the trip super boring, don't give any treats, play, or attention, and then put her straight back into the crate after and ignore any crying at that point - you will know she doesn't have to go potty then and just wants to play so it can be safely ignored so that she will learn after a few nights just to go back to bed at that time. As far as the daytime crate accident, first - be sure to clean the crate well with a cleaner that contains enzymes to remove the accident smell in the crate. It must be enzymes - even bleach won't be thorough enough. Read pet cleaner bottles and look for the word enzyme or enzymatic. This is important - the accident smell needs to be removed. You can also use that cleaner on any other accidents. The accident very well might have been from excitement. When you first get home, if you know she can hold it for a bit longer - ignore her for 5 times when you first get home - no talking to her, going up to the crate or giving any attention. When she is calmer, then let her out very calmly and take her potty. Save the petting, sweet talk, and enthusiasm for after she has peed outside to help her hold it until then. Keep all greetings when you first get home calm like this so that she will be conditioned to stay calmer when you get home - this is also one of the things that helps prevent separation anxiety so its a good practice in general. I would just pay attention to whether the accidents continue in the crate after such a short time. I am assuming she had been taken potty 40 minutes earlier - right before being crated. If not, she might need more frequent potty trips - such as every 1 instead of 1.5 until her bladder capacity improves with age and with practice holding it. Many pee pad trained dogs can't hold it for as long as their bladders would normally be able to at first because they are just used to peeing whenever the urge hits instead of having to hold it - the crate conditions the dog to intentionally hold it until time to go - instead of just pee on demand. All of this means, she might need more frequent potty trips for a couple of weeks until she gets used to holding in in general. Finally, just make sure the crate is small enough and there is nothing absorbent in the crate - no soft beds or towels. Those too things could lead to accidents. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed in the crate. For sizing, it should only be big enough for her to turn around, lie down, and stand up...There shouldn't be extra room in the back where she could pee then move away from it. You can get a bigger wire crate and use a wire crate divider to make it small enough also...as she grows the divider can be moved to give more space so that you don't make to buy multiple crates. If you have a wire crate now and find it's too big, look into purchasing a wire crate divider off amazon that fits your size crate. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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