potty training..He goes when we take him out which is very often but he will still go (both) in house if he wants to. How do we get him to tell us when he has to go so we can take him out? We adopted him a month ago & have been trying since then,even with potty pads that most of the time he does not use.
Hello Fran, I suggest going back to the basics with him for a couple of months and act as if he isn't potty trained at all to stop all accidents from happening so that he will develop a habit of holding it consistently while in the house and wanting to keep your home clean. After a couple of months if he has been completely accident free, very gradually give him more freedom. I highly recommend crate training pup and temporarily pup should always be either tethered to you with a hands free leash or in the crate while learning, unless you know he has just peed AND pooped and you have eyes on him 100%.. Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Make sure that the crate doesn't have anything absorbent in it - including a soft bed or towel. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed for him. Make sure the crate is only big enough for him to turn around, lie down and stand up, and not so big that he can potty in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean so it needs to be the right size to encourage that natural desire. Use a cleaner that contains enzymes to clean any previous or current accidents - only enzymes will remove the smell and remaining smells encourage the dog to potty in the same location again later. The method I have linked below was written for younger puppies, since your dog is older you can adjust the times and take him potty less frequently. I suggest taking him potty every 2.5- 3 hours when you are home. After 1.5 hours (or less if he has an accident sooner) of freedom out of the crate, return him to the crate while his bladder is filling back up again until it has been 3 hours since his last potty trip. When you have to go off he should be able to hold his bladder in the crate for 5-8 hours - less at first while he is getting used to it and longer once he is accustomed to the crate. Only have him wait that long when you are not home though, take him out about every 3 hours while home. If he hasn't gone poop yet during that half of the day, he needs to be tethered to you or returned to the crate, then taken back outside again in 30-45 minutes if you know he likely needs to go, less frequently if he likely doesn't need to poop. Pooping outside equals more freedom. Less freedom now means more freedom later in life. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If he is not already used to a crate, expect crying at first. When he cries and you know he doesn't need to go potty yet, ignore the crying. Most dogs will adjust if you are consistent. You can give him a food stuffed hollow chew toy to help him adjust and sprinkle treats into the crate during times of quietness to further encourage quietness. Work on teaching "Quiet" by using the Quiet method from the article linked below. Tell him "Quiet" when he barks and cries. If he gets quiet and stays quiet, you can sprinkle a few pieces of dog food into the crate through the wires calmly, then leave again. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark If you want to train him to go potty indoors, I suggest switching to a disposable real grass pad, since the pee pads may be causing confusion because they are made out of fabric like carpet and rugs. Check out the Exercise Pen method and you can follow that method with a disposable grass pad. The method mentions a doggie litter box, but the grass pad can be used in place of that. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pad - on amazon as well www.doggielawn.com www.freshpatch.com www.porchpotty.com Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I have 5 dogs inside and for some reason they all wait to go back inside to do their business. They can be outside (we have an enclosed garage) for a few hours and as soon as they go back in the house they poop!
Hello Loren, They all need to be crate trained, and not given freedom in the home unless they have recently pooped outside. Your house also needs to be thoroughly cleaned with a cleaner that contains enzymes. Only enzymes will remove the smell enough for the dogs not to smell the poop accidents still - and any remaining smell tells the other dogs to poop in the same area, making your house seem more like outside to them. When you take them potty, tell them to "Go Potty" and reward them with three small treats if they go potty outside. If they do not go potty, take them back inside and put them into the crate for another 1-2 hours (depending on how long they have been holding it for already), then take them back outside to try again. Repeat this until they go potty, then give them 3-4 hours of freedom before taking them back outside to go potty again (unless they are also having pee accidents, then only 2 hours of freedom). Any time they go potty, give treats and freedom. Anytime they do not, put them into the crate so that going potty inside your home is not an option. You cannot potty train until you effectively stop the accidents with confinement and a schedule. Check out the article linked below and the "Crate Training" method. It was written for puppies so the times will be shorter in the article than what your dogs can hold it for...Take your pups outside every 3-4 hours (in the crate that whole time), then every 1-2 hours if they do not go potty when you take them out, then give your pups 3-4 hours of freedom outside the crate if they go potty outside. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi. We adopted our second dog, Luna, at the end of January. We have sent her to training programs, followed up by additional classes. Commands are fine, but we can't get her to stop going to the bathroom in the house while we are at work. We have another dog, and he's completely housebroken (he wasn't ours for the first year, wehas to help out my sister), but he was gotten as a puppy and they were able to housebreak him. I don't know what Luna's background is, and she has stopped going to the bathroom inside while we're home, but when we're at work she has accidents, even after limiting water and putting her outside multiple times. Is there anything we can do? She doesn't like the crate, and doesn't care if she goes where she sleeps, so crating her isn't really an option, especially when our other dog doesn't need to be. Her lab work came back fine, so it's nothing to do with her health. Do you have any suggestions?
Hello Amber, Start by making sure that you are cleaning up any accidents with a cleaner that contains enzymes. Other cleaners will leave behind the scent of the pee for dog's sensitive noses, and the smell will encourage her to pee or poop there again. Also, avoid any cleaners that contain Ammonia because Ammonia smells like urine to a dog. Ideally, someone would be home all day and be able to take her outside every hour and a half. If someone is home with her most days, then take her outside every hour and a half on a leash. When you take her outside, tell her to "Go Potty" in an encouraging tone. When she goes, give her five treats, one at a time. Do not skip the treats. If she does not go, then when you go back inside attach her to yourself with a leash and try again in forty-five minutes. If she goes, then give her supervised freedom in the house until the next potty trip. This is only the first part of the training. You need to motivate her to want to pee outside so that she will want to "save" her pee to get treats outside and to ensure that she is having zero accidents while you are at home to help break her general habit of going inside. If she is still peeing while you are gone, and chances are she will be, then purchase a fabric doggie diaper like the ones you use for dogs in heat. Place an absorbent pad inside and do what you need to do to get her to keep it on. You will need to have her wear it while you are at home at first to teach her not to chew on it. You also may need to set up a camera with an audio and go outside and spy on her and reprimand her for trying to take it off, either by talking to her over the camera or quickly going back inside to catch her in the act, at first. You can use a video baby monitor, video security camera, Gopro, or two devices with Skype or Facetime to watch her and catch her. Once she will keep the diaper on, then the diaper should help remind her and motivate her to hold her bladder until she develops a habit of holding it while you are gone. You can also use the camera trick to interrupt her while she is going potty while you are gone, instead of or in addition to the diaper trick. You will need to set aside a weekend to practice so that you can surprise her audibly and go back inside when you catch her at first. When you go back to work, you will need a camera that transmits over wifi so that you can view her and talk to her from far away while at work. Amcrest makes a camera for less than $100 that has audio and transmits over wifi, A device with Skype may also work but will be less reliable. You will need to confine her to one area of the house to be able to watch her while you do this. This scenario works far better when you are outside to come back inside and catch her right after because she will need someone to take her outside after her peeing attempt is interrupted, but at least she will learn that you are "always watching" which might help her transfer her training not to pee while you are at home to while you are gone also. The final option is to teach her to use the bathroom in a litter box or homemade real grass toilet and enclose her in an strong Exercise Pen with the toilet in one end, so that she has easy access to it and not access to other areas. You will need to do this until she develops a habit of going on the toilet area and she breaks the habit of going in other places inside the house. Make sure that you use a very durable exercise pen for this though, or even better, a small half bathroom type room with a strong, tall gate across the door. To teach her to use a litter box, check out the article that I have linked below and use the Exercise Pen method. You can make a real grass toilet out of a large, shallow plastic bin and a piece of sod. If you use the grass toilet, then simply follow the method but replace the litter box with the grass toilet. For future potty training, a grass toilet will be better than a litter box. Do not use Pee Pads though or the issue will likely get worse because they resemble fabric. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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