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lilsunshine 03-21-2014 12:11 PM

potty training problems
My GSD is about 9 months old. I'm having a rough time getting him completely potty trained. He almost always either urinates or goes number 2 when I bring him outside so I know he knows outside is where he's supposed to go. However, he goes in his kennel all the time. If I can't watch him or I'm not home, he goes in his crate. Sometimes he can go a couple hours without soiling in his crate, other times it may be just about an hour and he does it. I always take him out before he goes in there. It seems what the problem is, is that he doesn't hold it. I've tried putting blankets in there and he just pees or poops on them without it bothering him at all. The same goes for during the night. The most he ever needs to hold it is about 6 hours but I rarely see him actually holding it for that long. Any ideas on what I can do? By the way, his crate is not huge and is just big enough for him.

wyoung2153 03-21-2014 12:20 PM

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First, sorry you are dealing with that. Second, have you taken him to the vet. at 9 months he should be able to hold it for a long time, longer than a few hours. it maybe something that is health related.

MaggieRoseLee 03-21-2014 05:17 PM

Do you have him on a schedule for feeding? Or leave food/water out all the time?

I'd only feed twice a day and schedule him. Pull up the water too and keep track of that.

Are you taking him out and walking him or do you just put him in the yard? We need to be there to praise and teach them to go outdoors, and really see what's going on.

Generally, you getting alot of miles of exercise in? How are dog classes and training going? Engagement and fun stuff so he's not just misbehaving out of B O R E D O M???

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