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03-28-2014 05:16 PM
middleofnowhere At 7 mos I think my most challenging house training project has finally suceeded.

I am going to suggest that you stay outside until she goes (ok so this is a long long time - yeah, it is inconvenient & frustrating). Then you name it & have a party with lots of praise. And I agree with crating her inside. It will be easier to clean the crate than clean the whole room.

Another thought if you decide to continue with the room rather than the crate is to use a piddle pad for her. That would at least provide a target. Once she gets used to the piddle pad (they seem to be very attractive for dogs) and targetting it, you could try a piddle pad outside.
03-28-2014 03:10 PM
selzer She is not being defiant.

Have you ever punished the dog for pottying in the house?

Can you be certain that your daughter is actually doing this properly as well. If the dog pottyies in front of people and the people over-react, then the dog will be afraid to potty when people are paying attention to it. They need to know that pottying in the right place is the really, really good, happy voices, etc.

If teenage daughter was on the phone with BF, but has to take puppy out and the puppy isn't performing quickly enough, or is being jerked outside because someone is feeling irritated, then it can make house training a nightmare.
03-28-2014 02:46 PM
Lark she is one that does not seem to mind stepping in her business. I am afraid that even with a crate she will go and lie and step all in it.

that is exactly how my dog was, and it was such a challenge. I just kept washing him everytime he would do it, and I think he got used to being clean and grew to like it. It took a full year to realiably potty train him. But the good news is once he was trained he was great and very reliable with it.
03-28-2014 01:27 PM
tremor Just wanted to make sure all understood that I am not expecting Mya to be trained in a week and I know it will take time to get her potty trained, I have just never had a dog that was so determined to not go potty. I will think about the crate. I just hate to do that to her with her prior circumstance. The room she stays in is a small bathroom and she is one that does not seem to mind stepping in her business. I am afraid that even with a crate she will go and lie and step all in it. I am up for the challenge. She is well worth the work!
03-28-2014 10:25 AM
Eiros I would encourage the crate training too. A crate, when used properly, is a safe place for puppies, and a lot of dogs really like it. It really helps with potty training. We only use the crate if we won't be home for awhile, but if the door was open all the time, Warden would probably prefer to nap in it too (we keep it closed because he always manages to squash his ears when he sleeps in there, and they are soft enough as it is lol )

I know this can take longer with dogs that have had to use their crate as a potty, but dogs will tend to want to avoid lying in their own pee and poo. This combined with the praise and treat party you will throw for her every time she goes outside will help her learn where the right place to go is. Right now, she is choosing to use the safe room because she can pee and poop whenever with no pressure from you, and then she can go play and lie in a dry space after.


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03-28-2014 10:11 AM
shepherdmom Each puppy is a little bit different. I found taking my boy out 20 min after eating was a waste of time. He would just look up at me and then want to play... It was more like an hour after eating before he started sniffing around. Watch your pup closely you will soon figure out what her puppy dance is. When she starts it scoop her up and get her outside.
03-28-2014 10:08 AM
Lark
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I understand that puppy training takes time but she is refusing to go. I thought maybe there was something else I could do to help her understand because I am pretty sure she has to go when taken out.
As for a crate, this is a personal choice. She was caged long enough. I personally like to the safe room technique.
I think the safe room is a great long-term plan, and I can see why you would feel strongly about caging her more. But maybe limit her space a little more just until you get her housebroken? I think it is way harder to housebreak if the puppy has a lot of space because then they feel like they can go and then get away from it. In a crate they can't get away from it and so they usually won't soil the crate. I think it will be really difficult to break since she seems to think the safe room is where she should potty.
03-28-2014 10:04 AM
Lark but now she is being defiant.

Hi Tremor - I think rather than being defiant she just doesn't understand yet what is expected of her. I also had a dog once that was kept in a dirty kennel as a puppy, and it took a LONG time to housebreak him. He would actually go to the bathroom then lay in it.

If possible, I would start crate training her if you haven't already. It really helps with potty training. And also, try not to come back inside with her until she has went to the bathroom outside. She seems to think the safe room is where she is supposed to go to the bathroom, so I would be sure not to give her the chance to do it again by crating her.

My GSD was housebroken pretty quickly, but he still had occasional accidents for a month or so after coming hom. I think one week home isn't near enough time to expect a puppy to be housebroken, esp one like yours who maybe didn't have any prior training.

Good luck!
03-28-2014 10:00 AM
tremor I understand that puppy training takes time but she is refusing to go. I thought maybe there was something else I could do to help her understand because I am pretty sure she has to go when taken out.
As for a crate, this is a personal choice. She was caged long enough. I personally like to the safe room technique.
03-28-2014 09:34 AM
shepherdmom 1 week? My puppy came from rescue. He was 12 weeks old when I got him, and the rescue was great about puppy care. It still took about two weeks for him to be completely potty trained. He is a PUPPY!
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