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05-30-2014 01:13 AM
middleofnowhere Good luck! My now 8 mo old was a real challenge - 5th puppy but most difficult to house train, and first car sick pup...... I understand your frustration, Oh, I understand!
05-29-2014 10:09 PM
Markes Thanks for the help. I'll try those tips.
05-29-2014 09:41 AM
wolfy dog I wouldn't use the play pen until she is fully housebroken. Crating and tethering her to you and a vet visit. Take urine with you that you can collect by shoving a ladle under her butt when she pees.
05-29-2014 08:36 AM
blackshep Have you checked her for a urinary tract infection? It could be as simple as that.
05-28-2014 11:48 PM
canyadoit I have had good progress by taking something the pup has deficated on and put it out side I think this helps with the association to the idea I came across this with a litter I had with my dutchie In cleaning the box out I put the straw out side the box in the kennel Very shortly after that all the pups were stumbling out in the kennel to relive them selfs It works for me
05-28-2014 11:04 PM
gsdsar Check for a UTI. girl pups pee close to the ground. They can be prone to one.

I would also switch out the crate for tethering when you are home. That way she can be caught in the act. And crate at night when sleeping.

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05-28-2014 10:58 PM
Markes We feed her Diamond Naturals for large breed puppies. It's what the breeders fed her so we kept it up.

She's always in sight of us when she's not in the crate, but when she's not in the crate, she's in the puppy pen that is connected right to the crate.

When she has an accident we clean it up and then use Rocco & Roxie professional strength stain and odor eliminator.

Take dog outside for potty regularly - check
Teach dog a word for potty - check
Praise and give treats after she goes - check
Use the same spot/area of the yard - check

Just not sure what else there is to do. From reading the forums, the links, and the videos, it seems so easy!
05-28-2014 11:01 AM
Liesje Unfortunately my last puppy made some association with peeing in his pen, lol, he thought he was SUPPOSED to pee in the pen! I stopped putting him in there and he didn't have accidents in the rest of the house, just in the pen (or if I wasn't paying attention and forgot to let him out, he'd go back where the pen used to be).
05-28-2014 09:14 AM
blackshep Have you checked her out for a UTI?

My dog was HORRIBLE to housebreak, and I watched her like a hawk! She never gave any warning that she had to go, never went to the door, nothing. And I'd have a party each and every time she went potty outside, it was just so frustrating!

One day it clicked in. I don't even want to tell you how long it took, but her half brother and half sister also took forever to housebreak, so I don't know if that can be genetic or what? She still doesn't really give me much in the way of a sign, but now she'll go sit by the door and stare at me. lol
05-27-2014 11:09 PM
carmspack what are you feeding the dog?
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