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06-20-2014 05:10 PM
lauren43 If it's diarrhea at night, I'd wonder if there is something going on. How often does she have solid poops and how often diarrhea? I would start monitoring her poop. If she is having diarrhea most of the time, then is getting out enough during the day to not have to worry about accidents.

But on the days when she is left "longer" if you will, crated or while your sleeping, she simply can't hold it...idk perhaps it's something your should discuss with your vet.


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06-20-2014 03:17 PM
tjpearse I did the bells by the door and it worked great. I would ring them and take him out then right back in. Sit there for a bit, ring them again and go out again. It was really easy to teach and very effective. Every time he needs to go now he just rings them.

The only problem is that when it's nice out, he sits there ringing the bells for 30 minutes so he could play outside.
06-19-2014 11:36 AM
KimInGA
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
You've had her for eight (8) months now? Is she just now starting to poop in the house? Are you just now bringing her in the house? What has her behavior been for the last eight (8) months?
Yes, we have had her for 8 months now. She has been pooping in her crate every few weeks and in the house at night (diarrhea, but no warning/whining prior) every few months. The behavior is so intermittent and happens only when we're away/sleeping so it's very hard to correct. We've tried everything we could think of and have now exhausted our ideas, so that's why I'm reaching out to other GSD owners to see if they can think of anything to help.

Some things we've tried ...
- Taking her out every 2-3 hours when we're home (but she never goes in the house during the day when we're home)
- Moving the crate to different locations (spare bedroom, basement, screened-in porch)
- Not feeding her breakfast on days she will be crated
- Letting her outside to run and exercise for as long as possible before crating -- at least 30 minutes but usually more than an hour
- Telling her "go potty" and praising her when she pees/poops outside
- Trying a different diet ... raw instead of grain-free dog food
- Crating her on a day when we are home, so we are available to take her out of the crate every ~2 hours and then put her right back in as soon as she goes outside. (She never pooped in the crate on days we did this, and it had no discernible effect on her pooping in the crate on days she was in there all day)

On days when we are home, she is able to easily hold it for longer than she is in the crate for when she poops. For example the times when we knew approximately when it happened, it was only 2-4 hours after we'd left the house. So it doesn't seem to be an "I can't hold it any more!!" problem. Unless she is stressing herself out because we aren't home, and it's making her have to go much more urgently ... maybe that is a possibility? Because she's pretty high strung. But she doesn't seem at all upset when I put her in the crate - - she's wagging her tail and happy to go into it.
06-19-2014 11:00 AM
KimInGA
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Originally Posted by Moriah View Post
Perhaps some of the standard methods will work for your girl--I hope so. I had a rescue in which nothing worked. I could stand outside for an hour and she would not go and then she would pee the minute we came in.

She was a rescue that came from a puppy mill. What happened is she was completely de-sensitized to defecating and peeing in a crate ( she shared a cage with other dogs). She was so confused about elimination. In order to teach her a rescue "expert" told me to completely fill her crate with objects she could not chew (i.e. garbage cans, pots and pans, etc.) so that she could not move an inch. I had to back load her in and shut the crate with her face up against the door grid. There was no bedding in the crate. I came home at lunch to let her out for a while. She couldn't move an inch. In this way she began to learn. I knew we had made progress when one day she peed on the floor outside the crate before she went in. Her little face said, "See--I know I am not supposed to go in the crate." I did tons of treats outside and lots of praise!!!! It took months of encouragement and tolerance for a dog who had absolutely no training as a puppy. It was a bonding experience for both of us.

This method was the last resort, but it did work and she was so pleased with herself when she straightened was out about potty manners.
You know, I think we might have to try this. I think our girl is like your rescue - - desensitized to defecating in her crate. Catching her in the act is basically impossible since she does it infrequently (every 2-3 weeks) and only when we are not around.

At first we tried feeding her breakfast early, around 6:30 when we didn't leave the house until 8:00-8:30. Still pooping in the crate every 2-3 weeks. Then we stopped feeding her breakfast entirely on days she would be in the crate and just did double dinner on those days. We combined this with my husband taking her to work (he owns his own business so he can do that!) as often as he can, usually 2-3 days per week. We just started this routine a couple of weeks ago and she hasn't gone in her crate again but I would say it's too soon to say whether it's really made a difference. We did however just have two diarrhea incidents, where she went inside but made no effort to get out first (even if she just whined but still couldn't hold it the 1 minute it took to get out I would call that progress!)

Her crate is quite large so I think we should try your suggestion of filling it full of inedible stuff. It's big because we had limited options when we went to buy a super heavy duty houdini proof plastic dog crate ... which we did because when she first came home she managed to bend a large heavy guage steel crate open and get out. She was seriously only 35 lbs ... and this wire was THICK, like made for a 100+ lb dog ... we still cannot figure out how she bent it that far. If you saw it you would think that she must be some mutant super dog to have done it! But the odd thing is that she doesn't mind her crate?? Like she actually likes it and happily trots in ... so why she super-manned her way out is beyond me. Maybe she was just spastic because she was in a brand new environment - - she's pretty high strung. We didn't want to take a chance it would happen again though because there are tons of things in our basement that she could have gotten into (cat litterbox, plants, chemicals, etc.)

Sorry for the long winded answer. But I did want to ask, how long did you have to pack the crate full before your dog adapted? Are you able to use it like a normal crate now?
06-19-2014 10:31 AM
martemchik I would put her on leash, go outside, tell her “go potty.” She does something. You praise you let her off and let her have a good time or whatever she wants to do. If she doesn’t do anything, you go back inside for 2 minutes, then walk back outside. Say “go potty” and repeat the process until she does something.

You’ll have to figure out her schedule though. Not sure if my dogs are on my schedule, or it just fits my life, but they go in the morning and then in the afternoon after work. It’s about a 12 hour cycle give or take. So since she’s older, I’d assume she’ll also be on some sort of cycle as well. So you should be expecting #2 at around those times when you usually see her do it. Right now…it sounds like she has to go when you’re gone, somehow you’ll need to adjust that. I think my method above will work to do that, but no guarantee.

We had a little bit of a housebreaking problem with my newest dog who came to us after living with someone who was home all day and could just let her out at all times of the day. So she didn’t really get that she should be going when she gets let out and that’s all the time she’ll get because we’re going to be gone for 8 hours during the day. Eventually, with proper management when we were home, and I think with the help of our other dog, she’s gotten on the same schedule as the rest of the house.
06-19-2014 10:18 AM
KimInGA
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Originally Posted by lauren43 View Post
Yea I'd say go back to the basics. That means taking her out every two hours and reward reward reward pooping outside. I have a chihuahua that has been a struggle to potty train. He will still pee in his crate if left for long periods of time, but he has officially gone 2 weeks with no accidents in the house. You just have to stick with it. If night time is an issue, I would set an alarm for 1/2 way through the night and make sure she gets a potty break.

She's not "telling" you she has to go because she doesn't have a long enough history of reinforcement for going outside.
Hmm. We do let her outside every 2-3 hours, at least when we are home and awake. She's never gone inside during the day when we're home. The only times she is pooping is when she is in her crate and we aren't home, or when it's night and we're asleep. The night-time poos were normally diarrhea though. And I am totally sympathetic to her not being able to hold that for very long, but she sleeps in our room and if she just whined even once I would wake up like a lightening bolt and have her outside in <1 minute. (Nothing gets you flying out of bed like a ninja like the sounds that precede diarrhea and/or puking!!) I would say sure I could get up halfway through the night, but that would not have caught any of the 3 times she pooped at night - - every time she did it was within the first 1-2 hours after going to bed.

I can make an effort to more enthusiastically praise all outdoor poos though. I can try to watch her more when she's out there, and carry treats. It's hard to catch her every time because we have a big yard (6+ acres) and I'm always toting our 4-month-old baby with me so I can't exactly sprint across the yard when I see her assume the poo position a football field away, lol.
06-18-2014 05:56 PM
martemchik Basically you have to let her out as much as you would a puppy, so that she has no other choice but to go outside. Then praise like you've never praised before.

Its tough with an older dog because they generally don't "go automatically" after meals anymore, but you need to move the meal to a point where she does go before bed...which will guarantee she doesn't go during the night.

If she has the runs, its kind of different, most dogs can't hold that no matter what.
06-18-2014 05:44 PM
Moriah Perhaps some of the standard methods will work for your girl--I hope so. I had a rescue in which nothing worked. I could stand outside for an hour and she would not go and then she would pee the minute we came in.

She was a rescue that came from a puppy mill. What happened is she was completely de-sensitized to defecating and peeing in a crate ( she shared a cage with other dogs). She was so confused about elimination. In order to teach her a rescue "expert" told me to completely fill her crate with objects she could not chew (i.e. garbage cans, pots and pans, etc.) so that she could not move an inch. I had to back load her in and shut the crate with her face up against the door grid. There was no bedding in the crate. I came home at lunch to let her out for a while. She couldn't move an inch. In this way she began to learn. I knew we had made progress when one day she peed on the floor outside the crate before she went in. Her little face said, "See--I know I am not supposed to go in the crate." I did tons of treats outside and lots of praise!!!! It took months of encouragement and tolerance for a dog who had absolutely no training as a puppy. It was a bonding experience for both of us.

This method was the last resort, but it did work and she was so pleased with herself when she straightened was out about potty manners.
06-18-2014 05:43 PM
Lilie You've had her for eight (8) months now? Is she just now starting to poop in the house? Are you just now bringing her in the house? What has her behavior been for the last eight (8) months?
06-18-2014 04:59 PM
lauren43 Yea I'd say go back to the basics. That means taking her out every two hours and reward reward reward pooping outside. I have a chihuahua that has been a struggle to potty train. He will still pee in his crate if left for long periods of time, but he has officially gone 2 weeks with no accidents in the house. You just have to stick with it. If night time is an issue, I would set an alarm for 1/2 way through the night and make sure she gets a potty break.

She's not "telling" you she has to go because she doesn't have a long enough history of reinforcement for going outside.
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