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Old 11-24-2013, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our Greta is almost 4 months old and gives NO signal that she has to pee. She will at least give us a single bark when she needs to poop. She had been doing well but the last few days will squat anywhere in the house or go in her crate. We always praise and treat her when she goes outside. We don't know how to make her give us a signal. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Our Greta is almost 4 months old and gives NO signal that she has to pee. She will at least give us a single bark when she needs to poop. She had been doing well but the last few days will squat anywhere in the house or go in her crate. We always praise and treat her when she goes outside. We don't know how to make her give us a signal. Any suggestions?
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How long is she in the crate? What is the routine? If this is indiscriminate peeing and happening after she seemed well on her way to potty training, you might consider having a vet check for a urinary tract infection.
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She is with us 24/7. If she's in the crate or house during the day we will take her out almost every hour for play, potty, walking. We thought she was well on the way, but like I said, she has never given any signal that she had to go. She will sometimes whine and that's when we discover the pee in the crate.
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Not sure if you are going about it the right way. You're looking to create a habit of bathroom happening outside more than you're looking for a signal. Put potty on a command and have her do it when you want it. If you're dead set on making a signal get a bell to hang around the door. Every time you take her out to potty you tag the bell with her nose or paw on the way out.
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One other thing what kind of crate do you have how big is it and does she have bedding in there?
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We are using the bell too but we think she rings it to get a treat. But we take her to potty when she rings it. She will potty in command-most times-outside.
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We have 2 crates. A large plastic one in the basement for bed. We had a cardboard box in it up until a day or so ago when she started eating it. We have a large wire crate where she stays upstairs during the day with us. It's in a hallway with a baby gate. Sometimes we leave the create door open so she can move around the hallway.
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With Seven, I hung a bell by the back door. Everytime I took her out I rang the bell. It only took a few days for her to ring the bell on her own to go out. Now she rings it for food and water too, which can be annoying but it was a lifesaver in the beginning.


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Old 11-25-2013, 04:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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So her crate is completely without bedding now and she still has accidents in it?
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