I too have a potty training issue--my nearly 6 month old female, spayed GSD has been peeing in her crate since we got her at the age of 9 wks. I will preface my remarks here by saying that she has had UTIs and been on meds and is now completely clear
! However, she still pees in her crate. I will take her out she'll pee and then I'll put her in her crate and 1- 1 1/2 hrs later
she's peed in the crate. Today I took out her bedding so that she could sit in it hoping that it would bother her--
nope, not at all bothered! I'm at a lose as to what to do. I am a stay at home dog mom and have done everything I've done with my previous 5 GSDs but nothing is working. I am crazy diligent about taking her out many many times a day and she most always peeps. Any suggestions? She does hold it from say 10 pm till 5 or 6 am., but I do withhold water from about 7 pm in the evening. I'm about ready to pull out my hair--and it's not puppy pee any more it reeks!
You might want to start a new thread so this one doesn't get convoluted and people can focus on just your pup.
Sounds like she's just used to peein in the crate. The UTI's she went thru sort of "forced her" into it. Be absolutely SURE you are cleaning each incident with enzyme cleaner - NOT an ammonia based, household cleaner. Very important!
Take all bedding out. None of mine get bedding in their crates.. When they were younger, they'd pee on it, now, if they get bored, they'll chew it up. Sorry for them, they get the plastic crate bottom only. As far as the wet bedding "bothering her," get rid of this notion. This is applying human logic to a dog and doesn't work. This could actually make it far worse -- make her more and more accepting of a situation most dogs would really not like. Just remove the bedding.!
You said an hour and a half -- so -- now only leave her in an hour. The more successful potty events outside you can have with praise for each one puts you ahead.
Again, you should really start your own thread explaining what you've tried and your routines to get the best feedback!
I am so glad that all of you think I am abusing my pup and think I do not have patience. I have spoken with many trainers here in OHIO. YES I AM IN OHIO FOR THOSE WHO ARE SO DANG CURIOUS. We have tried quite a few methods. A swat on the butt does not hurt. To each their own. HOLY CRAP DON'T CALL PETA ON ME OR CPS FOR SWATTING BUTTS!! oh AND --- (Yes I can compare to my pup TO my kids because she is like one of my kids) but hey, none of you care about that. I am damaging her. Poor pitiful thing that gets love from all of us, very expensive CANIN food, tons of toys, and training. Pathetic. You are a bunch of Ridiculing people. I will go elsewhere for advice and constructive criticism.
And from the get go, I said I don't want to get rid of her... (In other words, I love this da*n dog, she won't stop pi**ing in the house no matter what training, I'm at my wits end, I need help.) no that's not love at all.
I came here for help, not bashing. Thanks EVERYONE!!! Greatly appreciated.
Sorry you feel that way. Well, not that sorry. I have no tolerance for humans that hit dogs in an attempt to train the dog, much less in an attempt to train a pup.
You appear deaf when it comes to suggestions. You don't want to follow the best of suggestions that many have offered -- eyes on dog, schedule, no physical punishment, etc.
You want to do it your way and make it work and all anyone has said, (and not one person on your thread has agreed with your methods,) that you need to look at this thing differently and do things differently. You don't want to. Why did you make the post??
You come across as quite indignant and angry that folks won't support you hitting your dog. You are indeed on the wrong forum if you think anyone is going to back that.
You can purchase the best of everything for the dog -- just as some humans buy the best of everything for the children -- but without the time, patience and structure, it all fails. Buying great toys and food doesn't automatically make you a great owner. I don't know what trainers you refer to would support you hitting your dog during potty training. I'd fire them.
If you REALLY want to potty train this dog, re-read this thread many times. Seriously, just do it. Search this forum on housebreaking and you'll see the same advice over and over and over again and NONE of it will involve physical punishment! It will ALL advise constant eyes on pup. Let the ego calm down and just... read. For the sake of the pup you say you love, just do it!
Then lay your ego aside and do right by the dog.
Dogs aren't kids and do not learn the same.