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Old 12-28-2012, 03:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Puppy potty training after going in the house for a month

Our puppy is about 4 months now and have had her for 1 month and due to medical issues she could not go outside. We have puppy pads for her to use the bathroom on, she's good at peeing but not always pooping on them. Now she is fine to go outside but won't. I take her out often and to the dog park, but she will hold it until we get inside to go on the pads. We really want her to go outside but don't know how. We have even brought a puppy pad outside for her to go on but still won't. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get her to go outside?


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Old 12-28-2012, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear you are having problems. This is why it's never recommended to teach our puppies to go in the house because once they have learned it will all the praise and good dogs........they really 'get it' and now there is a problem to UNteach it completely to have them go outdoors.

It's completely different for them though we get confused and don't understand. To the pup, they have learned what we taught, learned it well and have moved on.

You need to start all over again with the crate training. NO PADS IN THE HOUSE, and long long long long and many many many trips outside. You have to 'teach' them a brand new thing while UNteaching the old. The importance of you being there for the puppy party when they DO go outside is key. Each and every time.

Go back and read up on all the crate training information What is crate training (why put my puppy in a cage?) and pretend this is a new puppy you just got from the shelter who has been peeing/pooping in it's indoor kennel.

Keep in mind your puppy isn't housebroken AT ALL, so starting from scratch with the time that will take is key.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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^^ agreed. It can be tough to potty train a new puppy period let alone negate an already approved behavior. Lots of trips very frequently and a lot of praise. If she goes in the house give her a stern 'No' and take her outside. Hopefully she can catch on. Good luck!
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