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scnj98 01-06-2013 09:02 AM

Did this confuse my pup..(Potty)
 
Saber is almost 2mo old, we have had him almost 2wks he is crated at night and has not made a mess in 5 nights so we are ok there, he is messing up ALOT during the day, he is cut off only allowed in the living room, we take him out every 10-15 minutes he goes potty, poo outside when he comes back in he will piddle again, so since we live in Florida and its been wonderful outside, we let him run around the yard with our 10yr old GS for a long time outside, of course he is pottying, but when inside again there he goes, do you think being outside alot is confusing him, i hate to restrict outdoor play since its so nice out there, but my carpet is spotted all white from the cleaner i even took the puppy fence thing and made a really small area instead of the living room and he still peeing in there too, besides this adn the biting he is a pretty awesome dog

Loneforce 01-06-2013 09:54 AM

Is he going to be an inside dog or an outside dog? If he is going to be an inside dog, right now is the time to teach him. Only let him out to potty, then praise and back inside.

scnj98 01-06-2013 01:36 PM

He will be an inside dog, only outside to run and play potty and back in, he wont be sleeping outside or anything

Cassidy's Mom 01-06-2013 01:54 PM

The missing link is that when he's outside he's pooping and peeing where he happens to be, when he needs to go - since you're not there, he's getting no reinforcement for pottying outside, no praise, no yummy treat every single time.

When he's inside he's pooping and peeing where he happens to be, when he needs to go. How is this any different for him, how is it conducive to learning where it is and is not appropriate to eliminate? I'm not saying this to beat you up, I'm trying to point out how it looks to your puppy.

Being outside is not inherently bad, it's just that as long as he's doing his business outside your presence you're losing the opportunity to reinforce pottying in the appropriate place, and it's obvious that because he'll be outside for awhile and then come in and pee on your carpet he's not getting it.

The first step would be closer supervision when he's in the house. He should always be right there with you, (eyes on - if you can't SEE the puppy, you're not WATCHING the puppy!) or confined in his crate. You can even tether him to you so he moves around the house with you. The idea is to prevent as many accidents in the house as possible, so he doesn't establish a behavior of peeing in the house.

Are you using an enzyme cleaner? If not, he may still be able to smell it and will be attracted back to those spots, even if you can't smell it. If you catch him sniffing around or starting to squat, you can interrupt him by clapping your hands loudly and using a negative marker (I use "ah ah!"), quickly scoop him up if he's not leashed, and take him outside to finish. When he does, huge praise and a treat. Don't bother scolding him after the fact, that's too late.

It might take a couple of weeks or even a couple of months, but be patient and consistent, and don't let him out of your sight until he hasn't had an accident in the house for at least a few weeks.


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