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AnaleighK12k14 03-27-2014 09:03 PM

Potty training trouble?
 
My puppy is eleven weeks old. I'm not feeling like his potty training has made any progress. If anything I feel like he's regressed today.

I've been takin him out at least every hour and whenever he goes to the door. He started going to the door about 1 week in which I think is pretty good. However, there are times that he is peeing in the house what seems like every 15 minutes with very little warning. I've tried just cleaning it up quietly without making any fuss.

He always goes when I take him to the designated spot in the yard, but he also seems to have created his own designated spot in the kitchen. So I found that I was able to stop his accidents by taking him out whenever he goes to that area before he pees.

Since I started that, now he seems to be peeing anywhere in the house today.

I've also decided that I'm going to start just yelling no if I catch him in the act. He really seems to just think it's perfectly acceptable to pee in the house.

My other dog seemed to potty train faster but she was a couple weeks older.

Is there anything else I can try? Or do I just need to be patient and give him more time to understand since it's only been two weeks?


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wyoung2153 03-27-2014 09:13 PM

Patience.. yes. :) but also, what do you do when you catch him in the act?? Also, what do you do to reward the potty behavior outside?

There should not be a single time that your pup is out of your sight until he is 100% potty trained. That way, you catch as soon as it happens and can immediately say "No" and take him out side and say "go potty" as soon as he goes outside there should be a huge, you won the lottery party for him. Treating and everything! :)

AnaleighK12k14 03-27-2014 09:41 PM

Yes sorry I left that part out. He is absolutely never out of my sight. I do say no when I catch him in the act but he just looks at me like "what?"

And he does get rewarded greatly for potty outside and I also do say "go potty" when I take him out.

So basically I'm doing everything all the books say, just hoping he just needs more time.

The only other thing maybe I should try is keeping him on a leash until he becomes more reliable?


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TigervTeMar 03-27-2014 10:02 PM

my guy was similar, really quickly he learned to ask to go out but then a few weeks later was peeing all over the place. i would grab him mid pee (I had read that picking them up surprises them and they stop peeing) and take him outside. i think he got tired of being picked up mid pee and he stopped going inside and went back to asking to go out. the last 2 or so weeks have been really good

wyoung2153 03-27-2014 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by AnaleighK12k14 (Post 5281466)
Yes sorry I left that part out. He is absolutely never out of my sight. I do say no when I catch him in the act but he just looks at me like "what?"

And he does get rewarded greatly for potty outside and I also do say "go potty" when I take him out.

So basically I'm doing everything all the books say, just hoping he just needs more time.

The only other thing maybe I should try is keeping him on a leash until he becomes more reliable?


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That was going to be my next suggestion, keep him leashed to you. I would also be sure to say "no!" and pick him up and take him outside.. Does he know "no" with other things?

And he is only 11 weeks. Some will say theirs was trained at that age and others have had theirs take longer. It might just be a patience game.. and consistency with what you are doing. My female mastiff took much longer to potty train. It just took longer for her to grasp the concept.

AnaleighK12k14 03-27-2014 11:00 PM

He is starting to get the concept of "no" with other things I think. I will stick to the plan and just keep working at it :)



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GatorDog 03-27-2014 11:04 PM

I went through (and still sometimes battle) a tough puppy to house break. With her, the cure seemed to be very limited free time in the house for a solid week, just to break the habit. Then, outside for potty every 2 hours, with a gradual increase in time in between breaks. We introduced free house time slowly, and still no longer than maybe 2 hours at a time. At 21 weeks old, I think she is finally getting the picture.

AnaleighK12k14 03-27-2014 11:12 PM

I also forgot to mention that my female is in heat. Not sure if that could have anything to do with it at this age? Obviously I know the pup isn't anywhere near sexual maturity but I wasn't sure if maybe it could cause him to want to go in a spot where he smells it?


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GRANBYsyztem 04-01-2014 04:31 PM

I used the bell method where you hang bells by the door and ring it everytime you got out to potty. He figured out in 3 days that ringing the bells means go outside to potty. But what he had trouble figuring out was outside is ONLY place i want him to go potty. So he would only ring the bells if he was CLOSE to them and had to go potty. But if he was in the kitchen, or the living or somewhere else in the house away from the bells, he'd make his own spot.

So my solution was: Have him on a leash and before i take him out to potty, walk to the kitchen THEN to the door and have him ring the bells. Then take him to the living room, then walk to the door and have him ring the bells. I did this from all over the house. Before i'd take him out.. i'd just walk him to certain places in the house, turn around and walk to the bells. Eventually i think this helped him realize that from no matter where he is in the house, its much better to go to the bells, get a treat, then go potty, and get another treat. Within 1 weeks he was doing pretty good. And no more accidents at all after 1 1/2 weeks. Goodluck! and make sure you dont get frustrated or upset. I used to stress about it.. and then suddenly, he just started getting it. And once he realized it was fun to go potty outside, he was a potty guru.. and for awhile he'd ring the bells just to go outside and dribble a couple drops out to get a treat. So i phased out treating for ringing the bells and started only treating when he pee'd for at least 3 seconds, then 5 seconds, then 10 seconds.. and now he only rings the bells when he REALLY has to go.


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