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TheDakotaShow 04-03-2014 09:08 PM

11 Week old potty training problem.
 
Ok Ive had my pup for about a month or so now. I currently have her on pee pads. I started training here with pee pads as soon as I got her, because I cannot take her outside yet.

She was doing so well the first couple weeks and only having a few accidents. Now it seems like shes having them alllllll the time. I know for sure she knows where to go because when i take her out at night (three times) she goes straight to the pee pad.

When she is out and playing and causing havoc she pees and poops in a totally opposite spot. Its driving me crazy!!!!!! How can I correct this!!!!

I also treat/praise her like she just won a AKC award when she pees on the pad. I have seperate treats just for peeing in the right spot!

HELP?

boomer11 04-03-2014 09:13 PM

Ditch the pee pads. I would never teach my dog it's ok to pee anywhere in the house. Why can't the dog go outside. Is it allergic to fresh air?

GRANBYsyztem 04-04-2014 02:40 AM

yea... I have access to free pads.. and still dont use it. in fact, i made an outside potty area just for him.. My reasoning was, his poops are going to be some two-hander poops when hes full grown. I really dont want to come home to a 12 incher sticking up the whole house. And every dog i know that uses pads.. occasionally misses the pad halfway. Thats gonna be about 2 cups of urine on the floor in the event a full grown GSD is missing the pad. hahah

Anyways, my puppy did something similar when i was housebreaking. Except i was training him to ring bells to go outside to potty. Within three days it seemed like he knew that ringing the bells meant go outside to potty. What he DIDNT know was.. Outside is the ONLY place i want him to potty. So if we were playing near the bells, he'd ring them, I'd mark, treat, go out, say "go potty", he'd potty, I'd mark, treat, come back inside, mark treat. But if he was far from the bells, say the kitchen, or the far living room... he'd created his potty area for each of those places as well. So what I started doing is... take him out of the crate, walk him to the living room, THEN to the bells.. and go through the process. Then i'd take him out of the crate, walk to the kitchen, turn around and walk to the bells, then go through the process. Then walk him to the garage, then the kitchen, then the living then do circles around the house and then to the bell. I think this helped him understand that no matter where you are in the house, he needs to ring the bells and go OUTSIDE to potty in order to get the treat.

Your puppy might be doing something similar. She might understand that when she comes out of the crate, she goes potty on the pad. But she might not understand that she must go potty on the pad no matter where she is in the house. So when taking her out of the crate try walking her to different parts of the house first THEN walk her to the pad and have her go potty. You can even try running to different parts of the house with her chasing you, then run to where the pad is and have her go potty. Either way, mix up the routine and always end up back at the pad. Should help with building the habit of going to the pad no matter where she is in the house. Hope this helps! Housebreaking was a bit of a stressful time for myself too, stay patient and more importantly.. consistent!

njk 04-04-2014 06:34 AM

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Originally Posted by boomer11 (Post 5320505)
Ditch the pee pads. I would never teach my dog it's ok to pee anywhere in the house. Why can't the dog go outside. Is it allergic to fresh air?

Can't speak for the OP, but I live in a rural town where the local indigenous community has a LOT of wild dogs that trek into town. Parvo is therefore rampant in this town, with a 50% chance given of a pup getting it. The Vets here are well onto it and parvo info is made available all around town, with the advice given to keep all pups inside until 10 days after their last injection. A friend's pup got it from their own backyard, though it was caught quickly and she's on the mend. It's a mining town, so many people come and go, and parvo can stay in an area for years. So we had to use pee pads for our pup until she'd had all her injections. I didn't find it detrimental to our pup's house training, but I know I'm probably in the minority.

sehrgutcsg 04-04-2014 07:09 AM

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Originally Posted by TheDakotaShow (Post 5320441)
Ok Ive had my pup for about a month or so now. I currently have her on pee pads. I started training here with pee pads as soon as I got her, because I cannot take her outside yet.

She was doing so well the first couple weeks and only having a few accidents. Now it seems like shes having them alllllll the time. I know for sure she knows where to go because when i take her out at night (three times) she goes straight to the pee pad.

When she is out and playing and causing havoc she pees and poops in a totally opposite spot. Its driving me crazy!!!!!! How can I correct this!!!!

I also treat/praise her like she just won a AKC award when she pees on the pad. I have seperate treats just for peeing in the right spot!

HELP?

Go to Home Depot and buy a large plastic concrete mixing tub ($13) and use fresh newspaper and lots of it. The dog needs to go outside, the risk of indoors is far greater then outdoors. Easy solution, walk the dog 2 times a day for 10 minutes close to the house. Wait until 4 months, you've lost too much time in my opinion. Bella walked everyday since 6 weeks and so did Nelson, he was poopy boxed trained and it was the best for him and still provides emergency relief.

TheDakotaShow 04-06-2014 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by sehrgutcsg (Post 5321761)
Go to Home Depot and buy a large plastic concrete mixing tub ($13) and use fresh newspaper and lots of it. The dog needs to go outside, the risk of indoors is far greater then outdoors. Easy solution, walk the dog 2 times a day for 10 minutes close to the house. Wait until 4 months, you've lost too much time in my opinion. Bella walked everyday since 6 weeks and so did Nelson, he was poopy boxed trained and it was the best for him and still provides emergency relief.

Curious why you took them outside at 6 weeks. Private backyard?

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