Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Start asking her if she wants to 'go outside'. "Do you wanna go outside?" "Let's go outside and go potty", something to that effect. Just be consistent.
Ask her everytime when you take her out. It's not really a question for her, but to get her used to the command that you are about to go outside to potty.
When you do this, don't play with her. This is just a potty trip.
Stand there with her until she goes. Tell her to 'Go potty' or pee, or whatever you want to call it, just be consistent. When she's finished, go back inside, no playing. She has to be made to understand what she's out there for. Potty; nothing else.
Keep watching for signs that she has to go. It's the usual sniffing around, walking in circles, or pacing. Don't wait because she'll squat before you can get up. If she does, don't scold her. If she is still pottying in the house it's because she doesn't yet understand what you want (or don't want).
You can't discipline understanding. Only patients and perseverance will accomplish potty training. They're smart dogs. She'll catch on if you do your part.
Watch for other signs too. She might whine when you know she isn't hungry, wanting to play, or isn't tired. She might come to you and sit and look at you and not say anything. She might jump on you and whine. These are all potty signals. You just need to tune into her.
Lisl never did go to the door because if she did I'd never see her. I can't see the door from where I am in the house so she came up with different ways of letting me know she had to go out.
Bear, Anna, Molly, Ossie, and The Countess Lisl von Schlaf
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