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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Pup will not go outside. Help

We have had Sugar for since she was 6 weeks old, I thought when we got her she was 7, but she had just turned 6 weeks. The woman told us she was fine to go. Anyway, she has been the perfect dog other than potty training. She is now 15 weeks. When we first got her I worked with her the first week and had her where she wouldn't tell us yet she needed to go out, but she would not poo in the house, pee was my major issue. The next week when we were going to get a crate and do all kinds of stuff my husband had a heart attack and in the hospital for almost a week. My kids were supposed to watch her and let her out because I was at the hospital so much. Well as kids are they didn't and all my hard work was down the drain. I have worked with her and worked with her since. We do have pee accidents in the house, but mostly she tells me she needs out for that. My problem now is the pooing.

Example I just caught her getting ready to go in the house after being outside, my son was watching her, he is very good at it outside. He praised her for peeing, but she didn't poo, which it was before eating. So, when I saw her I made a sound and told her out. She goes out I'm standing out there over an hour waiting for her to go and she's running around the yard playing and will not go. But when I let her in she will. I have been trying to catch her going outside to praise her real well, but it is like when we are out there it is all play time and will not do her business.

Any suggestions. She is so attached to me that no matter what she will not leave my side. Which makes it hard to get her to go like this. I've always wanted a dog like her, but never had one and I'm not sure how to train some issues like the potty when she is so attached. It is so bad she will come in the tub with me because that is to far. I've tried watching from the window where she can't see me, but she seems to know I'm there and scratches the door.

Thanks, this is the only problem I'm having with her. She seems to have obedient trained herself. Just not potty training. She also seems to pee a awful lot, I am going to have her checked for infection as well, just in case. But since it is getting so hot very quickly I'm thinking she is just drinking a lot to stay hydrated. That is a balancing act right now trying to keep her hydrated enough and potty train at the same time.

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If I were you I would go back to the beginning with Sugar on the housetraining.
Start back from scratch. Have Sugar on a schedule like - get up take pup out of crate and outside - make sure pup potties (give enough time) come inside - feed pup and offer water - put pup inside crate for about 45 minutes - let pup out of crate - take pup outside to potty - play with pup - put back in crate - again wait about 45 minutes - let pup out to potty and so on. Also when pup is inside and not in crate - keep pup on a leash attached to you so you can catch any accidents. As pup grows and gains bladder control you can lengthen the time. For the not pooping right away, well, Sugar is just so excited to be with you and outside, so she is going to hold it as long as she can as going to the potty is the last thing on her mind. What worked with my Sting, was to throw a ball - the running after the ball got the bowels working. For scratching at the door when you are taking a shower,I would use that as a good training in being alone time. I would put her in her crate with her favorite toy. The crate would be in another room. I would close the door and go take my shower.

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take her out often and don't wait for a signal from her.
when she wakes up outside immediately, after a nap,
if sh'e chewing on a toy outside immediately after
she stops chewing on the toy (sometimes i stopped
my pup from chewing and took him out in the middle
of his chewing. crate her when you can't watch her
or attached the leash to you so she's always near you.
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