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    14 Week Old Puppy Potty Training

    Before i go into details with what's going on with my puppy i will provide you with some background information.

    When i was 13 years old my father bought me a 8 week old male black lab. We decided to name him Scooby because he absolutely loved food just like the carton version of himself lol. Anyway i went through 3 major eye surgeries to repair my poor vision. I stayed home for nearly 3 month recovering so you can imagine i had plenty of time to spend with Scooby to train him and such. I did let him have full access to the house from the jump but you have to understand i only did that because i was able to supervise him pretty much all day long. Each day i would spend at least half a hour with him in a different room daily so he understood that every room in the house was part of he's Den. When i wasn't able to supervise him(Due to catching up with school work) my brother or father would supervise him so he never was alone. Whenever we saw that he needed to go we would immediately bring him to the backyard on a leash and would let him handle he's business. During the night we would crate him and the next morning we would check if he went in hes crate but he never did we then would immediately bring him to the yard so he could handle He's Business. Eventually after a few weeks went by when Scooby was out of He's cage he would go the back door and sit there wagging hes tail whenever he needed to go out and from then on we knew our job was complete.

    Now recently about 3 days ago we bough a Female Black Lab(14 weeks old) and we are going through the same steps as we did with Scooby. She always have somebody supervising her and when we cant she goes in her crate. Anyway when we are supervising her around the house and we notice she has to go we immediately bring her to the yard, however no matter how long we stay out there she will just sniff the ground and never handle her business. We will bring her back inside put her in the crate and try again 10 to 15 minutes later again she still won't go in the yard. So whenever me and my brother stop supervising her for just a second she will go to our living room and leave us a nice brown present on our carpet.

    According to her breeder she never walked with a leash attached to her before so i can't do the old trick of attaching her leash to me as she goes around the house. Also due to her inability to walk on a leash i can't take her out into the yard while on the leash. I should mention we feed her 1 cup and half of food twice a day. She's excellent when it comes to her crate she can stay there for hours without going through the bathroom and she can sleep a full 8 hours in it without going but as soon as she wakes up the next morning and we bring her out she absolutely refuses to go in the grass it doesn't matter how long we stay out there.

    I have tried to pick up her poop from the carpet put it outside and then bring her to the yard to see if she will pick up her own scent so she understands that where she should go but it still a no go. I haven't done anything different as i did with Scooby so ia m not sure of what else i can try. Any Assistance would be much appreciated.

    PS: Scooby passed away in 2015 due to natural causes (old age) RIP buddy.
    Last edited by Himari10; 04-20-2017 at 02:06 PM.

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    Re: 14 Week Old Puppy Potty Training

    Its funny how things work sometimes. I feed her at 3pm as usual but this time after i fed her i immediately put her outside and i stayed out there with her for 1 hour as i looked at my emails and such she explored the yard as usual but this time...she left a awesome present at my grass! I couldn't tell you how happy i was. I praised the hell out of her and gave her treats! A small victory but i'll take it!

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    Re: 14 Week Old Puppy Potty Training

    Awesome that you had a successful potty trip! Could you set up an x-pen or something similar so she has a smaller space to potty in that isn't as distracting as the whole yard? A leash would be ideal, but that might be a decent stop-gap measure while you're getting her leash trained.

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    Thanks for replying back. If you mean setup a pen in the yard I can definitely do that. I went back out with her at 6pm and played with her for another hour and at about 7pm she went near the spot she went previously, so I believe I'm making progress. I love her but at some point I won't have 1 hour to wait for her to do her business. Is there anyway I can get her to go earlier?

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    Re: 14 Week Old Puppy Potty Training

    Make going the best thing ever - praise, treats, play immediately after she goes - and she should start go more quickly in anticipation of fun. You might try putting her in a pen until she goes and only then play with her. Again, she'll start to learn that eliminating outside leads to good stuff and the faster she goes, the fast good stuff starts. At this point, I'd really try to avoid taking her inside or stopping play soon after she goes - you don't want her to get the opposite idea, fun ends when I go.

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