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    "Sometimes" House Trained Puppy

    I am having an issue with my 9month old German Shepherd.... We have a dog door and she is for the "most part" potty trained, But there are still times when we are not home or in another room, she will go to the only carpeted portion of the house and poop or pee. It is very frustrating, because she poops or pees outside 90% of the time... How can I fix this issue and does anyone have any possible reasons she does this????

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    Re: "Sometimes" House Trained Puppy

    How long have you had her?
    One answer is...not all dogs potty train on the same time schedule as others. I had a mini dachshund (usually hard to potty train) but he was pretty good at about 6 months or so. Then, we had a dachshund chihuahua mix, she was horrible to train. She had accidents (or she would have, if we hadn't been watching, we caught her in the act!) til she was about 9-10 months old. And, we potty trained them the same. The puppy we are fostering is pretty good about going outside and he's 7-9 months, about.
    Another thing that could affect potty training is the method you used, or what your routine is for potty training.
    And, lots of pups have setbacks in potty training, these can be caused by anything from changes in the dog's routine, changes in the family's routine, changes in the environment (even something as simple as re-arranging furniture, or getting new furniture), teething, illness, infection, or just developmental stages. Sometimes when a pup enters "doggy adolescence" they can challenge the "rules of the house" so to speak.
    Oh, I forgot one, sometimes a UTI can cause accidents, if they seemed ok before.

    Bottom line, though, is for whatever reason, the pup isn't 100% potty trained. So, don't give her any freedom in the house. Keep her in your sight, or confine her. That way, you can see when she looks like she's getting ready to go, and you can rush her out. And, take her out at scheduled intervals. Don't wait for her to ask to outside to potty.

    It's kind of like a "review" course in potty training.

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    Re: "Sometimes" House Trained Puppy

    A few things to consider:

    - Put up baby gates to block her access to carpeted areas of the house
    - Clean any area she has had an accident with an enzymatic cleaner. Once a dog smells a place has been used before as a bathroom may be used again. It is essential to get rid of the smell.
    - Tether her to you when she is on the carpet. Watch her constantly. Someone must always "babysit" the dog to prevent accidents.
    - Make her go out on a schedule. Like taking a 2 year old to the bathroom every hour. She goes out at a certain time regardless of her going out. If she went out the doggie door 5 minutes before - take her out anyway. Take her out often and on a schedule.

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    Re: "Sometimes" House Trained Puppy

    You're almost there...charis has your answer. When there's only 1 or 2 places left where they're willing to potty, deny them the use of that space for a couple weeks.

    As far as why she does it, I'm convinced that in a case like this, the only possible reason is that she still believes that part of the house is her toilet. Whatever the reason, it just hasn't "clicked" in her head.

    Trust the dog, he knows what he's doing.

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    Re: "Sometimes" House Trained Puppy

    This could be her trying to get your attention or express her anger at you for leaving her alone rather than issue with house training.
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    Re: "Sometimes" House Trained Puppy

    Oh my. Dogs do not pee/poop to "express anger". That is a human thing to do. Dogs do not have the same cognitive, or thought process as humans do. They pee/poop when they need to, and, sometimes, when they are anxious, they lose the ability to hold it as well as usual. Don't get into the habit of assigning human emotions and thought processes to dogs....it can lead to misinterpretations of dog behavior.

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