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My boyfriend and I just got a 13 wk old Cavalier King Charles and he seems to be holding in his pee/poo. It's making it very difficult to potty train him. It seems as though he knows he needs to go (he runs around the house and whines) but won't because he doesn't know where. He relieves himself max 3 times a day (he usually pees/poos 1 after the other) and typically goes a lot each time. We've tried paper training in the bathroom, but he just sits at the door and whines. We've tried taking him outside, but he just wants to go back inside right away.
The breeder we got him from just let him outside and waited for him to go and then let him back in. Our pup is a bit particular about things so I'm wondering if it's the difference in terrain that's confusing him.
Basically, we have no idea what to do. Should we continue with indoor or outdoor training? He doesn't go often, so it's difficult to train him to even understand where to go. He won't go when I take him, even when I know he needs to go. What's the best route to take with our pup?
Note: We're on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, so taking him out often is not easy to do.
I house trained Zoey in the same situation.. 3rd floor of an apartment, in the middle of December. The day after we got her there was a blizzard with -30 F temperatures.
Anyway, I would forget paper training if you ever want to teach him to go outside. Trying to teach them to do both at the same time is VERY confusing for a puppy.. What I did with Zoey, is I would keep her confined or sitting with me somewhere until I knew she had to go very badly.. then I would pick her up, and carry her outside. At first, she had no idea she was supposed to be going potty out there, and just wanted to come back in cause -hey- it's COLD out. I would get her to go by walking with her down the block and back until she had to stop and go potty. Moving really um.. gets things moving for them! As soon as she would go I would throw a party! Lots of praise and affection and treats.. she caught on pretty quickly that when we went outside, she was supposed to go potty.
It was kinda funny in the spring.. Zoey learned to potty on the snow, and when the snow started to melt, she would seek out the remaining piles of snow to pee in.. When it was completely gone though she did switch to grass.
Anyway good luck with your puppy! Potty training is one of the hardest parts of having a puppy.. (THE hardest imo).
Thanks Binkalette. We'll keep trying with the outdoor potty training! Your post was really helpful. We've just been sitting in one spot waiting for him to go, so perhaps walking back and forth will help a bit. The area right outside the elevator is covered in grass all the way down to block, so we'll try wallking back and forth until he (hopefully) goes!
Walking around the block definitely helps! Especially with pooping. My pup would never pee on pee pads unless he REALLY NEEDED TO. Now that he's older, he just holds it until I bring him out. Sometimes he whines to be taken out.. but for pooping, he still can't do it on command.. walking around the block usually does the trick, though! He goes about 5 minutes into the walk.