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I have noticed that you don't even have to search for potty training threads because there are so many of them!! It clogs the board and it doesn't look like people even look at the sticky that's posted.... Sooooo here is a list of some of the threads within the first 10 pages of this board. Maybe this thread could be made a sticky as well?
Also I figure I would let new members know that they are more than welcome to post their questions in this thread. Here is a list of information you can provide that will be helpful in providing you with an answer.
1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy
2.) Length Of Ownership
3.) Method Of House Training
4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy
5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept
6.) Where Accidents Occur
7.) How Long Its Gone On
8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs
9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver
10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant
Great post! I agree it should be stickied... and bolded.. and even then people will still ask the same questions. But it would be nice to have all the information in one place so you don't have to search for it.
Yes, I agree this should be a sticky not only for newbie dog/puppy owners but for seasoned dog owners like me that are getting a new puppy that might pose new questions. Every puppy is different & they can even baffle the most experienced of us.
I feel the same way about all basic questions. I feel like a jerk, but man, take two seconds and search it and you will find your answers. If I read one more about a 9 week old puppy not being completely house trained, biting constantly in play, not coming back off leash, etc. I am gonna implode. x.x
OK.. if I understand CP correctly the OP (or someone) needs to copy that first part and put a NEW HEADING on it... something like "Pooping Puppies... getting them to go OUTSIDE" or "A Compilation on Potty Training" or maybe "Potty Training Woes? Check this out!"
Or you can just put CP's Siggy at the top of all the forums.....
I have a 10 week old puppy. He is a westie poo mixed with a bichon-maltese. We have had him for 1 week yesterday. He was paper trained when we got him. He pees on the paper in the kitchen. Pees on the paper in the enclosed porch. Never manages to make the poop land on the paper on the porch. He doesn't seem to just turn in circles. He goes in a big oval fast, looks like he is super excited then stops to poop. I keep putting the paper down so he would not pee on everything. Other than catching him try to start under the dining room table, he has been pretty consistent.
He has peed in his crate twice at night. I cleaned it out both times very well.
I took him outside to go from the 1st day. He just looked at me and then tried to eat leaves and grass. I brought out the newspaper he peed on. Boom, he went outside. Eureka, I thought. Ha ha on me. He went one more time outside. Then we were hit with rain for more than half of his week here. Plus it was cold and he is a shivering 3 pounds. I still took him out. I stood with us under an umbrella. I was told to stay out until he went. I was out for 90 minutes. Nothing. Went into the house, immediately peed on the paper.
So I was told to take him out for 5 min out, then 5 min in. 5 min out, come in pees immediately. I have stopped him mid pee and mid poop and ran him outside. He doesn't finish what he started.
So before I lose my mind and spend half my life standing say Go Pee with treats at the ready, how can I let him know he should be going outside? Is removing the newspaper at this point going to help him understand? We have spent a lot of time taking him out thus far with little success. So obviously I am missing some key ingredient here.
So I took him out after work yesterday. It took about a half hour and finally he peed. No poop, but it was a success and was progress. I took him out again after he ate. An hour and nothing. Went in and had to go to bed. He would not go for my husband either. He ended up going on the porch (enclosed, carpeted) again.
Started this morning same routine. Got up, took him right outside. 15 minutes and nothing. Brought him in took him to the food and water bowls instead of letting him find the paper. Took him back outside. 30 minutes. Nothing. Decided that we don't see any dogs out in the morning when I walk my daughter to the bus, so I watched carefully for poop (only has had 1 set of shots) and walked him with us to the bus. He got plenty of socialization from people, which was good. Walked back (this is another half hour) and then waited another 10 minutes near where he peed yesterday. Nothing.
Not entirely sure what to do to get him to go again. WHen he did go, he got treats and good boys etc.
Any tips? Tricks? Hints?
1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy ---4 months, almost 5
2.) Length Of Ownership ---3 months
3.) Method Of House Training ---potty pads, put her on them every hour
4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy ---chihuahua
5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept ---upstairs, 2 rooms and a little hallway
6.) Where Accidents Occur --- on the carpet, where she pleases
7.) How Long Its Gone On ---day one
8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs ---never. i am with her at all times. she does it right in front of me and does not stop when i clap or say "no!" or anything. i pick her up and put her on the pad...but by then she is usually done and just hops off.
9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver ---me
10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant ---im doing indoor potty pad training because i have a mental health condition which prevents me from being able to go outside multiple times a day. so if its possible AT ALL to get her indoor trained..thats would be good.
Also...I have cleaned the carpets using a variety of cleaners said to take out pet odors, even used plain vinegar and water and baking soda....she doesnt care.
Do you confine her at all? Is she crated at all? Do you reward her on the pads? Does she give you ANY signals that she is going to start to pee? Where does she sleep? Is she being fed and watered on a schedule? Has she been checked for a UTI?
Tiny breeds are notoriously hard to housetrain, they have bladders the size of peas at this age..maybe set up a small area with crate, an expen or barriers and a pee pad. Have her sleep in the crate and reward her handsomely each time she uses the pad, if you make the area really small (just crate, a bit of water and a pad, no "floor space" she will likely choose to pee on the pad rather than in the crate. This gives you a better success rate. She's not ready to have freedom to wander the house. Good luck.
If you cannot go outside because of your condition, I highly recommend you get yourself a friend or dogwalker to get Lola to go outside and be socialized with the world. The trauma she will feel when she is at the vet or if she ever needs to be away from you for any reason will be brutal. You need to do this for HER mental and physical health and safety.
I crate her when I have to do housework, leave the house (grocery shopping only), and at bedtime. I give her favorite treat when she goes on the pads (peanut butter). No potty signals at all, no sniffing the ground, circling, nothing. just suddenly squats and pees. I do leave her food and water out for her because she will not eat much at a time. I tried a schedule for the first month and she would never eat more than one or two kibbles in the half hour i gave her to eat. so I leave it out or i think she's starving. she has been checked for uti and she is perfectly healthy.
I guess I could try to block off a tiny area for a potty pad and her crate. I did it for about a week once and she whined so much it broke my heart and i let her out..im not very "pack leader" at this stage lol
I am going to have my cousin move in with us shortly and she will help with taking Lola out and socialize. I realize my condition is bad for her too, and have taken steps to try to overcome it for her. I can get out once or twice a day, and once my cousin is living here, she can help fill the void. Right now she loves the vet, but does have major seperation anxiety from me. I left her with my mom once and she said Lola freaked out...thats when I started taking steps to get my cousin to be my housemate.
Hi Cracker (and anyone else with good info),
I too have a small breed puppy (Westie poo mix with Maltese and Bichon). He is 12 weeks now. When he goes outside (90% of the time) he sniffs and circles. He sniffs everything, all the time though so if I took him out for every sniff, we would need to set up a cot outside. When in the house, there is no circling. He just goes. He tries to go under the dining room table generally. When he heads that way, we go out. So far we have managed to keep the "accidents" to a minimum. He was paper trained when I got him 2 weeks ago. I am trying to inderstand what signs he gives when he has to go- other than heading to the table. I will be having surgery in a few weeks. I will be on crutches for 4-6 weeks. Ideally, I would like him to be able to tell me that he has to go. I imagine he is old enough for that. Not sure what to do to get him to that point and if it can be done before surgery. I do have him crated. If I take him out and he does not go, I put him in the crate for 5-10 minutes and take him out again.
Last question is you mention feeding and watering schedule. I try and leave a small amount of water down, especially now it is getting hotter. I feed 3xs a day. Not sure how much water she should get if I should be limiting it.