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I’m desperate and need help with my new potty grass patch

Hi, I have a female MinPin mix and she was soooo hard to potty train. She’s 1.5 years old and still has accidents about twice a week 😅 still she’s come a long way. Anyways I’m pregnant and living in an apartment and I just don’t think it’s possible to take her out every 3 hours with a newborn baby. So I got a fake grass patch for our porch. She refuses to potty on it. This is a little gross but a couple of times I’d take her outside and let her pee, with a doggy bag I’d scoop up the leaves and dirt where she peed. Then placed that onto the patch. She seems more interested in it after that and sniffed around but won’t go! I’ve tried taking her to it on a leash at her normal potty time saying “go potty” and she just looks at me confused. Would a real grass patch help? Desperate for this to work since newborns and walking down stairs with a dog every couple hours sounds terrible lol. Helpppp?
 

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First of all if a dog is having accidents in the house she is either NOT potty trained OR she has a medical issue such as a UTI. You also do not say how long you have had her or how long you have been trying to housebreak her. House breaking and getting reliability can take a year..

Getting her to use the grass patch on the porch would work better if it had a fence around it so that you could take her out, put here there and leave her there and give her no options. I will also say it may simply totally disrupt her house breaking and you may be back to square one in that department. Using the grass and leaves she has urinated on is a good idea.

At 1.5 years this dog should be able to go more than three hours without pottying.
 

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Ditto above; she's either not really potty trained or there's a medical issue.

You could try a real grass patch. It works better for some. However, you may just have to wait her out, to get her to use it. What I mean is....don't take her outside. Just keep revisiting the grass patch. You're going to have to keep a close eye on her to notice if she looks like she's about to have an "accident" - then bring her to the grass patch immediately. When she sniffs it, praise her. When she uses it, have a party. It took about 2 weeks for my foster (a former street dog with no potty training) to really get the picture and begin using it without me there to tell her. At first she hated walking on the astroturf mat. Now, 2.5 months later, she seems pretty solid and only had one accident at the very beginning. Being on a boat, it's handy since we don't always have the option of going ashore.
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