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There must be something im just not doing right.... please help.

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I've had a puppy golden retriever for about 9 days now. she is just over 2 months old. for the passed 7 nights i have been up throughout the night every 3 hours to take her out to do her business. She was doing great for about 3 days with the 3 hour system, so i decided to graduate to every 4 hours. im very pleased to say that i took her out at midnight and then 4 AM and then at 8 AM and she didnt use my house as her personal toilet the entire night. so i continued with the 4 hour system. every time she does her business outside i praise her and give her a treat. When she has an accident inside i scold her.

Today she pooped 3 times and peed one time in the house between 11 Am and 1 PM.... very very frustrating. Is this normal after 9 days of vigorous training?i thought she was starting to catch on, i guess i was very wrong.

I've been keeping her confined to my bedroom since i got her, and shes doing great in the bedroom. She recognises my bedroom as her home and never poops while shes in the bedroom. I want to monitor everything she does and i dont want to overhwelm her with such a big space until shes house broken. The thing is, the minute i open my bedroom door to take her out into the yard, she decides to storm out into the living room and poop on my moms carpet. no amount of scolding prevents this. Today i caught her in the act and said "No!" agressively and a smacked her. I grabbed my shoes so i can take her out, but while i was grabbing them she continues to poop on the carpet. Finally i braught her outside, where she ran around for 10 minutes but did not do her business. So i thaught it would be ok to bring her in for a while. The minute i got back in, she pooped again.

She recognises the living room rug as her toilet. How can i reverse this?

Also, ive been having an incredibly difficult time walking her. She does NOT want to walk. I have to pick her up and bring her at least a block away from the house so that she doesnt try to turn and run back home, and even then, all she does is hit the brakes and decide shes not moving. I tried tugging gently on her leech to no avail. i tried tugging agressively at her leech to no avail. Ive tried walking around and luring her weith smelly snacks... to no avail. Is it because hses scared? Maybe she just doesnt like to walk? should i just give up on walking her and only take her into the yard for the time being?

This is getting very frustrating guys, i really need some good advice. Or maybe the lack of sleep is just getting to me and im missing the point? Maybe this is all absolutly normal for a 2 month old puppy? if its normal, and you think it will subside with time let me know. Right now im very frustrated and i feel like sacrificing my sleep is absolutly useless, because she does her business in the house anyways.
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Same advice I give everyone who wants their dog to be housetrained -- manage your expectations. Accidents (if you can even call them that) at 8 weeks are totally normal. Expect accidents -- although much, much less frequent ones, of course -- up to about a year.

Knowing what to expect and managing your expectations helps you let go of a lot of stress. Raising a puppy is hard, but it shouldn't be stressful if you know what to expect and don't let your expectations get unrealistic.
At risk of upsetting the OP -- I think you need a serious attitude readjustment if this is going to work.

First of all, all of this -- all of it -- is normal. Totally, 100% normal housebreaking behavior. Nothing is out of the ordinary at all.

Second, your dog has no idea that she is using your room, your house, whatever as a "personal toilet". Dogs don't use toilets. Dogs do not innately know where they are supposed to eliminate. (unlike cats who figure it out) Dogs need to be told. Over and over and over again. Same spot. Same time. Every day. It isn't "hard" the way calculus is "hard", but it does take work.

Finally, bring those expectations down a notch. A two month old puppy will not be housebroken. Expect accidents up to a year. You also need to control their eating.

Invest in some Nature's Miracle, set your alarm clock to wake you up at 3am for an extra time out to eliminate, keep at it. It WILL happen, but don't make yourself miserable trying to make it happen fast. Just take it one day at a time, relax, and understand that accident happen.
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A point on the food -- free feeding is disasterous for housetraining. Put the food down, give the dog 20 minutes to eat it, take it up if the puppy doesn't eat it. Put the food back down at the next feeding time. Give the puppy another 20 minutes to eat. Your puppy won't starve.
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