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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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Thanks for the reply guys. I didnt know smacking her is bad, i've seen many a dog owner do it. And i never do it hard enough to hurt her. Just so she understands i dont want her to do that. But i'll stop doing so.

Also, i dont have a crate for her. When i cant watch her (which is never for more than 4 hours and only while im sleeping) she is in my room with the door closed.
So this has gotten from bad to worse... my dog is now doing her business in my room. im trying to follow these guidelines as best i can and nothing seems to be working. hopefully in time she will stop. ive been attempting to put her on a controlled schedule for eating but its not really up to me. The dog will eat when she feels like it.... if i put food in an empty bowl, theres no guarentee she will eat it when i want her to. she will just eat it when shes hungry... how am i suposed to decide when my dog eats?

i left her bowl empty all night, thinking she would be hungry at 8 AM when i fill the bowl. Well thats exactly what i did, i filled the bowl... she had absolutly nointerest in her food so i said whatever and just left it there for whenever shes ready. iwent to the washroom to pee, came back and found a pile of shit on my floor, a puddle of piss placed next to the poop, so they can keep eachother company, and a full bowl of food.

Her next trip to the yard is scheduled for 30 minutes from now, which is likely pointless since she already used my bedroom as her personal toilet.
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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.

no im not upset i thank you. this is all i really needed. some reassurance that its normal. i was begginning to question myself as my dogs trainer. theres so many conflicting opinions out there about puppy raising, i cant tell you how many people wrote to me privately telling me that smacking my puppy (not violently) is a usefull tactic.

anyways, ultimatly i will find out what works best for my dog, since every dog is different.
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