Post # 1
We adopted a Maltese/Bichon mix in September from a military family being stationed overseas. Our doggy was just over a year old when we got her and she was ‘housetrained’.
She’ll be two in July. For the most part she is housetrained. But she has accidents more than I feel is normal. When I take her out she won’t pee it all out, she’ll tinkle here, tinkle there. And if she poos, I have to take her for a 15 minutes walk before she decides to go #2. It’s so annoying.
Yesterday I took her out before I left to run an errand and came home 3 hours later and she peed all over the floor.
So today I took her out and walked her for a good 10 minutes but I was running late for a meeting so I needed to give up on her pooing. I was gone for 6 hours and she peed and pooped on the floor. When I scold her she knows she messed up. She’ll sort of army crawl over to her accident spot and hover.
After I cleaned up her mess and took her out again, After we went inside I took a nap. During my nap she pooped again!
What do I do to train a dog that is 2 years old and still has these annoying accidents?
I need a dog expert! Thank you!
Post # 3
Is she food or toy motivated? When we were training my pup we gave her “jackpot” of treats every few times normally like 5-6 (they are bite size not bones or anything)
Post # 4
She’s definitely treat motivated. Do you suggest I take treats out with my when she goes outside to keep encouraging her?
I give her a treat every time we come in from outside and she goes…
Post # 5
Reward her as soon as she “goes” outside; take the treats with you outside, otherwise she’ll just think she’s getting a treat for coming inside, she won’t associate it with going to the bathroom outside. During training rewards need to be immediate.
Scolding her when you get home she doesn’t associate it with her ‘acccident. When you leave the house, put her in a crate. Dogs typically don’t go to the bathroom where they sleep. She can slowly earn back her house privledges when she learns not to poop or pee on the floor.
Post # 6
It sounds like she would benefit from crate training. It basically involves keeping them in a crate when you’re not home or not watching them so that they get in the habit of holding it when you’re gone. I use a crate with my puppy that I adopted and I used to use one with my adult dog that I adopted until he became trustworthy. I also agree with praising and giving a treat after pottying. My puppy that I adopted was used to having a fenced yard so she would take forevere to go pee. That didn’t work for me because I take her out on the leash and usually need to leave quickly. By giving her a treat she learned that pottying was the first priority when outside.
Post # 7
It sounds like the problem might be that she can’t control her bladder. I would see a vet to make sure she doesn’t have a urinary track infection or other bladder/bowel problems.
Post # 8
I’ve taken her to a vet and everything is fine. I didn’t know I could crate train this late in the game but I’m definitely going to try it!
And treats as soon as she potties. Got it. Thank you all!
Post # 9
please don’t scold her after you’ve realized what she’s done. that will never work. you have to scold her if you catch her in the act. also, when do you take her outside? if you take her outside whenever you’re free you’re the one making the mistake. can you imagine if someone commanded you to pee and poo at a specific time? dogs usually pee and poo within an hour or so of when they’ve eaten. instead of leaving the food out, control when she gets her food and plan your walks outside accordingly.
biggest thing to remember is you have to reward or punish RIGHT when she does anything. dogs aren’t humans. if you wait too long they won’t know what they’re being rewarded or punished for.
Post # 10
crate train for sure!!! i have a teacup maltese (just a little “fyi”- they’re not ranked very high in terms of intelligence, but their cuteness makes up for it… sometimes…LOL) mine is crate trained and potty trained for the most part, but i have to be careful to have her around rugs because sometimes she just can’t resist for some reason. also, unrelated, but i can’t have any trashcans in the bathrooms unless they have lids because she is notorious for being a little paper shredder. i’ve met other malteses who do it too! i have a toy poodle as well and he was SO much easier to train. of course, they’re ranked like #2 in intelligence… malteses are like #59. you just have to be patient with them (something i have to remind myself of CONSTANTLY)
good thing they’re sooooo freakin cute!!
Post # 11
We had a very hard time potty training our dog…now that it’s two years later we realize that we should have crate trained her. We used puppy pads, which worked ok but it was a long process. We really didn’t want to but she would have done so much better and it would have saved us a lot of headache. I agree with the above posters, you have to catch her in the act to punish her. Otherwise, she doesn’t know what she did wrong. it’s hard not to get upset but she could also be having accidents because she’s nervous.
Post # 12
+1 @abbyful, that is great advice!
Post # 13
Not sure if you live in a house or not, but if you do, I would definitely recommend putting in a dog door. We adopted a yorkie and he couldn’t hold his urine in very long, despite being in a crate. After he ruined our carpet and spending all this money on putting in wood floors, we decided to get a dog door. Accidents are very rare now. He usually only has accidents when its pouring rain outside.
Post # 14
We crate trained our dog and it worked wonderfully. I also second the praising your dog when she goes – give her a treat, tell her how great she is. IF you have another neighbor with a dog too, you can try walkng them together. I know it’s silly but my dog sees his GF going and he then “needs” to go to (and vice a versa). I’d also add, I know it’s really hard with our busy schedules but you also need to “set her up to succeed”. THat may mean a half an hour walk where she can fully empty out and building the time she is alone gradually (from 2, 4, 6 hrs). If you can’t take her out during the day, do you have a friend/neighbor/dog walker than can? This is especially true if you are crate training.
One other thing, you have a smaller dog and that means a small bladder. You may also need to figure out how long she can reasonably go and make appropriate accomodations. My friend’s Maltese could never make it more than 6 hours. He was great until 6, never had an accident but if she didn’t rush home at the end of the school day (even if it meant heading back) that dog had an accident.
If you still aren’t having luck with this, you might also try your local Human Society. Ours has trainers on call for adopted dogs (even if you didn’t adopt them there) – they might have some different strategies or help (and sometimes it just helps to meet with them)
Good luck!! (and share some pics of your puppy!)
Post # 15
I agree with a lot of the other bees who mentioned treats. But I would also add a command such as “hurry up”. If we are coming back in from a walk,ride,etc. I will stand outside and continue to repeat “hurry up” and we don’t move or play until she goes. Once she does her business I praise her and tell her “good hurry ups” and give her a treat or even just a kiss if I don’t have any food on me. I found this worked with both of my dogs so that they know when it’s time to play and when they need to do their business.
Post # 16
We have a brand new puppy that we got last week. When we think he needs to go to the bathroom, we say, “Need to go out?” Then take him outside all we say is, “Go.” Then stand in one spot and ignore him until he goes – so they he doesn’t think we’re out to play. The biggest thing that has helped is the treats as soon as he goes (I use cat food – 1 piece for every time he does something outside) and then pat him on the head and give him praise.
We also make sure to never take a walk or horse around with him during the time we’re taking him out to go to the bathroom. We leave play for a different time than we take him out, and take him to a completely different area of the yard as to not get confused. When we take him out to play we say, “Let’s play!” or “Let’s walk!” so he knows the difference.
Hope that helps!