Post # 1
okay so we have a 3 year old Chi-mix who was TOTALLY potty trained…
so 5 months ago we adopted a basset hound mix, who is about 8 months now. well she wasn’t potty trained and she had a few accidents in the house. So i trained her, she still had a few accidents but now i am catching my chi-mix also going potty on the carpet. UGH!!! i dont know what to do 🙁 at first i thought she was just marking her teritory but it is in a totally different spot.
SO now they both are going in the house our carpet smells! i dont know what to do, i have seriously cleaned the carpet at least twice in a month and a half. It helps for a while but not for long. How do i correct the behavior? They are both outside when we are at work but inside when we are at home and at night. I take them both out every hour or so when i am home but it seems like they wait to come back inside to use the restroom.
DH told me if i dont stop them soon he will want to get rid of my puppy 🙁
Post # 3
When you say you clean the carpet, what are you using? You need to use a product specifically to remove pet stains such as Nature’s Miracle, (I would also rent a Rug Doctor or hire a cleaning company). My guess is that they are smelling the urine left behind, (if you can smell it with YOUR nose, they can definitely smell it with their much more powerful senses), and think it’s okay to go there.
Throughly clean the carpet (black light can fluoresce urine so you can see what spots need extra cleaning). Then, the dogs should be leashed to you when they are in the house, (tie the leash around the belt loop of your pants). When they “go” outside, praise them like crazy. They should also be taken out on-leash and not allowed off to play until after they go. If they don’t go, bring them back inside, leashed to you so you can keep an eye on them. Take them out again in 15-30 minutes and try again. If, while you are inside, they start exhibiting pottying behaviors, (sniffing, circling, etc.), interrupt them with a loud “Ah!” or “No!” and take them out immediately. If they are already going, this will usually “stop the flow” so-to-speak.
Post # 4
We the same thing happen – our little girl was a little younger, like 5 months but had been completely potty trained for a couple months and then we got this little foster pup who was not potty trained and he untrained my little girl, I was sooooo frustrated. I agree with everything Apricot said about cleaning and walking. Walking helps a lot and just start treat training again, even on walks if they go give them a treat. I found if I pointed to the puddle even after the fact if my little girl had done it she would look ashamed and go stand by the door to be let out (and you usually could tell because of the size of the puddle), whereas if the foster puppy (like 8 weeks) had done it he would just come over and wag and want to play, so then I’d show him the puddle and say No and go outside with him to see if he’d go again and give him a treat if so. It was super annoying and our girl kept having accidents until I went back into full potty training mode with her (treat everytime she goes outside, watching for signs, walks after she eats).
Post # 5
@Miss Apricot: i own a carpet cleaner but i just used the resolve for carpet cleaners.. I am goin to have to try that natures miracle. Can i use that in the carpet cleaner? I m thinking about getting a professional to come out i hope our carpet isn’t too damaged.
I always leash them to go out because my older chi mix has the habit of jumping fences to go after the alley cats. i dont know if she is just not liking the new puppy or what. but her behavior sure has changed she used to be such a good girl.
Post # 6
Nature’s Miracle is available at most pet supply stores. They have some you can use for single accidents…this is usually in a spray bottle. They also have larger bottles that are meant to be used in a carpet cleaner, (they usually are like a gallon bottle, but it should indicate on the bottle if it’s safe for use in carpet cleaners). Resolve for carpet cleaners is good, but unless it’s stuff for pet stains, it may not be removing the smell. If they can smell the urine, they are going to think it’s okay to “go” there again and again, which of course makes more smelly spots to encourage them to keep using your house as a toilet.
Also, with stains, when you find a fresh one, in addition to the directions on the bottle, what I’ve found very helpful is to have a BUNCH of newspapers on hand. Put a few paper towels down, (enough to cover the stain), then place several layers of newspaper over it the paper towels. Then set a pair of shoes or other weight over the newspaper, (or you can stand on it, but most people don’t want to stand on a stain for the 10-15 minutes to absorb the urine. Remove the shoes, throw away the newspaper and paper towels. The stain should be mostly dry, (if it’s not, repeat the newspaper treatment). THEN treat with Nature’s Miracle or similar product.
It’s possible your dog doesn’t like the puppy, but more than likely it has more to do with the puppy’s accidents making her forget where exactly she’s supposed to be going potty. Do be sure to spend one-on-one time with both dogs, of course. If the accidents continue to to happen, I would get your older dog checked by a vet to be sure that there is not a medical problem contributing to her pottying problem.