Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
So here is the deal we have 2 pups one just turned a year old and is pretty much fully trained…has the occasional accident ( I think it’s a little dog thing)…the other is 7 mos old and we have had her for 4 mos. She is driving me crazy lately she has been having more accidents and its killing me….I do notice that when I am home all day and watch her for signs she rarely has accidents. It’s just when we can’t watch her constantly that it happens. What I had been doing was crating her at any chance I couldn’t watch her 100%, this seemed to work, but I find that it is very frequent that we would have to crate her to monitor this behavior. I feel bad crating her while I cook or while I work at the comp…but, I still can’t trust her to be alone. What have you done that seems to work?
Post # 3
our pup is 1.5 years and still has “accidents” but very very infrequently. here is what works for us. If there is a particular area where he always has his accidents, clean it as thoroughly as possible and try to remove any remnant of scent that may remain. We got a spot cleaner that we immediately put on the area. Then, restrict access to that area. Our guy was always going in the spare room, which is where he hangs out to look out the window. We restricted his access to it for about a week and it broke his cycle. If you can’t close a door to the area, try a gate. The biggest thing for us was constant over the top praise when he goes where he is supposed to. Think a mini party for him with us clapping and dancing and singing his praise! I know its a bit much, but it works because they just loooooove the praise and will so just about anything for it. Good Luck!
Post # 4
Like RIbride, what finally worked for us taking her outside frequently and praising her like crazy whenever she went outside. Now if only that would work with our five year old rescued greyhound…
Post # 5
We adopted a beagle last year. At three years old, she still has a lot of accidents. It is to the point where our entire carpet has to be replaced with laminate flooring! We hardly have people over because it is so bad. I will be looking for advice here too!
Post # 6
If you are about to do something that will take your attention away from your pup (cooking, working at computer, etc) take the pup out first and ask him/her to go potty, or whatever your chosen word is. Just because the pup isn’t exhibiting signs of needing to go out doesn’t mean they won’t potty when you do take them out. Sometimes it’s like little kids: they say they don’t need to go but once you have them in the bathroom they find that oh yeah, they did need to go. Continually asking them to go when you want rather than only when they need to helps get them to respond better each time. If you are still worried about it keep with the crate potty training: take them out to potty and ask them with their word. If they go when you take them out then they can have freedom inside. If they try to potty and don’t, then they can have freedom inside. If they don’t/won’t try to potty when asked, they get crated inside for 30 minutes to an hour. Then you try again. Eventually they will potty and you can give them freedom inside again for a few hours before repeating the cycle. It might take a week or two and they can get awfully mad at you (vocal) but they will get it. Consistency is key. And I agree with PP, high praise is deserved indeed if they go when asked. And be sure to use their word for “go potty” in the praise repeatedly so it gets associated with their action.
I’m sure you already have your dogs on a regimented feeding schedule, i.e. food in the morning at 6am, dinner in the evening at 5pm and water up by 7pm or something similar but if you don’t, try to do so. Keeping a schedule for them will show you exactly when their bodies need relief so you can be on the ball a little easier. In the morning I have one dog that goes as soon as we get up in the morning and the other dog goes as soon as she’s done eating her meal. Then they have their crate pushed against the doggie door with one side open (the side toward the door) so they can either be inside in the AC with limited access or outside in the yard at their will. When we get home I have one dog that goes as soon as I get home and the other again waits until she’s had dinner first.
Post # 7
Lexatron — off topic a bit, but yay for rescuing greyhounds — my mom has two! Her younger one was left on the side of the highway in an abandoned tractor trailer with 50+ other greys.
Post # 8
In addition to my own two Goldens, we have a constant stream of foster dogs, many of which aren’t as house trained as one would hope. The first thing to do may be to check with your vet to make sure that there isn’t a physical reason. Although, it sounds like she’s better when you’re watching so that probably isn’t it. However, spayed female dogs can sometimes have incontinence problems.
Like Pelikila says, the thing that’s worked for me is a schedule. Dogs are creatures of habit. If their food, exercise and “business” breaks are consistent, you can usually get them to wait for their designated outside time.
Post # 9
I agree with scheduling. I’ve read that you can expect puppies to hold it for one hour for every month of their age up to a year (so a 4 month puppy should be expected to hold it 4 hours at a time). Honestly, from my experience, it’s 1/2 hour for every month (so 2 hours for your puppy). If she’s still having regular accidents, though, I would take her out every single hour until she gets it.
Also, you can to confine her to an area where you can watch her. Crate training is ideal but we also use baby gates to restrict our dogs to certain areas of the house sometimes. Or closing all the doors so she can just be in the kitchen/living room/within eye shot is good.
If she poops in the house, pick up the poop and move it outside. Take her with you so she sees where you’re putting it, and leave it outside for a day instead of immediately putting it in the trash.
If you can, steam clean your carpets immediately, and wash your floors with bleach water (be sure to rinse afterward with regular water, too). This will get the smell out. You can also use white vinegar to get the smell out of carpets if you don’t have any cleaner.
My last suggestion is to train her with a bell when she nees to go. You take a bell (I think jingle bells – the enclosed kind – are the best) and tie it to your door. Every time you go out with her and tell her to go potty, you ring the bell. Eventually, she should start associating the sound with the urge to go, and start ringing the bell herself. Just encourage the use and praise her every time she uses it. That way, you don’t have to be watching her to know when she needs to go out.