(Closed) Puppy potty training regression

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It could be normal for a dog to forget their manners when there’s a lot of change in their lives. It sounds like having other dogs in and out has something to do with it. Even adult dogs will sometimes have problems if there major changes (moving, new pet, etc).

I’d go back to taking her out and rewarding her again. 12 weeks isn’t that old so maybe it hasn’t completely cemented in her brain that she needs to go out.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Our puppy was so good about going potty outside… and now 4 weeks later she is having accidents at night… when shes in my bed… We get up and take her out at least 2 times a night.. but still there are a few accidents a week. Good luck!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It might be her way of trying to communicate. She probably knows that she is supposed to go outside and especially if the door is open she has no excuse.

We have had our puppy for three weeks. We adopted her from the shelter and she was very sick since she was malnutritioned. She was very easy to potty train. However she is feeling much better gained a lot of weight and now she that she is better she is having accidents. I think it’s because she is now feeling better so she is trying to stake her territory since we have another dog. It’s exhausting but I know it’s just a phase that we will break very quickly.

I would just continue to take her outside and praise her, she might be looking for a little extra reassurance. But I think now that you know she is potty trained, she needs to be scolded for going to the bathroom in your house. I’m not saying hitting her or putting her face in it, but just show her that you are upset and dissapointed in her.

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@troubled- I know what you mean. You definetly don’t want to associate outside with punishment. I won’t just put the puppy outside I will scold her carry her and then tell her to “hurry up” in a disapointing voice and when she is done I take her back in. I guess just try to keep an extra close eye on her for the next couple days so you can catch her.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

You have gotten a few good suggestions already as to what may be going on.  Here’s a couple more…

Are you making sure to clean up all accidents thoroughly with a cleaner like Nature’s Miracle, that removes the scent of the accident?  If you aren’t and her brother went potty in the house, the smell of his accidents could have triggered her to think inside was an okay place to go, and the smell of any of her accidents are only reinforcing this.

Also, if you are just leaving the door open for her, is it possible she is not realizing that inside is not an extension of outside?  Going by the open door, unless it was diarrhea that she couldn’t control, sounds like confusion.  12 weeks is still a baby, so she may not have the potty training down as much as you think she did.  Do you ask her to go in a specific area outside, or is she just allowed to go anywhere she wants to outside?  Perhaps taking her out on a leash for a while and having her go in one corner of the yard, or on a pile of straw or something would help her learn exactly where she is supposed to be going. 

Keep her on a leash attached to your belt loop at all times until she has stopped going in the house.  Every time she goes in the house and you are not there to stop her, it reinforces the behavior.  You don’t need to crate her if you don’t want to, (although it’s a good idea if she’s not supervised, especially for any other foster puppies you might have because crate training is an added incentive for adoption), but keep her leashed to you, or at least enclosed in the room with you, so you can keep an eye on her.  If she starts looking like she’s going to go potty in the house, (sniffing, circling, etc), take her outside immediately.  If she starts to go, interupt her with a loud noise, like “No!” or “Ah!”, pick her up, and rush her outside, (the loud noise usually interrupts them, so unless she has to go REALLY bad, you shouldn’t be trailing a um…stream, so to speak).  Throw the potty party for her when/if she finishes going outside.

And how it it there is a thread about a 12 week old puppy with no pictures?!  I’m pretty sure there’s a board rule against that. Wink

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