Post # 1
Hi Bees! Remember my puppy that got sick after being spayed?
Well, she’s home and healthy and it’s wonderful to see. She’s acting like a puppy again!…unfortunately. The adoption people warned us that the previous owners had her trained on puppy pads. That was frustrating, but we worked out methods to work through it. BUT.
Despite being walked every hour, after drinking, after eating, after waking up, for long durations of time (no more than 90 minutes….after all, she still has an incision)…she WILL NOT PEE OUTSIDE. She’ll sniff the crap out of other dogs pee but won’t pop a squat herself.
This wouldn’t be so bad if she would at least pee on the pee pads we have in the house. Of the 4 times she peed today, 0.5 of those was on the pee pad. The rest was on the carpet. Each time, I’ve caught her in the middle of it and picked her up and placed her on the pad, but she never finished going.
PLEASE BEES, it’s been one day and I’m already exhausted. I’ve been for more walks today than I’ve been in a month. And we don’t want to crate her tonight because we want to gradually introduce her to it as opposed to forcing her into it and making her hate it. Any tips???
Post # 3
Take her out often. Do you have a fenced yard you can let her out in? My black lab had this issue — we could not get him to pee outside. He was a pound dog so he’d just piss wherever he wanted whenever he wanted, and all that worked was taking him out every 30 minutes until he went. When he DID go, I treated it like he singlehandedly saved the planet. Lots of praise, lots of treats, lots of positive reinforcement.
Post # 4
I’d highly recommend a crate. It needs to be small, (aka, the right size for the dog). Look up websites on crate training. Pups don’t like to mess their personal space. Anytime, baby is unattended indoors, in the crate they go. They cry for a day or so and then get used to it. Trust me, this works. Once they potty train, I’m not a huge fan of crating a bunch, but it is soooo helpful when they are young. Also, my 8 year old dog was crate trained and if she sees a crate, to this day she happily runs inside and lays down. So I think think it is “cruel”.
Post # 5
Oh and don’t forget to teach a potty comand. Anytime your pup starts to go outside, have a treat handy and say your comand, “get busy”. When she finishes give the treat and praise. She will begin to associate the command with the action. Be consistent and good luck!
Post # 6
Our little pup trained very easily in a litter box, but it took bringing her to “grandma’s” house to see how that dog goes outside to teach her to also go outside. I realize she just had surgery, but can a walk be arranged with another dog who can show her to pee/poop outside?
Post # 7
If she starts to go on the carpet, pick her up and take her OUTSIDE. Taking her to the puppy pad instead is only reinforcing that she doesn’t need to “go” outside. I would do umilical training with her until she gets the message that potty belongs in the grass. Basically, when she isn’t crated, she is leashed, (tie the other end of the leash to a belt loop to keep your hands free). This means she can’t get far enough away to start sniffing/circling/peeing without you noticing it.
Like others have said, if she doesn’t already have a command for pee AND one for poop, teach her one. If she goes in the house, interrupt her with a “NO! NO PEE!” (or potty, or apples, or whatever you want to call it). When she goes where she SHOULD be going, praise her like crazy…”Yes! Good girl! Good pee! Yes! Good pee!” the entire time she urinates, in a happy voice.
If you take her outside, and she doesn’t go within 5 minutes, go inside, put her in the crate or leash her to you, and try again in 10-20 minutes. Do not give her the opportunity to have an accident inside.
Also, if she does go outside, don’t immediately go back inside. Many dogs learn “When I pee, they make me go inside and playtime is over” and will delay or even refuse to potty outside. Instead, after she goes, (and only AFTER she goes), give her a few minutes of playtime (low-key playtime if she’s still recovering from her surgery and illness) before you go back indoors.
Post # 8
Is she squatting inside?
I got my dog at a high kill shelter and they claimed she was 4 months old so they could spay her. She wasn’t 4 months old. Because she was spayed too early, she has incontinence issues. As she got older it has gotten better but she is on medication. She started meds in October – 1 pill every 12 hours. We have weened her down to 1/2 pill every 12 hours.
Did the vet look at her bladder?