(Closed) Desperate – Dog pottying in house!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You have to give it some time. Did she have any training prior to your home? Plus she is adjusting to new surroundings and it can be very traumatic for a dog even if they are happy. I know she is 1.5 years old but she is still somewhat a puppy and shes a smaller dog so her bladder is smaller. When you guys are home with her during the day, you need to be taking her out every hour. Is she crated during the day when you guys are gone?

Post # 4
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I suggest crate training it works really well for house training and the dogs don’t like peeing in their ‘space’.

I am training a 3 month old puppy right now and crate training is working wonderfully for him. He has not had one accident in our house!

Good Luck!

Post # 5
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

Yeah if it’s only been a week or two you need to give her some time.  Also.. you should be going out with her and giving her a treat IMMEDIATELY after she goes outside.  If you give her the treat when she comes back in the house she thinks she is being rewarded for entering the house.  I would also really suggest you try crate training her.  If you rescued her from a shelter she is probably used to being in a crate so having the freedom of so much open space will be an adjustment for her.  She is very unlikely to go in her crate.  That way you will always be in the house when she is free so if she does try to potty in the house will be there to stop her and bring her outside.

Post # 6
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do you just let her out or go out with her when she potties?

You need to reinforce the going outside immediately after it happens. Go outside with her and as soon as she’s done eliminating give her a treat. Don’t wait until she comes back inside because she won’t know what you are treating her for.

Also, crate training could really help. Dogs do not like to go where they sleep, especially if there isn’t enough room for them to pee in one corner and lay in another. When you can’t watch her, crate her. When you are home, tether her to you (you can tie her leash to your belt loop) and watch for signs she has to go (i.e. circling, pawing, sniffing, etc) and immediately take her out.

Reinforce EVERY TIME she goes outside.

Post # 7
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It will get much better. I promise!!

We potty trained a puppy that was 6 weeks old when we got him…it took awhile but he is totally trained now! (he’s 10 months old, but has been trained for probably 5 or 6 months already)

It gets better! But my carpet has definitely seen better days. We need new carpet for sure.

Post # 8
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Is she only going at night or also during the day?

If you catch her going give her a firm no and then take her outside to show her where she should potty.  Also if you see any signs of her needing to go just take her out in case and then give lots of praise and treats (give the praise and treats outside).  Also often they will go more if you take them on a walk and still give lots of praise even on walks outside when she goes.  Some people say that you can’t scold a dog if you don’t catch the in the act but I know every dog I’ve had has more than a 2 second memory, so even if you don’t catch her I’d take her over to the puddle and tell her no and take her outside.  We’ve had lots of foster dogs come through and don’t use crate training and with the exception of one little guy they were potty trained within a week, with accidents happening occassionally though over a month.  So it is a process but just be consistent. 

Post # 9
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Oh man. I had this problem for ages when I had my puppy! It sucks, but if you remain consistant it will go away. I found a 3 prong solution worked best/quickest. #1 Put the dog in some sort of daycare a few days a week. She may be bored/have anxiety with you leaving her and acting out. Also, daycare provides supervision and consistency while you’re at work, and she learns where it’s okay to potty – designated area and/or outside, and where it’s not, based on other dogs reinforcement. #2 Give her time. Moving homes is an adjustment and I always find my animals reverting whenever there is a large change to their environment. #3 (may not be practical) Move. Your house has become her potty place. Once we moved we went to zero accidents because he wasn’t marking certain areas he had before.  I know this may not be possible, so if it isn’t buy some Nature’s Miracle and some cleaning supplies and GO TO TOWN cleaning wherever she typically potties. Erase her scent and she’s less likely to go there.

Post # 10
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

is she spayed? dogs mark when they’re not.

if she is, she’s probably just getting used to your house. do you have potty pads? i would lay those all over. there’s also a spray you can get that’s tells them where to go, so you can spray that on the potty pads.

Post # 11
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Have you tried potty pads?  We use these for our puppy, and my in-laws use them too.  The dogs are attracted to the scent, and they pee on those.  We take Toby outside too, and he goes there as well.

Post # 12
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

How long are you gone for work? Is it more than 8 hours?  Some small dogs really have problems holding it. 

Post # 13
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well Christmas week was only a couple of weeks ago, so definitley give it more time. While you’re potty training, it helps to give dogs a TON of access to their ‘potty’ (outside) so take her out very often. While you aren’t home, confine her to the kitchen and keep her crate in there as well with a wee wee pad on the floor. Give her a treat EVERY time she goes outside and ignore it when she does it in the house.

Adopted dogs have all kinds of post traumatic stress from previous owners and the thing is you never really know what happened before. Even if they’re 100% potty trained, adjusting to a new home takes a while. My friend adopted a two year old dog who was potty trained and it took him about 3 or 4 months to fully train in her home. It just takes time, be patient and in the meanwhile keep her in the kitchen if it makes you more comfortable.

Post # 14
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I definitely agree with crate training and positive reinforcement immediately after she goes potty outside, not when she gets back in the house because she doesn’t associate the treat with going potty then.  Also, I’m not a fan of puppy pads.  Although the pads are easy to clean up, dogs get confused thinking that sometimes it’s okay to go potty in the house.  From my experience, it’s just easier to always encourage pottying outside because if you take the puppy pads away, you may have a similar problem with going in the house (that’s what happened with my dog).

Post # 15
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Does she have a UTI??? This can cause unwanted accidents in the house.

Post # 16
2858 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Definitely crate training. I have a beagle too – we got him as a puppy and it took a LONG time for him to get fully trained. The crate really helped.

Also, just be patient. It’s only been a few weeks. She’ll come around. 🙂

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