(Closed) Desperate – Dog pottying in house!

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had a similar situation with my dog. I was so desparate, I called a dog trainer and was willing to pay him to help me. He told me to go to a craft store (Michael’s, AC Moore, etc) and buy one of those little metal bells. Tie the bell to a long string or piece of rope and tie it to the handle of the door you use to let him out. The dog will begin to associate the sound of the bell with going outside, doing his business, and receiving praise and a treat from his owner for a job well done. I was totally skeptical- but IT WORKED! Soon after, my dog had no more accidents at all. I suggested this to a coworker who has having the same problem with his dog, and it worked for him too!

Bonus- my dog started going over and ringing the bell with his little nose to let me know he needed to go out = CUTEST THING EVER!

 

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

You’ve gotten some great ideas already, I just wanted to second Moose’s idea to treat immediately.  Take her out on a leash, and don’t let her play/run around until she goes potty.  WHILE she is peeing/pooping, tell her, “Good girl!  Good potty!”  (or good peepee, or whatever you want to call it, and make sure there is a different word for poppy”).  Don’t just praise her by saying “Good girl” as this can cause confusion when you tell her “good girl” for something else…like sitting when you ask.  She could actually think you want her to potty.  AFTER she potties, treat her and give her more praise, but do it right away.  Then let her off the leash (if you have a fenced area) to play.  If she does NOT potty, she doesn’t get to play.  She goes back into the house, either into a crate or leashed to you, for 5-10 minutes, then take her back outsider to potty.  

When she is in the house, she should be leashed to you (tie the leash around your belt loop) so you’ll notice right away if she starts acting like she needs to potty, (sniffing, circling, etc).  You’ll be there to take her out right away.  If she actually starts going, tell her, “NO!” in a loud voice, which should startle in her into stopping, then rush her outside.

Hope all the ideas you’ve gotten help you out!

ETA: I would avoid WeeWee Pads.  If you ultimately want her to potty outside exclusivle, WeeWee Pads can actually make the housebreaking process take LONGER.  They do make potty stations for inside the house, with fake grass.  You put a little poop on it to attract the dog to “go” there.  There is a tray under it that collects urine so it can be emptied/cleaned.  I think I would wait until she is potty-trained or almost potty-trained before attempting something like that.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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@Miss Apricot:HAHA! OMG! I forgot about this! Seriously! I had him leashed to me for FOREVER. Oh, it gets so much better, I promise!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you are gone 8 hours a day, I wouldn’t recommend crating.  I would take her out immediately before you go to work and immediately when you get home.  Also, because you are gone so long, you might want to look into one of the grass potty mats, (I know AKC sells them, I am sure other places do, too).

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

There’s no one way to crate. Until she is fully potty trained (no accidents in the house while you’re home), then keep her in the crate during the day when you’re both at work.  I always let my dog sleep in bed with me, and if he jumped off in the middle of the night (which was rare for him), then I would take him out real quick.  A lot of dogs find the crate to be their “safe place” so they don’t mind sleeping in it though.  I’ve never had 2 dogs at once, but I know other people who have one dog that roams the house and the other is crated, and it works just fine.  Maybe put the crate in a room that can be closed off from the other dog.  Once you feel like she’s potty trained well enough not to have any accidents, then start leaving her out for short periods of time like if you’re running errands for an hour and see if she’s okay.  Gradually extend the time if she’s not having any accidents until she can have free roam of the house all day.

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Is she peeing in the house when you are gone or home?

If it’s when your gone then you might want to try crate training until she gets the hang of it. Then do not want to soil their own space so thats why crate training works. I am in the process of gradually stopping crate training. At first we put the puppy in the crate anytime we weren’t home (always let her outside before and after). Now that she has the hang of everything and has stopped being destructive we are trying to give her free run of the house for a couple hours at a time when we aren’t there.

In regards to having two dogs, putting the puppy in the crate won’t really discourage him it will just teach him the pecking order and that he is behind you older dog, which is perfectly normal. I have two dogs and my it was like a priveledge for my older dog that she wasn’t crated and the puppy was.

I do not make her sleep in the crate at night, it’s only used for when I’m not there.

Also, if you decide to crate train NEVER EVER use the crate as a punishment. It is supposed to be a safe comfortable place for the dog.

If it’s when you are home, take her out every two hours. And then every time she does potty outside give her a treat right then and there, not when you come back in. She needs to get the treat immediately after doing what you have asked.

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I know a lot of people have mentioned puppy pads. I think this is sort of confusing. You are telling you dog that they in fact can go to the bathroom in the house. I personally have found that all of nothing works, you either can or can’t go in the house. It sort of reminds me of pull-ups. Everyone has their own views but when you are potty training are you teaching the kid to still go in his pants or go on the toilet?

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

When you take her out, instead of just opening the door and letting her go on her own, I would put her leash on her and take her to the same exact spot every time.  Say “go potty” and when she goes, immediately give her a treat (not once you are back inside).  Be consistent and she will get there in time!!

Congrats on the new pup!  Post a picture 🙂

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I am basically going to say the same thing that a lot of people have already said.  You need to go out with her and praise her immediatly after she goes.  What you are doing right now is praising her for coming inside.  Remember that dogs don’t think the same way we think.  She has no idea that you are praising her for something she did 2-3 minutes ago.  All she knows is that you get all excited and happy when she comes inside.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Agree with everyone else, crate training rocks.

Also, when she pees outside, really tell her how good she is!!

You are her #1 cheerleader when she pees outside, so make her know that! 
My hubby and I have a song for our pup “GOOD POTTY GOOD GIRL< GOOD GOOD GIRL!!!” haha she jumps, and her tail waggs bc she knows she did something right, and all dogs aim to do is PLEASE their owners. Scold her inside and take her outside right away CHEER HER ON!

Also, another way to help is that dogs, will pee over the same scent over and over and over. So make sure you get the scent out good. And take a paper towel you use to clean it up…and if you have a backyard, but it in there, so she sniffs pee-pee and knows that ONLY belongs outside!

Good luck!! 🙂 But be sure you get on that crate training ASAP! 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely crate training, and eliminate residual pee scents, as PP’s have said. Give her the treat and praise her IMMEDIATELY after she goes potty outside (bring the treats outside with you).

 A friend of mine had success with his dog when he actually shoved the treat into her mouth AS she was peeing outside, lol. 

At first, I hung out with my dog while he was in his crate, and gave him really delicious treats while he was in there.  He was a humane society dog, too, with intense abandonment issues.  At first he’d cry a lot when I left the room, but my Fiance told me to leave him in the crate and ignore the cries. Now my dog considers his crate his house.  If I forget to crate him when I leave the house, he’ll hang out in his crate anyway until I come home.

Make sure you always take your dog out immediately after removing her from the crate.  Make sure she pees before you go back inside.

 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You definitely have to treat her like a puppy and start from scratch.

Crate her whenever you’re not playing with or feeding her.

Take her out in the morning and after she’s eaten. You can’t let a dog that isn’t housetrained roam free in the house – otherwise they never learn that the house isn’t where they eliminate. If don’t want to put her in a crate you can often use a small room but make sure that it’s not too large as untrained dogs will eliminate in one corner and sleep in another – it has to be small enough of an area that if she pees she can’t get away from it.

 

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Message me and let me know if the bell idea works. I thought that dog trainer I talked to was completely NUTS, but it really worked for my little doggie, as well as others I recommended it to. Good luck!!!

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