Post # 1
I have a dachshund… she is almost 4 years old. I had her since she was 9 weeks old. We used to live in the city, and so we trained her to use pee pads in our house. We had hardwood floors throughout our city home and she rarely had an accident. Sometimes she would miss the paper a bit and some pee would get on the hardwood, but that was never a big deal because it was easy to clean up.
4 months ago we moved to a new house in the country. The new house has carpet on the second floor (which is where our bedroom is). We kept the pee pads in our bedroom (I know, it’s gross, but the dog would always have to get up to pee/poop a couple of times in the middle of the night.) Anyway, we spread out the pee pads so she would have a nice big “target” but some days she would straddle the pee pad and get half of her pee on the carpet. For the past couple of weeks this has been happening every single day. This morning she peed a big puddle about a foot away from the edge of the pee pad!!!
So my husband and I decided to banish her to the first floor only (where it is all hard wood.) Up until now she has ALWAYS slept in the bed with us. But from now on we decided that she will sleep in her bed on the first floor. I know dogs don’t do things “to spite” you, but it really seems like she wasn’t making an effort to stay on the paper. We have a baby on the way and when the baby comes I’m not going to have the time and energy to get up in the middle of the night and shampoo the carpet.
I feel like a terrible dog mother. I feel so bad making her sleep by herself when she has been sleeping right next to me for the past 4 years. The thought of it makes me cry. This whole carpet thing happened this morning, and we haven’t spent a night sleeping in a different room from the dog yet.
I just don’t know if we are doing the right thing by taking this course of action. Any advice?
Post # 3
If it was my dog, I personally would start over on her training and have her go outside only. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of people having issues housetraining when they used those pads, I think they can be very confusing for a dog. There is really no reason an adult dog should need to go potty multiple times in the middle of the night, unless they have a medical issue or something.
Is she reliable during the day? If not, I would keep her confined to the kitchen or get an xpen to keep her in when you’re gone. No pads, unless you need to be gone a really long time. When you’re home, she should be in the same room with you so she can’t sneak off to pee/poop. At night, I’d put her in a crate in your bedroom. Once she is reliable going outside you can allow her back in the bed with you. Make sure you are taking her out on a leash and praising the heck out of her for any potty outside.
Post # 4
I could have written this exact post. Down to the just moved, pee pads, and baby on the way! My hubby and I were just talking about how we are going to deal with this today, so I don’t have any advice, but I feel your pain! I’ll be following this thread for sure!
Post # 5
@Westwood: This is good advice and it makes sense. I need to get a new crate because she knows how to get out of the old one.
She is so weird because she doesn’t pee/poop during the day when we are gone (and we are ususally gone for about 10 hours). She usually doesn’t even eat during the day, she just sleeps. She eats her dinner around the same time that we eat and we pick up her food about 3 hours before we take her outside for the last time. We take her “out to pee” about 5 or 6 times between the hours of 6pm and 10pm.
I have no idea why she has to pee/poop so many times during the night.
Post # 6
Good news! Adult dogs are quick to learn 🙂 I work for the retired greyhound trust and even the 12 year old never been in homes will learn.
As the other post said, start from scratch with garden training. Let her out once an hour to go throughout the day and she should get it. If she pees in the house scold her and put her in the garden untill she goes and then praise her for it. Use a citronella spray on the places where she’s missed and hopefully she won’t go there again.
Perhaps feed her in the morning rather than the evening so she goes throughout the day rather than the night?
Post # 7
Train her to go outside! Put pee pads only by the door you use to go outside. I suggest starting on a Friday evening so you have all weekend. Watch her like a hawk and let her go potty a few times on the pads by the door. Then remove the pads and take her outside when she approaches the door and every hour or so. When she potties outside, heap on the praise.
Take her for a long walk or outdoor play session before bed. If she still has accidents in the bedroom overnight, crate her.
Post # 8
@Darcy212: I’m not sure if you are familiar with dachshunds, but they are notoriously hard to train. And it’s not like we haven’t tried training her before. When we are home and awake we watch her like a hawk and take her outiside if she is doing her potty dance. She knows that we want her to pee outside, and she gives us little clues to let up know when she has to go out.
I don’t know if feeding her in the morning would help because no one is home between the hours of 8am and 5pm. So no one is there to take her out. I guess we could always feed her first thing, then crate her during the day… but that means that she’s in the crate for at least 9 hours. It seems like such a shame to crate a dog that is so well behaved during the day. Maybe if I just crate her at night…
We left her on the first floor last night while we slept on the second floor. She cried for a long time, and I swear, there was alot of tear residue left on her cheeks this morning. It breaks my heart. And I can’t stand being away from her at night. She usually sleeps right next to me all night and I miss the feel of her warm body. I even asked my husband if we could put the twin sized mattress on the floor so that I could sleep with her on the first floor. He said no… 🙁
I think she would be happier being crated in our bedroom at night than having free reign of the first floor. …at least until I get her trained properly.
I know it sounds like I’m lazy and making excused. I guess I am to some extent. I just wish there was an easier way.
Post # 9
I agree with PP that a dog should be able to hold their bladders through the night, are you sure nothing else is wrong?
I think crate training will get you in the right direction but it’s not something that has to be a permanent, once they’re trained, you don’t have to pen her up anymore.
I also agree that the carpeting is probably confusing for her. Are the pads in the same spot every day? Are there multiple spots? I honestly think the only way those work beyond the initial training is to keep them consistent, and only having one but you should really work towards preventing the indoor behavior all together.
You left her downstairs the entire night, did she have any accidents?
Post # 10
I trained my dog on pee pads too, and everything was great, until I moved and decided that I didn’t want her to use them anymore and I wanted her to go outside only.
Well, that didn’t happen, as she never learned how to hold it and she started going by the front door. I didn’t really mind because it is tile, and I put the pee pads by the door. Eventually, she started going in the bedroom, on the carpet, and I wake up to turds by the bed almost every morning.
I blame myself for not training her properly in the first place, but I have started to put a dog diaper on her (the kind intended for dogs in heat) because she will not go to the bathroom in it and is forced to hold it. She hates the diaper so much that I feel guilty, but I do not want to live in a bedroom that smells!
Post # 11
Its possible she can’t really tell the difference between the carpet and pads. Try putting the pads in a different location (like downstairs on the hardwood). Then if she misses in wont be a problem and if she continues going elsewhere then she needs some re-potty training.
Post # 12
@kmarie719: We only had pee pads in one area in our house and they were consistently there. She will not pee on the hardwood or tile floor but you have to watch her on the carpet. She has peed on every carpeted area of our house.
No, she did not have any incidents last night.
Post # 13
@kelly105: I know it’s tough to think of your pet sleeping alone, especially if they cry a bit, but I think you have your answer as to why she is doing it. That and because she could pee at any time, she doesn’t have a schedule.
I have small dogs as well (one is about 15#) and they go out three times a day, maybe 4 on the weekends. It’s because they are on schedules that they don’t have accidents. I’d say creating a schedule along with crate training for a couple weeks would likely solve your problem.
When she sleeps in bed with you, do you wake up when she gets up to pee? If so, don’t allow her to. If she can hold it downstairs, she can hold it upstairs too.
Post # 14
With you guys moving just recently, she is probably dealing with some kind of stress and just not used to the new house. Also you might want to try reducing the pee pads to one or two as from experience, multiple pee pads can make them think that they can pee anywhere and it’s okay. I would also try to limit food and water to a few hours before bed, so that she doesn’t have to go in the middle of the night.
Post # 15
@FutureMrsphD: Yes, I guess that is possible. Most of the time she straddles the pee pad and the carpet, and half the pee gets on the carpet. Occasionally she will pee in the hallway or on the very fluffy carpet (when she does this it becomes obvious that she’s not even trying).
I contacted a dog trainer today (someone that comes to your house) hopefully they will be able to help. I don’t care if it takes a year, I just want to get her housebroken so that she can sleep in bed with me again!
Post # 16
@ellejay16: We pick up her food/water about 3 hours before bedtime. We also take her outside a few times within that 3 hour period. I think she could hold it if she had to… or if she knew that we wanted her to.