Post # 1
I have had a 5 month old Goldendoodle puppy now for about 2 months. He listens to commands perfectly, is crate trained, gets plenty of daily exercise and my husband and I adore him.
The problem is…..he thinks of our house as a giant toilet. I understand hes a puppy and still young, but we have been having a hard time with this for about 2 months now. We have tried everything and it is getting frustrating to be constantly cleaning up messes in my house (not to mention my house is starting to smell like a kennel!). We have a bell hanging on our door for him to ring and he sometimes does ring it and then goes outside to use the bathroom….but it seems like other times he just forgets. There was a two week span where we weren’t having any problems, but then it seems like he forgot.
Bees, we take him out every hour to go potty at the exact same spot, give him treats and a lot of praise everytime he rings his bell and uses the bathroom and make sure he goes outside plenty. Does 2 months seem like a long time though?? Does anyone have any advice? My previous dog I had was house trained in 3 days!
Does anyone have any advice??
Post # 3
@star282: I forgot to mention that he only really pees on beds and comforters, but if the doors are closed he’ll go on the carpet!
Post # 4
What is the first thing you do when he goes in the house?
Post # 5
Ok, my trainer told me that male dogs tend to not empty their bladders like female dogs do. This is because they like to save some pee so they can mark their territory. So when you go potty outside, make sure he pees on at least three things. And I’d up his potty breaks to every half hour or more. Honestly, when I was potty training my pomeranian, I had to take him out every 15 minutes. And when he comes back in from a pee, he’ll probably drink more water. So only fill his water bowl with just a LITTLE bit of water. Enough to “wet his whistle” but no more. That way he won’t be filling his bladder up all the time.
Post # 6
First, you need to restrict his access to your house. Yes, this is annoying but your dog is too little to understand that your whole house is his whole house too. They don’t really get that spatial relationship at such a young age. Keep all the doors to all rooms closed at all times, and only keep him in the room where you are. If you have lots of open space, consider buying/borrowing baby gates to limit his area.
Second, watch how much water you’re giving him/how much he’s drinking. My dog drinks for the sake of drinking (he’s food motivated & will drain his water bowl the second I fill it). If he’s drinking a ton, you’ll need to walk him more than once an hour, unfortunately.
Post # 7
Yes, two months is a long span of time, particularly for a dog like a Goldendoodle. They’re big enough that they can hold it for 6 hours at a time by that age, and smart enough to learn how to go outside by 10 weeks old. I have a lab that was house trained in a week and we got him at eight weeks old. Couple things:
1. Crate Train: I’d highly recommend crate training. It is the easiest way to house train a dog. It’ll be hard for you if you haven’t started at all yet, simply because he’ll whine a lot, but it makes the potty training process easier on everyone. There are walkthroughs about the process and lots of informational reading online.
2. Back to Basics: If you’re unwilling to crate train, you have to go back to the very beginning. Limit his access to the house if possible. We’re talking one room. After eating, after play, and after every 30 minutes, he needs to go outside. When he ‘goes’ outside, MAKE A HUGE DEAL about it. Verbal praise, pets, and a high value treat that he doesn’t get any other time (chicken, steak, hot dogs, bacon, cheese).
3. Make sure to Invest in a product like Nature’s Miracle: If you’ve just been cleaning up accidents with papertowels, or soap, that could be a big part of your problem. Their urine leaves behind a smell they can smell even if you can’t see it. It tells them where to pee again. Nature’s Miracle cleans up that smell too, and makes your house actually clean.
Post # 8
I doubt it’s marking at such a young age. Also, I wouldn’t restrict water intake. Not only could it lead to issues of the dog over drinking, but it can result in bladder infections/UTI’s. You need to have him vet checked for these, as they’re quite common in puppies/young dogs, and could be the reason he’s peeing inside.
I agree with @BagsnBooks, restricting access to the house is key. If you take him outside and he doesn’t pee, put him in his crate for 15-20 minutes. Take him out again and repeat until he pees outside.
Are you making sure to get rid of the urine odour with an enzyme remover? If not, he’s going to continue peeing where he has been. Nature’s Miracle works well.
Dogs don’t develop full bladder control until they are about a year, depending on the dog and breed. Also, when my dog was that young, and was well excercised (tired!), he sometimes didn’t have the energy to let me know he had to go and would pee inside, even though he was fully trained.
Post # 9
I completely agree with what everyone else said, but I’d think about adding umbilical training into the mix. When he’s in the house with you, he’s on a leash attached to your belt, OR in his crate. It is a giant pain in the butt, but he should figure out what’s going on pretty quickly, and you can watch him like a hawk in the meantime to make sure that there are no more accidents. My dog had maybe 5 accidents in the house when we were training her because we used this method; it was fantastic.
Something that my trainer mentioned to our class – when a puppy has an accident in the house, blame yourself. You were not watching him/her closely enough, didn’t respond quickly enough, etc. It helped me to keep this in mind so that I wasn’t getting mad at my dog when we were training her.
Post # 10
I agree with the Nature’s Miracle spray suggestion, it’s amazing!
We had a similar issue with our adult Jack Russell (granted, smaller dogs have very different potty needs) after we adopted him, and we quickly realized he was drinking WAY too much water. A dog needs about .5 to 1 oz of water per pound (a little more for puppies and more active dogs) and when you start to go above that, their body just gets rid of it. We had a bottle with oz marked on the side and had to measure his daily intake for 6 months until he adjusted himself.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone! We have the Nature’s Miracle and it works great!
Right after he pees in the house, we usually tell him “no” and immediately bring him outside to his “spot” where he will usually finish there. Everytime he goes to the door – he gets a treat, rings a bell – gets a treat, goes to the bathroom outside – gets a treat. I even brought him to the vet thinking he had a bladder infection, but he is perfectly healthy! He does drink a lot of water though…
He is crate trained and loves his crate. We can leave him in there for up to 5 hours during the day (even though he is really only in there for a max 4 hours) and all night with no accident (he whines when he has to go). So he definitely knows when he has to go — just not where!
But like I said, he DOES go to the door to go #2 and sometimes #1. We keep him very active and he tires out, so I agree with the comment that he may be lazy and not want to go to the door.
We are currently limiting his access to rooms in the house. The only problem is, our living room/dining room/kitchen is upstairs…..and the door he goes out is downstairs (we have a split level house). This is my only guess as to why he is going in the house?? It sjust weird that he only prefers to go on beds…
Other than that he is great! Listens to commands (he goes to obedience school) and is very very smart and is now in training to be a therapy dog. I just wish he would stop peeing on comforters!!!!
Post # 12
@star282: Where did you get him? If he’s from a pet store, he’s a puppy mill dog. Those dogs can be harder to potty train because the insanely cruel puppy mill conditions go against a dog’s natural voiding instincts. If you say something right AFTER he’s peed, it’s too late. You have to catch him in the act. One thing my dog’s rescue group recommended (he’s a mill rescue, so I knew potty training could be an issue) is that when you are not directly engaging with your dog, to put him on a leash, and then attach the leash to you somehow (I attached it to my belt). Then, he won’t get too far from you, you will always know what he’s doing, and if he pees, you’ll catch him in the act. And if you are taking him out regularly, you shouldn’t worry about him not getting a chance to ring the bell. He doesn’t sound ready for freedom/bell ringing yet. Just make sure you give him access to his water, etc.
Post # 13
I think since he’s so young and is only ringing the bell sometimes, you’re going to have to take him out much more frequently than every hour until he figure’s it out. It’s going to be up to you to take him to go potty every 20 minutes or so. Obviously every hour isn’t enough.
Also he can smell where he’s peed so you are going to probably have to do an enzyme cleaner on the carpet, and hope you can get rid of the smell, it’s difficult to do and I still haven’t been successful in our new house where the dog has peed. I did read though to try the enzyme cleaner which is my next attempt at clearing it up.
Post # 14
Take him to the vet.
Always make sure there’s no medical reason for this first.
A urinary tract infection can cause these symptoms.
Post # 14
I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT keeps urinating on my rugs. So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.
My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!
Post # 16
star282 : I think that’s disgusting that you lock your dog in a cage for 4 hours of a day!! How would you like to be locked in a cage with no toilet for 4 hours. You shouldn’t have got a dog if that’s what you do with it. They are not toys that you can put away in the cupboard when you’re busy with other things. Shame on you