(Closed) My puppy can sit, stay, come, go to bed…. but she can’t seem to pee outside!!!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have you tried crating and tethering?

Until she is reliably trained she should either be crated or tethered to you at ALL times.

That way she can’t sneak away to pee and you can start to understand her “gotta go” cues.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: Why kind of dog? Some breeds are notoriously hard to housebreak.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yeah, I’d try taking her out more often.

Also make sure if you go outside and play for 45 min that she pees again before coming inside. Running around/playing tends to get things moving through the system.

Smaller dogs are also harder because they are closer to the ground so it’s hard to tell when they are squatting to pee.

Also, has she been fixed yet?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

So you have any other cue than the whimper?  We have our puppy bell trained so he knows he has to nose the bell and sit by the door so we’re sure we hear him.  And although we got him house trained (pound puppy was only 4 months) we hit the one year mark and he started peeing again and it took a little bit of patience in bringing him to the bell, making him ring it and sit and then taking him out immediately after the accident, he got the point after a week or two.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would randomly take her out to pee and wait with treats in your hand. While she is in the middle of peeing praise her then IMMEDIATELY give her the treat. She will learn faster if you do that sort of thing. If she pees inside don’t punish or whip her-just say “no (dog’s name)” then take her outside so she starts to get it. 

Some dogs bladders aren’t fully developed until they are a little bit older. You might want to use dog potty pads at first in a place like your kitchen and eventually move it towards the door. Eventually take the pad away then take her outside. Take her out once an hour if you can and eventually she will get it. Not everything works for every dog though. 

I talked to my vet about it since I just got a puppy a couple months ago and just went through all of this 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AirForceFiance: Praise/treating the desirable behavior is VERY important.

I’d be careful using potty pads as they can just confuse the situation.

The dog needs to learn that peeing inside – not ok, peeing outside is good.

If you allow peeing somewhere in the house but not other places in the house you can end up confusing the dog.

My old roommate had a dachshund who was pad trained, and she peed on any white soft surface (i.e. our bathmat) because it was potty pad esq.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My Cairn is over a year old and is STILL doing that. Even at three months old a puppy should still need to sleep a lot. You should be taking her out every 2 hours when possible. She needs a steady diet of wake up, pee, play like crazy, pee, sleep, rinse repeat. As long as you give her 20ish minutes to play like insane per every 80 minutes there is no reason she can’t be crated. This worked fantastically(totally a word!) for my Scottie. Crating isn’t about confining a puppy, its about giving them a “safe place” to have a nap. Just remember- puppies have a bladder about the size of a pea (pun intended?) and it needs to be emptied frequently.

Also, if she has problems not making it til the morning (my Cairn was hooooorrible about this) she should only need an ice cube or two in her water container through the night. During the day she should be getting free choice.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Having read the responses since I started my previous reply I have one other thing.  Being that she is a terrier- expect this for another 2-3+ months. She’s not a lab. Shes a terrier. They take a long time. They aren’t dumber (in fact, theyre annoyingly smart), their bladders just aren’t as developed as their brains are. My male Scottie took til he was 9 months and then relapsed for a few weeks when we got the Cairn. My female Cairn is a year old and still isn’t completely- but that is our fault. We shouldn’t have gotten a puppy working full time and going to school full time.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ok I swear this is my last thing. If you haven’t already go out and grab yourself some Nature’s Miracle. No one likes pee stains and its great for that, but more importantly you need to erase the smell. A puppy smells old pee and thinks its ok to pee there. Nature’s Miracle is the best to erase the stain and the odor.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We found that spending too much time outside actually hindered out potty training.  If she can just go anytime in the middle of playing, she doesn’t really learn the impulse control.  Here’s what I would try:

1.  make her have a BIG drink of water

2. play with her (inside) for about 10 minutes

3. say “outside!”  take her out (grab the treats on the way), on the leash, and directly to where you want her to pee

4.  ignore her, no talking, no playing, and don’t even make eye contact if you can resist.  do not let her wander/ sniff around more than the extent of the leash

5. as soon as she starts to pee, say your trigger word “potty, business, hurry up” etc…  so she begins to associate the word with the action.  later, you’ll be able to say the word first, and she’ll go (somewhat) on command

6. as soon as she’d done make a HUGE deal of praising her, treats, starting to play again.

 

Repeat the process, and each time take her right back to where she peed the first time so she can pick up the scent.

 

Hope that helps.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

stupid double post

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