(Closed) When potty training fails?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
8595 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Way too much freedom too soon IMO. It is very common for puppies to regress during potty training – some dogs are not reliable until they are close to a year old. Go back to 100% supervision and treat him like he has had no training at all.

Post # 4
972 posts
Busy bee

@Westwood:  Agreed. If he is having accidents, you need to be watching him always. 

So OP, your pup is about 16 weeks now? Generally speaking, that is very young to be completely potty trained. My rott pup, currently 11 months, is JUST starting to be a reliable potty-er. She was “pretty much” trained at like, 4 months… but they regress, and accidents will happen.

Anyway, your pup is very young. He shouldn’t be out of your sight, ever, when he is out of the crate (in this behavioral stage). It sounds like he is pooping “everywhere” because you aren’t there to see it. You should have an eye on him, or tether the leash to you. One he BEGINS to have an accident, say “ah-ah!” and scoop him up (or if he is too large, leash him and briskly walk) to outside to potty. Stand there, ignore him until he finishes pooing or peeing. If he doesnt show any signs of it, back inside, straight into crate. Wait 20-30 minutes, then back outside. Ignore him until he goes. Once he does, praise and do some playtime. Don’t bring him immediately back inside if he enjoys the outdoors, as this can be seen as a punishment for going to the bathroom. 

And bring him out every other hour or so for an opportunity to potty. 

I have had great success with “potty bells” – I made my own for much cheaper. It is still currently a struggle for us, because she rings them when she wants to go outside and sniff around and not only when she has to potty. But our porch is fenced in, so its no big deal for us. But it could be annoying to others. 

Post # 5
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I don’t think this is anything terrible, more than likely he’s just looking for a little more stucture, control and boundaries….I never let my dogs have the run of the house, even when I am there, they stay in the room I’m in, or they can go hang out in the kitchen, which we’ve turned into hound doggy central. 

If you have a slip up in the potty department, it’s time to get back to basics…your baby is either with you, or in his crate, set him up to succeed with regular potty times at about hour to hour and a half intervals, praise the hell out of him when he goes outside and keep an eye on when he eats & drinks.  Dogs want to please us, but sometimes the execution of that gets a little wonky.

You are doing fine!

Post # 6
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have 2 dgso, both of whom are just 2. We had potty training issues with both of them, and they definately regressed several times. I would find that they’d become reliable, so we’d give them a little more freedom, and as soon as they got that freedom, they’d regress.

Even now, we still have accidents with the younger one (who will be 2 in about 2 weeks), if we aren’t diligent with letting her out every few hours. She’ll just randomly pee on the floor without going to the door (like we’ve trained them to do).

Potty training/puppies are a huge time committment, and it takes consistency, over and over and over and over to drill it in. One acident sets them back.

I would start fgrom square one again. Take him outside ever 30-45 mins, treat when he goes outside, praise, etc all that stuff, and start working back up to 1 hr, 1hr 15, etc. We’ve had  to revert back multiple times.

FWIW – I still don’t trust our dogs out over night or if we’re away for more than 30 mins at a time. They have free range of the house when we’re home, but when we’re sleeping/away, they are always in their crates. I’m pretty sure they have a bit of seperation anxiety and poop when we’re away because of it.

Post # 8
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That’s how house breaking goes… Just when you think you’ve got it, boom! Set back. And just remember, the time in the crate now is preparing him for a lifetime outside the crate. My dog was 2 when I got her and I crate trained her. It seems sad at first, but after six months I put the crate away and she’s had free run of the house. Off-and-on freedom and training will only delay the day you declare him housebroken. Being strict and “mean” about the crate now will speed up the time to when it’s no longer needed!

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