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Old 04-02-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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Ok, So i've had zoe for about 8 months now and she is still not housebroken. I know I am to blame but i've moved 2 times since I've had her and it's been very difficult to be consistant. I am now living in a condo on the third floor and was attempting to potty train her on pads but that hasn't been working out at all. I keep her in the bathroom while i'm gone with her food,water, bed, toys and the pad. I keep it all seperated from eachother and most of the time, she holds it till I take her out. I know, that is great but the thing is she only holds it in the bathroom. Once I let her roam the house, she pottys. The goal is either A) to house break her to go outside only (this will be much more difficult considering I work weird hours and cant take her out every 3 ours.) B) Have her pad trained. I need some insight on training. This is my first time owning a dog on my own and it is very obvious, i'm failing miserably at house breaking her.

I am begging anyone who is reading this to please, please, please with cherry on top to give me some insight on what I can do differently, or suggestions.

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Old 04-03-2009, 06:56 AM   #2
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Anyone? Not to sound rude but 23 people have viewed my post and not one has responded. Very discouraging.
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You are off to a good start. She has the baisc idea of not to go in her place(the Bathroom) the idea will to be to slowly expand her space. What I would suggest is that as soon as you get home take her outside to pee and or poop When you return home do not give her free roam of the house always keep her right by you, Since you are saying she is holding it while you are gone I would say take her out every 4 or so hours while you are home to pee and or poop this way she realizes that this is where she is supposed to go. You need to follow the basic rules of crate training but using the bathroom instead. I hope this helps you
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Thank you for your response. SO little by little give her more space.. There is a long hall way that is right by the bathroom that I can close off from the rest of the house. Thank you I'm thinking the pads may not be a good idea.
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Yes slowly give her more room after she has shown you she reespects the space. As far as the pee pads go I know a lot of people with disagree with me but when I got Milo I considered using them and then my mother said to me if you don't want a dog to go in the house don't give him a reason too. Teach him it is only ok to go outside and that is what I did. I am not saying we never had any accidents but what I will tell you is that looking back when he did have an accident he always tried to show me before hand he had to go be it pacing, whining, pawing there was and always is a notification of some sort that says take me out.
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I totally agree. I would train her to go outside. I have had our dog go on the pad for four years and he was about 50% ON the pad. We are going to start outside training very soon. A few people have told me to keep them on a leash by you and take them out when needed, so they cant roam around, until they get the hang of it. I have not yet tried this but I may have to too!! I know how stressful it can be. I too work and know how hard it is to be consistent. I tried the bathroom thing with my puppy and he just went all over the bathroom, so you are ahead of me on that!! We tried keeping them blocked off and that seemed to work. We did have to get a plastic and wood gate because they both were climbing over the reg ones. Also make sure when she DOES go potty where you want give her a SPECIAL treat. That really helps with then realizing they did good and that they get an extra special "potty" treat!
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The reason she doesn't go in the bathroom is because she considers the bathroom her home. Naturally, dogs will not soil their "home". So you'll need to teach her that the rest of the condo is her home too. Little by little.

To teach potty training, you'll need to block off your family room, block off all hiding places and watch, watch, watch her. The idea is to catch her in the act and then correct the error. Reward for good behavior. Repeat as necessary. Then gradually increase the space.

If you can't give her 100% of your attention while she is loose in the house, then you'll need to confine her (either back to the bathroom or in a crate). Know that they are quick and will soon learn that they can potty if you're not paying attention - so if you have to turn your back to do anything (go to the bathroom, answer the door, watch tv, etc.) then please put her up. Do not attempt to multitask when potty training. A few weeks of your undivided attention will lead to a life time of trust. Its not easy, but its worth it.

My personal tip: lay down some old blankets while potty training in the family room - that way you can wash the blankets to remove the odor and to save the carpet.

I was fortunate that my hubby helped out. We were both dedicated to the process. Bailey was trained in 2 mos and 100% reliable in 4 mos.

House Training for Dummies is an excellent source!!! This book was my potty training bible. I read it and adapted my own process.

Good luck!!!
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I'm in a similar situation... except Teddi has been trained to go outside to pee/poo. At first we would take him outside every 1-2 hours to let him pee. When he does we'd say "Good boy!" like he just gave us the best gift ever! The intervals became longer as he got older (e.g. 3-4 hours) but we continued with the "Good boy!" praise. Even now when I only have to take him out every 4+ hours (he's 9 months old), I still say "Good boy!". I do this as well when he poos... My bf doesn't praise him as much as I do, so now most of the time Teddi doesn't poo unless I'm the one taking him out.

He did have some accidents in the house though. Luckily I was able to catch him in the act, so scolding him then was effective (stomping my foot and shouting "Bad boy!" in an angry voice). I think he got the message pretty quickly. Going in the house = "Bad boy!" with an angry voice VS going outside the house = "Good boy!" with a happy voice... the latter is definitely better! Although I must admit that I would occasionally get so annoyed when I discovered pee on the carpet that I would still scold him... but then I'd remember that there's no point and would cool down immediately.

Now he can hold it in for 9 hours while we're away at work. As soon as we get home the first thing he does is run like a rocket towards the door to go outside and do his thing. However, I don't think it's really healthy to hold pee for that long so I've been trying to train him to go on the pee pad/newspaper as well. Interestingly enough, he starts dribbling out pee when we get home and not take him out asap... So I started to take advantage of that and would put him on the pee pad. When he pees, even if it's just a few drops, I'd say, "Good boy!" He never finishes though and after 30+ minutes I end up taking him outside to finish peeing.

I just started two days ago so it might take a while. I'm going to try giving him treats and see if that'll work. I'm just afraid though that he'll think it's ok now to pee inside the house, even though I'm only teaching him to use the pee pad. Oh well, we'll just see how it goes!
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