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|01-02-2012, 01:33 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Birmingham, UK
Refuses to learn toilet training
Sadly my Harri is just not getting the hang of toilet training! He's 5 months old now and just refuses to learn!
When we brought him home at 8weeks, i wasn't very well and i spent lots of time training him and he was perfect! However when i went back to college, through my own fault, i didn't keep up the training as well as i should have.
He used to use his potty mats and he would sit by the door to let us know he wanted to go out for a poo, yet now he just goes where ever.
In my room, he has mats, and he is getting more used to using them, but downstairs he just is resilient.
I correct him after he's done wrong, and show him where the right place to go is, i've tried punishing him through ignoring him and isolation but nothing works.
I know i have to watch him like a hawk, but sometimes other things take priority, i take my eye off him for one minute, then its already been done and i havent had time to intercept.
His feeding pattern is typical and at a set time, so you should be able to estimate when he will need to go, however after he eats, he doesn't go for 1 or maybe 2 hours. It is at a completely random time, recently, ive stopped him going in the kitchen (because this was where most of the accidents happen), and now he can't go where he likes, but still he sneaks in or hides it.
We take him out every 20 mins, and put him on his matt regularly but he still doesn't listen.
I am getting a bit upset though, i just feel really responsible for him doing this, its not his fault, but my family are not interested at all in helping me.
They shout at Harri when he's done wrong yet dont want to help me correct him. Its not his fault, he needs the right guidance, i just hope some of you can give me some!!
Thank you, i know this has been a long rant!
But here's a picture of Harri looking fed up in a santa hat to cheer you up
Mommy to Harri
|01-02-2012, 07:14 PM||#2|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: southern ill
I would suggest crate training him. And when you are home attach a leash to yourself with him on it until he gets the potty training down. We also take our little girl Izzie outside every hour and a half when we are home. It still took about 8 month s for her to get it but she was 3 when we got her and I didn't expect her to know that she needed to potty outside over night. Also we always praise and give treats after pottying outside. Good luck! I know with persistance he will learn!
|01-02-2012, 09:17 PM||#3|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
5months is still pretty young. Starting over with crate training is a good place to start. At 5months he is still a baby,,patience.
|01-02-2012, 10:23 PM||#4|
Donating YT 5000 Club Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
I just posted this in another thread about potty training.
"Definitely do not expect a 10 week old to be potty trained. Shoot, even at 4 years old my Hot Rod will find a spot to poop. I've just recently gone back to "crate training 101" as I gated off the front part of the house.
I kept my 2 on pads and go outdoors with them. Maggie is wonderful with the pads while Hot Rod will pee on it all day long but prefers to go outside for poo. He more prefers to go outside for that. We also have pads in hubbys garage so on rainy and snow days, they can still "go outside".
You will need to have patience, patience and more patience. He's still telling you when he has to go, your just not picking up on the signs. Tethering him to you is good but if you don't see the signs, it won't really help.
The second you even suspect he's got the urge, onto the pad (if you choose to use) he goes and make up a command that you use only for this purpose and once he's in the act, do you say it. Praise him a lot and treat if you wish. This command should only be used when he's in the act so he can associate it and once he does learn it, you can use it so he will know what to expect. Good luck and it will come, just have patience."
Please do not punish him for something that he's not been training properly. Just because you know what the pads/mats are for doesn't mean he does. Best of luck.
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|01-03-2012, 08:09 AM||#5|
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Join Date: Nov 2011
Not having much luck, and not trying that hard.. it's getting really cold and miserable up here so we dont get out as often as we should. We got peepads wherever he likes to go, but he keeps changing locations. Interesting thing is that he NEVER messes in his crate.. all night.. wont go anywhere but home (convenient for shopping and nursing home visits and will occasionally pee on the way to the car). Cant bring myself to sequester him so I guess we just wait for spring and start again.
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