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|03-12-2014, 01:25 AM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Philadelphia PA
Logan forgets how to use potty pads
So as of the last few weeks Logan has completely unlearned everything he knew about going on the potty pad. We found a spot behind the couch he was hiding poops! Lol. And he only pees on the pad 1 in every 5 times I'd say. I'm not really sure what to do about this. I only catch him when it's too late and it's almost like he mocks me when I say "no" or tell him "bad" and it's frustrating!
I've been told (on here) that it's too late to go back and crate train him. Not sure how true that is. But he also doesn't have much of a problem with peeing in his crate and laying in it. (which then becomes mandatory bath every time , annoying)
It's not even like he's going in the same spot because of the smell or anything because he's peeing anywhere he sees fit.
How can I get him to stop this behavior
and go BACK to being pad trained?
Angie & Logan
|03-12-2014, 07:19 AM||#2|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Confine him to a smallish room that's easy to clean when you can't watch him. Treats and praise for good pottys only, ignore the mistakes but clean them up.
Kat Infinity Chloe ?
|03-12-2014, 12:51 PM||#3|
Action Jackson ♥
Join Date: Dec 2008
It's never too late to do crate training. But if he's laying in his own pee/poop IN the crate, it won't be useful, obviously. How large is the crate? He shouldn't have enough room to pee on one end and then go lay at the other. Small space (and of course never for TOO long).
How old is Logan?
It's so difficult because I find pad trained dogs to NEVER be 100% reliable. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone with pad trained dogs who doesn't occasionally have accidents (confusing rugs for pads, etc). Which is the main reason I don't do it, plus I find it gross, LOL (I don't like having cats around either, because litter boxes gross me out). I DO understand the appeal though. My 5 year old, Jackson, has been 100% reliable since he was around 8 months old (outdoor trained) and it was fairly easy. It just took a LOT of consistency and scheduling in the beginning. He's had a *few* minor poop accidents, either when he was sick, etc, but I've NEVER come home to an accident in 5 years and he's got free roam when we're gone.
If pad training is absolutely necessary in your situation, then I would possibly get some kind of an ex-pen situation set up. Maybe put the pads inside of the 'fence', so that he has to go IN somewhere to potty, rather than just... having free roam of the house and being able to go whenever he wants. But instead, he would have to 'ask' to go potty by barking at the gate or ringing the bell, etc. Or something cute like this setup: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5072/...a681834d03.jpg
You could also do the tethering technique. It can be annoying, have the dog leashed to you at ALL times when he cannot be watched or crated. That way no accidents can happen (or if they do, it's totally your fault, lol). Do this for a month or so until he's proven to be reliable. Then he can gain a bit more freedom.
Ignore any accidents that have already happened. They don't know what they're being punished for, even if it's only 5 mins later. If you catch him in the ACT, then by all means say 'no' and take him to the place where he's supposed to go. Never use the crate as a punishment.
How much space are you allowing him to have? Does he have free roam of the house while you're home?
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Last edited by Britster; 03-12-2014 at 12:54 PM.
|03-12-2014, 01:15 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ga USA
My 8 month old hasn't had an accident in a long time and is pad trained. I use the Iris pad holder which I love. He has to step over the rim so I believe that helps him know where to go. We have one on both floors of the house. The main floor pad holder is in the laundry room, so it's out of sight. He is my third dog to use pee pads and all used them faithfully. I think the key for me has been slowing increasing the rooms he's allowed to be in. He can now have freedom downstairs but is blocked from going upstairs unless I'm with him. Hope this helps.
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