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Q: Help! adopted dog with problem's

December 30, 2008 | By Rebecca B. | 9 answers | Expired: 2077 days ago

Rebecca  B.

I adopted a neglected puppy from our local shelter a few week's ago. I was aware at adoption that he had not been potty trained. Now I have tried everything to train him that I know. Nothing seem's to be working. Our other small dog uses wee-wee pad's and we need him to do the same if he is going to stay. We are both disabled and cannot take him outside for potty time. Does anyone have a suggestion for training him beyond the firm "NO" and scooping him up and rushing him to a pee pee pad, with love and praise if he get's it right? He is driving us nut's! He peed on my slipper's while I was wearing them!

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courtney D.
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Dec 31, 2008

the next time that he goes wee wee some where other than the pads clean it up with a paper towel or somethig and put it on the pads and put him by it. that way he smells his pee and maybe he will get the idea. when he does use the pads praise him and give him a treat.

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Dara H.
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Dec 31, 2008

How old of a puppy is he? Some take longer than others...mine always took a long time

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Renee  M.
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Dec 31, 2008

I am ALWAYS amazed when I meet a dog/pup who is potty trained in a few weeks. I've never been so lucky. It's always taken myself/my dogs quite a bit of time and patience. Others have given some good suggestions. Bless you for taking on a rescue, but maybe an untrained dog wasn't the best fit.

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Ragdollkitties
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Dec 31, 2008

Maybe try keeping a log or journal of when he eats & drinks and then when he goes potty. It will give you a better idea of how long after eating and drinking that he has to go potty. Try to be consistent with his feeding and drinking schedule until you can figure out his potty schedule. Then you can be alert for signals that he has to go potty and maybe confine him to the area where the pads are located. Show him the pads and if he uses them, give LOTS of praise and some treats! I think the key is to have him near the pads around the time that he will have to go potty until he gets the idea of what is expected of him. And praise, praise, praise for a job well done! It will make him want to please you by using the pads again. Also, try to look for his signals that he has to go potty this way you can bring near those pads when you see his signals. My pups would circle, pant, and whimper when they had to go. All pups are different though. Good luck!

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Cindy
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Dec 30, 2008

Do you know anyone who can come and take the dog out for a daily walk? Dogs need regular exercise and part of the problem could be frustration from lack of exercise and the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. There are also indoor potty pads I've seen that resemble grass - maybe your dog would prefer a different surface.

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John H.
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Dec 30, 2008

Try to get to go once on the pad. And when he does, give him enough treats to fatten him up like a pig. This will create an association that the he will understand : ues the wee wee pads = treats.

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Roxanne
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Dec 30, 2008

Please give it time. You went as far as adopting a neglected puppy which means the pup was not in a perfect environment so the pup has extra luggage and do you really know what that consisted of? Then the pup was in the local shelter and then to your arms and a new home. You were aware that the pup was not house trained so does that mean the pup was allowed to go in the house or was it outside all the time? How many ways have you tried training this pup in a short period of time? So much to take at that young age. One step at a time, one type of training at a time and be consistent. Crate training is a great idea. I recently took a 4 year old dog into our home which we have done many a times before. Now you know that this house dog has be house trained but a new home, other new friends, new ways , every night she would mess in the house even when I let them all outside numerous times before going to bed and I even walked her around the house where she messed up and tried to teach her that this way is not a good idea and it took 3 months and this is the first week she hasn't messed up. Keeping our fingers crossed and hope this dilemma is over. I have taken in many young and older pets and have found out time , patience, clear understanding, trying to understand the animal from their point of view, not to be harsh it could get the pet stressed, confused, nervous, resentful at times (bad situations for training ,nothing healthy gets learned then) lots and lots of praise. This is just some of the things I have learned working with our new found family members.

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Stephanie D.
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Dec 30, 2008

I would try crate training with the wee wee pads. Or put him in a small room with the wee wee pads. He will need a large area covered at first and then slowly a smaller area. Try giving him a treat the second he does his buisness on the pad. This will help reinforce this is were he pees. Make sure he gets his treat on the wee wee pad. It might take a little longer then a couple of weeks though. Good Luck!

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Patty W.
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Dec 30, 2008

AWWW poor pup. He is probably confused,and has never had proper training obviously. Have you tried crate training? You could put the pee pads in there with him until he gets it. Or put him in a small room with the pee pads. Put a couple of them down and tape them in place if you can. And when he does go on them TONS of LOVE and PRAISE would give him the self asteem boost he needs. Keep trying,and Good Luck.

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