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Q: how do i get her to understand??!

April 16, 2012 | By Ashleykees | 3 answers | Expired: 716 days ago

i saved my chiuauah from some people that didn't want her and basically mistreated her. they had trained her to go on paper in the house. i have had her for nearly a year and she still pottys in the house when i take her out regularly. to train her and only to train her i put her in a kennel at night so she doesn't potty while we are asleep and as soon as i wake up in the morning i take her out and she pottys outside....the rest of the day she sneaks off and pees and poops under my kids' beds. everytime i take her outside it seems she only wants to chew grass or she thinks its play time....i cannot get her to understand that outside is for pottying. i am afraid if this continues i will have to get rid of her...i cannot chase after 2 kids all day and clean up after the dog that can't seem to learn. i am very attached to her and would like to avoid getting rid of her but i'm not sure how much longer i can deal with this mess. any advise and useful tips are welcomed. thank you.

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Kelly
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Apr 17, 2012

Basically, you're going to have to start over and train her as you would a puppy. She's been trained to go inside and now not only do you have to break that habit, you have to help her establish a new one. It's not that she's incapable of learning, she's been trained to go in the house.

Take her outside on a leash and stay with her until she goes. Don't just open the door and let her out expecting her to do what you want. When going outside, say something to her like, "Go potty, and her name", then take her outside. When she gets distracted, tell her again, "Go potty". Once she finally does, give her lots of praise. When she's in the house and she begins to sniff around and wander off, put the leash on and take her outside, using the words so she'll know what is expected. Stay with her and praise her every time she goes where she is supposed to. Don't let her wander off out of your sight in the house. When she acts restless, starts wandering, sniffing areas of the floor, and trying to leave you, take her outside on the leash, tell her to go potty and stay with her until she does. Always take her outside as soon as she starts to wander off. Take her outside immediately upon waking and stay with her until she goes. Redirect her with your words until she does what she's supposed to and then praise her. Once she goes, then you can let her off her leash to play and wander around the yard, but keep her on task until then. She'll soon be learning a new behavior, but you have to help her break her old habits in order to replace them with the new ones. Make sure you clean every area she has gone in the house so that she is not drawn to those areas again by scent. Use an enzyme cleaner, pour it on the spots heavy enough to soak down into the carpet pad (if she has gone on carpet), and account for how much liquid spreads. A spot may only look 4 inches in diameter on the surface, but it spreads out underneath. Make sure the cleaner soaks through the entire area and leave it to so its work. You can use a blacklight to locate any old stains that you may not be aware of. Urine stains glow under blacklight.

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Jillian
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Apr 17, 2012

Kelly is right, she's trained, she's just trained the wrong thing. When you take her out, do some jogging to stimulate her bladder and bowels. Dogs can't hold it forever, and if you feel like she's trying to, take her behind a bush. B/c she's going under beds, it sounds like she has some insecurity about going out in the open. It's not uncommon for dogs to feel vulnerable when they go, and can be corrected simply by training basic obedience which will help build her confidence.

While she's learning the "potty" command, you'll want to start by saying "potty" when she's peeing - in a calm, friendly voice. Once she finishes, praise her. Once she learns what "potty" means, you'll be able to direct her by pointing at the grass and saying the command. When going outside is completely engrained in her, then you can just open the door, point outside, and say "potty". I like to keep a hand signal paired with the verbal command b/c it helps them learn and then you always have a backup.

Really, really clean the affected areas with something like Nature's Miracle or Zero Odor. Otherwise she'll still smell her urine and think it's okay to keep going there.

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Daisyjoy
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Apr 27, 2012

Once she learns what "potty" means, you'll be able to direct her by pointing at the grass and saying the command. When going outside is completely engrained in her, then you can just open the door, point outside, and say "potty". I like to keep a hand signal paired with the verbal command b/c it helps them learn and then you always have a backup.

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