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Q: Potty Training

March 19, 2008 | By Jessie R. | 3 answers | Expired: 2307 days ago

Jessie R.

We adopted Tisha (7 months old) nearly 3 weeks ago. She was having "accidents" in the house 1 or 2 times per day. We thought it was just becuase it was a new environment for her. We take her out every hour when we are home with her and she is in the kennel when we are gone. She goes potty outside with no problem, but then will often times go again a short while later on our floor. She is doing #1 and #2 in the house. She doesn't mess in her kennel, but doesn't even signal to go out side if she has to go. Its been a LONG time since i've had a puppy so I'm not quite sure how to tackle this. We are desperate for some help and tired of going through roll after roll of paper towels!

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Amber R.
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Mar 19, 2008

My dog did the same thing. You just have to keep telling her "No" and punish her when she does it. She will eventually stop, but only if you tell her "No" and punish her for it. It will take a little while depending on what kind of breed she is. Keep the same routine. Every time you get home take her out so she will get use to it and make sure you do not skip a time or at least until she gets used to it.

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Mhutchison
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Mar 19, 2008

How old is your puppy? NEVER punish a puppy for going potty! Rather, praise her for going outside, and simply clean up the inside accidents. If she is little, she doesn't yet have bladder control, and doesn't yet know when to go. Puppies need to have a bowel movement about half an hour after eating, and playing. Also, don't scoop her up and take her outside - she needs to know HOW to get outside. Lead her outside, with praise. Some people install a little bell at the door for their dog to signal. Again, don't punish - PRAISE! There is a great book titled "Don't Shoot The Dog" which has great training methods - for dogs, people, etc. And there are lots of online training sites - just google 'puppy training'. Have fun with Tisha, and give her time.

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Sharebear57
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Mar 20, 2008

Management is going to be the key here. With a young puppy, they should be going outside several times a day (much, much more often than an older dog would!) They need to be supervised AT ALL TIMES! When you cannot supervise, the puppy should be in her crate. When she come out, she goes right out to the potty-spot. Praise when she goes, then she can have playtime. If she doesn't go, it is back into her crate for 15 mins or so, then try again. Playtime is earned by going potty. Playtime must be supervised! If you notice her sniffing or circling, immediately back to the potty spot.
NEVER EVER punish a puppy for going potty inside! If she has an accident in the house, it is not her fault! It simply means she was not properly supervised. Punishing a puppy for going in front of you teaches her only that you are scary and unpredictable, not that she shouldn't go in the house. Next time she will simply hide when she has to go, or worse, be too afraid to go in front of you at all, even outside.
If you catch her mid-potty, grab her and take out to the potty spot (it doesn't matter if you pick her up) and praise her for finishing up out there.
If you find a mess left when you were not watching, it is too late to do anything but clean it up. Do NOT "rub her nose in it" or anything else. She will not understand!
The best way to teach a puppy not to go in the house is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Keep her on a tight schedule (incl. mealtimes) so you can predict when she will have to go, and keep her supervised at ALL TIMES! If you are consistent, you will find that she will learn proper potty habits very quickly.

Ps. If you are doing all of these things and still having accidents, see a veterinarian.

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