Doggy potty training?
Topic: Doggy potty training?
July 19, 2019 / By Jay Question:
I have a tricky situation. I just rescued the BEST DOG EVER from the pound. She is a 5 month old Beagle/Shepherd mix. Her temperament and everything is GREAT. She seems pretty smart (uses the doggie door) and fits in well with our family. Here's the problem: she has taken to PEEING in my kids' room, specifically, their beds. My girls still pee the bed at night, which is why I think she does it. I'm pretty sure her "hound nose' can still smell the pee, although I change the sheets and wash the plastic mattress cover with BLEACH. My husband rubs her nose in it, says "no" stearnly, and puts her outside. It breaks my heart because she is SUCH a fantastic dog otherwise and I don't LIKE her outside. I got her for company, so throwing her outside defeats the purpose of having her. I know, I know, she has to be trained. But I am wondering if there is something I should/shouldn't be doing. I hate seeing such a great dog outside...HELP!
Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. Crate training won't work for us, as I am away from home for hours while I work. We have a doggy door, and she KNOWS how to use it. She is almost ALWAYS OUTSIDE when I get home. She LOVES her doggy door! Upon entering the doggy door, she comes in to her "room", which is also the laundry room. There is a second door that goes in to the rest of the house, and we always keep that door closed when no one is home. This way she can go outside, or come in to the laundry room and lay in her bed. For the first week, she had only one "accident" in our family room. We cleaned it up and she was fine for days. Then she started peeing in the girls' room, on their beds. This morning she peed in their doorway. (They were still IN their beds!) I have washed a load or two of PEE laundry every day this week....arg!! I think I will have to keep her in the laundry room at night, and just watch her closely when I'm home..Thanks again everybody!
I normally let her roam the house at night, she always comes and lays at the foot of my bed, and she has never peed at night...only in the daytime, usually later in the afternoon when I am busy with dinner and the kids' routine. They take her out to the yard and play with her, and then they come in for dinner. usually while the kids are laying their clothes out for the following day, she hops on their beds and pees. I hate to take away her freedom, but she must stop peeing,,,
Best Answers: Doggy potty training?
Gadiel | 6 days ago
Crate training is perfect for this. Firsty find a convenient spot in your house to put some newspaper down (just in case you don't make it outside with her) You need to take your dog outside ALOT, and instruct her to go potty or go pee whichever term you choose, and wait for her to go toilet. IF she does, lots and lots of praise and a treat. If she hasn't gone after 15 minutes MAX take her back inside, in her crate and try again in half an hour. Until she is completely potty trained so to speak, really limit her freedom in the house, NEVER leave her unattended in the house, and if you she her squat to go toilet, quickly pick her up and run outside with her preferably or to the newspaper if necessary, and again, if she goes, lots of praise and a treat if not, bring her back in and keep a REALLY CLOSE eye on her as she obviously wants to go! If she has accidents, don't tell her off... only praise when she does it where you want her to. She will soon get the hang of it. Also as she gets better and better at it, move the newspaper closer and closer to the door you let her out of, eventually putting the paper outside the door, this also has a double bonus of training her to sit by the door when she needs to go so you know to let her out! Dogs generally WANT to please their pack leaders, they just sometimes have difficulty getting their heads around exactly what we want of them. In the meantime DO NOT let her anywhere near your girls rooms.
Hope this helps, and hope it made sense as that can be a horrible problem that really spoils your lovely doggy relationship!
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Originally Answered: How to advise puppy owners on potty training when they won't accept crate training or if .?
First, does your family want help? If you are telling them what to do but they don't think they are doing anything wrong, you are not going to accomplish anything other than giving yourself a massive migraine and flat forehead from banging it against the wall constantly. If they have sought your advice...
My job is to answer people's questions about their pets' behavior problems. I occasionally have the same frustration: a "yea, but..." person who comes up with reasons why none of my suggestions will work. If you provide several realistic ideas and they will not do any, all you can tell them is then they have to deal with the consequences of not taking action. Unfortunately, ultimately it is the dog who will pay but, again, all you are going to do is get yourself more upset.
I have also resorted to finally asking a person who keeps trying to justify their methods "How's that working for you?" Obviously it isn't working or they wouldn't be calling me. That can open people up to actually trying some new things instead of being pigheaded.
And, with family or friends who won't take my suggestions for other problems, I have finally had to tell them "if you won't do anything about it, I don't want to hear anymore complaining."
For housetraining, preventing accidents and reinforcing good behavior are all that are needed. If they don't want to crate, they need to either watch the dog or confine it in some other manner. It needs to be taken outside on a consistent schedule and praised and treated when it does go outside.
I will say that I believe that crating for 8 hours is not abuse, depending on the dog and the situation. It is clearly inappropriate for a young pup, though. It is going to eliminate several times in that period. It will soon learn to accept being in its waste if it eliminates in the crate a few times, and house training will become even more difficult.
You can tell them they will likely create more behavior problems than the ones they are trying to solve by using the crate too long and keeping the crate in an area where the pup is isolated. They can expect excessive barking or whining, separation anxiety, aggressive behavior, destructiveness, and other issues.
My dog did this too. Try keeping the door closed and if she pees outside the door then you have a bigger issue. Two things I would suggest: 1- Crate training and 2- Private training lessons- 4 lessons will cure that and she will learn other tricks along the way. Its amazing!!
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First of all, no one should be rubbing her nose in the pee. Would you make your kids rub their nose in their pee if the had an accident?? I don't think so.... Anyway, I agree with most of the other people. You should close your kids' bedroom door so she can't get in.... Hope this helps.
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Your not supposed to rub their nose in it. It doesnt do anything, it only makes them scared of the person who is doing it. And if you see her peeing there then just say a stern NO and then put her outside and clean it up, if you dont catch her in the act don't punish her because she won't know what the heck she did wrong.
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Crate Training and Positive Reinforcement when she goes where you want her to.
You have to treat her like a puppy and watch her EVERY SECOND. If you see her about to squat, yell "NO", pick her up and run her outside. You should already have a treat in your pocket and when she finishes outside say "good girl" and give her the treat. It might take about two weeks, but it will work!
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Originally Answered: Kitty potty training?
Hi! I'm currently training 2 cats to use the toilet. I would love to offer some advice, but I need to know what methods you are employing as you train him. There are a lot of reasons that the cat will get "freaked out" and decide to start toileting elsewhere; likewise, there are a lot of creative solutions that people like us have come up with to solve them!
Edit: Hmm..after rereading your post, it sounds like you had actually FINISHED the training, and that he just suddenly stopped - am I correct?
Something may have happened to scare him while he was using the toilet - same as how if a cat gets frightened when using the litterbox, they'll start acting out and peeing in a corner of your living room. I'd suggest you "roll back" a little bit to whatever that last stage in the training was before the final change to plain toilet.
Make sure he knows that the toilet is a "happy place" -- lure him up there with treats, only give him treats when he's standing on the seat, etc. You can buy some "cat calming spray" (also known as feliway spray) at your local pet store; the pheremones in that might help to calm your cat as well.
I know that one of my 2 cats startled the other a while ago, and I had to start the training ALL over again before she'd go back to the toilet. The calming spray, however, helped immensely, so it didn't take long to recover the lost distance, and even now, if one of them is hesitant for whatever reason (We're on the last stage of training right now), sometimes if I just wipe the seat with the spray, it'll be enough encouragement for her to go.
Ensure that you've cleaned the accident area(s) thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner, otherwise he may just think that it is the appropriate place for him to go. I know that some people on a training forum I belong to strongly suggest putting a piece of his poo into the toilet bowl -- I've never gone so far as to do something like that, but if it comes to it...
Best of luck, I hope you figure out a way to calm him down!