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Old 02-12-2013, 08:06 PM
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My Dog is peeing outside, but pooping inside.

I have a 12 week old cocker spaniel pup. I'm trying to housebreak him properly but his progress is at times frustrating. He started I got him several weeks ago, and his early progress was very exciting he use to be taken right out of his crate and within minutes of him being outside would poop and pee.

Over the last several days he's started a strange behavior. He will go outside and almost immediately pee, but after 15 minutes or so he still wont poop. I tihnk "well maybe he doenst need to go", but then he'll come in the house and poop on the carpet.

Another thing he'll do is poop a little outside, but come inside and after 10 minutes find his spot, and pooop there.

I've tried to put a puppy pad in the spot he's choosen to go to, but he'll tend to tear up the pad like it's a puppy toy.

Now my new technique is that if doesn't poop after 15 minutes, Ill bring him back inside and place him in his crate again for an hour or so.

Is there anything else I can be doing to teach him to housebreak properly???

I'm really trying my best, but I feel like he should be progressing faster than he is.


thanks in advanced for the help!
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I think your expectations might be just a bit too high. ^^

Puppies still have small bladders and often can't really tell when they have to go until it's already time to go right then. Remember that most people don't consider a dog reliably housebroken until at least six months, and it can take up to a year.

If he's always going to the same place inside, then absolutely make sure you've cleaned that spot with an enzyme based cleaner. I use Nature's Miracle, and it's great. As many time as he's gone inside, I don't think it's ever been in the same place, haha.

You may also be missing his signals. You can't really teach a dog/expect a dog to signal until they're around six months old. Just be patient, and lots and lots of praise when he goes outside, with high value treats.

Talos is 12 weeks old right now, and he's still having accidents, but he's starting to learn to signal (go to the door, tug his leash). It's just a matter of waiting it out. A few weeks ago, I felt like he'd always be peeing inside and I'd always be chasing him around with Nature's Miracle.
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Fears has had really obvious signs of an impending poop. He would have his nose to the ground sniffing and his bum would pucker. He only pooped once inside on me, but pooped a few times inside when his dad was watching him.

Some dogs don't give a warning they just go.
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Another thing he'll do is poop a little outside, but come inside and after 10 minutes find his spot, and pooop there.
What are you using to clean up after him? Most standard carpet cleaners won't actually remove the scent of dog poop, and dogs tend to get the impression based on smell that "this is a good potty place." Enzymatic cleaners like Nature's Miracle tend to work better in this regard.

Of course, I use NM, and when Calypso was having accidents in the house she still had them all in the same place. So obviously not a foolproof strategy. But definitely something to consider!
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i love Natures Miracle it works like a charm...the site has pretty good prices on it Nature's Miracle Advanced Dog Stain & Odor Remover 24oz
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Are you feeding him on a schedule? If he is fed on a schedule he is more likely to poop on a schedule. When you take him outside, bring him to the door, have him sit (train him to sit) in a spot that would be behind you so you can open the door. He sits, you open door and say "out". You go outside with him. You should have a treat in hand so that you can reward him the instant he is done, whether it is pee or poop. Give him a couple of minutes, then take him for a walk. Just going two houses down the block and back again is enough at twelve weeks first thing in the morning. This will acclimate him to the front of the house and make it easier to call him back to you should he escape. So, after the walk bring him back to the yard and see if he will go. You know how much he produces, so if he isn't finished, feed him, put him in the crate for twenty minutes, then bring him outside again. Treat for the poop.

Don't allow him near his favorite spot, even after cleaning it. At this point, he thinks it's the indoor bathroom.
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