I can't get my dog potty trained!

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:49 PM
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Question I can't get my dog potty trained!

I have had my pomeranian for 8 months now. We've been taking him out of his crate, letting him go to the bathroom, and then after he goes we will let him in the house. The problem is, even if he isn't scheduled to go, he will poop and pee in the house.(We do gently scold him when he does it and take him directly outside). We've tried putting a bell on the door and ringing it every time he goes outside so that maybe he'll ring it when he has to go, but he never does, and he will never scratch at the door to signal he has to go. He's not a stupid dog, either. It only took him one day to learn to sit and two to learn to come. I don't want to forever have a dog that is crate trained, i want to be able to have a dog that is potty trained. It was fine for me to keep him in the crate for the first few months, but it has been eight months and he can't come out of the crate without pooping or peeing everywhere. It's like he doesn't give a thought to going to the bathroom, he just does it whenever he feels the need.
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I don't know a whole lot about house breaking as I've only ever has the one dog, but this is what worked for us.

We NEVER scolded him when he went in the house. Just simply took him outside and cleaned it up. We taught him "go potty" so he'd pee on command. Also look for the "warning signs" of an impending poop. Fearghas would have his nose to the ground and his bum would pucker and out he went to poopville and we would give the command as well as we kept treats by the door and would pick one up on our way out and reward him immediately after he went outside. Eventually he got that going outside=treat and inside=no treat. Since he is extremely food driven, it didn't take him long to figure it out.
Now that he is 7 months, I know when he's going to poop as he's gotten into a routine. Thing is to be consistent and everyone in the house has to do the same thing.
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Also, if you take him out more frequently for a few weeks to avoid accidents (maybe every hour if you can), that should help build a habit along with what Fearghas suggests.
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ditto the others... if you have to, set a timer to remind you to take him out... and don't let him roam about, keep him in a small area/leashed to you at all times... make sure you give him a treat for going outside, and please, don't scold him at all, ever... it isn't his "mistake" you know that he isn't reliable in the house, he shouldn't ever have an opportunity to relieve himself inside
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It's true, with puppies the trick is to get them to do the right thing then really reward them for it. My dog is 14 months now and he still expects a treat for doing his business outside, but it's a worthwhile trade for me.
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Taking away the opportunity for your dog to have an accident is key in potty training. I recommend, like everyone else, taking your dog out very frequently (every 30mins if you have to), then progressively extending time in between potty breaks. One thing I found very important to potty training is limiting the amount of freedom your dog has inside. Keep them in one room with DIRECT supervision at all times. No dog should have free roam of your house unless they are 100% reliable to alert you when they have to go out. If you are not able to supervise your dog, put them in their kennel. If your dog does have an accident indoors, it is best to literally catch them in the act (which is why they should have direct supervision all the time). Punishing them after the fact does nothing. They do not understand the punishment. If your dog starts doing their business indoors, grab them and quickly take them outside to finish their business.
Make sure it is overwhelmingly rewarding for your dog when they do their business outside. Provide treats, praise, play time, etc when they potty outside.
Something else I've found very helpful is assigning a word to the action of peeing and pooing. As soon as your dog goes pee or poo outside say, "Yes, good potty/peepee", (whatever word you want) and reward with a treat or praise. If you assign a word to the actual action of doing their business, your dog will understand that in the future. I'm able to take my dogs outside and tell them to "go potty" and they'll usually drop and pee right away.
Just remember, consistency is key. Dogs learn best by consistency and repetition.
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I had problem potty training my puppy too but once I started giving her treats for going outside i saw an improvement. She still makes mistakes here and there on my carpet but it's much better than before. Just make sure everyone who takes her out to potty is consistent with the treats though. Good luck to you!
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[quote=mddmaddie3;245737] It's like he doesn't give a thought to going to the bathroom, he just does it whenever he feels the need.[/QUOTE

He has not been taught where the proper place to go is, so he just goes anywhere he has to. This will help you teach the proper place to go and then you will have a potty trained dog. This does not happen over night so start at the beginning and teach him all over again to go where you want him to go.
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You have got great advice so far from all the members.


You always want to reward success. In other words, there will be no punishment for messes but plenty of praise when they do the right thing. Remember the treats.

Avoid accidents. How do you avoid accidents? You watch your dog all the time.
If you catch him in the act, take him outside while pushing their tail down. If you find a mess, clean it up. There is nothing else to do about this.

I think it will help to learn to recognize the signals your dog gives you. He will show you when he needs to eliminate. Watch him and learn!


Choose one method to potty train your dog and be patient and remain consistent and make sure all the members of your household are on the same page with you.


Three methods that you might want to consider:
The Umbilical Cord Method – Fasten your dog with a leash to your body, allowing him enough freedom to move while you are able to watch him at all times.


The Gate Method – Gate off an area of any room of your home and keep your dog there.


The Crate Method – When you cannot watch him, put him in his crate. Remember to take him outside first. It is a good idea not to put water or food in his crates, just a blanket and some chew toys.


Take your dog outside more frequently.


Get a feeding schedule for your dog
A regular schedule will help you to determine when to take your dog outside.


I hope it helps.
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thats the truth make sure to reward at the right time when he has done his business outside reward him straight away, when indoors keep your eye on him until he learns. good luck
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