05-17-2016, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by ga123
Thanks for your replies. After she had blood in her stool today we took her to the vet and she's now on antibiotics, some 'bland' food for sensitivity and we're monitoring her closely in case she could have eaten something nasty the few seconds (literally!) our backs were turned.
As far as house-breaking, she's in the kitchen, and is allowed out of her crate when someone is there to supervise her, but doesn't seem to stop her going in there. Think it's likely it is because of a UTI, as she seemed to have caught on very early. We would take her out to her spot in the garden, and praise her when she went out there. Other than the first night we brought her home she hadn't had an accident in the kitchen.
I try and stay out with her around 5 minutes, otherwise I read that she won't understand that going outside was for going to the toilet, not playing, is that right?
How would you suggest teaching her the difference between indoors and outdoors may I ask? The surface is hard in the kitchen and grassy outside, and with pooping she seemed to know to go on the grass, which she's continued to do
Sorry to hear you pup is sick. Hopefully it's better soon, I would give her a bit of extra leeway for a couple days, and just make sure she's getting better.
I've never heard of the 5 minute comment. When my pup was little I'd sometimes wait as long as 15 mins for him to go. We'd go out to his potty spot, wait till he'd go, then take a quick walk or play for a bit.
In terms of teaching outside vs inside, I went with lots of treats and praise. When he went potty outside, he'd immediately get a treat and praise. Inside any accidents were not reacted to. If he had an accident I would move him somewhere else in the house, clean up the mess and move on. It's an association that will build over time, as she starts to explore more she'll figure out the difference between inside and out. Your job is to be diligent and make sure that she doesn't get a change to go inside. Most dogs have a natural adversion to pottying where they spend a lot of time eating or sleeping which is probably why she's picked up not to go in the kitchen area where she's kept so quickly.