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Old 01-22-2019, 10:32 PM
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Potty Training Help for 2-Year Old Dog

Hi, we have never had a house with a backyard so I taught my dog to use a potty pad when she was a puppy and that’s what we’ve done since. She’s now two. She has done okay with it, and she seems to know she is supposed to go on the pad because she does some of the time. But other times it’s like she doesn’t care. She’ll go right next to the pad or in another room entirely. And she knows she’s not supposed to because she hides under the couch after she does. My husband and I praise her when we catch her using the pad and scold her when she doesn’t. We’ve also tried just taking her outside regularly and making it a consistent thing, but then she’ll just go in the house if she feels like it even when we take her out. We’ve tried leaving one piece of poop on the pad to remind her that’s her spot, we’ve tried using multiple pads, everything. She is an incredibly difficult dog when it comes to potty training. And to top it off, she has no sense of cleanliness. She will pee on our tile then walk right through it, sit down or lay down right on top of her own poop, poop in her sleeping place... I love her and she is the sweetest dog but she’s got potty issues. And I hope we aren’t just horrible trainers, when we got our new other puppy she was potty pad trained within a couple months. Please someone tell me what we can do to help her.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:42 AM
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scold her when she doesnt
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hides under the couch after she does.
Dogs do what is safe and what is effective. She has learned that you don't like seeing her urinate/defecate in the house, so she avoids you. That avoidance could very well be why she is hesitant to use the pads.

First thing I would do is suggest taking her to the vet to ensure there is no health problems going on.

Second, treat her like an 8 week old puppy. After she eats, put her on the pad. After she drinks, put her on the pad. After she plays, on the pad. After she wakes up, put her on the pad. And then failing all else, put her on the pad every hour. (Or if you want to change to training her to go outside, replace the pad with being outside). Keep her on leash in the house, tethered to you or in a confined room. I wouldn't recommend a crate since she doesn't seem to have a problem sitting in her own urine/faeces.

Make it a huge thing when she goes where you want, lots of praise, treats, toys, whatever her favourite thing is.

Some dogs do struggle with potty training. Just out of curiosity, can I ask where you got her and what breed she is?
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Well no she doesn’t avoid us like she’s scared, because she’ll be standing right next to me then squat down and pee right in front of me. And she only runs when I scold, if I don’t scold when she’s had an accident she just stays. So I don’t think it has anything to do with her use of the pad. She is shihtzu poodle mix.
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