Originally Posted by KaraRaquel
d When she does potty in the house I do bring her to the mess and tell her “no” and “bad girl”, and she usually goes in time out in her cage for about 20 minutes.
It’s getting to the point now where she will go potty in my house and immediately go to her cage because she has done wrong and knows she has..
Important.....Your dog's crate should be her safe, cozy retreat spot with no negative connotations. In other words, it is best to never
use a dog's crate as punishment at all. Only good things should happen in her crate like rest, special treats, safe chewies/toys. No bad stuff or punishment related time outs. Time outs
should generally be no
longer than than 2-3 minutes to be effective.
But--- time outs are much better to use for other issues such as when a dog is playing too rough or puppy nipping. Not so helpful in potty training.
Maybe try this gentler, more effective method instead:
You are going to want to set up your dog for success. And reward that! Give her no chances to mess up or make errors.
So....Can you keep your dog in a small enclosed room with a baby gate while you are home as you work on the potty training? So, put your dog in room or area. Give a chewie or toy or treat dispensing toy or jar with peanut butter to lick on-- or you go in and play with her for a bit.
Then go let her out to try to potty after a bit. If she potties, then she gets free range of house for a bit. If no potty action, then back to her little room she goes until the next potty break. Rinse and repeat until she starts to really get the message that pottying outside= more freedom/privileges inside.
I would normally
suggest using a crate to help with potty training, but since she already has some negative experiences with that being used as punishment or time out, I would try the baby gated small room instead. And by the way, make sure the little room is not punishment at all, more like her private relaxation/playtime space. No negative correlation here, just a training tool for you guys as she is learning.
We trained our Puma pup to like to go to her baby gated kitchen area by telling her in a super fun voice, "Puma to to your bed!" and then always giving her awesome treats for going to her kitchen bed. So useful now.
This may really help. Basically retraining potty training!