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Old 09-06-2018, 07:44 PM
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Teaching an old, stubborn dog and old trick... again

We rescue Pixie on our doorstep when she was 3 months old. Long story short, we learned a few days later that she had (before being dumped) been living in her own urine and fecal matter in a kennel.

Well, that year was HARD despite incredible consistency in potty training her. And she honestly, despite my very best efforts, still goes to the bathroom in the house when she damn well wants to. Lol.

Usually because of rain and thunder, which she hates. And that adorable 3 month old pup is now an 8 year old dog.

I have to say that this is a lifelong issue, and usually only managed when we’re keeping her in her kennel area (kind of, she has a pee spot on her bed right now. She honestly will go wherever, whenever if she has to go).

Recently I’ve been wondering about trying something new, a bell on the door (which I don’t think will work because it’s the wet, mosquito back yard she hates from all the rain) or a puppy pad.

But how do I go about puppy pad training her for the times she doesn’t go outside? Or better yet, how on earth do I get her to go outside? I’m constantly picking up poop from the upstairs (where she hides to do it) and if she can’t get there she goes in my closet.

It’s so frustrating! She’s an incredible dog other than just being a stubborn mess on the poop front.

No medical issues that I know of. And she’s fed on schedule twice per day (a grain free food). 🏻

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Old 09-08-2018, 07:39 AM
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Ohh she's gorgeous, there's loads of different methods so I guess just take your pick. Mines fairly unconventional but it's for dogs like these & people who want an easy solution for them & the dog. Choose 1 place you want her to go inside. Put vinyl folded over there, then an old clean folded towel on top. When you see her going in the wrong place, say nothing, pick her up & put her on the chosen wee/poop spot & say wees/poop good girl. clean the mess up in the wrong place, say nothing. Always put a clean towel each morning & night wash the dirty 1. Clean the vinyl. Put poop straight away in the toilet, pick it up with toilet paper. Take her for walks for wees & poop as usual. Leave the door open & take her out for wees/poop as usual. This wees poop mat becomes 1 a place to go to eliminate mess all over the house. 2 It's a back up, a place to go when she refuses to go out. Which is worse? washing a towel or scrubbing carpet? Putting a poop in th loo off a towel or scraping poop out of your wardrobe? This is what it sometimes gets down to. I know which I'd prefer. You'll find that it will help you both as it's a realistic expectation for your dog right now. She could be really frightened of going out in a storm!!!
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