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Old 08-26-2014, 01:02 PM
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Adopted a rescue puppy... now my wife is talking divorce

First, that title makes my wife sound almost shrewish, she isn't. We have had a few issues, but the biggest one is with potty/house training.

I grew up with dogs - a rescue German Shepherd when I was a baby/toddler, a rescue dachshund, and then I had a Jack Russell Terrier. My wife's family has had dogs off and on when she was growing up. We have not had a dog in the 20 years we have been married.

The puppy is about 6 or 7 months old. Vet certificates estimate 6 months, but was told she is 7 months. She is some type of chihuahua cross.

She consistently will poop outside. However, she will hold her pee until she comes back inside. Then she will immediately squat on the carpet, and we and move her back outside.

My wife is concerned that she seems to be trained specifically to pee inside. I have had a potty pads down since day 1 and she avoids them to go on the carpet. It has never been the same place twice.
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You have to outwait her. Take her outside and wait. And wait. And wait. When she goes outside, treat party!

You should also clean the carpet with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle. If you just use regular cleaner, the smell is still there and she thinks it's okay to go there.
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We have been using Pee-B-Gone to treat the spots she pees in. 2 hours plus this morning with my daughter outside until she had to leave for her college classes.
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Potty training is all habit. There will not be a lightbulb moment where suddenly she understands and gets it and will never pee inside for the rest of her life. It's more like....Teaching your daughter to brush her teeth twice a day when she was little. You probably had to be heavily involved in that process. You couldn't just tell her once and she started doing it every day twice a day. You probably had to remind her every single morning and make sure she did, and every single night. It takes a while for that to become habit for her and for her to start feeling like she NEEDS to do it, because otherwise her teeth feel gross.

The same goes for dogs. You're going to have to make her go outside and not give her any other options. If going inside is a habit already, the only way to break it is by preventing her from doing it. Crate her when you can't supervise, assuming she won't go in the crate. Take her out every single hour, or even more often. Give her lots of treats and praise when she does go outside. Don't let her have an opportunity to potty inside.
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The same goes for dogs. You're going to have to make her go outside and not give her any other options. If going inside is a habit already, the only way to break it is by preventing her from doing it. Crate her when you can't supervise, assuming she won't go in the crate. Take her out every single hour, or even more often. Give her lots of treats and praise when she does go outside. Don't let her have an opportunity to potty inside.
This. When the carpet is no longer an option, voila! If you've been waiting forever and she still won't go outside, lock her out (as long as your yard is secure and you can see her from inside) until she finally does go. I always praise my young puppies excessively when they go outside. Yelling or swatting them when they do make a mistake does absolutely nothing except make them more fearful. I'm not saying you do that haha, it's just a common mistake that tends to lead to more problems in the long run.

After weeks, or perhaps months, of consistent training outside, I promise she'll be housebroken. The only dog I ever had that never seemed to "get it" ended up having chronic UTIs that caused her to have uncontrollable leakage. I don't personally think that potty pads are a great idea, since you do have access to an outdoor area. Most of my friends living in apartments who use them have very little success with them. Their dogs always "just miss" and go on the rug right next to the pad. So I'd probably get rid of them altogether so that there isn't an enticing smell. And on that note - professionally cleaning and/or replacing your carpet can make a world of difference in getting rid of old, stubborn smells if you think that may be the problem.
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With a small dog, you can either put up a baby gate to prevent her from getting to the carpet or keep her on leash when indoors and take her out more often. The more you prevent her from peeing on the carpet, the faster she will learn to go where you want her to. It does take a while but she will learn but every time she has the opportunity to go on the carpet, the longer it takes.
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Also, if you play a game with her inside take her outside right after. Our girls always peed after playing.
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