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Old 11-08-2015, 12:25 PM
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(WORK DAY SCHEDULE BELOW) We have a 10 week old Cane Corso (Female), Mia. She is a great puppy when we are around. She lets us know that she needs to go out and then goes out and goes to the bathroom. She is relaxed and sleeps alot. We have had her for about 3 days now (Could be part of the issue) but whenever we leave for any time period, she goes to the bathroom. We first tried the crate and she went no matter the time frame and then tried a larger open area (our mud room) thinking she was just scared of the crate but still went. The crazy part is she sleeps through the night in her crate, in our room with no issues. I know that alot of the responses are that she is a puppy so it takes time but I want to head off any behavior issue since she is young and we have time to do so. I want to also mention that since it is the weekend (First Weekend), she has been with us, car rides and all, in case that has a weighing. Maybe we are spending to much time? She does stick to our legs or by us pretty much all the time when we are around. Any suggestions would be great, we love her and want to make sure she is brought up right and we don't instill poor behavior.

Schedule on Work Days
Wake up and take her out
Put her back in crate (It is small so she does not have to much space but enough so she can lay down)
Wife and I go run (About 30 or 45 min)
Return to a mess in the cage
Food her
Take her out until she goes
Leave for work
Someone comes around 11 and she makes a mess
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:49 PM
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Have you tried puppy pads? I use them when ever my dogs have pups. They work great for me. First i place them in the kennel then after the pups are out and adventurous i place them by the back door when we are gone, work, store, general time away. Eventually by the time they are leaving to a new home they are set on a decent schedule for gong potty. Hope this helps
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Thank you! So just to be clear... You are suggesting that when we leave, we leave her in a smaller area with a puppy pad or we leave her in the crate with one? Is this common for puppies? Again just want to make sure I set her up for the future and so we aren't worried. I'm new to this so might just be new jitters. She also sticks to our sides when we are home and we let her so could this be part of the problem?
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I'm not an experienced puppy trainer, but yea start with the pad in there immediate area and slowly move towards a designated door for outside they will be using to go outside for the bathroom.
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I would suggest making a playpen. Have a crate that is your pup's size with a bed in it, leave the door open. Then cover the rest of the playpen area with potty pads. When your pup starts to use them you can start taking them away (making the pee area smaller) so eventually you just have 1-2 pads. (she is a big pup so might need a few to make things easier) The pads she ends up the farthest corner away from her crate.

Some dogs just go when they are nervous, so being left alone can cause her anxiety and she may just have to go because of it. Give her somewhere to go until she gets older. You don't her to get used to messing in her bed, that makes housebreaking even harder.

I would also suggest trying to do some separation training. Train her to be left alone for a minute, then 2 then 5...and build up to the time you need. Kikopup has a wonderful video here:


That way they learn that you will be coming back over time.
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