11-18-2014, 01:38 PM
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Trouble potty training an 8 month old rescue pup
Her name is Minnie. She's scientifically a mutt and she's gorgeous. She's as sweet as can be. Very affectionate. Plays incredibly well with her new big brother Bernie (45+ pound Shepherd/Collie Mix). We are however having issues with potty training. Having a lot of trouble getting her to grasp the concept of pottying is to be done outside. Take her out VERY often along with her big brother Bernie. Bernie is incredibly well trained, potties just like he should whenever we go out. Even try getting Minnie to pay attention to Bernie (can never get her to look at what he's doing and pay attention) when he's pottying outside and show her how we praise him for it and she's just not catching on. Her attention is VERY hard to capture. We don't have any problems at all at night time. She sleeps in the bed with us and doesn't whine or bother us to take her out and 0 overnight accidents so far. We get up and take her out first thing in the morning. If I don't get dressed/shoes on quick enough she will go right by the door before we go out. She has been "caught in the act" at least 15+ times now. Every time she is caught we immediately say "BAD POTTY" and take her directly outside. She's just not grasping it though. She's learning other things VERY fast. She can already sit, fetch, lay down, come when her name is called and other tricks but we just can't seem to instill the idea that pottying is done OUTSIDE.
We have put a bell by the door and we ring it before exiting every time and say "let's go outside to potty". Often times she will just wander for 20-30 minutes without pottying. The slightest noise of a person/animal in the distance causes her to stop dead and just stare into space (which happens often as we live in a crowded apartment complex). We have also been using a kennel for when we are not at home and she does well not going in the kennel.
Every time she DOES potty outside she immediately gets HEAVY praise and an immediate "good potty treat" but it's still just not sinking in.
Any and all pointers would be GREATLY appreciated. She's so perfect in every way but we have GOT to get this issue resolved. It's quite stressful on us as we just moved into a new apartment and are a somewhat new couple.