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Old 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.
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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.[/QUOTE]

First of all don't say or do anything when she has an accident. Just take her out.
It will make her not want to go in front of you. I like clicker training for this. It marks the out side potty as the right one. It teaches where to go. You still use treats but the click is more important. Look up kikopup potty training and there is a video to teach you how to teach her. Clicker training is easy and the dogs seem to get the concept quickly. Just make sure and load the clicker first, which means click and treat about 20 times to help the dog understand the concept. You can use something like a writing pen that clicks when you open and close it or just click your tongue. The key is no words at first. Nothing to confuse the dog. Just make sure every time the dog goes out side you click and treat.
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This is wonderful advice. Makes a lot of sense. I definitely considered it might be overwhelming to her coming straight from being in whatever her previous situation was, to a shelter, then being thrust into this new home and have so much information and new things coming in at once.
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