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Since he was 8 weeks, I have been on point with his potty training. Since he was so young, I make sure he is supervised while he did his business. Once we are out there, he will do his business and we both come back in immediately afterwards.

He is now 5 months old and going to turn 6 months soon. Since I left for a little over a month, my husband has been leaving him outside to do his business without any human present. He says that he needs to learn to go potty by himself.

I thought he was still too young to have that much freedom and independence that he might not know what to do with it. My husband disagrees. Plus, he had a good point.. the North Dakota weather is now slowly turning sour. Neither of us are willing to stand out there in -40.

Let me say that my puppy does NOT have separation anxiety. He is fine being left alone, he sleeps in his own bedroom by himself (with a pen and crate and fav toys) at night, and doesn't cry when we leave, heck he doesn't even care when we come home, he doesn't greet us. He's pretty independent already to begin with, especially for a puppy his age. He didn't come this way either, I worked hard with him to get him this way.

Anyway, I figured I will slowly start doing what my husband says. He just puts the puppy outside and closes the door and leaves him out there for 20 minuets or so. What I wanted to do was babysteps. I do NOT leave him out there every time he needs to potty (he's got a strict potty schedule) but only about twice. I figured this way, he wouldn't expect that outside = alone all the time. I would increase his alone time out there the older he gets.

The times I do let him out by himself, he would just sit by the back door and look inside and look sad. Eventually (especially when he has to go really bad), he would go potty.. but he would potty on patio and come back to the door and sit there and stare.

He would potty much faster if I was out there with him. Poop and pee in the grass then he's done and we both go back in. Why can't he do that on his own without me there?

He's still pretty young at 5 months, though he's almost 6 months. I also think its because he's an only dog so being outside is kind of boring for him without a human. I have no clue. Hopefully he gets better. Im not sure if I should place a treat outside since I didn't want him eating where he goes potty.
 

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He doesn't seem to know what he's supposed to do when he's on his own. Do you use a word when he is peeing or pooing? If not why not introduce one? And reward him when he's done what's expected of him.

Also how often do you put him outside? Perhaps too often and when he doesn't need to go?

Do you take him out for walks? The world is so full of exciting smells that would encourage him to toilet when away from home.
 

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He doesn't seem to know what he's supposed to do when he's on his own. Do you use a word when he is peeing or pooing? If not why not introduce one? And reward him when he's done what's expected of him.

Also how often do you put him outside? Perhaps too often and when he doesn't need to go?

Do you take him out for walks? The world is so full of exciting smells that would encourage him to toilet when away from home.
Oh yes he knows "go potty" and will do his business immediately when I tell him that... If I'm near him. That was one of the first things I trained him when he was younger. If I tell him to "go potty" while im inside with the door open (and him outside) he will give me the look like "um? without you there?"

He's pretty good with going outside (if I'm there). he knows his schedule and goes when he's supposed to (if I'm there). I take him out at 6am-9am-noon-3pm-6pm and one last time at 10pm. This is his schedule and knows it pretty well and will do his business immediately when he's out there.. (if im there with him)

If I simply let him out by himself, he will stand by the door and look in and not go potty. If he does, it's on the patio. Gross!



I've come to the conclusion that hes still pretty young and is a scaredy cat being alone out there. I was with him this morning and he was all 'alert mode' because a certain bird was chirping a different way that he's not used to. Plus all the noises like planes, sirens, wind howling, etc puts him in "WHAT IS THAT" mode. I think I'll wait til he's a bit older.
 

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I think at his age, even if he's not afraid to be outside, he's too young to have any guarantee that he's doing what he's supposed to out there.

Once he's really, really solid at being housebroken he may be able to have that freedom - because if he doesn't go when you put him out, at least he may tell you when he needs to and you can build from there.
 
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