Ben is still at it. He stays dry in his crate during the day while we are out.
He stays dry all night in the bedroom sleeping on the floor next to our bed.
I will take him out, he will potty and twenty minutes later, a puddle in the house. He makes no effort to hold it.
My carpet is twenty years old and pretty well shot (thank God). Could he be picking up the odors of previous dogs. We have two other dogs, a neutered male and a female, but they don't have accidents.
Could he be duking it out with our male, who is trying to hold on to his dominant position, despite the fact the the four month old pup is now larger than he is?
Ben is scheduled to be neutered next week. Will this help?
Other than this, he is a great puppy; smart as a whip. I won't give up on him because of this (we have had old, sick incontinant dogs before) but it sure would be nice to put away the shampooer.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
|I have no idea, but if you find a solution I can't wait to hear it, since I would not call my dogs reliable either. If I keep up with them on a tight schedule, they're fine, but they won't hold it. If I am even a few minutes off they will just pee on the floor. More Dancer than Sky. *shrug* I think I am just not very good at housetraining dogs.|
|I'm interested if you find a solution, too. I wish I could offer help. Beaureguard is doing GREAT in obedience classes. But, he could not be less interested in potty training. Like WillowSprite, my boy does great if I keep him on a tight schedule, but if I'm even a little late, he goes anyway. Also, this weekend we had company in the house and it must've thrown him for a loop having new people there. He had accidents all over the place. And after having done soooo good all week!! Oh well...I keep reminding myself it took 3 years to train the children, so I can't be impatient with him at 3 1/2 months.|
|Boy, I'm with all of you. Just when I think Clyde's got the hang of it, I get a surprise. I'm starting to feel like a professional dog groomer since it seems to get all over him. We're doing everything we're supposed to. I swear he's doing it on purpose since he loves his baths and knows he'll get one.|
|At 3, 4 or even 5 months a puppy may not have the control over the muscles to hold it, or even know that it has to go very long before the actual event.
With my girls, it is clearly training, since they are both healthy, and happy, and smart dogs, who are now 14 months and 8 months old.
I can see a chain of events that led to them not being reliable, and know that it is mostly my fault, except with little miss princess no pee (Dancer) who wouldn't pee on wet grass, and doesn't like to get her feet dirty... However, regardless of how it happened, I'm not sure what I could have done differently...
I need to figure it out before I even think of bringing another sheepie into the family, a little boy I hope to add in another year or so.
They need to know that they cannot pee in the house, and they need to know to let me know somehow that they need to go out.
As it is now, we can have accident free days no problem, if I stick to an exact schedule and watch them like a hawk.
It sure does get discouraging when you have an accident free day, and the next day you are blotting up puddles all over the place.
When I did all breed rescue, I used to let the older dogs housebreak the new ones. I just let everybody out at the same time; the newcomers would just figure it out by watching the established dogs.
Unfortunately, the two older dogs I have now HATE the puppy. The're not going to show him a doggone (so to speak) thing.
Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.
|LOL... yes that works nicely in most cases.... maybe I should go find a housetrained rescue to foster! LOL|
|Read the info at this link it seems to make sense.
The most important thing is to never let them out of your sight, take them out on a regular schedule and praise them when they go.
|One thing that worked for me was taking them out every half hour and pretending we were goning out to play. Each time they peed outside they got a special treat like a small bite of (yuk) liver. If they went in the house they got nothing, of course, so they learned quickly. We only did this with Luke and Beau, then they trained Rosco and Daisy. To this day each time they come in the house they line up for their treat.
BIG DRAWBACK: somebody has to be home all day and hope it isn't raining or snowing all day.
|I wish I could just stay home for a month and do some heavy training with Clyde! My problem with him is not that he won't go out. If I say outside now, he runs right for the door-- he knows that part. However, like Willowsprite was saying, I get NO signal. If I don't encourage it, he won't really let me know. I'm hoping that once I get a gate put in the backyard and I can let the dogs out together without leashes or lines, my older one will "train" Clyde. Now I'm just waiting for some snow to melt so I can make that happen!|
If you provides you any comfort at all Maggie did the same thing and sometimes I wondered if it was spite! one thing I still have difficulty with is in our basement. She seems to love to pee on carpet - there is something about it that she is attracted too and if I let her she will sneak off and pee in our basement. I know have gates up and have every room in the house with carpet blocked off! she is not going anywhere else so if anyone knows why carpet - please share!
|Hope you cure this problem soon and then only have to contend with the water from the beard!|
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