Sorry about the earlier post, guys. I need some advice. We've had Sasha for only two weeks now. She is 6 years old and we were told by the academy we adopted her from that she is house and crate trained. For the first few days, she wouldn't potty or eat. When I took her to the vet, she pottied there! The vet said that she is trying to adjust and to give her time. So we crate her for two hours, then take her out but she won't go. We've been doing that since the vet appt. Twice she has peed in the apartment - we've tried to let her out of the crate to play, but can't let her out of our sight! She is eating but she won't go potty! Today I came home from work to let her out - again, nothing. So, I brought her in and gave her a break for a few minutes. Not two minutes after turning my back, she went in front of me and pooed. I said "no!" and began to take her outside only to find pee and poo on the carpet in front of our front door. I took her outside and of course nothing, because she already went. What do we do? We don't want to keep her crated forever - she just won't go outside! I've never had a problem with potty training before - all my other dogs learned quickly. Please help! Thank you so much!
the fact that there was pee and poop by the front door means she is probably getting the hint, a little. she may have never been in a home before, maybe in a kennel all the time and is used to going where she is if she needs to. i would completely treat her as if she is a 8 week old puppy who is being potty trained. since she is older it may not take as long. whats this academy you got her from ? what breed is she ? the gsd ?
I am going to guess that because it is a new territory he/she will have problems going anywhere but where they were used to going. I had a Shepherd that did that. We would be out for hours and nothing until the minute we got home. Not even when I took her for walks would she go. You have to start from scratch. There is a post that I think Merico (sp) posted with some good replys on there. (shrug) :)
Yes, she's a gsd. She's so sweet! Thank you, guys, for the help. I guess I do have to start from scratch. Sometimes we can't bear to see the big baby in the crate and we'll take her out - but she won't potty!! Sorry for all the "!!!", it just gets a little frustrating.
Be patient. It sounds like she is getting the hint to me too. (She went to the front door and did her business there) She obviously knows she should be outside. You have to keep an eye on her. She needs time to readjust to your new home. Good Luck. The other posters had some great advice.
I didn't read your other post. I'm not too keen on dogs, but I'll try to give some good advice here. Two weeks isn't a long time. If you were told that she was crate and potty trained, then she should be. It sounds like she is nervous. Scold her when she goes potty inside. Your vet is right, she is just adjusting to her new home. She will eventually go to the bathroom, don't worry. You shouldn't keep her in a crate all the time. Scold her when she goes inside, and then put her outside. There may be soemthing wrong if she eats and wont go to the bathroom. I would take her back to the vet. She is probably just being defiante. Tell her no, and lock her up, or put her outside. Don't let any time pass between when she poos inside and when you punish her. Do it right away, or she wont get it. Keep scolding at her, and raise your voice. Make your voice deep and scary too. You should probably put newspaper on the floor and start her out that way. But, you really should make your voice deep and scary, it helps. It makes the dog listen better. I hope this helps!
Thanks again, everyone. As soon as I cleaned the mess, I got right on the computer to ask you all for help. You've all been so helpful. Thank you again! I will continue to pottytrain the big baby. :) I know she'll settle in as soon as she gets comfortable with where she is.