i have a 14 week old toy poodle. i've had her for 5 weeks. she is being trained to go potty in the litter box or wee pads. the problem is she seemed to be coming along great but in the past week or so she's begun 'going' anywhere. she sleeps in a 2-door crate - one door stays open leading into her litter box area so she doesn't actually leave her crate to 'go'. when she is out of her crate, the other door is always left open so she can go back in to potty and to eat (these 2 areas are separated and CLEANED DAILY). early last week it seemed she was hiding her poop accidents but this week she'll 'go' right there in front of me on the floor. when i catch her, i immediately carry her to the wee pad/litter box. i have even gone so far as to place a second wee pad/litter box btwn the dining/living room area since we spend most of our time there. help! why is she reverting back to 'going' in the house?
14 weeks is still very young. Expect setbacks when potty training puppies. Sometimes they seem to get it, and other times they just backslide. Many dogs aren't fully house trained until they are 6 months or older. Just stick with it, and be consistent.
That said, honestly, I have yet to meet a dog that has been litterbox or potty pad trained that doesn't keep going potty elsewhere in the house as it gets older. This is because it's a rare dog owner that is going to literally hold their dog in that litter box or on that training pad until they go potty, and then praise them for going in the right place. The dog learns what the wrong place to go is, but it doesn't seem like they really get that going on the pad and no where else is the right place.
When you train a dog to go outside (and only outside) you stand there with them until they go, then praise them for going outside while you are watching. So they associate going potty outside with praise = good. it's harder to just watch the puppy standing on the 'training pad/litter box' until they go, and then catch them going and praise them every time like you can when they go outside. So it's harder for dogs to make the connection.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 11/18/2004 10:57:11 AM*** Reason: added more stuff
thanx minniyar. she's still only 1lb 9oz so it's not too, too bad. i'll just keep working with her. i can't tell yet which prefers tho - the box or the pad but i keep both available for her. thanx again.
i agree with minni- all those places to go may be confusing her. how about jst one box, or pad, in one central spot, or juyst train for outside potty? if she ets to go certain places inside she prolly doesnt understand the differenc between ok inside places and not-ok inside places
Our 4 month old min pin understands what the wee pad is for. I can go somewhere else with her and lay it down and she will go to the wee pad and go there. She has back slid a few times and we have to go back to square one and a couple of times I have blocked her in the area where the wee pad is and kept telling her to go and pointing and snapping at the pad and physically putting her on there until she did her business. Once she got treats and praise she went right back to going in the right place. I also used the crate like you would for outside potty training and picked her up out of her crate when she whined and put her on the pad and told her to go potty. I did not let her wander off the pad and she picked it up pretty fast. She has had to learn three different locations. One at work. One upstairs at home and one downstairs. When we were having a problem at work with #2 we did cheat a little and put a pad where she kept wanting to go and that has helped a lot. She is not perfect but is only messing up maybe once a week or once every other week. Going #1 is perfect but it takes a little longer for #2.
I felt sorry for her at the vet office about a month ago. She kept walking around the office whining and sniffing and the vet assistant asked what was wrong and I said I wonder if she is looking for her wee pad and just then she comes over to me and looks and squats on the floor. The next visit I took her wee pad and she used it. A lot less stress for her then. Unfortunately, she will not go outside without her wee pad. I had to choose one way or the other. She wouldn't do both.
Good luck. Just when you think they have it done, they get lazy & try to cheat. But it gets better & better.
Minniyar is right. It is harder because you have to really watch. We worked really hard on it & it was discouraging at times but now it is very convenient. We have to keep her pads really clean for it to work. She will not stand where she has left a wee spot so she tries to stand on the other edge so we just make sure we change whenever there is more than one spot or if the spot is very big. She is with us all the time so we can do that.
***Edited By: minpin mom on 11/18/2004 11:42:58 AM*** Reason: added some info
amber would pretty much 'go' on the pad or litter box. i am thinking that her behavior may be because we have really spoiled her for a few days because she'd gotten sick (hypoglycemia - she's really a tiny toy but we caught it in time) so we'd reallllllly spoiled her for a few days. because of her size and vulnerability, i prefer her live inside except for trips out with us in the car so that's why wee pads and litter boxes work for us. also, she is much too small to travel all over the house in search of one pad or box - she seemed overwelmed and anxious so that's why the other pad and box - convenience. she even has her own wee pad box in our suv - she makes her way to it everytime.
well, i am not giving up on her. i raise 5 maltese pups in the past and they were all litter trained but didn't backslide so her behavior suprised me. she is so precious and she will not soil her crate. oh, oh, oh! i forgot - she wants her crate covered at night when she goes to bed. she'll whine if i forget to cover it right away. i think that's so strange. anyway, thanx!!
I think you will do fine. Ours backslid two or three times and most do. Just keep at it. Many small breeds do not like to go outside anyway. It is too cold and the wet grass hits up high on them. I am just letting you know some of the things we figured out along the way.
Good luck!! I would be interested in how it works out and how you were able to get through to your puppy.