Cody is a 10 month old Bischon/Westie mix. I understand that the Bischons are hard to potty train. We have the small job down real good but for the BIG job that's another story. We take him out regularly and he does real good doing both outside but then all at once he seems to forget and he starts doing his big job in the house. I have tried several things such as just cleaning it up and flushing down the toilet, cleaning it up and taking it and Cody outside and depositing the pile out there hoping Cody gets the connection. We use the reward and positive praise for teaching him, any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
Is he sneaking away to do it, or is he doing it right where you catch him? WHen you catch him, what do you do?
If he's sneaking away to do it, keep him on a leash at your side or severely limit his access to other areas of the house b y closing doors nad putting up child gates.
As soon as you catch him hunching over to poop, pick him up immediately and take him outside (even if he's already started). Keep him outside until he goes, walk him around, even tually the movement will loosen the bowels again. WHen he goes, praise and treat.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/15/2005 9:34:41 AM*** Reason: add
Thanks for the support and suggestions. In response to Minniyar questions, he doesn't really sneak away, if we are resting or playing or whatever he will just walk away then come back and get me or whoever to go see what he did but there are times he just walks away and just goes to look out the window, or play with a different toy or go lay on the couch so when he leaves you don't know why he is leaving. When I catch him in the act I do pick him up and put him on his leash and take him outside and wait for him to finish and treat and praise him, also when he goes inside he doesn't get a treat or praise and I do scold him with a few "Not a good puppy" and a stearn look, he looks like he understands and feels bad for what he did and maybe he is good for a few times then he goes back to going in the house. I am hoping for more than a few good times and less times of going inside. I realize he is just 10 months old but at what age do you give up and say this is the way it is? I just keep hoping and praying this is temporary and I will love him no matter what and I am thankful he isn't wetting in the house, to me that is worse.
I would limit how much room he has to play in. Baby gate part of the house so he has to stay with you so you can watch him.
Other wise if you can't watch that well, crate him for some of the day. Also, get a phrase like go potty. So you can take him out and ask him to go. Give him freedom for a while, and in 3-4 hours take him out again, if he doesn't go yet, give him some quiet time with a few toys in a crate and take him out later. When he goes he gets freedom.
Are you using an ordinary household disinfectant when you clean it up? Is the dog going in or near the same place, or picking out new spots in the house to eliminate? . A dog can still smell it even if you can't, so forget the household disinfectant and use something like Nature's Miracle or something similar, which will neutralize the smell to the dog. I like Nature's Miracle because it's organic, non toxic and completely safe to the pet and your carpeting.. You can buy it inany pet store. I also agree with limiting the amount of room the the dog has in your home, at least for now.
That seems to be the thing with puppies - they need constant supervision, just like babies. Any time she goes in the house without you noticing, it sends a message that the behaviour is ok. Plus, you need to scold her while she's in the act, doing it after the fact will only confuse her.
I've got an 8 week old mini schnauzer and any time she isn't in my sights, she's in her crate. That way I catch any behaviour I don't like and correct it and she can't form bad habits.
And it's working! She's already learned to wander over to the door when she wants out.