In her old home she was crated 10 to 14 hrs. a day....I was told she was housebroken......lie. lie. lie.....of course she was housebroken to those dummies....she was in a cage most of the time and did not toilet in her cage.......my question now is WHY was she crated for so many hours......I KNOW....because she WASN"T housebroken and they knew it.....Now my delema.....I have never ever had a dog that didn't housebreak quickly as a puppy and never again messed in the house.....so I know what I'm doing......this dog know what to do and how to let us know.....if we are home or in earshot......if not.... she just pees on the floor.....she gets excited and then drinks and soon after pees.....over and over again.......some days she will go three. four or five hours and doesn't .....then another day I feel lucky if she makes it an hour or two......To prevent needing to let her out all hours of the night.....I restrict water after 9pm and make sure she goes out for the last time as late as possible.......she's healthy and happy....but hasn't learned a thing from my other mixed breed or from my efforts....I have the carpet cleaners on speedial......Have other Puggle owners had this problem???My daughter who has five Pugs....has the same problem....but I always thought it was because she was not diligent in housebreaking when they were pups......HELP.....before I start putting Depends on her...............
How long have you had this dog? I think you answered your own question. If she lets you know when you are home and within earshot, never let her out of your eyesight. Don't let her have free run of the house. Crate her when you are gone. The poor thing is probably mental from being crated those long hours. How long did that go on?
Reply #1......since Jan 9th......and lets be realistic....I can't watch her every minute......she is definately old enough to "hold it".......it's like she just doesn't want to ....I have housebroken many dogs over the years and NEVER had this kind of problem.......I'm sure lack of proper training when she was a puppy at the other home is a factor......I don't think she is stupid.....she has learned other things.....I have done the "every hour" thing and of course lots of praise....and no punishment when she pees in the house.....and the few times I have caught her "in the Act" I instantally take her out to "finish".... Reply #2......Oh, I know her signals all too well.....and act on them immediately......but there are many times she gives NO SIGNAL.....and it looks like she is just sitting down and looking at me.......BUT guess what she really is doing.........because of her past in the crate (and I have NEVER had to crate a dog before for any reason) I really don't want to resort to that......I am hoping for other input from Puggle owners who have had this problem....is it just the breed......as some people have said.....
First All dogs...Puggles included have a natural instince to keep there den clean. You stated she won;t go in a crate. You can tach her the crate is her den, a safe, warm, happy place for her. There are lots of resources online on how to Crate train. Then you can use the crate as a tool for potty training and not feel bad about it. The dog may have been housebroken in there old home. which they looked as a den. But the new home is not thier den. dogs do not generalize well. I assure you the dog is not planning the jihad against you. Dogs do not plan revenge.
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As much as you don't want to do it, and as much as I understand your reasoning behind it, you're still going to have to utilize the crate in this situation.
Your dog is in a new life now, a new house, new family, and as such, it's crating experience will be a new one too...and you're ahead of the game because you know of its past and you are aware that you will need to approach this whole thing with some love and understanding.
That being said, I would start by crating your dog for short periods of time. In fact, since you can't watch her all the time, crating her for the short periods of time that you can't keep an eye on her will be a perfect start.
Praise her and reward her for when she's in her crate for those short periods of time. Keep the periods brief at first so eventually she will learn that someone will be coming to get her and that she's not stuck in there all day, and eventually she will be okay with it.
I would also look into setting up a schedule for food and water, for times that ensure that she's getting enough to eat and drink but also will work for you in that you will be able to take her out shortly after she eats and drinks.
If you take her out and she doesn't potty, crate her for a half hour and then take her back out again.
I know it's frustrating and I know it's hard to start from scratch with a dog that has a history, but trust me when I say that I sincerely believe that with your love and understanding, you can help make that crate not only a happy safe place for your dog, but a valuable tool for training.
One more thing too, is that I would talk with a vet just to eliminate the possibility of bladder problems or infections. You never know, and it's better to be safe than sorry!!
Thanks for all the input....she has a vet appt. for shots and heartworm for the season and I will address the situation of bladder problems with the vet.....that was something I intended to do......never what mixed/designer breeds have inherited......She did well this weekend with her visiting cousin Daisy the pitbull, also a stray my other daughter rescued from eating out of dumpsters, while my daughter was attending school in Calif.....what a great and sweet and gentle dog......the two of them play rough and vie for dominance......Belliebutton the Puggle definately has the Napoleon complex (not knowing she is a small dog) so it's a good thing Daisy the Pit is a gentle giant because Belliebutton is tenacious and unrelentless......My male mixedbreed is just to busy peeing over their pee spots to care what they are doing..........
Check with the vet to see if she has a bladder infection as that often happens when dogs are forced to hold it for a long time. Go back to housetraining 101, start her like you would a puppy. Crate training, taking her out, praise, the works. If she is not spayed, that is also a good option as female dogs will re-mark as well as males. (I get the impression that she is spayed, but just wanted to cover my bases.) Never let her out of your sight, crate her or leash her to you. Also, re clean all the areas where she or any other dog has had an accident with a carpet cleaner specifically for dog stains and odor removal. Just start all over like she is a puppy and she will learn to hold it and not potty in the house. Crating will be important in this, even though she had bad experiences before just start over with crate training or if there is a way to pen her in a small area with all her blankets, toys, etc, do that instead, if you really dislike the crate idea. :)
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