My puppy is about six months old. He was doing very well going out to potty. He is outside most of the day playing with my kids. When he comes inside he poops on the carpet! He plays outside and uses the bathroom inside! How should I break this habit?
I always catch him in mid-poop! He runs dropping terds!! I am very firm with him because our carpet is new!! I guess new home and 2 small children excite him. I am a stay @ home mom so when he is inside I take him out hourly.
You are allowing him to play outside all day!!! When did you think he was going to poop?
He should be geting at least 2 good walks every day & that is when he will poop. OR go outside, make the kids go inside, put his leash on him so he knows he is there for a reason. Take him to his regular poop spot.
You are just expecting him to go - it doesn't work that way.
You can put some straw on the spot you want him to use - it will act like kitty litter does for a cat
My daughter is a huge distraction to our puppy. We could be outside for hours playing, if she is there, he is too busy to go. Sue is right. Try sending the kids inside when it's time to go and see if that helps.
Housebreaking a dog can be a frustrating experience because what is so obvious to us is not so obvious to the dog. Don't be too firm with him because he may conclude that going in front of you is dangerous, and going when you are out of sight is safe. Then, you end up with a dog who still goes in the house but sneaks off to do so. Dogs don't understand that you're angry about the location of the pooping; they just think you're mad at them for pooping at all.
Playing in the yard should be his reward for going outside, and if you're taking him out when playtime won't be convenient, bring treats with you instead. Take him out on a leash, and when he goes in the yard, praise him and give him a reward (off leash playtime with the kids or treats or a walk). You can also let him have free time in the house if he isn't going to get playtime in the yard or a walk. You must reward every successful potty trip outdoors.
If you take him out and he does not go, don't make an issue out of it. Simply bring him inside and put him back in his crate. Wait a little while, and take him out again. Repeat the process until he gets it right. Oh, and if you don't have a crate, you should get one. A crate is a wonderful and very useful tool.
You want the focus to be on teaching him where he should go rather than where he shouldn't go. To a dog, the living room floor is clearly a toilet. Dogs only do a handful of things: they chew, eat, drink, chase, pee, and poop. That's about it. The floor isn't food or water or a toy or a prey animal; all that's left is a toilet. So, you want to teach him that good things happen when he uses that other toilet--the one outside--so to get the rewards he likes, he'll have to choose that one instead of the indoor one.
We got our Pup when he was 4 1/2 mths. now 5 1/2mths. I was soooo frustrated for the first two weeks, it was exactly like you are describing walk and poop at the same time. Finally figured out that he wasn't going to poop where he plays, just like he won't pee in the house or his kennel.
We started taking him out 5-10 minutes or so after he eats, I carry little pieces of treats in my pockets, we walk around and around the property or out on the street, I carry a plastic bag to pick up with, and all of a sudden, he will go. The first few times I swear he honestly didn't even know he went till I started making a big deal out of it, gave him a small treat. Praised him loud and long all the way back to the house. Kept saying Good Rocky, good boy go poop, good Rocky, lets go get a nummy.
Then when we got back to the house I gave him a "special" nummy. (I only use the word nummy, and he only gets this special one when he goes poop). It took 3 or 4 days, but he now connects it up big time! He goes twice a day right after eating the other day he went a third time, but sat at the door and whined and finally barked till I went to see why he was barking and I knew he had to go when I saw him. This special nummy thing works almost too good, Last night we came in and it had gotten cold so I was taking my coat off and I hear him whimpering, turn around and he is staring at the cupboard where the "special nummies" are = ) Of course he got one, we have only been doing this a few weeks, but he has not gone inside in all that time, so we are now opening the doors to the other rooms one by one.
It does work. Patience Patience Patience and repitition!!!
You guys are so helpful and make so much sense! I guess I leave him outside so long because he plays in the backyard with my 4 year old. I felt bad when Debo stayed in all day. When he did stay in, I took him out often and it worked better that way. So I will go get some "nummies" and try this again! Thanks a million!! :)