We adopted a new dog (11 months old) and we are having some issues with potty training. I take her outside plenty of times and she won't go and today she has pooped and peed in the house. I am very frustrated right now. It's very hard to tell when she has to go......there are no signals. Does anybody know how long a 11 month old dog should be able to hold it? Also, are we doing something wrong? I will take any advice as to what's going on and what we can do to have success.
You may have to start from the begining. A small confined area covered with papers. Outside 5 to 10 minutes after eating or drinking. Lots of good puppy, happy voice sounds when the job is done outside. The puppy can only be out of the confined area when an adult is keeping a close eye on it. Play time will make them have to go too, so don't forget to take breaks to go outside to potty. It is hard not to get frustated with slow potty training, but at 11 months some habits are having to be unlearned. Most dogs want to please people, but they don't always understand what we are trying to teach them. I have had several puppies and older dogs that have needed to be retrained. It can take awhile, but it is worth the effort for the bond of that special friend.
Are you using a crate? The idea is that dogs will want to keep their "den" clean. If your dog doesn't go to the bathroom when you take it out, put him/her (I'm sorry I don't recall the sex) back in the crate. Try to take him/her out again 10-15 minutes later. Once the dog does what you expect, give a treat immediately after. Praising is always good. I've picked up so much from this site and puppy books. It sounds like you will have to treat this as if you just welcomed an eight week puppy into your home :)
Also, don't grant him/her complete access to the house, crate him/her whenver you're unable to completely supervise.
Don't forget your patience! I hope this helps some...good luck
Thank you for your advice. We are crate training her. My husband woke up this morning to find that she pooped in her crate. She has not done that before. When we brought her home she did fine....went outside and now it seems like she is regressing. I get so frustrated when you take her outside after being in for awhile and she won't pee. Anyways, I'm just very frustrated and trying to be paitence. Thanks for listening.
i am having trouble with my new pups and potty training. i have a 7 month old that wants to p on our bed. i dont know what to do with her. but i have trained dogs to go outside. i know that you are always having to keep an eye out. with newer or new dogs to new homes you have to keep them almost in the same room with you at all times and catch them in action thats the only way they are going to know its bad. taking them to the door and having them sit before you take them out potty will let them learn that they need to do that to let you know its potty time. i hope this helps. I did read that saying no or getting mad at the dog is not going to work its to hard for the dog to put two and two together they dont know what you are saying no to. so you have to keep positive thinking. show them the right way rather then getting mad at them for the wrong way. i hope it works well!!
Crate training 101: Crate the dog at night first thing in morning or when dog is restless take it outside to designated spot to go, encourage with commands like "clean out" or "go potty" (will come in handy later when traveling) give only five or ten minutes ( a quick walk around the yard prior to may help facilitate) if it goes praise vocally and physically but no treats!!!! Then allow some free time in house maybe an hour or less to start. Then back in the crate. Repeat gradually expanding the time frames. If it does not go when outside then back in the crate immediately. Wait 15 minutes and repeat! Normally by second time the dog will go. Remember you are developing a habit so consistancy and repetition is important. I have had people who even taught their dogs to go in litter boxes with this method. Most would use a small plastic kiddy swimming pool as a litter box for their large breed. Originally used for dogs on boats but just think about not having to clean up the stool from your yard but just clean the litter box!!! Once I was visiing with a client who had a Golden. We were sitting on the back patio and the dog was playing fetch in the yard with the children. All of a sudden the dog dropped the ball and ran up on the deck outside the bedroom and did his business in the box and then ran back down to play!!! I was impressed to say the least!