Hi i have a 7 month old Puggles. I did not get her till she ws 5 months and she was so not potty trainned at all. I have started to crate train her and she seems to be doing ok. She still goes potty in the crate almost every night. I pull her water at about 8 and we go to bed arond 10m or 11. I take her out before we go to bed and she does go a big potty before bed. Here is my problem we can be on the couch or on my bed and she will be fast asleep. She starts to move and then goes pee. She does not get up just lays there and pee's. My couch smells so bad and everything i try does not work. Please help... Thanks Kristina
Get some Nature's Miracle. It is a enzyme that gets rid of the urine smell. You will need to clean that couch with it.
I would keep the dog off the furniture and bed until it is fully potty trained. It is easier to clean the crate, then to clean furniture and beds. Have you taken the pup to the vet to be checked out for a infection? Has this been happening since you got the pup or is it something that just started? I would take the pup in just to make sure. Good luck
Have the pup checked for a bladder infection. If it doesn't have one, maybe it just has a bladder control problem. If that's the case, there's only one thing you can do. I'll give you two easy words: Doggy Dipers. She'll probably hate them at first but will most likely get used to them and it'll save both of you uncomfortable nights and save your furniture.
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First, you should eliminate all possibly that your dog might have an infection or kidney problem. In an otherwise healthy dog, the chances are pretty good that it's not a bladder or kidney infection.
Next, we need to begin by understanding the behavior of dogs.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, PLEASE understand that you should NEVER EVER punish a dog for (what a human might term) “inappropriate” places to urinate. This means NEVER.
“Punishing” a dog for urinating in the home will only INCREASE the likely hood the dog will do this again in the future. Dogs are not capable of Cognitive thought. A dog cannot make a “Leap” in judgment when making a decision. For example, you cannot train a dog with the instructions of “If you do (*some behavior*) now or at a future date, you will be punished”.(those are complicated instructions—that even some humans don't understand--*Grin*).
Dogs are driven by happiness and predictability.(that's why they greet us with a tail wagging at the door.They're happy you're home).
If a dog trusts she will be fed and taken care of, she will do ANYTHING to try and please you. But, if she's confused on what pleases you, she'll turn into an anxious mess and she'll urinate ALL THE TIME, because she's trying very hard to submit to you. (see “Submissive Urination”).
First, I'd like to clarify what you mean by "crate training". The fact that you said “She still goes potty in the crate almost every night”, is a BIG red flag. Somewhere along the way, she has associated the crate with a “negative emotion”. The fact that she will urinate in the crate (and actually lay in her own filth) sounds like she has simply “given up”. This is a rather "disfuntional" behavior in a dog. (not that she's a bad dog, but she's definitely way down in the dumps to tolerate laying in her own filth). For example, she might think she's in prison, does not expect to get out, so she has a “why bother” mindset.
For those who might not know this, crate training IS NOT a way to teach a dog when/where to urinate. Crate training is a way to provide a safe “home” for your dog, until she can be introduced to the rest of the home. When training a dog, you have to start in very very small areas, then expand the area they are allowed to roam. This is so that the dog understands that “the cave” she lives in is actually larger than just a bedroom, etc.
On should NEVER EVER use the crate as a place to put the dog after a mistake. For example,. PLEASE don't put her in the crate after a urination mistake in the home. By doing this, you are teaching your dog that the crate is a form of punishment vs. their own space to live in. It's “punishment” because the emotions you are showing her are “negative” i.e. anger/frustration at her mistake as you put her into the crate.
When working on a dogs behavior, the dog will associate her most recent behavior as the behavior that is being corrected and/or "rewarded" So, if she urinates in the house, you take her outside, and then promptly put her in the cage. She'll associate “outside” is a bad thing because she gets stuffed in a crate right after she comes back in. (and the crate is a "negative" thing in her mind right now).
The crate should ALWAYS, 100% of the time, be associated with feel good emotions. When putting her away for the night, toss a treat in there for her. Keep the crate door open (during the day) for her to roam in and out as she pleases. Let her have her meals in the crate (with the door open to minimize anxiety). Get down on the floor with her and pet her while she is in the crate (door open) so she feels safe. I even use to put my t-shirts/socks by the crate door so my dog could “smell me” to minimize anxiety. (just know if you choose this, she'll probably want this in the future. I've done this for my dog. When I leave him at home alone (for to long), he will pull a T-Shirt out of the laundry basket and sleep with it. And for some strange reason, he likes to have my left house slipper, and only left house slipper, to snuggle up to--weird, I know.
When she's put in the crate at night. Do not give her any more attention until she's allowed to come out. If she whines or cries IGNORE HER. If you pay her attention, she'll see this as a "reward" and a way to get you to open the crate, etc.
A dog will urinate for several reasons. (1) Nature calls, (2) As a way to show an extreme form of submission (3) When unusually excited (4) When scared/anxious, among many other reasons. Essentially, unless she's urinating when nature calls,she's urinating due to a heightened state of emotion.
Above all else, make absolutely certain the crate is a positive experience. A good indicator of this is When she runs into the crate on her own and/or seeks out the crate to take naps, etc.--this means she's comfortable living in the crate.
Crate training is not always the best answer. (especially if she's had bad experiences before). Unless and until she see's the crate as her "home", you might have to try other forms of training her. For example, you could baby gate her into a small section of the bathroom. Then, as she learns to not go, expand it further and further until the bathroom is "all hers", then so on.
It's o.k. if she's not a crate dog. It could be that it's not her cup of tea (thus why she's so anxious).
chances are your crate is to big, or you have bedding in it, and the dog just potty on it, push it to the side.
The fact is negative association to the crate or not, the crate works because a dog does not want to sit in it's own mess. if a dog is comfortable with this, it's a genetic flaw, or the dog has probably grown up in filth and knows no different.
Where the dog is peeing is clear indicator the dog is peeing for relief. I will bet you have bedding in the crate. The dog sees the material as the indicator to the potty spot. If you notice dogs tend to go in the same spots or on the same material. hence the dog likes to pee cushions or fabric.
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Ok I did take her tio the vet and everything checked out fine. We have had great sucess the last few weeks with no potty in the house or on the bed or in her crate. I would never use the crate as a punishment place it is definitly her safe place and as time goes on she is using it as her safe area. I adopted her from a couple who could not spend enough time with her so when I got her she did not know the meaning of potty outside. In the apartment that she lived in she could potty where ever she wanted. We are having great sucess so far. thanks to everyone who responded it help more then you know.