Bella's housetraining is coming along, but I'm running into two problems.
1. Unless I'm physically outside with her and tell her to, "Go potty," she doesn't. She just runs around or lays on the grass then comes in, gets a drink and pees by her water bowl. Now, she goes if I go out with her and tell her to pee for which I am grateful, but it would be nice every once in a while to be able to put her outside and have her take care of business on her own. Something else along the same lines (but not really a problem, more like a ancedote), she won't go when I walk her at the park - she holds it until we get home - and sometimes we're at the park for a long while. I had a friend like this who wouldn't use public toilets but never heard of a dog that didn't. Any suggestions?
2. Bella also won't tell me when she needs to go. She goes when I take her outside and tell her too, but if I'm say on the computer or on the phone and she needs to go, she won't go to the door and scratch or come get me like my other dog. She just goes off into another room and pees or poops. What can I do to get her to start 'informing' me of her need to go outside? I've only had a few accidents this past week so things are improving but this two things do concern me.
The estimate birthday is 3/31 so she is just starting her 4th month and she is an Australian Shepherd mix.
The not going unless I tell her to also goes with friends or family. Often when we are at my mother's house, Mom will take her outside and tell her to go potty. Bella does nothing. They come in and I immediately take her back out and tell her to "go potty," and she immediately goes. Now, sometime she does go when mom askes her too, so I'm thinking it's tone of voice. BUT, I am going on a week long trip in two weeks and it sure would be nice if Mom didn't have to worry about saying the phrase 'exactly' right to get Bella to relieve herself.
It is just a pup yet you have to give it some time. I'm sure your mom will figure it out while your gone.
Some dogs never bark they just sit at the door and if you are not watching them they will go potty. When you have a child or puppy or dog they all have to be taken care of. Sometimes you just can't sit at the computer.
It sound like she is actually doing great!!! You might want to try hanging a bell by the door that you go out of...every time you go out...ring the bell and say, something to the effect "lets go outside or want to go outside?" Show her how to ring the bell with her head. I taught mine this way and after a few weeks, she rang the bell everytime she wanted to go out.
As far as not going unless you tell her to, that isn't all bad. When the weather is nasty...you can tell her to hurry up and go potty...and you can get in and out fast. You should be outside with her at this age so that you know if she goes or not. Don't let her in unless you know she went. As she gets older, she'll go for mostly anyone that tells her to.
She is going great...just keep it up...make sure to give a little treat when she goes, so it makes it a happy experience. When she does go for your mom, have mom give her a treat, so that she will go for mom so get gets the treat.
The bell idea sounds great and I even think I have an old Christmas bell to use. As to the crate training, I do use that somewhat. She sleeps in the crate and stays in it when I leave the house, but I feel guilty using it when I'm at home.
Piperk, the puppy is still young. You can't expect her to tell you she has to go quite yet, you have to watch her habits, and take her out frequently. As soon as she wakes up in the morning, take her out, and praise her to no end when she goes. If she has a nap, quickly take her out saying 'let's go potty,' or whatever you've chosen as the key phrase.Perseverance is the key. She will soon catch on.
Okay I know where you are comming from, I rescued two schnauzers, Holly is my one year old (perfect) Mini and Buddy is our (pain in the rear) standard. Buddy has a habbit of pooing in my daughter's room. He will let us know to let him out but every time we are gone he does this. Holly is like your puppy, I have to say TINKLE or she will not. I am also having her to learn to ring a bell that I put on the wall next to our door. That lets me know when she needs out. It is just a hanging bell, like a necklace for christmas.. I would not be that worried about this, I would say try putting doggie dypers on and then take your pup out every so offten. I have to say taking them out to many time in one day to me does not teach them to hold there 'dutties'.. I feel that if they can learn at an early age then you are ahead of the game so to say!! Just try to see what works for your dog, that might work for mine, but not yours.. Just do a trial and error.. You can also buy a stick that goes in the yard that has a smell that attracts the dog to use the bath room, and a spray that has the same smell that you can spray on a wie-wie- pad.. Put that near the door and it could help with the acciednts.. Good luck!!
This is Holly"s Mama. I am proud Owner of a new Mini Schnauzer, she was a rescue and is one year old, we have had her for two months. She never Barks. Not once. Why? Any answers will be helpful. I als
I take Daisy out and tell her to go potty and it takes her a minute or two some days but she always goes- But If Bentley isnt out side with us she holds it till he comes out ( our other dog) Also they wont go out side with anyone but me. Hubby tries to take them out and they sit on the porch looking in the door window (full glass front door) looking in at me, so i have to go out and then they go off the porch and go potty,. Some days they wont even to outside with any one but me. And i have always went out with them. Neither one of my dogs tell me they have to go potty, Daisy will go to the door so i do watch her closly and Bentley will sit by the door or he starts acting funny so does Daisy but if you dont catch them they will tinkle on the front door rug which i know is my fault because they were there waiting for me to take them out, But this hardly happens, when im at work some days Daisy cant hold it and pees on the rug, But i often wondered tho if she confuses the rug and the potty pad? I use to put out a potty pad when i went to work for them to use and i havent done a potty pad in months but when they will have a accident they always pee on a rug- never anywhere else just the rug at the front door or the rug at the back door- which is washable so no biggie even tho i would prefer of coarse they hold it but im gone 7 hours some days and for little dogs i guess thats a long time but most days Daisy and Bentley will hold it till i get home and they barly make it off the porch and they are peeing. Anther thing is some times they will play first and not go pee right away, I say go potty and repeat and of coare praise them like crazy and give treats when they go but i was told well read on here that a dog should do his buisness right away, no playing. anyways good luck . But it is best to go out with your pup, and im assuming maybe your pup is like mine and use to me taking them out and will only go with me , Hubby hates it, and it is bothersome when im doing something and he takes them out but they just sit there and stare into the house waiting for me, so i drop what im doing and go out with them.
I would try and start phasing out telling her to go potty on command. Take her outside, and she does not get to come back in unless she goes. Or you can come back inside and stick her in the crate for 5-10 minutes... then back outside you go. It will be alot easier when she has to be watched by someone else or boarded.
As for her not telling you where to go, the bell is a good idea. I only used it for a short period of time before I got tired of the bell getting stuck in the door. Keep her on a leash, or in her crate when you cant 100% watch her so she's not sneaking off and going to the bathroom in the house.