I have an amazingly smart puggle pup named Rain. She has picked up the command sit, as well as in progress of learning fetch. I spend alot of time with her and I am very consistent with her teaching
The problem is she is still going potty inside. A typical routine for us: She spends the night in the crate, which she never goes potty in. I get up early and let her out so she doesn't have to wait for me to wake up and then i sleep for another hour or so. When I get up I bring her inside to feed her. wait about five minutes and make a walk of the back yard to her potty place. She usually always tries to go right away even if she only manages a tiny bit. She is praised (i practically jump up in down) every time she goes potty outside in her potty spot. I bring her back inside and we play. If she begins to sniff we both go back outside and the process is repeated. Sometimes she will wait hours to go to the door and sometimes she tries to play going inside and outside.. (which is not allowed and when she does this she stays outside) I sometimes let her into the backyard on her own for an hour or so (about once a day) and before i bring her in i go with her out to her potty spot and wait for her to try to go. She knows the drill. But sometimes when she comes inside she shows no signs of needing to potty and goes on the floor in the living room (right in front of me!!) or in the hallway (partially hidden) and this is anywhere from 15 min. to an hour+ later. never immediately She gets told sternly no and I try to bring her outside so she can finish what she started there (which she never does, she doesn't seem to need to go potty outside at that point, even if i catch her RIGHT as she squats.) Then into the kennel for 20 min. (i clean up the mess while she is out of the room and it is very well cleaned up) she doesn't go in the same place just the general area. (only seems to be when i'm in the kitchen or on the phone, because i'm not paying attention to her verbally or physically although i can still see her) We then go outside to potty, and repeat the daily process of outside-inside-play in both areas. She gets played with after she potties outside so she knows that fun things happen outside and she doesn't have to be rushed inside after she pee's. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong or how I can prevent it. I have only not caught her pottying once so she knows she is not supposed to. she stops when i say "no" in a firm voice.
Anyone have any idea's on how to prevent this? I think she is just going because she is bored-is that possible? and if so, how do i manage it because i can't entertain her 24/7. I have to eat/shower etc. She has PLENTY of toys, inside and outside as well as a big cushy blanket to lay on. She is praised when she is behaving correctly, (playing inside quietly, running and fetching inside) I do alot of activity with her. I'm at my wits end on how to teach her that pottying is outside only.
You sound like an awesome mom, and you're doing really well with being comitted to potty training your pup. I don't think she's bored though. You don't mention her age, but remember she IS a puppy.... and hasn't read the books on potty training. (smile) Just like human tots, sometimes pup relapse in their training... or get distracted in what they're doing and by the time they realize they have to go.... it's too late. Keep in mind that she's still trying to learn HOW to communicate with you that she has to go, and also, house training is something WE ask of our dogs, it's not a natural behaviour. In the wild, dogs just go where and when they have to. Mom keeps the den reasonable clean, but once the litter is old enough to be mobile,.. when nature calls... they answer. Some individuals are cleaner than others but that may just mean moving a few feet away from their sleeping area. I'd suggest just keep on doing what you're doing and be patient, she'll figure it out. Be aware too that sometimes their body language etc., is VERY subtle ... and you don't necessarily have much time to react. Hang in there, I think you're doing a great job.
thanks :) I knew puppies took alot of work going into it. The main problem is her daddy has no patience at all. He doesn't behave angrily towards her but tells me how upset he gets when she doesn't behave.. he barely ever deals with her on his own because i'm always around but when i'm around he expects me to take care of the training.. lol.. i'm glad it's just a puppy and not 4 kids. He explains how he understands how she can't know everything already but that it makes him so mad that she doesn't.
All of which has left me being the sole caretaker of her. Which I don't mind all that much because i love her so. But she has become a hopeless mama's girl and that's why i think she goes potty when i'm not paying attention and she get's bored.
Either way I'll continue the routine and hopefully she'll pick up that potty is always outside lol.. And hopefully no new problems come up.. she is absolutely adorable. :)
You didn't mention a crate... Do you have one? It sounds like you are spending alot of time with this pup, but -- like you said -- ya gotta take a shower some time. In my book, puppies that are not reliably potty-trained are confined to a crate whenever they are not being supervised. The crate should reinforce the "not inside the house" message in the times when you are not able to directly.
Yes we have a crate which she stays in at night and when i have to run errands or do things that she gets in the way with (like making a big dinner) I'd put her in there when i shower but she is so hopelessly unable to be alone that she sniffs around the tub (which is separate from the shower) where she takes her baths and then even though there are toys in the room she sits next to the shower door and waits for me to get out. lol.
She has only not gotten caught in the act of pottying when i was there once. She's always supervised when she is in the house and i've always caught her except for the one time. Her daddy on the other hand lol doesn't know she's sneaky, she knows she can get away with it if i'm out of the room and she's in his care. He gets distracted and she sneaks into the hall.. He's not cut out for the constant supervision thing lol.. So now she isn't left alone with him alot but I think that is a double edged sword because she is just getting more attached to me. She potties typically in the living room when she has an accident but she does squat and she knows she's not supposed to.. It can be if i'm in the kitchen (which is open to the living room or even when i'm just sitting on the couch. i'm constantly watching her so i always see her start (except for the one time) and it's always when i'm not paying verbal or physical attention to her. which i can't do 24/7 either. she doesn't do it often.. but often enough that I still take her out often enough during the day in hopes of preventing it. she can make it through the night easily.. so i know she can hold it. i guess it's just time and consistency? keep up the same thing and hope she learns inside is bad? it's frustrating lol
topaz....I feel your pain! I just got my Coton 7 days ago. I read and prepared so much for this pup...now I find myself second guessing everything! If it helps...sounds like you are doing everything well. Basically the same as me...lol....but I wish I could get my pup to stop nipping at me when we play. I know....6 days isn't long enough to know anything...but still. I swear having my child 41 years ago was easier. Hugs to you....let's make a pact that we WILL get through this puppyhood!