I'm in a position where I can bring my 3 month puppy to work with me. I try to time his potty breaks right but he won't pee outside unless he's at home. I've been outside with him for 20-30min sometimes and he will not go to the bathroom. One day he went 9hrs without going to the bathroom despite several trips outside. At home he's fine and is pretty close to housebroken (only one or two accidents lately.) When i'm working he's got a large area he can run free in that is safe. Because i'm at work I can't always rush him outside when he starts peeing inside. Will this cause confusion for him at home as well despite minimal problems at home.
Second question completely unrelated. Are dogs ticklish? When I try to wipe baxtor's back paws he makes the wierdest groan and kicks his feet. He's fine with the front paws but back paws seem to be a problem
Understanding why a dog can be trained can usually be enough information for someone to device a training program for potty training on thier own. It's just that few people understand why it is possible for dogs to be able distugiush where to go potty and where not to.
Dogs have a natural instinct to not want to potty in thier home. this instinct is stronger in some dogs, and weaker in others. This has nothing do with being smart. So, we can teach dogs that thier home is the den and outside is the potty area. Dogs also have an instinct to only potty a certain area. They do not think we do. They do not think in terms of inside and outside. They think this is the potty spot. So your dog goes outside does not recongize it as the potty spot thier for holds it. even up to long periods. This instinct is strong in your dog. but you can teach him. This why dogs will generally only pee and poo in one area outside. He also does not all the buildings are the same. This in the wild is natural way to prevent disease. It keeps poop out the areas where they do other activities. This is what I do, and works extremely well. I will modify it seeing your dog is already through the process at home. I would get a crate, just big enough for the dog. if you have big one already, make a divider out of peg board and fix it in the crate. It should be only big enough so that if he poos in it or pee. he cannot get away from it. Your dog seems to have good instinct to keep clean, so I doubt he will mess the crate. and if he does it will only be once or twice. Since you want the dog to learn to pee at work outside. try to not poty them before work. So he will have to go at work. Pu him in the crate. and take him outside. give 2 minutes to go (you can do this porcess at home also, it maybe easier to do it at home first, then transfer it to work) if after 2 minutes he does not go, back to the crate. then try again on the next break. If you keep giving him 20-30 minutes to go. He will learn that he has time to dilly dally. We want him to think that he may not have that much time, so going immediatly would be a good choice. He will learn having to hold it sucks. My dogs come out of the crate and immediatly want to go outside to go to the bathroom. if he goes, then you can let him romp, or be out of the crate for a while inside. This method works extremely fast. Especially the more succesful times in a row he has. every time he he goes in the wrong place is a step back. making the learning curve longer. So, the crate may not allow to have your dog to have fun at work. But this will only last a short time. and if by accident he goes inside. If your dog will go to the bathroom in the building when he is going to and fro for a potty break carry him if you can. one dog I had would pee the minute he stepped out of the crate, I had to carry the entire crate outside.
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thanks for the advice! it makes sense...I have been bringing a crate to work with me and trying to keep him in it but its hard to keep him in their all day cuz I like to see him run around and have fun!!. The end result though is pee all over the floor haha. I will definitely try shortening the time he has outside and re-crating him until he goes....
Just to recap this only happens in his crate when he is away from home....
Last night we were at a friends place and he was outside in the yard for several hours. I put him in his crate so we could eat dinner and he peed in there again...almost instantly.
Today, I picked him up from at lunch time and took him outside. Played with him for a bit...took him outside again and then brought him back to work....When I got to work I put him in his crate so he could sleep. Instantly pees. I was told by the animal hospital that if he continually does this to let him lay in it so he learns that if he pees he's forced to lay in it and be uncomfortable. So I let left him in the crate and he starts drinking up his pee! I imagine this can't be good..
what do I do!?!?!?!
not sure if it means anything but a lot of times when he pees at work he doesn't stop and squat he just keeps walking and pees
***Edited By: mkeef on 5/12/2008 7:50:56 PM*** Reason: more info
Are there blankets or anything else absorbent in the crate? Do you always feed your puppy in the crate? Sounds like it lacks denning instinct. Feedign in the crate should improve the denning instinct but you say you put him in to feed and the puppy peed. Before or after the food?
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sorry, I guess I should have been a little more clear
I put him in the crate so WE could have dinner. He looks to scoop up droppings of food so its just safer to have him in there.
There was an old shirt in there for him. When I first got him I put a blanket in the kennel and he would pee all over it and push it aside. I took the blankets out and left the bare floor which forced him to lay in his pee if he did. I left it out until he went a couple weeks straight without an accident in the crate. He did that so I returned the bedding. He had been good for about a week.
I do not feed him in the crate. When at home he can go a long time without having an accident (6hrs+) although I usually take him outside every four or so but he has made it through the entire night a few times.
I was given advice that he might be stressed when I take him to work because I get stressed and he can sense it. His behavior is defintely different at work than at home and I've read a few articles on stress and he displays some of them. Im gonna try not bringing him out anywhere except my neighbourhood so he can become more comfortable there....good idea?