I have a 6 mo. old mix that seems to be getting worse about potty training! He now has started going in his crate and of course waits until we are not watching and will go whereever. When I catch him I scold him and take him outside. I feel I have done all the things you should do but not having any luck. I am getting really worried I will never succeed in potty training. Does anyone have any suggestions. Unfortunately our house is so that we can not close off any rooms with baby gates because it is so open. We tether him in the den but when you leave he will go on the carpet. Surely you don't have to crate him the whole time when we are not watching him except when we leave the house. He is a very smart dog and has been to obedience school and is now on the second round of obedience training as well as agility classes. I am trying to keep him active because he is super hyper. I walk him every evening when possible and take him out often as we are retired. We have a invisible fence but he will not stay out unless you are with him. Also he knows when you say potty, when you are outside, he will go if he has to. I also take him out right before I put him in the crate for the night. I know this is long but I am at my wits end. Please any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.
This is Rex. He is just learning the ropes! Wish us luck!
He is going when you are not there because of the scoldings. He has learned it is safe to pee when you are not around and dangerous when you are there. This problem has arisen out of conflict between you and the dog. First relax...it's just pee. Not molten lava. If the dog has an accident. It's just that. An accident. Not some defiant problem or some form of disobeying. The dog simply has to pee, and does not quite understand where the bathroom is yet. It may seem he does. But I assure he does not. Because if he did, he would use the bathroom in the proper place. Your going to have to be aware of why the dog had the accident...to long with out going outside? Generally that's the big mistake. Simply we wait to long to let them out. Or we do not let them often enough. keep using the crate. keep all bedding out of it. No toys. keep the dog in the crate, let them out every hour. No water at night. Give the dog 2 minutes to make something happen. if nothing happens....dog goes back in the crate. Wait till the next hour. If you think the dog may have to go but did not go in the allotted 2 minutes. let him out every 15 minutes. But only for 2 minutes. The 2 minute rule is a good one, because if they do have to go while in the crate and they hold it outside. And go back into the crate they will learn....next time I get out of here...I better go pee. So they most likely will go right away. My dogs try to go pee even if they do not have to every time I let them outside. If the dog does go...now bring out a toy and play...enjoy your dog. You know they will not have to go again for few hours, so they are safe. But after a few hours....repeat the process. I know it sounds mechanical. But if you can go for 2-3 days without an accident. Your work will be done. but that's key...the more successful times they go outside...the less time it will take.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."