hey all, my family and i have 2 american cockers. they are 10 months old, we have owned them for 3 months. they are fixed, crate trained, and they were doing SO well with the housebreaking, but it seems latley they have gone back to square one. it is getting so frustrating...yesterday they peed in the house 3 times. once on a blanket, once on the floor, and once on the front porch. we let them out AT LEAST once every 2 hours. and they are STILL doing this. they also have been pooping inside the house AFTER i bring them out...and last night was the worst. one dog woke us up at midnight and had pooped all in his crate. and this morning, i cheked and he did it once more after we cleaned the first mess up. there was not much, so it really did not look like he HAD to go....i am at my wits end, and i dont want to get rid of them, it would break my kids hearts...
after 3 months of trying to housebreak them, is this NEVER going to happen??? i am getting tired of pee and poop in the house. should they be in there crate when ever they are inside now? they were on wellness food, but they had TERRIBLE gas and loose stools, so we just switched there food. i dont know if that is why one pooped in his crate or not..but we could not deal with that smell in the house any more..
Two dogs simultaneously is nearly impossible, but I have done it with younger pups.
Two things: First, get some jingle bells and string from a department store and tie bells to the string. Hang them from the door you take the dogs out. Every time you are ready to take them out, take their paw and ring the bell, then take them out. This will train them to ring the bell for you when they have to go and works wonderfully. When you are outside, give them a command to go potty. We say "take a break" as that was the command we learned in training. Make sure you reward them with love and pets when they go outside. Don't wait every two hours, that is too long. Take them out every 30 minutes to one hour when training.
Second: If there are two of you, put each dog on a 3'-4' leash around your wrist and keep them there. They will not go potty on a short leash, and in front of you in the house. Then when you take them to the door, ring the bells and let them off leash, they will adore their freedom to go potty.
Also, switching foods should be done gradually over a few days, as runny stools with result when food is changed.
I don't crate my pups at night. Use the same leash and tie them to your bed post/leg. They will whine to go and you can let them out the same way you do during the day. It may get you up at night, but within a week, they will be trained day/night.
Right now, they are trained that they can go potty in the house, so managing ALL of their time for them is crucial at this point for you.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
Absolutely stellar advice. Next time don't get 2 puppies. Get your next puppy when your dogs are seniors, they will help train the new puppy, who wants to hang with the big dogs. I'd definitely go with the short leash. Better a few weeks of interrupted sleep than poopy all over the place, or breaking the kids hearts. A bit of advice: Cockers are notorious for chronic ear infections. Get into a habit of religious weekly cleanings. It also helps to use a barrette to put the ears up over the head to air them out.