Here's the deal. I have a dog (Lacey) who's eight years old. My family has had her since she was a puppy. Well, one day my brother, who was her owner at the time, abandoned her for about a month and a half. I imagine she was fed periodically, but she was never taken outside to use the bathroom, so she went all over the floor in the garage she was staying in. Needless to say, I discovered these conditions and took her to my house. All was fine for the first two weeks, but now she has decided that she'd rather piss all over the floor. I tak her out in the morning, she'll use the bathroom, typically urinate and a BM. When my wife and I are at work I imagine she pees on the floor. When we are sleeping I know she pees on the floor. I'm lost as of what to do to correct this problem. I really don't want to send her packing, but I'm starting to feel like I have no choice. Any suggestions will be appreciated. ~~Mike~~
i would seriously suggest treating her as a pup and try crate training her from the beginning. i would however, take a urine sample to the vet and have it checked for possible infection. easy to rule out
I agree, start from step one. Outside every few hours, and in a crate when you can't watch her. Crate her at night and do not reward her by letting her out every time she whines. You will elarn the difference between the 'I want out of here' and 'I want out' cries pretty soon. It shouldn't take very long. If you want her out but don't think you can keep a hawk eye on her, take a leash and tie it to your belt loop so she has to ge overywhere with you. Still take her out every couple of hours. NEVER punish a dog for going to the bathroom after the fact, they do not understand. If you catch her, just yell, "NO" and take her outside, when/if she goes outside give her tons of praise and/or treats. Let her know that is what you want. She will catch on quickly. Good Luck and welcome to the forum.
I agree with both. I just want to stress that due to the age of the dog make sure there isn't a medical problem. Good luck and let us know how it goes. The crate will definately help too. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
All good suggestions so far. Can't think of anything else to say. lol It's hard to untrain a behavior of a dog when it has been doing it for awhile. So patience is the key too. This isn't a problem that can be fixed overnight or even a week. I think as long as you are patient and try the things that the other posters suggested, it will get better with time. Keep us posted. :) That's awesome that you rescued the dog from a bad living situation.
I do have a vet appt scheduled for her to get her sayed and a mamory gland tumor removed. I'll also take a urine sample to rule out infection. Thanks for all the great advise I'll probably start training her this weekend. ~~Mike~~