How Do You House Train an Impossible Puppy – Tips Suggestions Desperately Needed ?

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Q: We have an 11 week old puppy. IMPOSSIBLE to house train. When you walk him, he will wait until he returns home, then dirty in the house. It’s 50/50 if he will use the paper on the kitchen floor. He will be let out in the garden regularly, but still dirties the house. ANY IDEAS,TIPS? PRODUCTS?  Will he be an impossible dog to stop being dirty in the house? We have had the puppy since he was 6 weeks old, This is NOT my first puppy. I am quite aware what’s involved in raising a puppy. However this pup is impossible in as much in the six weeks I’ve had him, he’s not showing any interest in being paper-trained using the garden area to mess in or now that he’s being walked to do so when he’s walked. ~ THANK YOU TO THOSE SO FAR WHO OFFERED UNSARCASTIC FRIENDLY ADVICE, The crate idea is useful not one I had used in the past ~ All ideas very much appreciated — I know he’s still a baby, but same is true he’s old enough to have routines put into practice. My previous and other current dogs did show some interest in at least being paper-trained by this age.

A: "Impossible" puppy? If he’s only 11 weeks, I’m not sure why you’d be saying that. When it comes to housetraining, 11 weeks is nothing at all. When you get a puppy, you need to be ready for a long, messy process. If you’re getting this frustrated with him, and he’s only 11 weeks old, I’m not sure how you expect this "having a puppy" thing to work out. Many puppies are not reliably housetrained until 4 to 6 months of age, and it could even be longer than that; some breeds are notoriously difficult to housetrain. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and have a pup that will train lighting quick, but for the most part, everything you describe is completely normal for many pups that age. Welcome to the joys of puppyhood.

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My Dog has Started Pooping Every Night in the House. Any Advice How I Stop This Behaviour?

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Q: She is a 6 yr old Lab/Rotty cross and has been house trained since she was a puppy, but in the last 3 weeks, I get up to find a mess every morning. She is walked 2-3 times a day and has access to the garden at night before we go to bed, yet she is still doing it. I am pretty sure it’s a behavioral issue as even though she is sometimes on her own during the day when we are at work, she never does it then. Nothing in her routine has changed so I just can’t understand it.

I have a 20 month old daughter and a baby on the way so if this continues I’m afraid we will have to find a new home for her. Any advice on how to overcome this would be really appreciated as she is one of the family and we would hate to lose her. Thanks.

The dog really does get a lot of attention and although Im sure she is aware of the changes at home she still gets tons of attention and exercise, my husband is self employed so is home lots of the day and when he is’nt he pops home at intervals to check on her. We also have a dog ‘nanny’ who takes care of her when we are going to be out for any long periods. We all go for walks as a family as often as we can and the dog is never walked less than 1 1/2 hours a day – usually much more, my husband loves to be out with her and our daughter as often as possible! She is spayed and her last meal of the day is usually about 4pm just before her evening walk. We have been punishing her by putting her outside for longer and longer periods and although she seems to know she has done wrong she is still doing it. I hate to be thinking like this but I just can’t have two children under two and a messy dog to contend with.

A: I had the same problem with my dog. I tried this routine and it worked perfectly. Never take your dog out for more than she has to. If you take her out 5 times a day, stick to 5 times. Every time she (Let’s call her skip) Skip makes a mess, bring her to the area she made it in. Make sure she sees it and then say "No Skip! BAD DOG!" Then give her a swat on the back. It’s not gonna kill her. If ur one of those people who’re like "OMIGAWSH!! ANIMAL ABUSER!!" Then instead of a light swat, get a newspaper and hit the ground beside him instead. If you catch her in the act of the crime, even better, while she’s relieving herself say, "Bad Skip!" And do the same thing. After she’s finished, TAKE HER OUT. When she’s relieving herself outside, praise her and give her a treat. After a few weeks, or a few days, however long it takes her to stop, gradually stop using the treat. I used this routine with my dog, and she never made a mess in the house after that. PS. CLEAN UP THE PLACE WHERE SHE MADE THE MESS VERY WELL AFTER HE MAKES IT!!! This is VERY important because one of the reasons why she might be pooping inside is because she might smell her previous mess and think it’s ok to poop inside. So make sure you clean it VERY well!!! Hope this helps!

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