Apartment Potty Training to go OUTSIDE

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Hi all!

I am new to this wonderful website, forum and new to a sweet little Dobie named Miya Grace. I got her from a loving family who made their home... in a house! I make my home, on the 28th floor of a high-rise lol very different situation indeed! I have been trying to get Miya to understand that we go "POTTY," outside. She seems to be doing well during the day, she has a patch of grass outside the building where she likes to go and will take me there ( when she wants to move, rather than sit or lay down and watch the people/cars ) but I am finding at night it is becoming rather difficult.

I was told it is best to stop all liquid around 7-8pm, her dinner is usally given around 5-6pm. I try my best to keep my prosethic leg on and take her out for one last potty before bedtime around 10/11? I am finding that being, 10 weeks tomorrow, she still gets me up a handful of times during the night, which is fine! If I dont pick her up from her crate and carry her out to the elevator to outside (only at night) she will squat and start to pee in the hallway.

Does anyone have any advice on this? I am concerend how much longer I will be able to carry her for the fact she is growing quite rapidly :) Does anyone else make their home in an apartment and has to deal with going and waiting for an elevator / lobby before one can make it OUTSIDE?

 

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Start crate training her. This will make potty training far easier. Dogs do not like to mess where they sleep. 

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Hi Ares!

Miya sleeps in her crate at night with the door closed and during the day she will lay in it when she pleases with door open or with door closed if I am to go out.

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Well that's great ! I'm sure she will be able to hold it better when she gets to a little older :)

 

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yes as she gets bigger she also gets older and she will have better bladder control. Our puppy is 23 weeks old and though he is getting better he does continue to have accidents. I don't mean to be a downer but I think you will have some accidents as she gets older all the way through her life and particular in her elder age. I think everyone on here knows there is no dog that is always going to make it, there is only less accidents. I've never lived in an apartment that high up but I have of course been in elevators and I can't even imagine how a puppy ever makes it waiting for the elevator and then waiting for the elevator to get down 28 floors and then waiting the time it takes to get through the lobby and out to the patch of grass so I would say at 10 weeks you have a pretty good puppy if she ever makes it :) !

I don't like the things one bit because I do think it confuses the dog a bit but if I have ever heard of a good reason for one of those fake patch of grass things for dogs to potty in I would say, you have it.

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I will admit the majority of my dogs have not had accidents in the house, even in their senior years, the only time that one or two had an accident was due to illness that required hospital stays.....after being house broke I never experienced any peeing in the house except by the chihuahua, once in a while one or two of my big dogs got sick and had a bit of runny stool on the way out of the house at a run......the look in their eyes was like "MOM!!!!!" and we ran to the door

My chihuahua was one of the dogs that had issues as a senior due to health issues he honestly didn't have control sometimes while he was eating once in a while he would tinkle just a little while he ate.....it was weird. But I just put a towel under him while he ate that fixed that.

I am taking some of this advice and filing it for when I get my little boy in a few weeks some great advice on the forum for puppyhood

I agree any puppy that can make it waiting for the elevator and then down the elevator and then out is doing GREAT

PS if you are concerned about the carpet or anything like that at the elevator you might try those "fancy pants" just to get her down the elevator but make sure there is no pee on the skin when you take it off urine can burn if not cleaned off

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Talisin, I will stand corrected. I suppose if I were more consistant in bed times and wake up times that would help. I would also say barring any illness helps a lot too. I can't imagine my last 2 dogs making it through their life without a lot of accidents. Our Dobie Xavier got liver disease and as part of the treatment he was given prednisone so he was peeing like crazy and drinking water like crazy. We also had the misfortune of having our boxer (Major) get lymphoma diagnosed about a month earlier than X and he was put on prednisone also, and I don't know if it was the cocktail of drugs they were each on or all the weird food we kept giving them just to try to get enough calories in them but they also had diarreah. By the time it was all done I almost lost my job due to being up multiple times every night letting them out but also cleaning up messes because they couldn't make it. In the end I was just cutting out the sections of carpet because every accident had so much pee it just soaked the pad under the carpet and you couldn't get it out even with a good shop vac. Finally after they passed I tore up all the carpet in the basement where they slept.

Lest I sound to clinical about the whole thing, the whole experience of heartache made me never want to get another dog, but I married a wonderful woman and she convinced me to get another. Now I hate her! Just kidding :) Puppy stage ARgggghhh! now I can only seem to get him out most of the time but I'm still cleaning up pee at least occasionally!

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Hi all! Glad to hear what some people had to say regarding our little 28th floor situation. Miya since coming home has been having some bowel issues, poor baby and I think that has a lot to do with it. Since posting this post she has been doing better with water, I think she understands that we go PEE-PEE outside, I have caught her in the act a few times and when I have I firmly say NO, and than take her outside and if she goes congratulate her. Ah the perks of having a puppy indeed =) She did sleep 6 hours the other night without getting up to go out, which was terrific.

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I've spoken to a handful of people and the term "bladder control," keeps coming up and I fully understand. Accidents are totally understandable as dogs get older and things happen, I just want her to understand that accidents are okay, but a regular thing is not. She is a smart little girl and I know she'll catch on.