House training - I'm about to lose it!

16 replies [Last post]
LBurke's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-01-18

Pet Profiles

Samson is 10 weeks old now. He was doing great as far as house training goes...until hubby and I went on a cruise last week and left him with our 17-year-old and a sitter. Before I left, I was taking him out every 1-1/2 hours to pee and/or poop and he wasn't having any accidents in the house. I got back home yesterday and today he's had 3 accidents in the house and 2 of them were within 10 minutes of him coming back inside from playing outside for about 30 minutes with a potty break during that time. It's like he's a totallly different dog! I'm thinking the next few days he's spending most of the day in the crate so he has no chance to pee in the house??? I'm getting tired of mopping the floors!

Advice pretty pretty please!!

Signed...desperate!

Wolfgirl_121's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-11-08

Pet Profiles

Don't give up on what you were doing before, just do everything the same. Your 17-year-old probobly didn't take him out as often or just didn't realize when to do it. He'll get better, and you should also have a talk with your sitter. Next time you go, write down instructions or give better ones.

Good luck!!! XD

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Dear Desperate:

Welcome home.. hope your cruise was a wonderful time away

IMO I don't think confining Samson to his crate would be the right way to re-train him.. His crate is a haven for comfort, not punishment or for a 'time out'

He's still a baby and cannot possibly control his bathroom habits.. I agree with WG.. start from square one. Sometimes I think the beginning stages of potty training is training US

Good luck

DJ's Dad's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-04

Pet Profiles

Dont panic---just go back to square one and start again as if he's learning for the first time.  2nd time around usually goes a little quicker anyhow.  Hang in there--it DOES get better as they get older and wiser. 

LBurke's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-01-18

Pet Profiles

Thanks for the support!

I was so upset with him today, I had my daughter take him out to play and then put him in the kennel with treats like nothing was wrong as to not scar him...If I were to have put him in the kennel, he would've thought I was Satan himself!  Luckily he's been sleeping since he was tired out from running around outside. At what age is it expected that they can control their bladders?

KevinK's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-07-15

Pet Profiles

He's 10 weeks old, like I just told someone else... If he poops or pees in the house, you can't blame the dog.  He doesn't have control of his bladder, when he has to go, he goes.  It's YOUR responsibility to make sure he gets out often enough, and actually goes outside...  This is like being upset at a 6 month old baby for pooping in his diaper instead of going to the toilet, doing his business, and then coming back and continuing what he was doing...  He's very young, so stay patient, stay calm, and don't yell at him or do anything negative when he goes in the house.  He will jsut get scared, and he has no idea why you're upset...  he probably doesn't even know how that poop got there!

LBurke's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-01-18

Pet Profiles

KevinK...mhhmm I'm aware of that...that's why my daughter took him outside afterwards and not me. She was calm. I, however, wasn't very calm, but I held my hissy fit after he left the house! My next question or repeat question....Around what age should they be able to control their bladders? Just looking for a time period to look forward to! :0

KevinK's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-07-15

Pet Profiles

Couple more months.  Depends on the individual dog, and how they are housetrained, as well as how much they eat/drink.

cisco9510's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-11-10

Pet Profiles

Most people and books etc say 6 months old is when they should start realizing and really get it- doesnt mean they are done but they should start to recogonize when they have to go and where (that is if you are keeping up your end of the bargain)

Good luck I am going thru it too with two!

D and Evie's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-01-28

Pet Profiles

Yeah, Evie's 22 weeks and will still have the occasional lapse when excited so, we're in the same boat. For what it's worth I bought this sucker(pun intended;)) http://www.pawsitivelycleanpet.com/index.php/product/icky-messes/yikes/

 

and it helps quite a bit knowing that even if she does have a no-no I can easily erase it and move on...

jeshykai's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-02

Pet Profiles

Think in terms of their biology... Eat.. Poo and pee time Drink.. Time to go pee Play for any length of time... Better pee somewhere in there!! I am just in the habit of letting my dogs out frequently and watched Steve like a hawk when he was young. Being aware around when they are due to evacuate helps. If The sniffer hits the ground.. Dash him out! Give him smaller spaces in the house so he doesn't get distracted or have no chance to make it to tell you he has to go befor he has to GO! A vet I worked for told people who had a hard time teaching potty-training to leash the dog to them as they went around the house.. Every dog and every "trainer" (ie - you, your daughter) is different My dogs are always quick at it because I'm consistent. You'll get there! Accidents are just a fact of puppy ownership

Jensen8278's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-11-09

Pet Profiles

I'm in there with you! Ella will be outside for 30 min. Come back inside and immeadiately pee. It's frustrating, but they will learn.

LBurke's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-01-18

Pet Profiles

Last night I took him out, he peed, and we went inside and he was in the living room with the family. I was on the floor folding clothes so I could watch him closely. Within 20 minutes, he just copped a squat and started peeing. No sniffing at all. It's like his bladder shrunk while I was gone. Other than that, he's sitting, shaking, and laying on command really well! I wonder if I can add "hold it?" Maybe teach him to cross his legs and do the "pee pee dance." lol

  

DJ's Dad's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-04

Pet Profiles

per LBurke: I wonder if I can add "hold it?" Maybe teach him to cross his legs and do the "pee pee dance." lol

Hahaha---that cracked me up!!!

jeshykai's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-02

Pet Profiles

Before he can do the pee pee dance for you... you might want to just keep him out there longer for the peeing.  They are smart and they often want back in before they are done.  I used to pace the yard with Steve, chanting, "GO POTTY" and he'd pee, look at me - saying, "I'm done!" and I'd just keep looping the backyard and sure enough -- there was another pee he had to do!

Lori's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-04-03

Pet Profiles

Some dogs house train much easier than others, I think it depends on their living conditions while with their mothers/breeders too.  If they were allowed to use the bathroom and sleep/lay/play in it as babies they will be more likely harder to house train.   If the breeder tooks good care and kept them clean and started the habit of going outside to potty then it's usually much easier...

 

We got rocky at 12 weeks,  he had 2 accidents in the house which were completely our fault for not taking him out in time and that was it.  Never pooped ever in the house....by about 20-22 weeks he started sometimes going to the back door and actually telling us when he wanted out.    He did have 2-3 crate accidents the first couple weeks because we work 8 hours and that's a bit long to hold it but we very carefully washed all bedding and cleaned him up each time and that stopped within 2 weeks...

 

My last 4 dogs were much the same - 1-2 accidents and never again...but you have to be diligent about taking them out regularly....Set a timer if you have to and remind yourself.  it's easy to get busy and forget it's been an hour...

laith's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-11-30

Pet Profiles

Just stay patient. I PROMISE he will get it. Just when he is ready! :)