House Training

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Okay, I am not a niave person- and my husband and I have been researching Doberman's for about a year- we know almost everything there is to know about the breed.
  We adopted a 9 month old Doberman- her name is Ava- we were told that she was house trained- but in the month that we have had her shes gone outside once.  We have done everything!! Crate training, scheduling, making sure that shes comfortable.  She is always with our family- she loves us and we love her.
  We are getting frustrated because we arent sure what we are doing wrong, why wont she go outside?

HELP!!!

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Since you're asking the question, "What are we[i] doing wrong, I have the feeling you're [i]not doing anything wrong at all. Adopted? Do you mean from a shelter?

The question is, "Why won't she go empty outside". We'll need more information about the situation to help.

She must have an issue of some kind. Tell us what you know about where she comes from, what happens when she goes outside (and doesn't 'go'), and what happens when she's inside and does.

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We adopted her from a family that she was with because they were moving and could not take her...
    i was only with her in her home for a short time, but she was very comfortable and the owners we very good to her.. you could tell- u know when a dog is and is not taken care of... she def was.
    when we take her outside she just sniffs.... and listens and watches everything that is going on around her... i take her for walks, everywhere... i have tried taking her to the dog park up the road and letting her go in the fenced area and still nothing... its like she doesnt know what she has to do there.
  I have been in contact with her previous owners to ask them if there was anything in particular that i should do- they told me no, and said all they did was take her out and tell her to go potty....and she went...
      when she goes inside she just picks a spot and goes.. she doesnt sniff or anything- just goes.
  i have always been a believer that if your dog isnt listening or doing what you want its not your dogs fault its yours... so... i dont know what to do anymore.... i adore her ... i dont care if i have to be outside with her for 24 hours before she empties.

    we have another dog that we adopted from a shelter and he was house trianed when we got him and we never had this problem... what can we do to help her?

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Hello sorry about your house training issues...
I have a question.. you have another dog right? Do you bring them out together?  Ava does not follow your other dogs lead.. If you bring your other dog and tell it to "go potty" or whatever you for your dog to empty itself Ava does not follow.  The whole puppy see puppy do thing..  ???
What schedule is she on now? How often do you take her out... The more info the better...I have gotten a lot of great suggestions on this board so hopefully you will have the same luck...
If all else fails wait outside until she finally goes and praise the hell outta her. 

Good Luck

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So is she on the leash when you're outside? Is that how her previous owners did things?

If she was happy with her previous home this could be a separation issue - she's could have anxiety about you leaving her. To my dogs, being on a leash means going somewhere. Being on a leach might give her the feeling she needs to worry about other things beside taking a wee. Likewise at a dog park. One of our females won't even wee until she gets home and is in the back yard...

If I were you, I would take this approach and just start from the beginning, just like teaching a new behavior.

First, keep her in a crate her size and only have her out in the house when someone is able to pay full attention to watching her. If she plops that butt down, give a "NO" and then the outside command and get her out side. Once outside, preferably in a fenced area where she can be alone, tell her she's good, maybe play a quick game, then leave her out until she goes. Once she does, give her praise and let her right in.

The key to this is letting her in right after she pees. Essentially you're rewarding her for peeing outside by letting her inside, so the closer the rewards is in time to the act the better so you might want to spy on her through a window or something. You just need to be sure not to let going outside become a punishment, so it's probably a good idea to get her outside before she tries peeing in the house.

Being 9-months-old, she should be able to understand and learn this behavior. It must be rough for you though. I remember when Stormee, one of our females, had her first pregnancy. For a little while she would pee in the house. She did that around her first few heat cycles too. It was a lot of urine.... :(

Let us know how things go.

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;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

AVA EMPTIED OUTSIDE YESTERDAY!!!!

  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

AFTER A VERY LONNNNNNGGGGGG DAY... AND LONG TIME OUTSIDE MY HUSBAND FINALLY FINISHED THE KENNEL IN THE BACK YARD.. WE PUT HER OUT THERE AND AFTER ABOUT 20MINS- SHE WENT!! AND I PRAISED HER LIKE YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE...AND SHE HADNT HAD AN ACCIDENT FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

          thank you everyone for your help- i guess she just needed to find her own way  ;) :)