Crapping in the house

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"Gibbs" runs around the house letting me know that he has to go out and do  his business.  I take him out, he stands around.  I did this 3 times in a row.  I bring him in, he makes two passes around the house, then takes a crap on my living room rug.  I had just spent 20+ minutes outside with as he had asked.  He is about to turn 8 months old.

Frustrated!

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Intimidator, welcome to the forum.  I am sorry that "Gibbs" is giving you a hard time in the potty department.

 May I ask that you use language that is less crass?  We do have some young people that peruse this site.  Thank you!

In regards to Gibbs have you tried crate training?  If he doesn't go to the bathroom, bring him right back to the crate then try again in 20 minutes.  If he is not reliable in the house, do not give him the previlege to the roam the house.  Keep him leashed to you.  When he does go outside, praise, praise, praise!  Good luck and don't be afraid to ask more questions.  This place is a wealth of information.

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Intimidator, if Gibbs (love the name, btw) isn't doing his business when you take him outside, maybe you should wait a few extra minutes before taking him out.  Some puppies go within a few minutes of eating or drinking, and some just take a little longer to get started.  Can you sort of watch him/time him, even, to see approximately how long it is between eating and having to potty?  That might help you get an idea as to how long to wait to take him out.

Oh, and yes, by all means, praise him up BIG when you see him going outside like he's supposed to be doing.

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As the others have said... Praise, Praise, Praise... It's the best way to get Gibbs to do what you want. As for him going on the rug... I would watch him and if he even starts making passses around the house like this again, just take him right back outside. If you catch him in the act, immediately go over to him, tell him "no" in a firm voice, lift his back end to interrupt his "business" and take him outside. When he finishes outside, big praises all around! :) Good luck. 

this is where crate training is wonderful. Usually a dog that is crate trained will not go in their crate. So if he is giving you signs he needs to go out and he doesn't go when out he immediately goes into the crate and you try again. Never let him run around loose in the house when you know that he hasn't gone or you are just asking for an acciedent. The other option is having him on a leash tied to you so he is not running around loose, that way you will catch him in the act and be able to run him out where he is supposed to go.

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Hey,

Do you feed him the same time every day? This will help setting the pace. 

 

Be patient outside sometimes I use to wait 10-15 minutes for Kaiser.  Not anymore but when he was little.  He reliably goes in the am and at 430 pm daily.

 

Crate to, b.c they don't mess where they rest.

 

Harleybear cracking up, my mother would never tolerate the word crap... hahaha

 

good luck with gibbs, when you come back in if you catch him say OUTSIDE! and bring him out immediately.

 

good luck.

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Thank you everyone for your concerns, advice and guidance.   Much appreciated.  Yes, the "C word" set me back a bit.  Oh well, it is what it is and there was nothing vulgar or distasteful.  I will do better from here on out and thank you :-)

To answer your questions:

  1. "Agent Jethro Gibbs" is crated -
  2. He eats at 0600 hours and at 1800 hours -
  3. I take him out when he asks -
  4. I also take him right out after he eats.  However, that has all changed as he does not always have to go to the bathroom right after he eats -

We were outside 20+ minutes last night waiting for him to go to the bathroom.   We walked and he did not go.  I brought him back in the house.  I did not crate him as I was in a hurry to get a clean shirt on.  He made 2 rapid runs through the house.  I knew what was up.  This happened so fast, I could not get to him in time.  I yelled "NO!" at him, but he never waiverd, he made his deposit.   This is not first time. 

He takes a while to decompress when he has to go to the bathroom.  But, there are other time that he gets right outside and does his business emmediatly.  Yes, he is a baby.  He will turn 8 months old on the 17 FEB.

This is Doberman #5 for me.  One of my "girls" that I had trained was was awesome off-lead and with hand commands.  Top shelf!  The others were good too, but this one female that I had was unreal.

I praise "Gibbs" a lot.  His is very repsponsive to praise.  He is an awesome puppy and I know, he is just a baby. (72lbs)

I live in Vermont.  Do any of you know of a Doberman specific obidence trainer in neck of the woods?

Oh, BTW;  if we had gotten a female, she would have been named "Zeva".  LOL.....  :-)

Thanks again to everyone for the help.  I really apprecate it.

 

Intimidator, "Gibbs" Dad -

 

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Mary,  LOL... I am actually a young female who works in construction so I hear every word in the book!  I am just unusually sensative when it comes to public forums.  I am an old lady at heart! 

 

G's Dad:  Sounds like you love your little guy quite a bit!  And hopefully you will find a trainer that works for you and Gibbs.  Potty training is a pain, I know.  But it sounds like you feed him at the same time everyday.  Maybe write down the times he poops?  Because if you feed him at the same time everyday, then he should (in therory) poop at the same time everyday.  Also, attaching a command really helps when you want to rush them along.  I have to walk both my dogs out to the potty area and when it rains, it is super helpful for me to say, "Go Potty" and then they do... on command.  I taught them this by taking with me treats when we went out.  I would say "go potty"  over and over (the ONLY command that I would repeat) and when they did, I was basically throw a party with lots of treats and praise. 

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I'm having to start over with Gideon - it is frustrating...

Welcome to the forum though - if anyone can find you a solution, it's the people here.

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I'm having to start over with Gideon - it is frustrating...

Welcome to the forum though - if anyone can find you a solution, it's the people here.

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Oh yes, I love my "Agent Gibbs".  He is so awesome, even when he frustrates me.    I agree, what I have seen here so far on this forum is great.

 

Have a great evening -

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If you know he has to go and you take him out but he doesn't, then why would you continue to let him run loose in the house?   That's the common theme to both of your examples...stop doing that.

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Okay Lori.......I'll get right on that......

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The Jakester had found a new trick at the age of six months. If I'm not paying attention and he needs to go now (usually after wrestling with Princess) he goes into her crate to make his deposit.