Charlie potty training

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chrismg's picture
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Need some insight.  Has been over 18 years since potty training for me.  Charlie does not bark to go out. Mostly, he barks after he has gone.  We started out with Charlie in an ex-pen in a finished garage.Gabby is also in the garage and has free run, not in a kennel.  He now sleeps in the kennel with Gabby at night and he holds it all night.  But if I leave them playing, he would go on the pee pad, but now he just goes wherever.  Getting frustrating.  We do the praising when he goes outside and telling him what to do.  But I still can not trust him to let me know he has to go.  Does having 2 dogs make it different?  Gabby lets us know she has to go out.

Also, does bitter spray work for any of you?  Have sprayed it on shoes and other things I want him to stay away from, but I think it works more as an 'attractant' than a detterent.  Even Gabby licks at it with NO 'yucky face'!!!!! 

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Potty time is after eating, sleeping, playing and depending on progress every 1-2 hours till you have established a schedule. You can teach to give signs! Dexter rings bells that hang off our front door. Feed at the same time every day. Makes potty training easier. I would explain more, but I have to take my daughter to the dentist now.

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Hi! How old is Charlie? It says on his profile that he is 21 weeks-old, but judging from the pic you have of him I'm guessing that isn't accurate. I'm not an expert, but my Niko is 16 weeks-old now and he has just recently started "telling" us he has to go potty.  We have been accident-free for almost 3 weeks now.  What worked for us with him was a schedule for feeding, and going outside every two hours and before we go outside I'd tell him, "Let's go outside to potty" and then as soon as he started pottying I'd tell him "Good boy potty outside!!" and make like him peeing or the other was the greatest thing in the world.  We also didn't let him have anything to drink or eat about 2-3 hours before bed.  It took a little bit but he caught on, and Charlie will too.  He probably just needs to go out more often.  I don't know if you have ever had a dober pup or not, I saw that you rescued Gabby when she was about 1 year-old (Thank you for giving such a pretty girl a forever home!!).  But, I found out the fun way that dober pups have teenie tiny little bladders and they don't always know that they have to go until they have already went.  I actually posted about this same type of thing a little bit back and the advice I got was great.  I learned Niko's "tells" for having to go outside.  I think the main thing is to make frequent trips outside, praise like crazy, don't yell at him for pottying in the house (that will just make him afraid to go in front of you) all I ever did to Niko was a sharp "No!" followed by "Outside to potty", and patience, patience, patience.  It may take a while, but when he "gets" it you will be soooo proud!!!  Keep us posted...oh yeah and some pics please!!!!!!

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Keep to a schedule first of all - if you feed him or he drinks give it no more than an hour and he'll have to go.  If it's been more than 2 hours I'd take him out and see if he has to go.   Try to feed him and take him out the same times each day  to develop a schedule first of all.  Then either learn to watch for the signs or quit leaving him un-attended so he can go.   It's as much about YOU learning when your dog is going to go as it is HIM learning to go outside.  I can tell you right now how many times Rocky pees or poops each day and could as a puppy to.  If you can't you haven't been paying enough attention.  Learn his schedule and adapt it to match what YOU want his schedule to be.

 

If it's under 20 weeks he's too young to tell you he has to go....YOU have to pay attention and take him out reguarly.  The more accidents he has the harder potty training becomes because he thinks it's ok to go inside. I would never use a Pee pad as that's just encouraging him to pee inside and you don't want that

 

the bitter spray only works for some dogs and is meant to stop them from chewing because they would dislike the taste - my dog licks it off things like candy so it was Bitter Spray Fail at my house.