some time our 16 week old puppy refuses to go outside to the bathroom .

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Hi my name is Tom and we have a 16 week old pup Zeus that we love to death . He is doing well with crate training but has some issues when we attempt to take him out to the bathroom .

1, whenever we attempt to put his leash on his collar he pees . I am assuming that it is the submissive peeing I have been reading about he does it with everyone in the house incliuding my 20 year old son.

 

2. when I feel it is time for zeusto take a potty break I will call him , I usually have him follow me out into the garage before putting on his leash (due to the submissive peeing) but once he sees what I am planning to do he will walk away from me and sit in his crate or on the carpet . I am wondering if he is testing his dominence with us . has anyone encountered this same problem and how did you resolve it ?

 

Any help would be appreciated .

Thanks

Tom C  

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Between the submissive peeing and not wanting to go outside, it sounds to me like there is something outside that is scarying him.  As a little pup Harley was scared of going outside and when I grabbed the leash he would hide under the coach (HA, he can't do that now!).  Have you tried calling him in an upbeat happy voice and encouraging with treats for him to move forward?

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Yep my wife and I both try luring him with treats and  sweet talk . He doesnt do it all the time and he never seems frightened . It just seems like he gets determined that he doesn't want to go out and of course when I go up to him and put the leash on he pees :(

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This may be a no brainer question, but do you take him out on leash for activities other than going potty? If you play with him and show him outside means fun, that could make him feel more comfortable. When I take Gideon out for play, we use a different door than for potty, and he associates that door with playtime and going for rides. Granted, he has the other dogs when he goes out for his business, so he was never really apprehensive - but maybe that will help.