Ashley from Montgomery, AL
This post is directed to HJ from Aurora.
First of all, I'd take the dog door out. Dogs will never learn to ask out with dog doors. They may be convenient for the owner, but they don't train a dog at all. If you take your dogs visiting, and there isn't a dog door, they haven't got a clue where to go, so they go on your friend's floors.
Dogs in training must be crated, even an older dog, then taken outside as soon as they are taken out of the crate. Stay with them until they do their business. Give lots and lots of praise then.
Scolding works on some dogs. Mine was older when I got her, and had many accidents. Scolding didn't work at all. She just learned to hide her accidents better. LOL, tons of happy praise while she was going and afterwards finally got through to her.
I crated her for one year after she had her last accident when I left the house, just to be sure. Kenneling a dog is not mean. It's a training tool, and it's a safe, happy place for your pet. We have been acccident free for almost three years now. Yippee!
Kenneling a dog, and taking them out is a bit of work, but worth the time and energy. If you get an older dog that's not used to being kenneled, and you can't stand the crying and barking, it's a perfect time to go out shopping or visiting friends. They'll get used to it, believe me. Stick to it.
NOTE OF CAUTION! A friend of mine had her dog hang himself in his cage. She left his collar on him and he caught it on the door lock. REMOVE YOUR DOG'S COLLAR WHEN YOU KENNEL YOUR DOG. (10/10/2006)
Personally I would never crate a dog. I wouldn't want to be crated either.
I don't even reprimand. When my dog was a puppy I gave her lots of time outside, especially after meals. I stayed with her and gave her heaps of praise when she did her thing.
Your dog wants to please you. Dogs are primarily social animals and want to win the favor of the alpha dog--or at least second in command as the case may be. Honor her by showing her when you are pleased when she goes potty where you want her to. And, it would be good of you to show her how she can please you. Negative reinforcement just builds fear and resentment.
My other dog, I got from a kennel when she was already 4 years old and she had no idea about house training. It took a little while longer because she just didn't know.
She is literally afraid of the dog door, poor little thing. So, I made some washable pee pads which she uses. I just sewed some old flannel sheet pieces to cheapo dollar store plastic tablecloth pieces. And primed them with a little of her own pee scent. Now she knows. If no one is home to let her out she can just go potty on the pad.
I happen to think that if you don't have the time or inclination to teach a dog what you want from her you don't deserve her company or her love. But maybe that's just me. (07/06/2007)
I am a two year old Beagle who knows to go outside, but sometimes I just can not help it. I can not wait till the door is opened for me and so I pee inside. My mom took me to the vet for all the bladder, blood, and urine tests and he says I am OK physically, now what? He said I may have behavioral issues, although mom sticks up for me because I do know how to ask to go out, but sometimes I need to go so urgently I just can't wait.
The vet still is confident it is behavioral so he suggested we try amitriptylline (Elavil). Now, I have only been on this pill for a little over a week but boy do I feel better. I used to go out and make a big deal about peeing in a circle and licking it up sometimes as it was coming out, mom did not find it to be cute.
Now I go out and boy do I pee. I just stand in one spot and go and go until there is no more left and I feel good afterward. I don't go out as many times a day either. I hope this is the answer to my problem because mom has been putting up with me for a year now and love me as she does I can tell when she is not pleased with me. I don't know if this will help those of you who are having similar problems, but if your vet should suggest trying Elavil think about it. Let me tell you it also makes me feel better on car rides too.
I feel bad and throw up even after taking motion sickness meds and since I started on this medicine I have not had a problem on car rides. As a bonus to mom I stopped eating my pooh, oh, wait, maybe I do have some sort of behavioral issues. I will have to think on this one. Good Luck to you all and keep your paws crossed that this continues to work for me. (07/02/2008)
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