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House Training an Abused Dog

I have an 8 month old Blue Heeler. This is the 3rd abused dog I've taken in. We took him out of a home where he was badly mistreated. He was terrified of steps and people, I think he may have been thrown down steps. After about 3 months he runs up and down the stairs with tail wagging and loves people to death. But I can't seem to get him to go outside to pee. He has only pooped inside a couple times. But it seems like he just holds his pee until he can't anymore. Then when I get home he's so excited he pees everywhere. He almost never pees outside. I've taken him to the vet and gotten him different meds. Most recently the vet recommended Prozac. My mother wants to get rid of him, but I have grown to love him very much and I'm not ready to give up yet. Please help.

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December 23, 20160 found this helpful

I'm not sure why you don't want to give the dog Prozac. Dogs have psychiatric issues just like people. I would at least give it a try. If he is calmer, this may help his bladder issues, and make him more cooperative to being trained to relieve himself outside.

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December 23, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks for the reply. I didn't say that I didn't want to give him the Prozac. I said that's the last thing the vet recommended. That was less than a month ago and he just finished the last regiment of meds. The vet said when we bring him back he wants to try Prozac. I am just trying to get other people's opinions that have been in a similar situation. The next vet appointment isn't going to be for weeks. And I feel like the Prozac will help, but I don't think it's going to do it all alone. I'm looking for a method of housebreaking the dog along with the meds.

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December 23, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks for the reply. I didn't say that I didn't want to give him the Prozac. I said that's the last thing the vet recommended. That was less than a month ago and he just finished the last regiment of meds. The vet said when we bring him back he wants to try Prozac. I am just trying to get other people's opinions that have been in a similar situation. The next vet appointment isn't going to be for weeks. And I feel like the Prozac will help, but I don't think it's going to do it all alone. I'm looking for a method of housebreaking the dog to go along with the meds.

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December 24, 20160 found this helpful
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I would try to find a quiet secure place outside for him to pee, since he waits till he gets home where he feels safe.

Can you make an outside area feel very good to him by taking him there and then rewarding him with praise? Then the next step would be to take him there after he's been out, and continue with the praise.

If it fails at first, and he pees inside don't let him feel bad. Just continue with establishing this secure place, and eventually he will pee there, probably by accident. When that happens, reward him with a treat and lots of fuss. Soon he will make the connection - pee there, get treat and lots of love.

To transfer this to the great world outside, see if he will not be frightened by a clicker. Train him to accept the clicker when he pees, before he gets the treat. Soon you will be able to select another safe place on his walk route and use the clicker to suggest to him that he can pee here.

You are saving this little abused dog's life, and very generously. Please never give up on him.

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December 26, 20160 found this helpful

I will have to look into the clicker. Thank you for the idea. I've been taking him out often and we are making some progress.

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December 26, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks for the idea, I think I may have made a breakthrough. I take him out CONSTANTLY and I'll go down to the pasture and "go" myself, and as odd as it may seem after about 3 or 4 times of him watching me curiously, he finally pees himself!! And I told him he was a good boy about 100 times and hug him tight and pet him vigorously then give him a treat. As far as getting him to go #2 I've learned that he won't if I'm watching so I put him on the chain and peek through the window and as soon as he goes I come right out and start with the praises. We are now on day 4 of NO ACCIDENTS!!! Thank you all so much for the tips!!!

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December 31, 20160 found this helpful

Wow! Sounds like you have really made a breakthrough!

Of course, we may not have suggested your solution but we might have thought of it (silently).

My only suggestion would be to either walk around with him or sit in a chair so that he sees you are comfortable. This usually requires a lot of patience so I truly hope you have success with your solution. I also have had some success (while "waiting") with watering some of my plants and talking.

It is really great that you want to help your dog as most likely no one else would be that caring.

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