House Training a Schnoodle Puppy

I have a white schnoodle. He is 8 months old and I cannot get him to stop peeing in the house. I take him out and he goes to the bathroom outside and then comes in and will pee where ever he is. On the sofa, the floor, my bed, he has even peed on my lap. I am at a loss of what to do. Can anyone offer me help?


By Margie from PA

March 27, 20090 found this helpful

Do talk to your Vet about it. When male dogs "pee," they often don't just relieve themselves. They often hold back so they can "scent" their territory as they walk along. This may or may not be what is happening to your dog. Male dogs need to be outside for a long time to finish their peeing, "scenting." Even though they may initially "pee," they may still keep urine in their bladder, and left outside, they will use up their urine on trees, shrubs, etc., because they are leaving their "scent mark." I'm wondering if your male is neutered.

We had a male who was neutered as a pup, before he reached his "maturity," and he never hiked his leg or sprayed. He spent his life squatting like a female, never "spraying" this or that with his urine. Do keep him outside longer, so he has all the chances he needs to "spray" the bushes and trees, and hopefully, you won't be having trouble indoors. I don't think this is partial to any one type of male dog, it may apply to all male breeds.

I remember a male cat that got into my house and sprayed my sofa. It was like a skunk had been in the house, and took me over a week to get rid of the overbearing smell. I truly believe the act of the male is territorial, and not meant to upset anyone. However, an animal behaviorist, or the Vet could give the best solution. Best Wishes!

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

I hate to say it but you should invest in a Vet visit. If your puppy is peeing uncontrolably it may be a sign of an underlying health issue. If their is a problem, then you and the Vet can work together to solve it and stop stressing out yourself and your "wee" schnoodle.

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

You will have to invest in a dog kennel, I like the wire ones and teach him to be housetrained using the kennel training method, which simply means you watch him all the time he is in the house and all the other times he is in the kennel. He gets our about every 20 minutes or so, you will discover how often he needs to go and then you praise him for going outside. When he pees in the house, say a NO to him in a firm voice and proceed quickly outside, saying "Lets Go Potty". Soon he should learn..also check him for a bladder infection since he is peeing on you, this is usually something that can be cured by antibiotics.


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March 28, 20090 found this helpful

What your dog seems to be doing is marking or claiming things, which isn't a house training problem. The dog should be neutered, if he isn't already. Spaying would be just as important because both sexes mark their territory. Marking territory is a sign of dominance and not related to one particular sex. You have to be confidently and calmly in charge. The more training you do the more confident you will be and the easier it will be for you to be a confident leader.

Regardless of size, all dogs need tons of exercise and training. You should try briskly walking the dog at least twice a day after both meals for a good 30-45 minutes each time. The walk is about more than toileting. For dogs; it's the only excitement in their day. It's all about the sights, sounds and smells. The further you walk the dog, the more they exercise, the more they empty of everything. There's nothing left when you get home and tired dogs are happy dogs.

You'll see immediately how quick the dog is trained. Movement to void properly is a physical need that can't be trained away. Do not turn around as soon as the dog poops. You need to go further every time so the dog doesn't try to hold it in to make their only enjoyment last. You may also be surprised to see that your dog poops twice regularly on a certain walk. Combine some training on those walks/jogs too. It makes it even more fun for them and you know they'll listen no matter what the surroundings.

Don't scold the dog or react in any way if you find an accident inside. If you catch them in the act, move them quickly outside but do not scold. Instead, praise them when they do go outside every time. You want training to be a positive thing. If the dog isn't getting enough exercise or attention; negative attention from scolding is better than no attention at all so it's best to never go that route other than a short correction sound or motion.

Also, make sure you are taking them out enough. In addition to the 2 super long run/walks; you have to take them out for at least 3-4 quick pee walks daily when they are fully trained. Do a few extra before you've got him fully trained. If he's already been neutered or the ample and long walks aren't working, get him to a vet.

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March 29, 20090 found this helpful

Just a quick tip: Clean the areas he peed on with white vinegar. Just remember to test a hidden patch first for discoloration.

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