I have a year old Yorkie mix and just recently he started peeing right in front of his doggie door. He has been house trained for at least 6 months now. Its really strange. The only thing different is that we got new furniture and our house has been upside down because of the new furniture and old furniture. We are trying to figure out where to put it all. I have no idea what to do? Help!
By Erin from Las Vegas, NV
Is your Yorkie having a problem going out the doggie door to do #2? If so, do you think something scared him when going outside? Try moving his food bowl close to where he's peeing and see if that works. May need some re-training: take outside on a leash and have him pee, do for a couple of weeks until he's reminded of where he's supposed to relieve himself. Yorkies are notorious for being difficult to house-break. You need to be consistent with him. Perhaps the doggie door idea is not for him if he's going to be unreliable.
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My one year old papillon has been potty trained using a doggie door from day one. But she keeps peeing right outside the doggie door on the concrete.She has an entire back yard with green grass to use. How do I teach her to go away from the door?
I would close up the doggy door and take her out when it is time to go (get her on a schedule) and place her where you want her to go and praise and give treats when she goes there. The treats and praise are the best reinforcement for getting a dog to go where you want.
The one thing of note is perhaps she does not like the feel of grass on her paws OR she could even be allergic to grass (we have a boy who has a million allergies--one of which is grass) and they know it makes them uncomfortable so they won't go there. Ways to tell if there are an allergy is when she is on grass does she come in and lick her paws, yawn a lot, scratch, or cry/whine?
If this is an allergy--you can see about allergy treatment or just let her go on a designated concrete place. If you have another space that is not right outside the door, use the food method to train her to go there.
Sometimes we have to figure out the reason before we try to train. My gut feeling is there is some allergy or sensation issue and you may need to find a work around that meets both of your needs!
Prayers for a good solution.
I have a Pit Lab mix; she is a year and a half old. We have a doggie door, but lately she is peeing in front of the doggie door in the house. When I ask her what is this she knows what it is and she knows she did it. What can I do to stop her from doing this?
Make sure the door is not too high for her or too difficult to get open.