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House Training a Puppy?

I have a an 8 month old pup, a mix of Cavalier King Charles and Poodle. We have limited his access to our home for house training purposes, and this has worked well; he rarely has an accident. I want to extend his area of freedom in our home, but every time we try, he poops in the new area. Is this because he doesn't consider it part of his den? What can I do?

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June 11, 20180 found this helpful

If he is pooping in the same spot, he has marked his territory. Clean it work an enzyme cleaner like Natures Miracle.

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June 11, 20180 found this helpful

Every breed is a little different, so you may want to check with your vet or if you got the pup from a breeder, their recommendation for protocols.

For both my first and second dachshund it was a strict crate training regime with time out of the crate starting with immediately going outside and being extended for longer and longer periods of time as they got older.

I also was taught to develop word cues with them...like for Carmel it was "out", for Clarence it is "leash"...so they associate the word with going outside to do their business.

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Lots of praise and treats when they went outside also, then as soon as they were done, I picked them back up. Loved on them and into the crate.

Other friends with different breeds were all taught different methods.

As for your marked spots...You may want to cover the "new" marked spots until house training is finished...after you use a good enzyme/stain remover...maybe keep a footstool or chair over the area. It will look bad for a short period of time...but it keeps him from going back to the spot as a regular to go place.

8 months is still young...so patience is key to the process...that and consistency in what you do!

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June 11, 20180 found this helpful

What has worked for me was to let my dog outside as soon as I opened the crate. I think you are correct to go back to his original territory for awhile after an accident. He is just a puppy. He will get better.

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