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Rescued Dog Peeing in the House

I have a 2 year old Pit that I got from the shelter and she will not stop going to the bathroom in my house, no matter how much I take her outside. I have rubbed her nose in it and told her no! I have tried giving her a treat and praising when she goes outside only to have her come right back in and go again in my floor.

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February 28, 20180 found this helpful
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Normally a rescue dog is abused and lives in very dirty conditions. That is one reason the dog is pooping and peeing in your home. The second reason could be is the dog is marking his/her territory. I think it would be a good idea to have the dog fixed if it hasn't been done yet. Normally, they will fix dogs now before they adopt them out.

You are going to have to get a kennel for your dog I am afraid. You might need to keep the dog in the kennel when in your home. This doesn't need to be a permanent situation, but a temporary one until the dog learns to stop doing this.

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You are doing the wrong thing when your dog wets in the house. That sends the wrong message, and confuses her even more. What you want is for her to understand what she needs to do. When you "rub her nose in it" she most likely has no idea what you want from her. Unless you catch an animal within 10 seconds of making a mistake, they do not connect the act with your reaction. They just get more confused and frightened.

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A frightened dog is not thinking or learning, she is just reacting. If you catch your dog within that 10 second window, say no in a firm, low but not angry voice. Then take her outside immediately. Stay relaxed and speak pleasantly. Praise her if she does the right thing. It does sound like she needs proper training from the beginning. There are many ways to do this, most of them described on this site. Do a search and good luck to you.

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Maybe sitting outside with your dog for awhile different times of the day (if you can, meaning time permitting) and have some "treats" with you - that way each time she goes potty after sniffing around and she gets more familiar with everything outside, you can show her those that every time she goes, she gets a treat. She'll put it together sooner or later, but, in the meantime, maybe watch some Utube video's on dog training (I'm sure they've got some) and that will help you help her better so she'll be a great companion to you forever.

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She does need extra extra patience now because she's in a new place, new people, new smells, new everything, and only patience can help her go forward in not remembering her past. I sure wish you luck, and you really will have a great buddy there when her trauma of her past fades.

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February 28, 20180 found this helpful

If she is physically healthy, she may not have been properly trained in the first place. Did the shelter tell you she is trained? You may have to start from square 1. Don't rub her nose in it. Praise works better.

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You might have to try keeping her outside so she gets used to marking her territory outside.

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