We taught ours by simply pushing them through it. They got the idea quickly and were happy with it. When other dogs came into our household, they got the idea from watching our dogs do it.
By Pat from Phoenix, AZ
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Help. Why is my dog peeing in the house and how do I make him stop? I have a doggy door, and he is walked once or twice a day. It rained 7 days ago, but he still won't go to the bathroom outside in our backyard. Maybe he doesn't want to get his paws cold, but it's too bad. What do I do? Thanks.
By sammy from San Jose, ca
I'm not sure I can help with the dog door part, but regulating his water intake should help somewhat. One tv trainer suggested ice cubes instead of filling a bowl.
Depends on the age of the dog too, if he's older he might have a medical problem.
Remember that storm we had last week was a DOOZY, it freaked my cats out a day before it happened. I would also give him incentive to go through the door, say a treat on the other side of the door?
I have a huge German shepherd/rottie/dobbie cross who hates getting her feet wet or cold; dances around on three legs, won't go to the bathroom, runs back into the house and "goes" on the floor! I got her some doggie boots. She looks absolutely ridiculous, but it solved the problem!
We have a 2 and half year old Lab. She has been house trained for a good year and half. She has her own doggy door which she comes in and out of when she pleases. She is suddenly acting like she can't remember how to get out of the house. When we direct her to her door, she goes out and then stands at another door and cries for us to let her in. We have no clue what is going on with her.
I wonder if she got hurt (or frightened) going through the doggy door. Could it have made her afraid of it now?
Maybe something happened to her out in the yard (kids throwing rocks or teasing, etc.). Also dogs can have strokes - maybe this is the cause of her change in behavior.
My dog Sheba is 3 years old. We have a doggy door, but when it rains she prefers to not go outside and pees just before the door to go out. What can we do to stop this problem?
I have four doggies and one hates the rain as well! She is just stubborn! So... I decided to just leash her and take her where she needs to go whether she likes it or not! No more pee in the house! Also, I do it way before the " regular" time she's used to going out and I use the front door, that way it doesn't cue her to pee! Since I. Only have to do it when it rains its no big deal and it's better than cleaning up pee!
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I have a 12 year old poodle we just put in a doggy door and she will not use it. If I raise the flap she will come in or go out but will not push it open herself.