How to Potty Train a 2 Year Old Dog

When it comes to figuring out how to potty train a 2 year old dog, it all comes down to breaking bad habits and replacing them with good habits. 

I write on a lot of subjects. I write many articles in diverse ways on many subjects. But, I am pretty sure that potty training articles keep me the busiest. Just when I think I have covered EVERYTHING (and I probably have) I am reminded I can simplify it or add more or break it up into more concise chunks for fur parents to absorb. 

Oftentimes, someone who has a fully-grown dog, whether it’s 2 years old or 4 years old, will say that their dog isn’t potty trained. They’re exasperated. The dog’s an adult now; why isn’t it potty trained yet? Well, when it comes to dog training, if your dog isn’t trained, then it’s probably your fault.

The solution to an adult dog not being potty trained are twofold. First, you need to stop the bad habits that have been formed over the course of the past two years, or however long that your dog has been alive – like defense in football. In order to win, you need to keep the other team from scoring. The second part of the solution is to teach positive habits that will make your dog a potty pro – like offense in football. You need to score to win.

 

The Defensive Side of Potty Training Your Adult Dog

Several great defenses have carried their teams to championships – such as the 2012 Ravens, or the 2015 Broncos. You need to keep your opponent from gaining momentum in order to win. In this same way, you need to keep bad habits from forming during potty training – and if they have, you need to break them.

So here are the two main reasons your dog or puppy is not potty trained.

That’s right, 2 Simple Reasons

 

#2  Potty Pads

I hate them. Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate and a few thousand more hates… but you get the idea right? If I could I would make a billboard and be out there protesting the makers of these products right now so that they would STOP contributing to potty problems.

Why?

First off, back in the golden days of dog training, it was simple.  We actually called it “paper training” and don’t get me wrong – I am not a huge fan of using newspaper either…

But, newspaper has a very different and significant feel and smell.

Ever smelled a freshly printed newspaper? Sadly there are some out there who have not, but I will tell you they have a certain smell and a certain texture. Nothing else, that is NOTHING ELSE in your house smells or feels like newspaper.

Pee pads, puppy pads, and potty pads, however, have been conceptually designed to be soft and plush and have an additive to encourage your dog to go potty on them.

I agree; it sounds like a GREAT idea.

But it is not… how many other surfaces in your house are soft and plush?

  • Carpet?
  • Bath mats?
  • Rugs?
  • Blankets?
  • Towels?
  • Laundry?

 

The list could continue on just about forever…

And if your laundry, towels or anything else smells even remotely soiled by you, I am just guessing that there is a reminiscent smell factor that most people don’t even think about.

I once knew a Jack Russell who would use the bath mats, and if the bath mats were picked up he would scratch a towel down, and if the towels were too high he would find laundry, and if the laundry was put up he would go to the next soft surface like rugs.

I think the soft, plushness of having been potty trained by potty or wee wee pads encouraged him to both urinate and defecate in the most inopportune places for his owner.  And, the habit at 5 was very difficult if not impossible to retrain without constant supervision.

AND…

 

And, potty pads teach your dog to go potty INSIDE!

I don’t want my dog to ever get comfortable going potty inside.

I want my dogs to go potty outside!!

Outside only!!

If I wanted my dog to go potty inside I would teach him to go potty on the grassy indoor potty mats. For more on that click here.

I want to make it my mission in life to take my puppy out every 2 hours or so to make sure he conditions to relieving himself outside.

I can’t get lazy and hope he finds a potty pad.

I never want him to get into the habit of thinking it is okay to pee or poop in the house.

I think people think potty pads are some kind of miracle, when really they aren’t, they are actually detrimental to potty training.

I recently had a brief argument with a frustrated owner who said her dog would pee on the potty pad but would not poop on them, but the potty pads were working fantastically.

No, no the potty pads aren’t. 

If you are having accidents (which most dogs do once they begin to associate the potty pad with other soft things) then it isn’t working.

I don’t say my outside potty training is going great if my dog is still peeing or pooping in the house… it isn’t successful if he is having any accidents at all.

 

Don’t Get Me Wrong

Now, don’t get me wrong. 

90% of puppies are going to have accidents at some point and they must be cleaned up well and managed. I think people get too comfortable with potty pads too which makes them lackadaisical about potty training – and no one wants to be lackadaisical – but you clean them up and work toward the goal of having your dog or puppy potty outside!

 

#1 Inconsistency

And, I believe the number one problem, which actually totally ties in to what I was just talking about is: inconsistency.

Again, this is why I hate potty pads because I think they trick us into being complacent and inconsistent at a time when our dogs need total consistency.

I have had 9 week old puppies that were totally potty trained because I didn’t allow accidents and I got them out every 2 hours.

Because the truth is, potty training is not about your puppy.

Your puppy came from a place where, most likely, he could pee and poop whenever he wanted.

And, dogs don’t discern inside and outside and what is a social potty faux paus!

As a tiny baby, he pooped and peed when he wanted.

Now you expect him to suddenly realize he doesn’t want to potty inside and he must communicate with you (a totally different species) that he has to go to the bathroom; when before he just squatted and went?

YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU a million times… you are responsible for potty training.

You are responsible to follow that puppy around like a toddler in a china shop.

You are responsible to make sure he doesn’t sneak off.

You are responsible to take him out every 2 hours, and after he eats, after he drinks, after he exercises, after he naps, etc.

He is a baby.

We don’t expect our human babies to suddenly potty train themselves, and the truth is that puppies don’t either.

Humans, at least grow up with the same social norms and language.

But puppies and dogs will continue to potty in the house if they are not taught to avoid it.

And, once your puppy or dog develops a habit….  Well it is not 100% impossible to break a bad dog habit; but it is very, very, distinctively, horrifically difficult.

 

Why?

Because dogs are canines and not people!

People find it horrifically hard to change a bad habit. Ever tried to quit smoking or quit an addiction?

As a human you are capable of “setting your mind to change”, but your dog is not. 

He toddles along the same path and the same habits each day.

Again, it is YOU that must be consistent if you want to make a change!

 

The Offense of Potty Training an Adult Dog

Just like with sports, simply keeping the other team from scoring a ton of points won’t help unless you manage to score. It’s the same way with dog training; you can teach your dog one hundred things not to do, but you won’t have success until it’s successfully trained on what the right response is.

You need to form the right potty-training habits in your dog to replace the old, bad ones. You need to train it on the right place and right time to go potty if you want to have success while potty training dogs.

 

Part 1: The Potty Spot

 

Teach your dog where he SHOULD take his potty breaks, instead of trying to use punishment to teach him where he should NOT go potty. If you focus on what you want him to do, instead of what you don’t want your dog to do, you’ll get faster results. Teaching your dog where it’s OK to go is very important, and one of the reasons why so many people are never successful in potty training their dogs.

They just spend too much time yelling at their dog for peeing and pooping in their home, and never actually reward and praise him for going where he is supposed to go. After all, how would a dog even know that it’s supposed to go outside? Dogs don’t speak English, and just because we might yell at our dog as we catch him in the middle of peeing on the floor and then rush him outside where he finishes it off… doesn’t mean we did an effective job at telling him that outside was where he was supposed to go. We are usually too focused on getting him NOT to go inside, instead of going outside.

It’s important you establish a spot while potty training that your dog knows is where he needs to perform his duties. You must take them there every time except of course when you are away from home. This is extremely important in the dog potty training process. Pigs actually learn this all on their own but we have to teach our furry friends.

So, as long as you didn’t buy your dog from a puppy mill or an un-reputable breeder, the puppy you bring home comes pre-programmed with this belief:

Potty Where I Eat & Sleep = Bad

Potty Anywhere Else = Good

…so, with a bit of luck, hopefully you got your dog from a breeder who teaches these techniques. This will be handy in the crate training and potty training processes.

When you suspect your dog is ready to go take him to the potty breaks spot. The signs are usually pretty clear. They’ll start sniffing around or walking a little funny. If it’s been a couple hours it’s probably best to just take them out.

When he starts to go to the potty spot say your command whatever it’s going to be. We’ll use “go potty.” After he eliminates give him large amounts of praise and a special treat. 

Note: Fido gets rewarded NOT when he starts to go, and NOT after he comes back to the house, but as soon as he finishes. Yes – you must take him out and stay with him. Fido quickly learns that eliminating outside gets a tasty reward. 

You could also use your clicker here if you’re using one as part of positive reinforcement training. Your dog lives for your praise so needless to say it’s important in dog potty training as well.

 

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Part 2: Having a Schedule

This is a big one – In order for you to be successful at potty training, you need to set up a schedule, regardless of your dog’s age. Whether he’s a full-grown dog or just a pup, you must be consistent. 

If you don’t have a routine in place, you can start by taking your puppy out every two hours. Your puppy needs to be in his crate when you are gone, aren’t supervising him and while he’s sleeping at night. The crate is his home until he’s potty trained. 

This goes back to the basic behavior that we talked about earlier: a dog doesn’t like to eliminate where they sleep. In this case, it’s his crate. This will help teach him to hold it for extended periods of time. Once you return or wake up, you should immediately take him out of his crate and continue to take him out every 2 hours.

Next, start adding more time between his potty breaks each week by 15 minutes so he gradually learns to hold it for longer. This applies to older dogs, too, if they’re not potty trained. So if you start with an 8 week old puppy and 2-hour intervals, your weekly schedule should look something like this:

 

  • Week 1 – Every 2 hours
  • Week 2 – Every 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Week 3 – Every 2 ½ hours
  • Week 4 – Every 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Week 5 – Every 3 hours

 

A 15-minute increase is in line with your puppy’s age if you start him at 8 weeks. But regardless if he’s 8 weeks, 8 months or 8 years, adding a time gradually will help ease him into controlling his bladder without either of you feeling too much anxiety.

Puppies generally have to use the bathroom after eating or drinking, after waking up from a nap or if they have been playing for a while. So although you could take your puppy out after you see they have woken up from a nap in order to avoid a mistake, that won’t keep him on a schedule, and that’s what you want to do.

If I take my dog out at 10 a.m. and he takes a 30-minute nap in his crate, that would put us at 10:30 a.m., which is 1 ½ hours away from his next scheduled potty break. So, instead of taking him out, I will place him in his crate until 12 p.m. and then let them out of his crate to go potty. I do this each time the scheduled potty breaks fall out of line with the schedule – with the exception of after eating or drinking water. 

If I take my dog out at 7:30 a.m. and feed him at 8 a.m., I will take him back out 15 to 30 minutes later and start my 2-hour schedule from that point. 

I know I keep mentioning this, but it is SO IMPORTANT for you to understand that in the dog potty training process, there are going to be accidents. What you do when your dog has an accident is very important. Yes I know that nobody likes cleaning up after the fact but if you react negatively your dog will start to associate your anger or frustration with him going to the bathroom and will be afraid to eliminate around you. I would say this is the biggest mistake people make while dog potty training.

So, instead of reacting negatively by yelling or even rubbing their nose in it, concentrate more on heavily rewarding the good behavior – positive reinforcement. Now your family has a potty-trained dog they can enjoy in the house or if you’re dog sitting you can return the dog fully potty trained to the owner with of course a small bill!

 

So, in Short:

It can be difficult to potty train a 2 year old dog, but it’s definitely worth it! Nobody wants the type of present that will be left behind if they aren’t potty trained.

Don’t fall prey to potty pads! They do so much more damage than they could ever be good for (I apologize to anyone who works in a potty pad plant).

And, make it your mission YOUR MISSION to be consistent and make your dog successful!

 

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Comments

  1. Dr. Alexander Yabrov, MD, PhD says:

    Dear Sir/Madam – after tomorrow Feb. 25, I will adopt a 2year small dog – some mix of 3breeds. Should I take him outside every 2 hrs. till late at night? And also after each eating, or drinking? I live in a senior apt. Carpet floor.

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  2. Kathryn Vaske says:

    What is your suggestion on what you should do when you’re away from home and are not able to take your puppy outside every 2 hours?

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    Minette Reply:

    get an older dog

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  3. Joan says:

    I really want my13week puppy to b potty trained the front door is open pees inside e front door I have tried everything to pee and poop out side I have lifted poop and put in garden took her on her lead to the garden and waited after 5mins returned she gets in her cage leave her 20 mins take her out again it’s opless I am getting desperateshe went upstairs and peed and pooped ONTHEBed helpi have just orderdyr program by emailpeed twice in the garden came in took lead of got upstairs when I turned my back and poop in bedroom got to get locks for all the doors help help wish I orderd DVDs now as not understanding emails

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  4. Jacqui hays says:

    We recently got a new puppy, Rottweiler. She is 10 weeks old now. I am trying to crate train her. When we go out half the time she just wants to play. Then we come inside and she will poop. Also what do I do when I work at night? I am gone for 12 hours overnight as a nurse. 🙁

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    Minette Reply:

    First that is normal. You may have to play with her to get her to potty! But if she doesn’t don’t allow her access to the house.

    I would pay a friend to puppy sit till she is old enough to hold it that long. It is unfair to ask a puppy to hold it that long… and it will seriously impact your potty training if it is okay to go potty in the house sometimes. How is a puppy to know the difference?

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  5. Noreen Camilleri says:

    On the 22nd January we adopted a puppy of 4 months. She wasn’t vaccinated yet, so it took me a whole month to be able to take her outside. In the meantime we managed to train her to go outside my back yard, and it worked.

    Now for the past two weeks, we started taking her outside twice a day. But until today she did not manage to do it, not even once. Then immediately after she will do it in the back yard.

    Can you please advise if it is possible for a dog change their habits? Is it too late now? And her place is the back yard?

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  6. judy says:

    I have a 12 week old puppy that will go outside and inside to I can’t seem to get him potty trained and at night it’s worse I don’t have the money to buy a crate so I can’t crate train I have to leave water down at all times except over night please help with any suggestions on how to potty train.

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  7. Anne says:

    We got this cute little POMCHI when she was just six weeks old and weighed one pound. She is now five months and weighs about five pounds. She is getting better at potty training, but will still pee or poop in the house occasionally even after just coming in from outside. We give her treats and tell her she is a good girl when she is successful. My question is how should we handle her deliberate accidents in the house. She goes in her crate around eight o’clock in the evening and sleeps till five or six the next morning. She is still biting my fingers, can’t wait for her to stop teething. She has numerous chew toys and chew sticks.

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    Minette Reply:

    Clean them up and monitor her more closely. Potty training is more about you than it is about her. Watch her and get her out more often

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  8. Fran Conner says:

    I just adopted and 8 year old female puppy mill brood dachshund. Of course she has never been potty trained. I have been very good at following her around, taking her out to the spot in the yard, and rewarding her for going, but I’ve been off all week for spring break and go back to work (school teacher) on Monday.

    I have two options and I’m not sure what to do (what I can expect from her really). My preference would be to kennel her for the day, but that is 8 hours for a dog that has never learned bowel control. I’ve been doing this at night, but not sure about day. Option 2 is to use a pen type kennel with, yes, the dreaded potty pads, which she is used to, and uses well in this type of pen (foster parents used this with her).

    I think I’m in a bind. Can you give any advice?

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    Minette Reply:

    Many dogs are crated that long, it is often what teaches them control.

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  9. Margaret says:

    When I leave my 5 mo old puppy outside alone he pees on the porch. If I go out & stay out with him he will go down in yard. Even if I go into house to retrieve something to go back outside, he will per because I left him alone! Help me please!

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  10. Tracie Harang says:

    Hi! I have a 12 week male Havanese. He is crated at night and sleeps beautiful! My problem is that he seems to “mark” with his pee on dog beds, rugs, clothes that are on floor. He does not seem to get the pee outside thing yet. He is not given the run of the house, contained in kitchen. There is a door in Kitchen with bell. He will ring it when we prompt him then we take him out to the same spot in grass to go. He does not initiate the bell ring on his own. Has no issue with peeing on his bed ten min after being outside. I am home with him all day. I am looking for some help! Should I contain him in an even smaller area? Remove beds? Thanks!

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    Minette Reply:

    yes and yes, and keep him on leash while getting him out ever 2 hours

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  11. Dianne says:

    I have a 15 week old Westie. I am a senior citizen and live in an upstairs granny flat. The Westie is too small to negotiate the stairs and I have had a knee replacement so stairs are problematic to me if I have to use them every 2 hours. I have a balcony and my Westie will not use the artificial grass there.
    I am at my wits end on how to potty train him.

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  12. Savannah says:

    My 9 week old puppy will pee/poop inside no matter how many times I take her outside. I give her 10-15 mins of walking and sniffing around and as soon as I comeback inside…., she pees/poops!! WTH??!! I’m at my wits end.

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  13. Carolyn says:

    Hi Chet,
    This is a big problem in my house. Potty training is impossible for my male dogs. I have 2 males and 2 females. I have a yorkie that was abused and either left in a cage all day and night or left outside all the time, depending on which house he went to. They did this to him for 2 years. He was 2 when we got him. He is 6 now. Still not potty trained. One of our females was pregnant when we got her and wasn’t told she was. She is 2 now. She only had 1 puppy which he will be 2 in May. I started potty training him at 3 weeks old when he started eating on his own at that age. The mom was still nursing also. After he would eat I would take everyone outside. I have 2 doggy doors. One goes out to my sunroom and the other goes outside. When I wake up in the mornings I usually find pee somewhere. My yorkie we started last year putting a belly band on him at night or when we left them in the house when it was cold. When it’s warm they go in and out of the sunroom when we’re gone. The puppy which is almost 2 now is marking in the kitchen or sunroom. He runs from me when I try to put his collar on and he’s too fast for me to catch him. It has been very hard to train him since I can’t catch him. He hates people. We have to put him in the sunroom when anybody comes over, but he barks at them the whole time their here. I do pet therapy with my male yorkie and the mom of the puppy. I want to start doing the therapy with him but like I said he’s too fast to catch. He will come up to my husband and I and jump in our chairs but he then gets back down if he thinks we are to up to something. So I don’t know what to do. Please tell me.
    Carolyn

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    Minette Reply:

    Crate train and contain

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  14. I have an 11 month old male Pom who consistently pees and poops in the house even though I let him out numerous times during the day and evening. Sometimes he wants in and shortly after will pee on the carpet. I have tried everything from treats to praising. He also eats his feces and the feces of our other dog who is 8 years old. He is an adorable, affectionate dog but I am almost at my wits end with his peeing and pooping. Normally I will go outside with him to make sure he does his business and sometimes he will be out 20 mins or more and still hasn’t done anything.

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  15. Julie says:

    I have a 4 1/2 year old yorkie that is not 100% potty trained. I pad trained him and now want to move into a 100% potty outside. How do I break the habit of going on the pad? He has a poop or pee accident everyday in the house. Its becoming so frustrating.

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    Minette Reply:

    that is not potty training and that is why I hate potty pads… it is nearly impossible to break the bad behavior, and when you take the potty pads up they begin to pee on carpets, clothes, pull down towel.

    you will need to keep him on a leash and with you so he doesn’t sneak off to potty

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  16. Minette says:

    first you have to go out with him 100% of the time, no excuses. Next, if he doesn’t go; he must come back in and go in his crate and then try again 10-15 minutes later until he is successful outside.

    By giving up and letting him back in the house you are allowing and condoning his behavior in the house.

    dedication and perseverance is worth it in the end.

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  17. Claire Tanner says:

    I rescued an 8 month old female pitbull (Lily) from the city kennel 2 months ago. Every time I leave her in her crate she goes to the bathroom. I run (30mins) and walk (20mins) her every morning and then let her outside again right before I leave for work, and she does go poop and urinates. She is left in her crate at the longest 7 hours and the shortest being 30 minutes, no matter the amount of time she urinates or defecates or both. I have tried putting her food and some toys in the crate and nothing changed, I made the crate smaller so she could only stand and lay down but she doesn’t care about laying in her urine or poop. I believe she has separation anxiety when I leave and am not sure what to do to stop her from using her crate as a restroom.

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    Minette Reply:

    read this http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/dirty-puppy/

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  18. Valerie Douglas says:

    I potty trained our beloved Amber. I took her outside every two hours and praised her with love. She was two months old and she never ever went potty in the house. So what can I tell you, she was smart. With praise and love they learn.
    At 14&1/2 she had cancer, on November 14th 2013 we had her put to sleep, God has her now, he is lucky.

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  19. Betty Bishop says:

    PLEASE HELP ME i adopted a 2 year old male who is a great little dog HOWEVER I am having a heart breaking time house breaking him. I take him out every two hours, and I go out with him to make sure he goes. I learned he must go out after every meal. We catch his poop, sometimes but there are times when I can stay out with him for a long time, give up and let him go back in the house, thinking he “Just didn’t have to go” We can walk into the house and within seconds, he has pooped on the floor. He has, at times peed on the floor right in front of me. He is very smart. I can tell when he has gone in the house, because he will hide under the bed. I get very unset when he does his illiminations in the house, but I praise him highly when he goes outside. He has a doggy door and a fenced in yard, and could go on his own. And he has at times, but turns right around and back in the house he goes. He has been so good a times to use his doggy door, but when I think I have housetraining licked, he will go back in the house. Is there such a thing that some dogs did not learn to hold their illiminations and really can’t control themselves? There are times I have to block off his doggy door, because if I let him out the regular door …….he will go out the regular door and in the flash has gone back into the house thru his doggy door. He is a chiwauwau/terrier , and I think it is Jack Russell since he is so quick, and a fast runner. I love him and don’t want to give up, but I am elderly and it is wearing me out. Please help me.

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    Minette Reply:

    habits are very hard to break read this to understand why http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/bad-habits-hard-break/

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  20. Dior says:

    I have an 11 month old cockapoo who is crated overnight and taken out frequently during the day to use the bathroom in the backyard. When he does go he gets praise and treats and when he doesn’t go he gets put back into his crate or put on a leash at our side. Our problem is that he continues to sneak off every once in a while if loose and we’ll find he’s gone to the bathroom in the house. How do we encourage him to communicate that he needs to go bathroom? We have him sit in front of the door before he is let out and we say the word “bathroom” however unlike our other dog he never sits in front of the door on his own. Also he does not have freedom to wander the house, he is always supervised but he does this within minutes while for example our backs are turned. As he is almost one we have not been keeping him on the leash as much in the house but was that too soon to stop?

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  21. ailene . Mincey says:

    My doggie is 13 years old and has begun to soiling the floor. He sill go out come back in and use the floor.
    What??

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    Minette Reply:

    Time for a visit to your veterinarian… this is not likely a behavior issue.

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  22. Mirella Di Bartolo says:

    Hi Can you please help me? I have a two year old shitzu/poodle who is very affectionate and adorable but i must say he is not completely potty trained and worse thing is that when he poos he eats it!!!! We have tried changing to many types of different foods, we have tried charcoal treats etc but he still eats his poo.If we walk him outside he will pee and poo outside but will still try to eat his poo. If we let him out in the back yard on his own he will still eat his poo! When we r gone for the day i leave a pee pad downstairs so if he needs to he will go on the pad. He will pee on the pad but never poo on it. He goes behind the couch to poo and eat it.Can you please help me with this situation???

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    Minette Reply:

    Use the search bar to search for articles on potty training. I HATE potty pads, I think they are confusing and teach dogs to potty in the house which is the opposite of what you want.

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  23. Shelly says:

    I just bought a 10 week old German shepherd puppy. I’m potty training him. I give him a tiny treat when he goes potty outside. I take him to work with me every day. He has a crate at my work an one at home. I take him outside all the time! After naps an after he eats or drinks water. He’s doing great! I keep him with me at all times so I can watch him like a hawk lol he seems to be catching on pretty quick. He’s an awesome puppy! I love him very much

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  24. Mona says:

    I have a 5 month old puppy. She will go and stratch at the door or bark to go outside for pee or poo when I am at home. No accidents. Limited access in the house.
    Since we work during the day, I have set her up in a pen with the crate door open to sleep in. There is a towel across from her crate in the pen that she will pee on. My retired neighbour kindly comes in twice daily to let her out and take her for a little walk, but my puppy will pee on the towel after she goes back into her pen. She will pee for my neighbour outside on the walk without any problem.
    She keeps her crate clean in the pen.
    Question…am I training her to pee in the house by leaving a towel down in her pen? If I remove the towel, will she pee on the floor of the pen or worse on the blanket in the crate? Do I remove all bedding and towel and see what happens?
    My husband says to be patient, says her bladder needs to get bigger.
    Thanks for any help.

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    Minette Reply:

    Yes, you are also teaching her to pee on any other towel she may find in the home later.

    5 months is old enough to be locked in the crate and let out after a few hours for a walk. The general rule is how every many months old they are plus one hour… so 6 hours tops.

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  25. Jan Piche says:

    I rescued a one year old male Chi/Yorkie mix last December and cannot get him to ask to go outside. I reward him when he potties outside and take him out regularly but if he needs to potty when he’s inside he will not ask. Is there anything I can do to help him understand that “inside” is not acceptable? He is very smart and learns quickly except house training.

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  26. Sharon Moran says:

    I have a 4 year old cockapoo who pees in the house everyday. We take her out several times a day when she rings the bell or if she comes to us. We cannot understand why she is peeing in the house at times. Why is she doing this?

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  27. Barb says:

    Buy a crate for her and use it. Take her outside after she eats and sleeps and praise/reward her when she does her “duty” outside. Make sure to keep her in a leash outside and don’t walk around for her to play or explore till her job is done. Go to where you want her to go, say “go pee” (or whatever you want to call it). She will learn fast as to where to go ( mine did, it is great for winter when we can be out and in in 1-2 mins on a very cold day, jobs done! ). Once job is done (she has emptied) reward and then play time inside or outside….but then crate again. Repeat. Eventually, give her small areas around her crate, when she can keep that area clean, give a little more access as she “catches on”. She will get there! Hope this helps! It works for me. 🐾❤️🐾

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  28. Jackie says:

    I have a 2 year old husky who has as of late decided that when mommy (me) leaves the house he can pee and poop in the house. He was doing excellent after we figured out how he was telling us he had to go out. I let him out first thing in the morning with 2 other dogs, bring them in when I have to go do chores on my farm. That’s when he’ll do his business. Lately, I’ll take him out with me on leash to do the chores. But after, if I have to go anywhete..he’ll do his business. I believe he is showing me that he is angry at me for leaving him, but if I leave him and the other dogs alone in the afternoon or evening. He’s a good boy. Separation anxiety?, pay back?, bad timing?. Help.

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    Minette Reply:

    dogs don’t have the ability to get even. Maybe he is bored or a little stressed. Go back to crate training.

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  29. Nicky says:

    When you take her out: IGNORE her. Don’t engage. Stand quietly with your hands folded and wait. Be VERY boring. She has a job to do! It’s NOT play time!

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