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How do we get our new dog to stop "going" in the house?

She is an almost 2 year old Labradoodle that we adopted from a shelter after she was rescued from an Amish puppy mill. We have another dog also and 2 cats. We let her out often and praise her when she does well, but she still will squat right in front of us on the carpet or go off into our son's room.


Asked by elwalters77 at 1:07 PM on Jun. 18, 2008 in Pets

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  • One way is to frimly tell the dog no and not in the house, then take the towel that you used to clean up the mess and put it out side and tell the dog it goes out here. Leave the towel out side, so he knows where his pee goes!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:57 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • Have you tried the crate training method with her? It worked well with our dog. You can find info. online about how to do it but basically you keep her in the cage/crate and only let her out for short periods of time to eat and "go". Then you have to closely supervise her. They will learn to associate being out of the cage with "going" and only do it then. I know it sounds like they are just stuck in the cage but it doesn't take long for her to learn when and where to go. Then you can start letting her out of the cage as she becomes more familiar with where she can go and where she's not supposed to go.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:13 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • depends on the type of dog - its harder for little dogs but they seem to "go" in the same place so you can place a doggie pad down where they normally "go" and this will make clean up easier.
    but while you are home be sure to let them out ALOT and before you open the door say "want to go out side to potty" and this will be a fraze they catch onto (you can make up your own but it has to be the same tone of voice and the exact sentence every time) they will see that they can relieve themselves by going outside.
    if they do go potty in the house put their nose up to it so they can smell that its theirs and tell them "no, no" then do the "potty" sentence you have made up and put them outside. they will see this as punishment for going in the house and as a solution to not getting punnished again.

    Answer by vakatia at 1:24 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • Push doggies nose as close as you can get it to the mess, tell doggie, No in very firm voice. Smack doggie with rolled up newspaper, while holding on to doggie collar. Drag doggie to the area it is suppose to do it's business. Tell him to go here! I find animals to be like kids. Use dialog he's going to recognize. Like, Did you do do on the floor? Do you wanna go outside Doggie? His reactions will be surprisingly obvious.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:47 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • Simple..I breed Golden Retrievers and usually have the pups pretty trained before they go to their permanent home. I watch them eat..then usually WITHIN MINUTES, they begin to wander in circles-or run around sniffing, and when I see this I IMMEDIATELY take them outside. As soon as they do their doodie outside I praise them. Our vet recommended 3 feedings a day when they were small..and not to leave food and water available all the time. They will cry when they are hungry/thirsty-then by all means..give it to them-and again..this is when you watch them! My dogs ALL (all 4 of them) come to me and tell me when they have to go out, and if I ignore them..they will bark at me, even the youngest golden girl who is 11 months! Good luck with your furbaby!

    Answer by Jill1121 at 6:34 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • first i would make sure she doesn't have a uti, exspecially since she is from a puppy mill, if she was kept in a cage all the time or had dirty conditions then she probably has one from holding it. Usually if they go right in front of you they are trying to get your attention. and even if she has already had a check up i would have her urine checked anyway. other than that just be persistent, she is going to take a little longer than a puppy just learning because she has to unlearn everything she used to do like going anywhere and protecting her territory by marking. i worked for a vet and did animal rescue a long time so you can pm if you have anymore questions and i'll try to help.good for you for saving a pet!

    Answer by bayleighsmom at 9:24 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • First step is find out if there is a medical reason for problem.
    NEVER EVER beat a dog or torture it by rubbing its nose in a mess. All you do is make the dog afraid of you, distrustful and more likely to hide elimination behavior.
    The idea of taking the mess outside to an appropriate spot is wonderful. When the dog goes out take it to the expected spot and do not let him play until his business is finished. You may have to give treats on the spot and praise lavishly to get the point across.
    If you can not trust dog with full run of house unwatched, limit rooms available and have the dog earn more freedom.
    Any spot used indoors must be treated with an enzyme eliminating cleaner. Even after it looks and smells clean to us, dogs can smell what is left. Untreated it may encourage other animals to use the same spot.

    Answer by DogsMom at 12:49 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Always give them a treat when they potty in the right place. DOn't yell or pay any attention to them when they go inside. HOwever, if you catch him/her in the act, feel free to yell and then take her and the poo outside. You can even ignore her for a bit so she knows you're upset with her. It's helpful to use a word like "potty." Ours took forever to train. It's also useful to keep her away from the spot where she normally wants to go. If it's in a certain room, don't let her have access to it. Also, she might be scared to go outside. If dogs don't feel completely comfortable or are threatened by being outside, they won't go. Make sure it's a good comfortable, caged yard she has access to.

    Answer by danielp at 12:50 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Never EVER use the push nose in mess and hit with a paper or any other object. This is cruel and inefficient. She will mistrust you and hide her inside eliminations.

    Answer by DogsMom at 12:50 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Crate training is the best!

    Answer by NanaGayla at 4:47 PM on Jun. 19, 2008