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Need puppy housebreaking help...

We adopted a 5 month old puppy, he's been home about 9 days and is making great strides with the housebreaking. He has almost no accidents all day long, knows to go when we take him out, etc. The issue, is that he is only this good as long as I keep him out of my kid's rooms and the family room downstairs. Those rooms have carpet or area rugs. The second he gets on on the carpet downstairs or on the area rugs in the kid's rooms he pees and/or poops EVERY time. How do I break him of this? He has very very few accidents on our wood floors, but once he's on these rugs its like he can't help himself. Any ideas?


Asked by gramsmom at 9:46 AM on Feb. 15, 2011 in Pets

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  • This is actually very common. Give it more time. Dogs prefer absorbent surfaces, number one. Number two, dogs, puppies actually very often have accidents the minute they are in a room that is normally considered off limits. Many dogs do this in the basements or the upstairs area, I think it is an anxiety...or yes, there could be scent in the rugs. Based on the number of dogs who exhibit this behavior, the scent idea is less likely.

    Keep him on a leash. Place a food dish in one of theses rooms-work on ONE room at a time. The minute you place him on the rug, put him before some food to get him eating there. That will make it less of a potty room, and distract him from potty. You can also try putting a safe chew down right away that he likes...redirection basically. Keep a leash on him, it might help too. Correct him if he has an accident and take him outside right away. He will get it...they all do eventually.

    Also, you can

    Answer by spottedpony at 12:14 AM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • The rugs feel like carpet. There might be old pee from another pet in them.
    I do not know if this will help, but crate training is wonderful.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 9:49 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • You can keep the bedroom doors closed. I'm guessing the family room doesn't have doors, but is it possible for you to gate off the room unless you are in their with him? You can get a kennel/crate to put him in when you aren't able to watch him closely or tether him to you to keep him close by. When he has an accident on the carpet/rug, be sure to clean it with an enzymatic cleaner (like Nature's Miracle...can be found at Petsmart for example) so he isn't going back to the spot and smelling his scent.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 9:54 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • your just going to have to be extra diligent and keep an eye on him. make a bottle or can with coins in it and when you spot him going then shake the can at him. it will give him a bit of scare and he won't like it. will probably try to do it once more but if he remembers he may not.

    Answer by melody77 at 9:58 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • buy puppy pads...put them in the rooms with carpet and when you take him in there show him the pads so he knows the carpet is a no no....also if you are crate training him to help with housebreaking put the crate in a room with carpet so he knows that its not grass..when you take him out bring him back to the carpet for play and then outside when he looks like hes going to pee or poop eventually he will get the idea that carpet and grass are not the same..right now he sees the difference in hardwood and grass but carpet is soft too so he is confused

    Answer by ahsot1230 at 1:09 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Also, you can place a cheap little bath mat in the area he is good in, get him used to sitting on a soft carpet like area without having an accident. Again, put a safe chew on the mat and ask him to lay down there. Put a dog bed in the family room, place the mat that you have gotten him used to on the dog bed and place him there so he gets in the habit of being in that room without having accidents on the carpeting. Keep the family room visits not too long in the beginning, short and sweet and positive is best.

    Answer by spottedpony at 12:17 AM on Feb. 16, 2011

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