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Puppy house training! He thinks it's a game

We have a full house, and our youngest furbaby is a six month old Pek/Chi cross. He LOVES it outside, so now that it's warmer, we've been leaving the backdoor for him to go outside. He was going potty outside about 80% of the time.
Then about six weeks ago we unofficially adopted a 18 year boy who came with a year old Lab/Shepard X. He's fully house trained and him and Dexter our pup are best buddies and have been even before he moved in.

Only problem now is Dexter thinks potty training is a game! (well he's always been pretty sly) he'll go outside and play, sometimes going potty,sometimes not. Then he'll come and look for his treat. Now he will also wet/soil in the house, sometimes immediatly after we let him back in! We do have a crate but he's always out with the other dogs.

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Asked by mrsvixen at 8:11 PM on Apr. 4, 2011 in Pets

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  • ok if it always the same place i have a tip but people will think its cruel but i always used it and it works dogs always sniff where there gona pee or poo so you put pepper on the spot the sniff it and start sneezing it will stop after a sec but they wont pee or poo there again lol


    Answer by feralkitten at 8:14 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • ACtually I've heard that, but he doesn't always sniff, 'specially when he's going wee....he just does it. Then I swear he laughs at us and runs off! lol

    Comment by mrsvixen (original poster) at 8:15 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • the other thing you could do is load a water pistol if you catch him spray him


    Answer by feralkitten at 8:18 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • That was one of the first things we tried for when he was a bad doggie. He LOVED it! Another game!

    Comment by mrsvixen (original poster) at 8:20 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • ok this is very gross but have you tryed taken a bit of new paper after he pees and putting it on the pee so it socks up some them putting it out in the garden so when hes out there he can smell is own pee

    Answer by feralkitten at 8:30 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • Get a bottle and fill it with loose change and make sure you can seal it. When you see him doing his business in the house shake it at him and not actually shouting but in a clear very low stern voice say "NO!".
    Then, put him outside. When he goes outdoors give him the treat and praise him right then and there don't wait for him to come inside. That way he associates fun/treats with outdoors and not indoors and the scary noise with going inside.
    You don't have to use the bottle trick if you think it's cruel (some people do -shrugs-) but you need to make it clear that doing his thing indoors is a big no no.
    Also, if you can try to get him on a schedule with putting him outside to potty, every half hour to an hour that way he gets used to the schedule and as he gets older he should be able to hold his bladder a little longer.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • I would put him on a leash and attach him to you if he is in doors he is attached to your hip and if you see him startingto sniff take him outside and when he goes outside keep an eye that he is actually doing what he needs to do and treat him then. He may be associating going outside then inside and treat not actually peeing/poo then treat.

    Answer by Baby4us09 at 1:26 PM on Apr. 9, 2011

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