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Old 01-30-2018, 03:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Potty training

We are having a difficult time getting our puppy to poop outside. We've tried only feeding her a particular times and then taking her outside but she won't eat all at one time she grazes. Even if we wait several hours before putting food out for her when we put it down she takes two bites and then comes back 20 minutes later for two more bites so there's no way to plan when she has to poop. She pees as soon as we go outside because she know she gets a treat, but treat or no treat and she won't seem to poop outside. She has started pooping right at the back door so she knows she's supposed to go outside but we're not sure how to make that happen. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Two suggestions for you. First, don't let her eat like that. You want to feed 2-3 times a day depending on her age. Each time you feed, leave the food down for about 15 minutes. At the end of 15 minutes take the food up and don't give it back until it's time for her next meal. Always do this and though it may take a meal or two for her to figure it out, she will get the idea that when it's time to eat, we eat or we go hungry. Trust me she won't starve herself and will get the idea. This teaches her to eat when it's time to eat AND makes bathroom breaks more predictable.

Second, crate train her. Whenever she cannot be continuously watched, she goes in the crate. When she is out and about, any time you see her squat to poop immediately pick her up and take her outside and put her in the grass. Once she poops - praise praise praise. If she's able to poop at the back door without you seeing her, she's not being watched closely enough. If you need help with proper crate training just let us know!

What's your pups name and how old is she? Good luck!
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thank you for your help, we will begin trying all of that.

Her name is Eir (pronounced Air) and she will be 12 weeks tomorrow.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I am Eir's mommy. My question on the crate is where should it be? I work from home and could put the crate in the office with me if that is what is recommended. It could be problematic when I am in a meeting but we want to be the best pit parents we can be so am willing to do whatever. Or do we move it around with where we happen to be? Also, is water on that same schedule? We have water throughout the house and the yard for the cat. But we can move those out of her reach while training if it is needed.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Put the crate in whatever room you spend the most time in overall. Don't move it around, you want her to be comfortable and happy in there without you. Make sure it's the right size or sectioned off for the right size. It should be large enough for her to stand up, turn around and lay down but NO bigger. Dogs won't poop or pee (unless absolutely necessary) where they sleep so she won't go in the crate if it's the right size.

Make sure you still take her outside regularly and DO NOT give her ANY attention if she's whining and making noise in the crate. Wait until she settles and is quiet. As soon as she's quiet you can praise her and let her out or whatever but you want her to learn to be happy and comfortable in there whether you're in the room or not. That's the safest place for her when no one is home or can't be watched.

You don't want to restrict her water so having water around is fine. As long as she's not having problems overnight holding it there's no reason to withhold water. If she has problems going all night, you can take the water up after 8 or 9 until morning but otherwise don't restrict water.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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We are still struggling with crate training, she did not eat for about 2 hours before going in her crate at 8 pm. I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to a crate full of poop. She has peed in the crate before, but this is the first time she has pooped in it.

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Old 02-13-2018, 12:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Are you feeding and walking on a regular schedule? Are you walking RIGHT before you crate? How old is again? As a general rule you can expect a young dog to hold it for one hour for every month. So if she’s 6 mos old don’t expect her to hold it longer than 6 hours at a time so if you crate at 8pm someone needs to get up by 2am to take her out.


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She is only 13 weeks, our vet told us she should be okay to hold it for 8 hours. Sounds like that might not be correct.

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That’s an awful long time for a very young pup. You would t expect a 3-4 mos old infant to hold it that long and your pup most likely can’t either so she’s going on her crate out of necessity most likely. Try 4 hrs and see how she does then push it back an hour at a time.


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That’s an awful long time for a very young pup. You would t expect a 3-4 mos old infant to hold it that long and your pup most likely can’t either so she’s going on her crate out of necessity most likely. Try 4 hrs and see how she does then push it back an hour at a time.


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I am so thankful for your help and input. We are going to try exactly that. We will keep you posted.

She looked at me this morning with the saddest I'm sorry look, I know she is not doing it on purpose and it is us that needs to learn first.

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Good advice I think the rule of thumb is like maximum hour an half per month old, until they are old enough to make it threw the night dogs don't normally like to do there business where they sleep, usually if you last feed about 6pm then 4~5 or so hours later it digests for the pup so when theyre young they need to get that out before they goto bed or crate..

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I remember once thunder tried to go in the car once when he was a pup right where he was sitting... I never pulled over that fast in my life haha goo thing I was quick enough

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Are you feeding and walking on a regular schedule? Are you walking RIGHT before you crate? How old is again? As a general rule you can expect a young dog to hold it for one hour for every month. So if she’s 6 mos old don’t expect her to hold it longer than 6 hours at a time so if you crate at 8pm someone needs to get up by 2am to take her out.


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Just read back didn't realise you already covered that haha

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We sure appreciate all the help you guys provide for us, she deserves good owners and you guys are really helping us become that.

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