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Old 12-15-2010, 02:44 AM   #16 (permalink)
 
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one of the bad things with getting a dog from many shelters is that they do get used to doing thier "business" in the same area as where they stay, which is likely the concrete of thier kennel. while only the most unhousebroken dogs in shelters go in the area where they sleep, they will get used to going in the outer part part of thier kennel. some of the best house broke dogs loose thier training while staying in a shelter situation. especially when they are younger they are easy to get used to going on solid floor over dirt or grass.

i know it seems like a lot of time, and it will take a lot of patientce, keep to what you are doing. it is sometimes hard for dogs on a lead to do the number "2". it leaves them in a vonurable(spl?) situation and most dogs when on a lead feel they have to protect not only themselves but also the person at the other end. which is why your dog is so reactive to everything going on around her.
if you no longer have the time for waiting for a "two", maybe look into getting an outside kennel of some sort, or even an invisible fence, so that you are able to let your pup out in an area that they will be safely contained while you walk away and wait for business to be done.

good luck and don't give up on your dogger! i promise, all dogs would rather do thier business outside than where they come into sleep!!
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:21 AM   #17 (permalink)
 

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Do this for two weeks and your problem should be solved (knock on wood). Put the dog in a smaller sized kennel overnight. Feed and water it in the kennel in the morning. Wait about a half hour after it eats then bring it out to potty. Give the dog a good chance to go, but if it doesn't, bring it back in and kennel the dog. Take it back out about every hour until it goes outside. Hopefully it won't go in the kennel. Most dogs wont as long as it is small enough, and you don't put an absorbent pad in the bottom.

When the dog does go outside, let it run around the house for about an hour, then put it back in the kennel. The dog should be kenneled most of the day and night. Every time you let it out of the kennel it should have the opportunity to go to potty. Then if and only if it goes let it run around the house for a bit.

I agree with this .. If you have a wire crate you can get a divider only space enough room where the dog can stand up and turn around. The less room they have to move around the less space they have to go. And you would only be doing this until the dog gets used to using the bathroom outside and not in it's living area AKA the Crate/kennel.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:10 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Chump, that's good advise. She is crated while I'm at work and at night, so I guess I felt bad crating her any more than that, but I guess if she doesn't go potty outside, then I will have to put her back in her crate.

Meg, what you said about leashed dogs having trouble going poo makes sense. I never thought about it like that before, but it seems like that might be what's going on w/ Gracie. There's not really any way I can take her out off leash, but at least I can try to understand her and why she acts so crazy sometimes.


I'm going to start bringing treats outside with me and giving her one if she breaks her focus from whatever is distracting her and giving her one immediately after she goes potty.
When she does get distracted outside, I get confused on if I should give the "leave it" or the "watch me" command to try to break her focus. Any thoughts?

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