View Full Version : new outside pen problem(any advice very welcome)

5th March 2008, 09:29 PM
we've just had a new out side pen made for the dogs yesterday to keep them from doing their business on the grass.the problem is they wont do their business in the pen and just hold it in until i have to let them go on the grass again because they end up poohing and weeing in the house!!

i was wondering if anyone has had this problem and what they did??anyone who has any advice is very welcome??

5th March 2008, 09:51 PM
You need to train them to go in a new place.

I suggest buying Shirlee Kalstone's book on housetraining as it gives guidance on training dogs to go in a particular place. You can order it from amazon.co.uk.

Am not sure if I understand though -- are you turning them into a pen when you put them out to go? Or are you keeping them outside in a pen during the day? If the latter -- it isn't really the best situation to keep cavaliers as they are indoor dogs and have neither the temperament or coat to remain outside during the day on their own. Anxiety at being penned up may be the reason they won't go in this new area.

If the pen is there as a toileting place only -- you will need to walk them in and train them -- each one individually -- to go in this new place the same way you housetrained -- rewards and praise and keeping them on lead every time you go out until they learn this new place. However, breaking them from using an area they have always used til now may be very difficult. They have no idea that this is a new place for them to go. Placing one or two of their poops in the new pen may help the process along too.

5th March 2008, 10:22 PM
hi karlin

the pen is just for them to go to the toilet.holly is the only one who done a wee in the pen the others really don't get it at all.its very frustrating because i know and they know there dying for the toilet but soon as i let them out they just sit there looking at me and then go in the house.ill definitely give those suggestions ago i just hope they work lol!!

6th March 2008, 07:55 AM
When I moved house my dogs took ages before they would go to the toilet as the designated toilet area did not have their scent there.
I had to get their mess and leave a few pieces dotted around to teach them to go in that place.