15th January 2014, 06:46 PM
Regressed in Our Potty Training
I have an 8-month-old Tri-colored male named Charlie. I feel like we have rather regressed in our potty training. He was doing so well for a while, and then I started trusting him and giving him pretty much run of the house. I always and still do, keep a close eye on him and keep a log of when he pees and poops outside. Lately, he has been surprising me when I walk into another room and find that he has pooped or even, squats and pees while he’s looking right at me! Charlie is a pretty quiet dog, so he wouldn’t bark at the door or doesn’t let me know that he has to go out, that’s why I keep the log. At 8-months-old I feel that during the day I am letting him out every hour. Shouldn’t he be holding it longer than that? He does “most” of the night (I get up once at night to let him out), but I feel that if I don’t let him out every hour he’s going to pee someplace while I’m not looking or maybe even doing it while looking right at me. What should I be doing?
Shell – Charlie’s Mom
15th January 2014, 08:33 PM
Unfortunately, I can't help you, as I've been there, done that. We had zero experience with a house dog and were in our 70s when we got Bentley so we did everything wrong, I'm pretty sure. He's now just over 3 years and all the bad stuff is over. He's pretty much on a first thing in the morning, about noon, late afternoon and bedtime routine now. He's had run of the house since he was less than a year old and had knee surgery--with the shield thing around his neck we couldn't fit him through the door of his crate. One of the last times he had an "accident" was the day of our daughter's funeral when our living room was filled with extended family. I had just said that Bentley was pretty much potty trained when he squatted and peed right on the carpet, then pooped. I must say it added a little levity to the sad day and I think he was sensing the emotions in the room.
15th January 2014, 08:46 PM
It took me one year to train Bosco. He also does not bark or indicate that he needs to go out. Like Charlie, he would just stop and pee or poop at random intervals.
You need to go back to square one. If you cannot watch Charlie like a hawk, he needs to be in an area that is closed off. I had an xpen. When not in the xpen, he needs to be watched, should you note him beginning to poop or pee, immediately pick him up and take him outside, and praise him. He will eventually get the message. I know it stinks to have to watch him all the time when outside the pen, but its the only way I know to break the habit. Honestly, I never had a dog that took so long to train, and its probably the only "complaint" I have about him. Around age 1, he finally understood and has been accident free from then. He's 2.5 years now.
Also, he is old enough to make it through the night, so you should not need to get up and take him out. I crate my dogs at night, so that was never an issue for me.
Keeping the log is great. Just praise, praise, praise, everytime he does his business outside. i gave treats for the longest time.
Last thought- be sure your carpet/floor area is cleaned with one of those enzyme solutions that removes the smell, otherwise, he will continue to go back to that spot.
15th January 2014, 10:25 PM
The problem is that he got too much freedom before he was ready for it. I got BellaMia at 12 weeks. She was able to sleep in her crate, for the whole night from the first day. As for housetraining, we kept her in our TV room that has access to our yard. It took about a month for her to alert us she needed to go out. BUT we didn't give her freedom to the whole house until we were sure she had control. In small increments, we gave her access to other areas of the house. This past Christmas, we just gave her full freedom.......its been over a year since she has had any accidents. That being said, we still crate her when we go out and at bedtime. Taking no chances.
It really takes a lot of time, patience and praise. Charlie should, at 8 months, be able to sleep through the night. If he is crated at night, in all probability, he won't go in his bed. You should also be able to read his signals. BellaMia doesn't bark either. She stands by the door to go out, and if we don't get up immediately, she comes and stares in your face! But I can usually tell by her demeanor whether she need to go potty or just wants to be outside.
Good luck and let us know how he's doing.
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15th January 2014, 11:02 PM
Good idea about starting from square one. And your right, he did get too much freedom before he was ready. I do crate Charlie while we're gone and at night in our bedroom. He bangs on his crate door at night when he has to go out. Maybe I need to cut off the water a couple of hours before bed. That might help with that.
Thanks so much for your input.
15th January 2014, 11:29 PM
15th January 2014, 11:06 PM
Thank you for your reply. I haven't had a dog in about 10 years and have forgotten about all this puppy stuff and how to do it.
I am sorry about the loss of your daughter.
They sure are sweet and sensitive little dogs, aren't they?