March 27th, 2010, 10:24 PM
I have a major problem. I have a 10 month old Pom who we have been attempting to house break since he was 8 weeks old. He was slowly getting better until he was fixed about 3 months back. At this point he cannot hold his pee for longer than 3 hours. We originally did not crate train him, however, now he has been placed in a crate, since we gave up on all other methods. He continually pees in his create. And this evening he peed on my wife and in the hall way as soon as I let him out of the crate (he was only in there about 2.5 hours.) On several occassions I have taken him out for an hour and finally gave up bringing him in, he immediately pooed and peed in the house. My fear is that there is something wrong with him (either mentally or physically) I need advice and advice that includes "just keep on trying" isn't what I am looking for. I am taking him to the vet tomorrow to do a battery of tests as he also has a warm, dry nose as well. Any one please help!
March 28th, 2010, 12:33 AM
Is he drinking an excessive amt of water? I would certainly get the vet to check him over. A blood test and/or urine test can rule out UTI (urinary tract infection) and other things such as diabetes, or kidney troubles.
A young dog should certainly be able to hold his pee for longer than 3 hrs. That does not sound like a training problem to me.
March 28th, 2010, 01:33 AM
I agree to testing for UTI.
Do you 'throw a party' when he poos outside and give treats?
Do you say 'NO' when he poops inside and put him in a time out?
I don't believe in spanking or rubbing noses in poo, but time-outs were effective when training my pup.
March 28th, 2010, 05:50 PM
I agree to testing for UTI.
[...]I don't believe in spanking or rubbing noses in poo, but time-outs were effective when training my pup.
How did you do that? What did you use for "time-outs"?
March 28th, 2010, 07:35 PM
If there's nothing physically wrong with your pup, I'd start the housetraining from scratch again. Take him as often as possible, every hour if you can and praise/reward like mad when he does go. When indoors, look for signs that he needs to go ie. excessive sniffing and circling. If necessary, attach him to you via long leash so you can keep a closer eye on him and will be able to interrupt when he does show signs he's about to eliminate (a simple "uh uh" will do) and take him out immediately. Punishment or time outs won't make him learn any faster unless we want to punish ourselves for not supervising closely enough or not providing enough opportunities for them to go in the right place ;).
March 28th, 2010, 10:01 PM
I am wondering how you made out with your vet today? did they find out any physical reason for him not being able to hold his pee?
March 29th, 2010, 06:19 AM
Besides doing the usual blood and urine tests did the Vet suggest an ultrasound or xray to check for post-neutering/ surgically caused physical abnormalities?