October 25th, 2004, 05:51 AM
Did any of you have dogs/pups that did duties inside? Hannah has done maybe two pees and now two poops inside..I was getting ready this morning to take her out,and apparently after what I found,she didnt need to go out anymore..
ANy good ideas how to avoid accidents like this? I do every thng I can to avoid these accidents...Iam very diligent in taking Hannah outside..I guess this morning I wasnt diligent enough!
October 25th, 2004, 06:30 AM
Isn't Hannah just a pup? Is she crate trained?
October 25th, 2004, 06:40 AM
Or on the way to being crate trained and ya shes 10 weeks old...
October 25th, 2004, 06:48 AM
If she is only having accidents at night, then I have a couple of suggestions. Feed her her last meal of the night around 5:00 p.m. Pick up the water dish about 7:00 p.m. Make sure that the very last thing you do before you go to bed is take her outside. And she is out as soon as you wake up in the morning. First thing.
She is still very young. Accidents do happen.
October 25th, 2004, 06:59 AM
THanks,but her accidents are happening during the day...she pooped inside this morning...I was just about to get her to take her outside,when I realized it was too late...
She hasnt had an accident inside her crate and now can sleep through the night...Her accidents are my fault I guess :( Iam gonna crate her after she eats for a few mins...so that I dont have to watch her,then take her out for duties and see if I can get her regular...
October 25th, 2004, 07:09 AM
I guess your only other option is to keep a closer eye on her then. I am sure that she will be fine as she gets a bit older.
October 25th, 2004, 08:58 AM
She is still a baby and babies make mistakes. She might be good for weeks and then have a relapse - it is normal.
"I am gonna crate her after she eats for a few mins...so that I dont have to watch her"
Crating can be great, but I would suggest that you do watch her. You have a new baby in the house and you are a new mom. You both have to be more aware in the new life you have created together.
She needs to go out after every change in activity. After she wakes, eats, drinks, plays and periodically in between. She might have to pee 3x's and poo 2x's in the morning and more or less in the afternoon or evening. You need to learn her rythms.
It is best to teach her that you don't like her to go inside but that you love to see her go outside. This means that you have to catch her in an in-house mistake, so that you can correct it (firmly but gently) and then ask her in a happy tone to go ouside. Go with her and stay with her until she goes. Then praise her and give it a word. "Good potty" Then go in and clean up what ever mess there was. Always try to use the same door so that you will notice when she starts to ask to be let out.
Keeping her on the leash inside can be handy. It sets up the leader-follower relationship and reminds you that you have a new baby to watch. When you see her starting to look to make a mistake then you can get her outside. This will start to make you both aware of housetraining patterns.
Many times people avoid teaching and they either rescue the puppy all of the time by taking the pup out constently or they delay the pups learning by not allowing mistakes and teaching right from wrong.
Good luck, forgive her mistakes - she is still learning and you are still teaching.
October 25th, 2004, 10:08 AM
Hannah is still VERY young. We got Cano at 4 months, and he still had quite a few accidents. He will be 9 months in a week, and he hasn't had an accident for a month now. They say a dog isn't fully housebroken, until it is atleast a year old, or something like that.
I would suggest getting everything ready to take your pup out before you take her out of her crate, then get to the door as soon as possible. Building up her bladder muscle will take time, and she will be able to hold it longer, if need be. We are still working on it with Cano, his bladder is still rather weak.
October 25th, 2004, 06:48 PM
They have to go potty soooo much at that age!!! It's impossible to get them outside 100% of the time so don't get down on yourself or on Hannah about it. I think that Tenderfoot is right that mistakes can also be learning tools. Casey (about 6 months) knows that I'm delighted when he does his business outside and disappointed when he does it inside, and now he'll do his darndest (I taught him to scratch at the door) to get out there where he gets rewarded instead of hearing unhappy noises from me. He basically doesn't make mistakes anymore, unless his stomach is upset or I've failed to hear his cue, like while I'm in the shower -- neither of which are his fault. He has about one mistake in the house every two weeks now -- not even worth worrying about. But when he was Hannah's age :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: !!!
October 28th, 2004, 11:45 AM
I agree, Hannah is just a baby, and she will have accidents. The most important thing to remember is if you do catch her going in the house, say ahh-ahh (firmly but gently, as you don't want her to think you don't want her going in your prescence) and pick her up (don't let her finish), and quickly take her outside to finish. Then praise her like crazy!! It has worked with Solara. At 17 weeks she very rarely goes in the house - only if we gone for an extended period of time (work days).