I can't housebreak my dog, help?


I moved in with my boyfriend and his mother and they had a female dog who is about two years old now. She has never been housebroken and goes on the floor at least 3 to 4 times a day. I’ve tried to train her with punishment and reward techniques and puppy pads and she just refuses to go outside. I mentioned crate training her and my boyfreind’s mother always has an excuse for not dong it. I put her in the crate today and she immediately went and let the dog out. The dog had puppies, and now she’s saying that we have to wait even longer to train the dog. It’s like no matter what I do, his mother is to lazy to help or just won’t discipline the dog. I can’t stand the mess, and my room is her favorite spot to go in. The carpet was new when we moved in and now it’s ruined. What should I do to make her make the damn dog stop pooping on my floor, and how can I get her to know to go outside?

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    6 Responses to “I can't housebreak my dog, help?”

    1. carleehan says:

      Move out!

    2. dogsbestfriend27 says:

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      Questions You Must Answer:

      1.Where do you want your puppy or dog to eliminate?
      2.Where do you want your puppy or dog to live all of the time that you can’t supervise him? Limit their freedom. Where you go, the puppy goes. Or put the puppy behind a baby gate, safe room, playpen, in their crate, or on a leash attached to you.

      Important Facts to Know

      Fact 1. Crating or otherwise confining a dog does not teach him bladder and bowel control. This is a normal developmental process that occurs on its own.

      Confining a dog in a small area such as a crate or playpen when he cannot be supervised supplements his natural tendency to move away from the ‘nest’ or ‘den’ to eliminate, but it does not create the tendency.

      The statement-a dog won’t soil his crate is a myth. If left too long a dog will soil his resting area.

      Fact 2: Learn what your dog is trying to tell you when he has the urge to go.
      Barking, whining, growling, sniffing, squatting, turning in a circle are things to watch out for.

      Tip 2: Keep track of his/her intake of water.

      Drink after meals, during and after play. Allow him to drink his fill whenever water is offered. If you have to leave him alone while you are at work, leave ice cubes in his bowl. Don’t expect him to hold his bladder that long if he is not at least 5 or 6 months old.

      Tip 3: Premium food is your best choice. Why?

      Feeding a better quality food will be more digestible which means smaller stool volume and better nutrition.

      Avoid changing your dog’s diet while working on potty training unless you are changing to a better quality food. Digestive upsets may occur. Gradually switch food over a 5-7-day span.

      No table food. A dog’s digestive system isn’t designed to handle the same things yours is. Don’t blame your dog for potty training setbacks because you shared your food with him.

      Tip 4: Scheduled feeding works best for puppies during this process. If you want to “free choice”, you will have to be especially looking out for your puppy for signs that he needs to go potty. If your puppy has special needs, check with your veterinarian.

      Where To Feed Your Puppy

      Place his bowl in the same place. If you have a working or guard group breed dog, place the dishes in more of an open space.

      How to feed your puppy/dog

      Tip 6: Allow 20 minutes to eat it. Take it away if they leave their bowl and do not offer him more until his next feeding time. Unless you are free feeding you can leave it down. Measure out their food and keep track how much the puppy is eating during the day, as you don’t want to over feed.

      When To Go Out

      Make out a chart on your puppy’s progress. Be more concerned about the improvements, not the mistakes that he makes. Routine is very important in the potty training process.

      After Eating and drinking water
      Before play and exercise.
      After waking up in the morning and from a nap
      Sometimes even after eating a treat
      If he stops chewing on a bone or toy and walks away
      Any other time that he acts like he needs to go
      Removal from confinement

      Teaching Your Puppy/Dog To Let You Know That He Has To Go Outside.

      2.By ringing a bell at the door
      3.Pushing a doorbell to go out or back in. “Home Depot” sells doorbells that can easily be attached to the door.

      Turn any signal into wanting to go outside. They bark at you, take the dog outside. If they bark, take them outside. Take them immediately. Take them to the same place to go potty. You must watch to see if your puppy goes. Supervising your puppy is important.

      Teach Them to Potty on Command

      Pick out your phrase that you will always use. It is important that everyone in the household is consistent in saying the same thing. Use phrases like, “Better Go Now”, “Do Your Business”, or “Go Potty”, etc. “Do your little potty”, “Do your big potty”. They use two different muscle groups during the potty process, so use two different phrases. So what I do is go out and ask them to Look for their potty. I tell them to LOOK for their little potty, and if I feel like they need to, to find their big potty. If I am not sure they don’t have to go, I will just tell them to LOOK for their potty. The way they will do this, is to have their nose to the ground sniffing for it. If I tell them to FIND it, be sure that you are willing to stay out there as long as it takes until they go, because you told them to do something.

      Put your puppy in a body harness and leash. Take him to the spot that you have picked out for his potty area. Ask him to look for his little potty. Try to not over do the talking though as some dogs will get too distracted by that. When he starts to sniff the ground, praise him by saying “There you go looking for your little potty”. Then keep repeating your phrase, “Looking for little potty”. If he gets distracted by something, or wanting to go out of the potty area, just use your leash and do a little tug back into the area. When he does his little potty, verbally praise him and go briefly and pet his head. “That’s your little potty, good boy”. Then I will tell him to go look for his big potty. When he finishes, bring him between your legs, bringing up his head and praise him well, talking about how he did his big potty Anytime he does his big, we go on a walk in the neighborhood for an added reward.

      The goal is to be able to take him anywhere and ask him to do his little and big potty, so that you are not waiting around forever for him to go. So I am able to ask my dog to go and he will at any moment that I ask him or her to do so.

      Chart to see how long after eating does he need to do his big potty. Morning time, after waking up, how long after his meals, etc. Normally if they pee a couple of times they don’t have to do big potty. If they do their big potty, there will always be their little potty. Sometimes you can be outside with them for quite awhile so be patient and consistent. The more consistent you work on the process, the faster they will get it. I will use time-out if they are out there and refusing to go, even though you know they need to go potty.

      Where in the yard, one spot or all over?

      My dogs have a space 5’x6’. So it doesn’t have to be a large space. We put down drainage rock on the bottom, then I laid shade cloth down, and then mulch on top of that. Put a little poop on it to give them an idea where you want them to go.

      If you have a small or very young puppy you may have to carry outside. Always praise your puppy for going in the correct spot. Verbally praise well. If you play with him outside afterward, take him to another area in the yard, but only after we eliminate first.

      What Do I Do If He Messes On the Floor?

      People thought they could correct a dog for house training lapses no matter how long ago those lapses occurred. Many of those same people also thought that rubbing the offending pooch’s nose in his poop or pee would further help him understand that doing his biz in the house was not a good thing to do. First, dogs don’t remember their housetraining mistakes. They don’t feel bad for doing what comes naturally. And they don’t connect having to eyeball their waste with having deposited that waste in the wrong place a few minutes or hours earlier.

      All that will happen is the trust that you are building with your dog goes away.

      If you come upon a puddle or pile inside your house, it’s too late to do anything but clean it up. Shame on you for not watching him! Do that, resolve to prevent future accidents and consign the nose-rubbing.

      If you can’t watch him, place him into his crate or outside!

      When your dog uses his potty in one particular space in your house, simply eliminating the odor of urine and then marking the area with a different scent can get the dog going in the right rest room again. Once the area is odor-free and clean, sit down on the carpet with your dog and a paperback and spend a little time each day there. In just a few days, that place will smell like a living room instead of a toilet to your pup.

      Give the treat at the time we went potty, not after we have come in from outside.

      Once our dogs are no longer puppies, we seem to have some sense of entitlement that grown-up dogs should go outside, because “they should know better”. But if they’re to the bathroom in the house, you can either get upset about it and put on a threat display as any agitated primate would-scaring the heck out of your dog in the process- or you can get over it and give him a treat for going outside. Trust me, the latter works a lot better.
      He looks guilty!
      Your dog’s failure to meet your gaze does not result from guilt. His low-hanging ears and tail do not reflect remorse. His body language does not reflect any feelings he has from peeing on your rug. Before you walked in the door, he was probably taking a nap and wasn’t thinking at all about how the rug got that stinky yellow stain. Only when you sent that menacing glance his way did he realize that he might be in trouble. And he responded accordingly: with body language that says, “I don’t know why you’re upset, but I’ll do anything it takes to make you feel better”.

      Dogs don’t know the meaning of guilt. Your dog has no idea that you’re angry, because he used your Oriental rug as a potty. He doesn’t even remember having done so. He understands only that you’re unhappy, and he’s responding in the only way that he knows how.

      Remember: Success depends on how consistent you are with him. You are setting yourself up for failure by failing to stick to the schedule.

    3. gittarheero says:

      You are absolutely right to consider crate training. It is the most effective way to housetrain a dog, regardless of situation or age. Try telling your boyfriend’s mom that life with this dog will be a lot easier after the short time it takes to crate train a dog, and that there is nothing to lose by trying. I’m sure the dog doesn’t enjoy making a mess in it’s own house, either. Any book you pick up at a local bookstore about house-training a dog will definitely be centered around crate-trained. Maybe try bringing one home?

    4. Madison says:

      You need to take her outside a few times an hour and say "Let’s go potty" and when you get outside say "Go potty". Also, take a treat outside with you so when she goes potty you can immediately reward her with praise and a treat. It takes time and everyone needs to be involved so she learns; however, if she has been going potty inside for two years now it may take longer than normal to properly house train her.

      Also, I’m not sure how in the world the mom can possibly find it acceptable for the dog to potty in the house every day numerous times- that is just not right. Try talking to her about letting the dog outside and joining in on the process.

    5. floodflamic says:

      She won’t be housebroken in a day. You have to constantly work with her. Until she is housebroken you should keep her outside and let her get used to it then continue the training

    6. Chibi says:

      she wont be house broken unless everyone is on the same page and pitches in – you putting her in the crate, her letting her out of the crate … it’s not going to work, here’s wat you can start doing so you don’t piss off ur bf’s mom, you want to keep it on a good note – she probably thinks that dog is her baby so she lets it go anywhere. After the dog eats, go hey, lets take her out for a walk – don’t head home until she does her business outside. Be the first one to wake up in the morning and walk the dog outside too so she can do her business outside again. Yeah it sounds like a lot of work – but that’s what happens in training. keep an eye on her during the day, if you see her sniffing around in one spot, take her outside again and walk her a bit if she refuses to go. Good luck with the training, once your bf’s mom see’s the point, then perhaps you can start crate training.

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