What To Do When Your Puppy Potty Training Plan Fails

178 | Posted:

Perfect Puppy Bundle


Sophia Yin, DVM, MS. September 11, 2009
{edited 2019}
1966-2014 R.I.P.

Cattledog puppy Zoe potties on rug


OK. By now, most of you know the potty training basic plan such as the one found here in our April 2009 post “A Foolproof Plan for Potty Training Puppies. Take the puppy out first thing in the morning and stand around until she does #1 and #2. Then praise her when she does, give her a treat and some play time and water. Then, throughout the day either have her tethered to you or on leash nearby or in her crate where she’s not likely to potty. Or keep an eagle eye on her so you can take her out at the first sign she has to potty. That sign may be: she’s just eaten, or drunk water, or woken up from a nap, or is now sniffing around. Interrupt accidents and rush the pup to a proper potty place but don’t punish her or scare her or she may just learn to sneak off and potty behind your back. And of course clean all accidents up promptly with an enzymatic cleaner.

Every day, thousands of people hear this advice and try to follow it only to be frustrated. The issue boils down to several factors, which can be addressed with a few tips.

Puppy potty-training Tip 1: Some dogs are potty geniuses. Others aren’t. Some dogs learn virtually by magic. You take them out frequently for a few days and all of a sudden they’re potty trained. In fact my parents’ last four dogs were like that. Meaning, if you’re sort of consistent, the pooch will learn. But in other cases, the dogs seem to be potty training dunces. Realistically, in the wild, feral dogs may keep their immediate sleeping area clean, but areas close by are “in bounds.” So it’s not that odd that your dog thinks his actual bed should not be a potty spot but the rug right next to it is OK. In these cases, potty training is really just about forming a habit-never giving Rover the opportunity to go in the wrong place. Only give him opportunities to potty in the right places.

Puppy potty-training Tip 2: Some puppies will potty even when tethered close to you. For some puppies, tethering them close to you won’t prevent them from pottying. It will only give you a better chance to keep an eye on them. And some puppies can potty in the blink of an eye. For these puppies you’ll have to rely on keeping them crated in a small den-like crate and then bring them out for potty sessions where you make sure they potty before they are allowed to play. If they don’t potty quickly, they go back in their crate for 15 minutes before their next potty opportunity. They must learn to potty automatically when you take them outside and then never get the opportunity to have an accident when you’re inside. Once they potty, they can play, but if they’ve eaten or drunk water, you’ll have to bring them outside again after another 10-15 minutes before they go back into their crate. In fact you may be having 15-minute play sessions in the house every few hours and then long play session outside since, otherwise, when they’re in the house they are resting in a crate.

Puppy Potty-training Tip 3: Realize that young puppies have frequently potty urges. Young puppies can potty a lot! Especially if they’re only 7-9 weeks old. They canPerfect Puppy Bundle drink water and then seemingly 5 minutes later pee it all out. So just because they pottied outside 5-10 minutes ago doesn’t meant they won’t do it inside as soon as you look the other way. If you find that you have this problem of pups pottying even shortly after they’ve pottied outside, instead of saying “But they just pottied outside” or ” I just let them play unsupervised for a minute,” get a clue! Expect them to potty even right after they’ve gone outside and whenever you leave them unsupervised and change your behavior accordingly. That is, be ready to crate them or keep your eye on them at all times.

Puppy Potty-training Tip 4: Some puppies need to learn to hold their #1 urge a little bit. Some puppies need to learn to hold their pottying. I’m talking primarily about pee. These pups seem to just potty whenever they get a slight urge as if pottying is a pastime. These puppies need to be crated for longer periods for at least several days. In general, during the day they can be crated the same amount of time as their age in months. So an 8-week old puppy can be crated for about 2 hours and a 12 week old can be crate for around 3 hours during the day. Once your vet has assured you that the frequent piddling is not due to a urinary tract infection, start crating the puppy for longer hours. For instance, start crating the 12 week old for 2-3 hours at a time so she learns to hold it. When you take her out, reward her with long play sessions so she gets enough interaction, play, and training time too. But when finished, put her back in the potty-safe crate area.

Get the idea? For some dogs, you can’t cut any corners. You can’t let them wander out of sight for 2 seconds or expect that they will hold it if they’ve just gone potty outside and had a drink of water. For these dogs, you can try a doggie diaper. Maybe they won’t potty in that. Or you can try an indoor potty system where you place them in an exercise pen with a sleeping area and a fake grass potty system or pee pad potty area and no other type of surface. They can learn that the different substrates are for different purposes. But chances are you’ll have to just get realistic and alternate between strict crating, safe potty times outside, and eagle-eye supervision when they are getting their playtime. That means you’ll have to make a special effort to be sure they get enough playtime too which adds even more planning to your puppy care. But that’s the joy and pain of having a puppy. And the reward of having the house as a potty free zone is priceless. For more information, checkout our “Perfect Puppy” products. Chapter 4 of the book Perfect Puppy in 7 days covers this and more.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

178 responses to “What To Do When Your Puppy Potty Training Plan Fails

  1. Andy Lloyd of Dandy Dawgs told me about you. My 9-month old Labradoodle still has accidents in the house and on the carpet. I have read all the material you have above. I have done all that you recommend.

    His other problem is soft stools. I have tried Blue Buffalo Puppy food, Kirkland Puppy Food and California Natural. All of these produce soft, runny stools. Help!!

    Sincerely, Jeanne H. Wood

    1. He may be allergic to chicken!
      My dog is but he gets explolive diarrhea.
      Maybe try a food with no chicken. We go to Costco for their Salmon dog food.
      Good luck!!

      1. Blue Buffalo is actually not really good food. It’s made by Purina. I did one bag of Purina Puppy Chow and it was soft and mustard yellow. Quickly switched to Iams and we had solid BM’s ever since!

        1. You can try giving him a probiotic like Advita or some canned pumpkin. If that doesn’t try to cut out certain things for 3 months at a time to see if he is allergic to an ingredient. For example if you suspect he is allergic to grains put him on a grain-free food and then don’t feed him any treats with grains or any table scraps. Then after three months he still has diarrhea, try cutting out chicken and etc.

        2. Blue Baffalo is not made by Purina. They were sued by Purina. There food may not be as great as I once believed, but there are other good brands like Earthborn. So, that’s fine. Iams might be ok, but it gave my cat severe diarrhea until the food was gone and I switched back to Earthborn, so I am afraid to go back to it for any of my animals.

        3. Put your dog on cottage cheese only the stool will become firm then add it to the dry food and then just the dry food works everytime

    2. We started with potty training our 8 week old puppy to go in a specific spot that is 5×5 in her 10×10 kennel that was grass. She started to go on any grass so a few days later we dug up the grass so now it’s dirt. Whenever we bring her potty she’s on a leash and whines and cries before
      she finally gives up and goes. The whole time we make it positive other then keeping her in the spot with the leash. We praise her and give her treats after she goes. She is really fighting it. Any ideas?

    3. I have got my puppy potty trained but now I am moving into a apartment he will not use the restroom while he is on the lease just follows me and sits when I don’t move someone please help me

    4. My pup had runny green/yellow stool with Purina. I switched him to BilJac Puppy Good. It has chicken (lots of real chicken!) So don’t try it if the problem is a chicken allergy.

    5. My puppy isn’t learning we take him out for like an hour does nothing bring him inside uses the bathroom in there we got puppy pads don’t work when he wakes up or eats or drinks we take him out he does nothing then goes in the house I need major help please???????

      1. Very frustrated. Positive reinforcement doesnt help and he will just do his business in crate or anywhere on house. Going to get a kennel run and make him an outdoor dog.

        1. that’s a little hateful. your poor dog must be miserable, try to have patients with your furry loved ones, they have to be taught just like children. positive reinforcement does work and banning your animal to be an “outside dog” when the fault lays with you for not being able to teach your dog. ty. ps try using your kennel INSIDE and teaching him with the recommended ways above

      2. Try using a warm wash cloth and rub it over his penis. This is how the mother dog gets them pee. If you stimulate him, maybe he will go. Mine do. When they are wet and warm after their bath, they have to go out and potty.

    6. American Journey food from Chewy’s is great! You can check the rating of dog food on dogfoodadvisor.com

    7. So i’m having issues with my 8 month old put my other dog got it like that him. he won’t go in the kennel goes out side just fine but will go in the house even after taking him out. done the reinforcement the kennel time with coming out to go potty and then getting play time tried treat training positive reinforcement. if you show him where he went to the bathroom he’ll put his ears back and know he’s in trouble but then still does it in the house. any tips i will take them. super frustrating.

          1. My pup almost acts like going outside is a reward for pottying in the house – how can I reverse this thinking??? Scolding, spanking, etc. doesn’t seem to help

            1. First of all, never spank your dog! And you should not scold him for going potty. You will only making things worse. You will be teaching the dog to hide going to the bathroom from you. You will also break his trust in you which is critically important for all training, not to mention your relationship with your dog. Crate him so you can take him out before he has an accident. Make going potty the reward!

        1. I had the same problems with my jack russell terrier. She is smart as a whip, but seemed clueless about potty training. What finally worked for her was catching her in the act of peeing on the carpet and immediately picking her up and taking her outside to finish peeing. She was older than 7 months at that point. I think many dogs younger than that simply don’t have the physical or mental ability to figure it out, and smaller dogs seem to be harder to train than bigger dogs. Anyways, I kept her on a leash when inside at all times, so I was always able to watch her while inside, and the moment she started to pee or give any warning of being about to pee, I took her outside immediately for her to pee. Surprisingly pooping in the house was not a big problem. If I did leave her inside, I crated her. But mostly I left her in my tall fenced yard when I could not constantly watch her so she got used to peeing outside anyways. And it was easier on me. But finally, after catching her in the act and taking her outside about 12 times, she just suddenly figured it out and never did it again. I think some dogs are just not ready to learn it until they are physically and mentally mature enough to figure it out.

            1. Sounds like my 4 month old border collie. She pees outside just fine, but believes that it is acceptable to poop in the house. I take her outside constantly but she “holds” it until she gets inside. Very very frustrating!! I clean up the spots very well –I have tried everything I have read.

        2. Sophia Yin passed away a few years ago. There won’t be any responses other than from other readers.

      1. How did it go with your puppy? Did he ever become house-trained all the way? If so, how long did it take and what finally worked? I have a 6 month old, same problem you were having, and at my wit’s end.

        1. hi Audrey,I have a 12-week old puppy I’m trying to train her to use the pads for the loo inside my flat, she cant go outside for the other 2weeks she will some time use pad..more in the night

          so can you give me some tips to get her to use the pad in the day? I’ve got all the stuff to put on the pad it works sometimes


      2. ahh Im having the same exact issue as all of you with my 2, 7 month olds.. Were any of you ever able resolve it?! please help!

    8. My new puppy gets diarrhea from meeting new people and any other situation that can make her nervous such as me cleaning up the leaves in the back yard today with a leaf blower. Honestly I don’t think there is much I’ll be able to do to stop that other then her just getting well socialized and getting over her fear of loud noises. Maybe there is something that is making your puppy nervous?

  2. You’re right about your first statement. Some dogs have it and some don’t. I’ve had 4 dogs in my lifetime and I’m split down the middle on how they learned. 2 of them were easy and the other 2 were not. Still love em all though.

  3. I’m doing all of this. What do you do if our puppy pees and poops in the crate even when left for just an hour? There has only ever been one time where she hasn’t peed in her crate. Even if she goes pee right before the crate.

    1. I have the same problem as you and have been working on this for 2 months. I’m so frustrated don’t know what to do!

      1. I have been told that this usually means you need a smaller crate or to block off part of their create. Puppies will choose a part of the crate to sleep in, and the other to potty in if they have too much space. Though it may look like they just go on their sleeping area, this is probably just because they stepped in it, had to panic, and then it got all over. Try making it a smaller space, even though this may seem harsh because they cant play around in their kennel anymore, it works. It worked perfectly for my 12 week old who still hates the crate but I don’t come home from work to a pee and poo covered kennel or floor or walls even. and she is a happy little shepherd 🙂 even with the smaller crate.

      2. The crate can be too big, allowing your puppy to do his thing at one end of the crate and dry at the other end. Reduce the size of the crate with a barrier that blocks off excess to the area.

        Make sure you are not crating the pup for too long. The puppy must have just enough room to stand up, turn around in a circle and stretch out. Be patient and allow for some mistakes.

        Second, bedding in the crate may be acting like a diaper, absorb offensive waste and moisture away. Your dog must earn the bedding by keeping her crate clean for about seven days. When she accomplishes that, add thin bedding, such as a sheet or worn towel. If that too stays clean, then you are safe to add whatever bedding you like.

      3. I see the comments about crate may be too big, but I’m having the same problem with our 5mo old JRT-mix puppy, and I can’t get a smaller crate for him without having to fold him up and put him in. Mine is a rescue pup from what must have been a relatively bad situation as he clearly has some separation anxiety issues which may the be cause of our crate issues. He does better anxiety-wise with our other two dogs out in the house (I know! I would NEVER have done this before, but with him it seems to be the only way!) He seemed to have gotten the hang of the potty thing, but now he’s peeing in the house again – even after only 2-3 hours. We’re giving him cranberries and UTI treats thinking it might be a UTI, but to no avail. I’ve never had a pup be this difficult to potty train before! Any suggestions?

        1. I would just supervise him inside and if he starts to pee or poop then pick him up ASAP and put him outside where he should go even if mid stream or mid poop

          1. When mine starts to pee or poop in the house (which is constantly and she’s 5 months old) I’d I pick her up ASAP, she just slings it all over the house on the way to the door. I’m at my wits end. She loves her crate and doesn’t mind being in it, but I spdidnt get a dog just to keep her crated all the time and stare at her like she’s a decorator item. I’m at my wits end. She’s never gone in her crate, but she pees and poops all over the house; even after I’ve had her outside for a potty break. 😥

    2. i had the same problem and started feeding my puppy his meals in the crate, he stopped on the first day!

    3. I’ve got a 5month old Jack Russell x and he is pretty good throughout the day with not peeing in the house as my parents are home with him and are able to take him out when he needs to go. But overnight he is in a pen (because he still chews everything) and every morning I wake up and there is Pee and poo in the same corner/ side of the pen. Sometimes it’s just pee but it’s getting frustrating and I don’t know what to do. I take him out after every meal and right before I go to bed.

  4. She’s mastered everything else but potty training!!! She won’t go in her crate but will anywhere else in my apartment…everytime I take her potty I make her sit by the door and then I open it to let her know if she sits by the door I’ll open it and then I tell her lets go potty. But that hasn’t worked either… I’ll let her roam around in my apartment and see if that will help a little! Any different advice would be great! She’s 7 going on 8 month old boxer mix with pit

    1. Im having the SAME issue with my 11 week old pit boxer mix she is relentless and no matter what i do the moment i let her back in the house she runs off and goes potty on the floor so i might just get an even smaller kennel because if she doesnt learn i cannot keep her sadly

    2. I’m having the same problem with my 6 month old male Pit mix. Is this a breed thing? He never has accidents in his crate, but he will go potty in my apartment willy-nilly. Can someone help? We go to the same spot every potty break, he does his duty right away, I give him treats and praise, and he just doesn’t care to hold anything unless he’s crated.

    3. Having the same problem with my 5 month old boxer/lab. It is so frustrating! If he is out of my sight for 2 minutes in the house he has an accident, it is making me crazy! Doesn’t go in his pen, thankfully but it is sad he is spending so much time confined.

      1. I see I am not alone. 5 month pit/boxer. I’m losing my mind. She is my 8th dog in my life and the first that I cannot house break. Trying the bell now. She pees like every 20 minutes when awake. But she sleeps 6 to 8 hours.

          1. I have a 4 month old pit! Same problems! He pottties outside and I praise him when he does, but still potties in the house. And he seems to know it’s wrong because he gives me a sad look when I notice, but I don’t know how to get him to stop going in the house. I’ve tried everything!!

        1. Just a question but do you have free access to a water bowl for your dog? I learned early on I absolutely cannot allow a water bowl for my young pup. He over drinks and then pees every 5 minutes. Now I just give him water at meal times. 1/4 cup of water per lb (how much he weighs) divided into 3 meals for the day. It has really helped with the potty training! I also use the potty bell and he has been using it for a week reliably. However he softly rings it so I always gotta keep an ear out and my eyes on him as much as possible.

          1. Most people do allow free access. If he is over drinking you need to have him checked out by a vet as it’s potential sign of other issues.

            1. No she is correct. Watching the water helps. Some pups will definitely overdrink. If you monitor or that will make yearning easier. That is if you don’t want thought pup going every fiber minutes

      2. My 5 month old dachshund/terrier is also driving me crazy! I consistently take him out but he always goes inside when he’s already gone outside. I’m not sure what to do. I hope I don’t have a dog that is always doing this!,,,

  5. My dog pees as soon as he steps out of the crate, in my floor. I took him for about a 45 minute walk last night, he pottied a few times. As soon as we walked inside the house he started peeing. I don’t know what to do . =/

    1. Take the crate outside, that is what we did, eventually she got that she should not be peeing in the house (she was just too excited to see us). You need to make sure that on walks you are praising them for peeing outside, offer their favourite treats (with us it was turkey sandwich meat) and make sure that peeing outside is pleasant and peeing inside is not.

  6. Small dogs are harder to train, and I don’t think they always communicate as effectively – or their bladders are really small, so they just can’t wait sometimes.

    I find that scent is important – you need to use an enzyme cleaner to get rid of every trace, or they’ll keep using the same spot. Soaking up the spot with a puppy pad to attract her to the correct spot has always worked for me.

  7. unfortunately I got my precious puppy at 5 months old and they never took her outside to go to the bathroom so she pees and poops in the house she won’t go to the bathroom outside she never has since I have gotten her I don’t know what to do I have potty pads she doesn’t go on the potty pad she goes everywhere else helpshe sleeps in her crate maybe I should put the potty pads in her crate and every time she goes to put her in the crate she sleep in the crate so I might have to get her a separate crate for the potty pads

    1. I’ve had success with picking up their pop and placing it in the pads. Same with the pee, I flip the pad upside down over the pee to absorb it, then flip it the right way with the pee still on it. Clean any and all spots she/he has gone so there is no scent. When you place them on the pad communicate your happiness. “This is where you potty, good girl” when she pees or poos in the floor other than the pad, pick them up in mid flow and place them on the pad.

      Now if I could get my pitbull pup to stop peeing every 6 minutes I would be set. I came here for tips on puppies that just don’t seem to get it. Time for me to break down and buy a crate.

  8. Part of this is exactly on point–I think with my four months old puppy I’m at the stage where she needs to learn that she can hold her need to pee longer than she does, which I know since she can go an entire night without having an accident of any type.

    Good recommendations, I will work on these and let you know how it goes.

    1. That’s how I feel too. My 11 week old Pitbull puppy holds it all night while sleeping in my bed. However; when she’s awake. She pees every 8 minutes. It’s very frustrating. I refuse to have a (eventually) 60lb pitbull going on potty pads.

      1. Mine was holding it at night until she learned how to jump out of the bed. This morning I woke up to a smelly nasty mess.

        1. I thought my Yorkie mix was starting to get it but I guess I was wrong. She is 6 months old and we taught her to ring a bell when she wants out that went well she learned that in about a week. But she continues to have a lot of accidents. I’m getting very frustrated.

          1. I have a shorki e. She. Is 8/9 months old. We have tried every single thing in this list. Absolutely nothing works. I am ready to scream. She literally pees the house full. I cleaned up 6 spots this morning alone. We rent. So I am out of options.

  9. Initially, my lab puppy would always run to her “place.” She even would sit in front of me instead of playing, and even went to the door a couple of times. Sure they’re were accidents in the house, but I attribute that to my inattention, brief that it was. Now, she refuses to poop in the “place”, (she’s now 11 weeks and has never pooped in the house, nor messed in her kennel), and when I try to walk her to another place, she starts squatting on the street, and I pick her up and carry her to the grass, but no dice. I crate her and wait for a while, then repeat, but she does the same thing.

  10. 14 month male shih tzu. Has older make shih tzu brother ( 3 years )
    House training failure
    Used crate. No poop in crate. Now in pen no poop in pen
    Sleeps through night on bed
    Take. Out and will not poop
    Comes right in and poops
    Should we backward and start all
    Over with crate and do better job of getting him out the 6 times a day( where we may have failed)

    1. Once you have ruled out any medical issues with your vet, you should find either a behaviorist or a trainer to review how you’re doing your crate training or see if there behavior issues. Hope that helps.

    2. I also have a shih tzu puppy he is 15 weeks and.does the same.thing. I take.him out no poo bring him in and poop uggg I praised him when he goes on the pad and outside. Sometimes he’ll go outside but then come in and.go.more. I too know he can hold it, cause he sleeps in his crate and he does not potty in there. I am going to try harder stay more consistent and wait every.time he goes outside for a complete potty time. Very heloful.posts from all. Thank you

      1. How are you getting on? My 12 week old shih tzu pee’s outside then comes in and 2 mins later pee’s again! We praise her well when she goes outside etc but this indoor business is frustrating

    3. My pup has the same problem. It’s been especially bad lately as it been raining, which she is very unwilling to go out in. We have found being the most patient is the.only option. If she has just woken up, eaten, had a play or if we have just gotten home we take her to the areas we want her to go and wait her out. She cries to come back inside but eventually caves. It can take awhile for it to happen but once she does we congratulate her and let her straight back in. At the very least this is teaching her to go when we want her too so that she is mostly empty when we bring her back inside.

    1. We can recommend purchasing Perfect Puppy in 7 Days and Creating the Perfect Puppy for more resources in training your puppy. You may want to also check with Karen Price certified trainers https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/find-a-trainer?source=kpctnavbar as well as Victoria Stilwell Positively certified trainers https://positively.com/dog-training/find-a-trainer/find-a-vspdt-trainer/

  11. Help…my 14 old German Shepard puppy is not getting potty training at all. We started training him to go on puppy pads and ghat worked but going outside was not happening. Could be out with him for half an hour and nothing but as soon as he came in he would go. Had a small break through and he was peeing outside about 30% of time but no poop. Yesterday though I thought we cracked it. Other than one small pee all business done outside but today he is worse than Evey and not even using puppy pads but length of kitchen floor. We have an other dog but he doesn’t even copy him when out.

    1. This sounds like what we are dealing with and we have a 13 month old Havanese. We thought he was trained to go in a certain spot outside and he will go a week or more without any indoor “accidents”… But, then we find surprises. They can be nearly anywhere in the house. We have tried sitting on the floor in the spots where he has peed or pooped. We have tried walking him nearly every 2 hours. We went through a rigid crate training program for 3 weeks and then gradually eased up… Now he is back to occasional mistakes. I am about ready to give up. But, he is such a cute little guy and we have become so attached, I hate to do that!

      1. Sounds like my 13 month Havenese. He will go all night without any accidents, and sometimes weeks go by without a surprise poop. Then I will find a poop somewhere in the house.
        I am frustrated too. We have done dog training,, crate training, tethering him, etc. but he still leaves little surprises which I clean up immediately with the special dog spray from Petco. I am so hoping he will grow out of this.

  12. Help…my 14 old German Shepard puppy is not getting potty training at all. We started training him to go on puppy pads and that worked but going outside was not happening. Could be out with him for half an hour and nothing but as soon as he came in he would go. Had a small break through and he was peeing outside about 30% of time but no poop. Yesterday though I thought we cracked it. Other than one small pee all business done outside but today he is worse than ever and not even using puppy pads but length of kitchen floor. We have an other dog but he doesn’t even copy him when out.

  13. We have a 6 month Shih tzu and having a hard time getting her to go outside ….she holds it and comes in the house and runs to the wee wee pad and goes…..how do we transfer her from going on the wee wee pad to going outside when she gets walked…..pls help cause I’m pulling my hair out!!! Lol!!

    1. We can recommend purchasing Perfect Puppy in 7 Days and Creating the Perfect Puppy for more resources in training your puppy. You may want to also check with Karen Price certified trainers https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/find-a-trainer?source=kpctnavbar as well as Victoria Stilwell Positively certified trainers https://positively.com/dog-training/find-a-trainer/find-a-vspdt-trainer/

    2. Place the used pad where you want him to go (outside) and a clean one inside. Repeat taking him to the used pad outside. It worked well more my mother’s dog.

  14. I have a 3 month old female dachshund who will not potty train. She stays in her crate all night with no accidents but throughout the day she uses the house as her toilet. I take her outside frequently but she will not go. As soon as I take her in, she goes to the bathroom! Part of the problem I’m sure is that I got her from an elderly lady who could not manage her so the dachshund did as she pleased. Any advice? I am at my wits end!

  15. Help! My 4 month old pitbull puppy is not getting the idea of potty training. We take her outside and she will pee and poop but she will come inside and pee whenever. She doesn’t give a sign she just pees. We have a small kennel for her but she pees in it and then lays in it. It won’t even be an hour before she pees in the house after taking her on a long walk. We don’t understand. We have had 6 dogs before and none of them have been so hard to potty train.

    1. We have this same problem with our 4 month old Boston Terrier. Goes pee in the house whenever and wherever. She will go outside and pee but still will pee wherever with no signs at all.

      We tried making her crate small and her crate big, she still goes on anything. Doesnt care if shes laying in her pee or not.

      1. 10 months and reading this as I’m having issues training my Boston Terrier. He is blocked in the kitchen with a crate. He will go all day and not potty….sometimes, then when i”m home and can take him out (does fairly well with the bells on the door) he’ll sneak and pee on the kitchen floor. Today he had a long walk, I left late and was only gone 4 hours, peed on the floor twice. Wouldn’t go outside.

      2. I trained my first dog. By
        Watching him like a hawk and the second he started to go I would pick him up mid stream or poop and run him outside this worked well he was trained in less than a week

        1. This seems to be the key to certain dogs who just don’t understand what they are doing wrong. You have to catch them in the act and immediately pick them up and take them outside to finish peeing. Then they seem to finally understand what we want them to do. For some of these dogs, nothing else works. This is how we got our jack russell terrier to finally figure it out and she is a very smart dog in all other respects, but she just could not figure that part out without this method.

    2. Omg…this is the Only dog I can’t train!
      He sleeps in crate at night. No problem. Take him out 1st thing am..pees n poops…about 1.5- 2hrs later..poops inside and small pee.
      He’s big, 82lbs..1 yr old rehomed 7 months ago. His owner said he was trained..ha!
      I think they let him out all day long. I started every 2 hrs..ok. Now at 12mon he shouldn’t need to go out every 2 hrs..but it’s happening.
      I take him out after eating..he pees..then poops inside less than 2 hrs. He should take 6 hrs to digest so why is he pooping?

      My cousin said he isn’t Fully pooping outside…so he finishes inside..he has low attention span and watches leaves,every sound, butterflies, and is addicted to smelling the ground for every bug. Totally ADD.
      I can’t walk him for too long as I’m disabled but every dog I had learned outside is bathroom time .2x a day by his age.
      I hate him crated, but it’s the only time he isn’t pooping n peeing. When he’s alone in my kitchen( gated) he poops n pees. When I’m in there cooking or just sitting by table…no accidents. What the hell? He’s smart..learns quickly, comes when called, sits, down position but this is 2-3 accidents even with pads on kitchen floor.
      I’m afraid he’s ruining the tiled floor and I rent so not good
      Is it he hates to be alone? Is he bored so he does this. Does he forget when alone??
      I seriously give up. I’m gonna try him out every 2 hrs again and see if we can go there but at 12 months. …this is absurd.
      Why doesn’t he empty his bowels completely outside??

      Sorry that the owner of this site died but thanks to y’all who keep this site going . It’s 2021 now and pandemic crazy in April.

  16. Please someone help, I’ve been reading all the comments here and following all the advice. We have a small chihuahu/Doberman mix puppy. We adopted her at 10 weeks. She just won’t grasp the concept of potty training. We first kept her in an open crate inside a closed off pen so she can come in and out of her crate but still in closed corners. We realized that didn’t work as she would just pee in that small space outside of her crate. We would interrupt her when she’s about to and rush her outside and she will pee but not poop. We still praise her but as soon as she’s back in her corner she will just pee right away. She will not stop whining non stop and at first we thought she needs to go outside but it’s only sometimes she’s whining to go pee but sometimes she will just do it no signs at all. We decided to just take the play pen out all together and just keep her in her crate. We kept a pad in there but she just peed on it so we took the pad off but she does it anyways still. So we made the crate smaller but she just peed and laid down anyways. We told her she can’t do that and take her out. We tried not letting her out of the crate. We would carry the crate outside then let her out to pee only to find she already peed again in the crate. Pooping is out of the question because she will not poo at all unless inside the house. It’s been a very crazy 2 weeks going on 3 weeks now and we don’t know. There’s no progress. The vet said she’s a very healthy puppy.

    1. Unfortunately, we cannot provide behavior consultations over the internet. We do recommend you look for a Certified Animal Behaviorist in your area who can help. Please try the AVSAB consultant search http://avsabonline.org/resources/find-consult

      1. What if u don’t have a cage. Shotzie goes,potty.most at night.peepee in the day she sleeps with me but uses front room as a bathroom.HELP. Martha

    1. We have a 2 year Doxie he will go out and use the potty but later on he will potty in the house it has drove me crazy we have a doggie door and he goes out but later he potties in the house what can we do. He is not fixed would that help him. We also have a Pom which goes out and never in the house if a Strom comes up we put a pad down and he will use that but the Doxie will not help if you can

  17. Help! I have a 5 month old golden doddle that I got from a breeder at 3 months. The breeder kept him in a pin with others and they did all their business in one spot (eat, drink, play, pee/poop). We have been crate training and he doesn’t go in his crate but will pee when out of crate roaming in house. I’ll take him out to potty and bring him in and not 30min or an hour goes by where he doesn’t just pee on the floor without any sign to take him out. He just isn’t getting it!! I feel bad because he is in his crate all the time and get the feeling that I cannot leave him out for any extended amount of time in fear that he will have an accident. Any recommendations on what to do so he gets the idea that indoors is no place to potty? So frustrated and at my wits end.

    1. Keeping them confined will not help at all. I have a 5 month old husky and man it has not been easy training her we do not keep her in a crate as we do not believe in that. but all dogs will have accidents it is very hard in the beginning. you as the owner have to be very Patient and consistent. It may take up to 6 months to a year training your dog or less. All depends on you. Try taking your doodle out everyday as soon as you wake up for 30 mins or until she pottys if she does not it is fine you keep doing it everyday when you wake up this is repetitive and your doodle will eventually understand. Once you do that take her back inside let her eat and drink water. If you do not want her to potty in the house use lemon freshly squeezed and water and spray all over the floor or the areas you do not want her to go. DOGS hate citrus smells, vinegar etc, robbing alcohol which helps to all floors. This will help you a lot. After you feed her take her out again or before you leave to work. Even if she does not potty keep doing it every day. Then leave her in her crate she may have accidents in there but its going to happen. Just be very patient. And once you get home feed your doodle the latest 5pm. So that way they are a time schedule to eat and pee. Most definitely try the sprays it works perfect!!! Good luck.

  18. Do you recommend a grain free dog food? My 12 week old Shih Tzu is Chocolate and white and it was recommended by a person that raises tzu’s and shows them because of his liver color.

  19. We have a 10 month old chihuahua mix who we’ve had for 5 weeks. Thought she was potty trained after a couple of weeks but then found she had been peeing on the carpet and we didn’t realize it. So we started to re-crate and take her out every hour. She always goes pee and poop outside and gets very excited when we ask if she needs to go outside. We rolled up the carpet and have concrete floors. She won’t go on the floor but if there is anything left on the floor, a sock, a kitchen towel, etc. she will pee on it. She marks outside. Is that what she’s doing inside and how do we break that habit? Thanks!

  20. I have a 5mo Golden who WILL NOT, CAN NOTor doesn’t get it. Shouldn’t she TELL ME WHEN she needs to go by now. If she is outside fine , usually but inside she doesn’t get it. If the outside back door isn’t open she goes In front of the door. I am afraid to take her with me now. Does any one have an answer?

  21. She goes out every 20 mins or so, she doesnt poo in the house or the crate, can count poo accidents on one hand. I’ve narrowed the crate she has enough room to stand and lay down and even that’s getting a push because she’s growing however she is still peeing in the crate where she sleeps in the night or if we need to nip out, bed at 2 am up at 7am or just left for around an hour it doesn’t matter it’s never dry. When the house is awake she will go outside where she has praise and a treat, she then comes inside and will pee right in front of your eyes. My house stink’s, my carpets stink it’s disgusting so any tips on removing urine smell from them is appreciated too.

  22. Hello! My 7 month old lab ratty mix never potties in her kennel. When we are awake she does not potty in the house. At night when we leave her out of the kennel to sleep on her bed she poops on the carpet. We are very very frustrated. We do not want to always have her locked up all night. Please send suggestions.

    1. We kept our poodle sleeping in a kennel at night in our bedroom until he was absolutely trained and finding it restrictive.

      I have always had an easy time training pups before crates were introduced, and the poodle learned in a week. Currently we have a small labradoodle who goes outside but also pees indoors and sometimes poops. We cannot get him to signal consistently, and he is 5 months old! Was doing well until we had to kennel them for a week, now back to going indoors. Luckily, never on expensive rugs, just wood floors! Pees & poops often, sometimes wakes us at night to go out! Our poodle can wait until after breakfast…

  23. Hi, I have a 4 month old patterjack. He poo’s outside fine and will pee outside about 30% of the time. I crate train him and takin outside everyhour to pee, but he will then pee in the kitchen on the way in. It feels like one day I’ve cracked house training and the next day I’m 3 steps behind again. I have a toddler so house accidents are a no go. I’m getting to the point I feel I’ve failed and have to pass him on to someone else. Help

  24. I have tried every single trick and instruction, we have had our Husky since she was 14 weeks old, she is now 8 months old and pees and poops 3 or 4 times a day in her crate, and sometimes on the tile in our house. She will not learn. I have tried treats/positive reinforcement, and I have tried punishing. I was taking her out every 2-3 hours even at night and that still doesn’t work. I am at my wits end, tired of my house smelling like urine and feces. I need serious professional help!

  25. I have a HUGE problem that I have no idea on what to do. I have a 10 month old Japanese Chin named Gizmo. I have been trying to potty train him for months and no success. He has a weird schedule of going potty (early morning and while I am in bed) and only in the kennel. I am wondering if its because I had him neutered too early or something else. Please help!

  26. I NEED HELP! I got a puppy 3 months ago. She “learned” to go out side very well! After the first week she was pretty much trained. It was ALL good for the next 2 months…. two weeks ago she started having “accidents” inside the house! WHY? I went back to the initial routine of going out side with her and rewarding her, but she is still doing her business inside the house! Why did she fall back if she had pretty much gotten it down.?! Please help

    1. I am having the same issue! I adopted my puppy at about 5 months old, and she’s 11 months now randomly having accidents… She has never had an accident in her crate, and can hold it over seven hours no problem. Sometimes whens he’s out of her crate though, she will just GO out of nowhere, even though she was taken out maybe 30 minutes before, and doesn’t even ask to go out, but majority of the time she asks to go outside and all is good… I’m very confused and it seems inconsistent to me. I’m very unsure what she learned before. Taking her anywhere new, she almost also pees in the house/car/wherever. Doesn’t ask to go outside at all, but at home she’s nearly always good. =/

  27. I have a 13 week old pup ive tryed old school training as my last result after I have tried 7 articles of different ways of training my problem is is my puppy will come outside lay down play do everything he can to avoid using the bathroom I can set out for 2-3 hours maybe longer and I still want to use the bathroom as soon as he steps into the house he spending trying to find a place to pee or poop I have no clue what to do he is very smart and every other aspect please help anyone my email address abfuller2721@gmail.com

  28. I have a 5 months old Jack Russell terrier. When he was 3 months old and going outside to potty train he was attacked by a neighbours dog that wasn’t on a leash. His leg and foot were injured and because he needed to wear a leg bandage and cone for six weeks, he wasn’t able to go out (and was too scared anyway) so we had to postpone the outside training and use puppy pads indoors instead. Now that he’s well, we take him on loads of walks but it’s usually down to luck if he potties. He normally holds it in until were back home and then potties in his crate, on the floor, on the couch, cushions or any old where. He always poops outside but just doesn’t get that he’s supposed to pee outdoors too. He barks outside when there’s no one there although he’s friendly with anyone that approaches him. I currenly have him tethered to me in the house but he normally finds a way to pee on the floor.

  29. We have an 18 month old Havanese that we bought when he was 9 months old. He was not house broken at the time. I think he spent a lot of time outdoors and with many other dogs. He probably was the runt of the litter…still only weighs 9 lbs, (We got him for company for our 7 year old Havanese).
    We have done the crate training routine. We used the tethering process. We took him to 2 Puppy Obedience classes. We paid $900 for a consultant who calls himself a Dog Whisperer. I have read and tried many things. Originally he was submissive peeing and that has decreased a great deal. But, though many other gains are being made, after maybe a week or 2 of potty only outdoors, he will poop in the house and play with the poop if we don’t find it right away. Also, her rarely pees in the house, but, does once in a month or so!
    I have considered turf pad, tranquilizer (he is a pretty anxious little guy). Any thoughts or suggestions?

  30. Hi Everybody,
    Seems like we are all struggling with the whole potty training thing.

    My 3 month old Wheaten Terrier Bailey has gone pee on her potty pads 90% of the time and poos in the general area but usually misses the potty pad. This I think I can fix and deal with but when she gets out of her exercise pen, she will pee in other spots if she needs to. However, she has been pretty good in her crate, except for today which is why I bring this up.

    I usually spend a solid 3 hours outdoors with my puppy at different times on different days. To maximize the chances of her going potty outdoors, I tried to take her out in the morning when she usually poos on her pad indoors and remained in a low distraction zone for 3 hours. I come back in and as soon as she is in her exercise pen she goes pee and poo. Even when watching her like a hawk, it is difficult to pick her up and then take her outside cause she goes about her business so quickly and there’s already waste coming out of her.

    So today after feeding her, I took her outside again for another 3 hours and she just wouldn’t go. So we come back in and she goes into her exercise pen and then into her crate and pees on her pillow. Obviously, I pick her up in a hurry and relocate her to her potty pad, but damage already done. She has never done that before as she knows it’s her sleeping area. Could you conjecture as to why this happened and also HOW can I get her to poo and pee outside without having to spend 3 hours in the cold?

    Thank you in advance!

  31. I have been trying for to train my 8 months old puppies. They just don’t want to get trained. They are the sweetest little things, but just don’t get it. They don’t go in their kennel but don’t see that they are doing wrong by going poop and pee inside the house. This is a struggle everyday. I love them so much.


    1. Hi! I am having the same problem. I got my puppy, a Frenchie, when she was 5 months old. It’s been 2 months, and despite puppy obedience training with a clicker and treats, she still pees and poops in the house – and usually right after I’ve taken her outside. She won’t soil her crate, but the rest of the house seems like fair game. I clean up with an enzyme cleaner right away. Right now she’s tethered to me. Did you find a solution? We were planning on getting new carpet for our home as we’d like to put it on the market to sell, but we can’t until she’s potty trained. Did you have any success?

  32. I have a 4 month old french bulldog who we have had since 8 weeks. He knows to pee and poo outside when we take him and is having a lot less accidents inside – he can hold it a lot longer now and mostly we have blamed ourselves for his recent accidents as we haven’t been paying enough attention e.g. he’s played for 15 minutes out of his pen and we haven’t taken him outside but are aware he is likely to need to pee after playing.
    So our issue is how do we get him to tell us that he needs to go out? When he is in his pen and he wines we take him out straight away to try and encourage him to tell us that he needs to go but when he is out of his pen just with us in the kitchen-diner he doesn’t let us know he needs to go.

    1. I have a 7 month-old female Frenchie that we got 2 months ago and are having the same issue. We never had this issue with our last frenchie who we got when she was 14 months. Did your puppy ever get the hang of it? I need hope, as I am exhausted. Between my husband and myself, we spend 24 hours a day with her and she is such a dear and very smart. She is also crate trained, but she has free run of the kitchen and most of the house. I tried the ringing the bells thing, but she’s ring them only to lick the peanut butter off the bells.

  33. My boyfriend and I have a 3 month old dachshund mix. She doesn’t go to the bathroom in her crate at all so that isn’t our issue. We had it to the point where we could leave her out and not have to watch her and she would go right to the potty pads and use them when she had to. She was accident free for two or three weeks and now all the sudden she’s started having them again. And I really wouldn’t call it accidents. She knows when she’s done it that she’s done something wrong, just like she knows when she goes on the pads that she will get praise and love. I tried changing the pads more frequently then I usually would to see if it was because they were dirty but that didn’t change anything. She doesn’t go in just one spot in our apartment either. She goes in the bedroom and living room mostly. She even peed on our bed today. I’m not sure what happened or why there’s the sudden regression as we haven’t had any home changes.
    Anyone have any advice??

  34. I have had many dogs over the years, I have a 3mo. old puppy and she will poop in the right place but refuses to pee in the right place. she starts to “go” so I rush she out she then holds it when we finally come back in she pees 🙁

  35. We’re at our wits end with our puppy…

    Short version is she’s 5 months old and instead of getting better in regards to potty training, she’s getting worse. She’s now peeing AND pooping in her crate 3-4 times a day (once during the day and more than once at night) regardless of how many times we take her out and she goes to the bathroom outside. We have always made sure to keep a consistent schedule with her even if that means running home to let her out before going somewhere else. We go to bed at the same time 7 days a week and one of us is up at the same time every morning. So it’s not like we’ve messed with her inner clock by always switching things up.

    The whole crate training logic of they will learn to hold it because they don’t want to go to the bathroom where they sleep is lost on her.

    But we can’t keep getting up 3 times throughout the night to get her outside especially since when we were doing that, we were still finding that she peed in her crate between taking her out. We’re picking up pee and poop in her crate multiple times a day.

    Sure she’s a baby, accidents will happen… we totally get that but this is legit every day. And at least 3 times a day… lunch time and then twice during the night. Vet says she’s completely healthy and there are no issues.

  36. Can anyone help me out here please…. I have a 4 month old Australian Shepherd. He took to crate training really good since he was little. I keep him in his kennel and take him out to my balcony to potty we have those potty trais for him anyways he does his thing there every time. I was giving him more freedome around the house and he was doing really good usually going near the balcony door to be let out to potty but for some reason everything is going down the drain!!!!!!!!!!! He pooped and peed in ny daughter’s room the other day and then just last night he peed in the living room!!!! Please help!!!! I really need a solution to this

  37. My 9 month old Shih Tzu is smaller then average for a shih tzu and is seemingly impossible to potty train. Luna needs constant supervision or she will sneak into the bathtub, or the waterbowl in search of liquid. She will drink mud puttles anything for her water obsession. We take her out every 15-20 min and crate her when we leave. Our other puppy bear got potty training down in three months. She has been in a diaper even as she started her first heat and used the diaper to relieve herself in. She hates the grass and associated it with carpet. I don’t know what do, she either gets the training or she’s stuck in a crate like our vet recommends. I feel horrible for her and I’m tired of her being so depressed please help!

  38. Sigh, My German Shepherd Shadow seems to know where his potty place is but the problem is, sometimes he can’t control his bladder and would accidentally eliminate in the house (which I can understand, being a little puppy). However, sometimes when he is playing in the backyard, he would just eliminate at a random tree which really annoys me. He’s only two and a half months old and I definitely can’t trust him to not eliminate everywhere yet.

  39. I have three dogs. I have a one and a half year old, and two 6 months old. I have tried everything!!! Crates, leash, confined space, puppy pads. I take them out and they do their thing but when I bring them inside they start doing it inside as well! It drives me nuts. I’ve tried crating them right after they go out and take them out again in a few minutes but same thing, as soon as they come inside they will start going again. I wait till they go poop an pee before they are allowed back inside. They get fed in the morning and at night. Taken to potty before and after meals. I don’t know what to do.

  40. I have a 3 month mixed Siberian Husky and Miniature Pitt Bull puppy and I CANNOT get her to poop nor pee on a pad. I’ve been trying for almost 4 weeks to train her but to no avail.. She knows when I catch her “Doing her business” on my carpeted floors and I’ve been told to use a newspaper and smack the newspaper with my hand when I catch her “doing it” but it has not worked, I have cleaned up her pee with a clean potty pad and put her on it but that doesn’t work and I am spending my entire day cleaning up her pee and poop.. PLEASE Help, I am at my wits end as far as what to do

  41. Help! I’ve had my puppy for 6 months now and he’s 8 months old. Ever since we’ve got him we’ve been working on potty training and it just is not working. He goes outside everything we take him out but every time he comes in he poops or pees in the house. We’ve tried everything! We’ve tried crate training, bells, taking him out every hour, etc.. I need serious help cause we’re to the point we might have to get rid of him because he’s also eating everything even though he has 30+ toys

  42. In desperate need of some help/advice! My parents got me a chocolate lab puppy for Christmas and we started doing the crate training, it worked for a while but he quickly grew out of it and so we were doing house breaking. Just s few weeks ago he made an accident on the floor and now it’s becoming more frequent. I have no clue what to do and my parents are at the edge with him, they are wanting a new family for him! I love my dog to death and I really need help or advice on how to get him to go outside. He is now 5 months old and I’m not sure what else I can do! Please help, thank you!

  43. I have a 9 month pit who is a mess. He goes potty outside no problem. But almost every day he poops in his kennel whether we take him outside consistently or not. He doesn’t poop in the house but he tickles all the time almost constantly. It’s gotten bad to where I’ve considered getting rid of him..

  44. I have a 5 month old Yorkie. I have a doggie doorthat goes out into a kennel for him to use, and he uses it sometimes-but most of the time he pees and poops in the bathroom. I started training him on puppy pads in the bathroom because it was cold outside when I got him. He goes out the doggie door when he wakes up and goes pee. Then he eats a little and he Plays a little and then I take him outside to play for about an hour and a half each day. Then back in the house and I remind him every couple hours to go potty in the kennel- When he does go potty in the kennel I give him a treat. Now he is just potting in the house.

  45. Thanks so much for publishing this. We have a 5 1/2 month old cavachon we have these problems with.

    We have had him since he was 3 months old and he never messes up in his kennel at night but pees in the house when not in the kennel.

    Is tethering preferable to putting in the kennel during the day or are they about the same?

    He’s very sweet and very smart but makes frequent peeing mistakes, as you said, even after he has peed outside.

    Should we take him the same place to pee outside or is taking him on a walk ok?

    He has been checked for UTI and is fine.

    Thanks so much for your help!

  46. my puppy is 8 months old and can hold her pee and poop in a crate for hours but when she is awake she pees all the time. we can take her out and she goes but then pees or poops within 30 minutes. she holds it all night in bed but when awake needs to go all the time. we are sure how to train her. we look for clues to tell when she needs to go but she really doesn’t give us any clues

    1. My 12 week old Saluki is just not getting it. Constantly pooping and peeing in the house. Have done everything recommended. She can hold it for 9 hours in the crate, over night so her bladder is fine and she is capable of holding it. Getting very frustrated. Do they get better as they get older? They must? She is so smart so not sure what is going on. It also frustrates me when I hear someone with an 8 week old puppy say,”Yes, she is fully house trained. It only took 2 days!” Ahhhhh!!!

  47. I got my puppy 2 weeks ago. She started off doing pretty good with potty training. We were taking her out every hour and a half to two hours and she only made a couple messes. We haven’t changed that routine – but today she has had several accidents inside and tonight she pooped inside, for the first time! I don’t know what to do. I took her out about 15 minutes before she pooped in the house. She went #1 outside. We went on a short walk and I stood around and waited, because she usually poops around this time. But she wouldn’t do it. Help!

  48. We’ve been having issues with our 7+ month old maltipoo. What has helped is putting a wire pen out on the astroturf for she gets so distracted that she forgets to go potty and is everywhere but where she is supposed to be. Also at night, we’ve starting putting her in a small crate vs. an indoor pen and there has been no accident (only 2 nights now). If left in the indoor pen overnight and she fails to go outside and poo at 9 pm, likely there will be a mistake in the pen by am. Same with mornings, if she does not go poo later there will be a poo in the pen. She has learned not to go in the home for we mostly have hardwood and a few area rugs. She made only a few mistakes on the area rugs mistaking them for astroturf or grass. We had the rugs all professionally cleaned and she has not made any mistake with pee. We’ve been at this training now for 3 months and it is extremely frustrating. I can see how many may give up. We are lucky that we are semi-retired and have the time to work with her and let her out multiple times during the day. We cannot let her out the dog door for she is only 12 lbs and there are coyotes in our beachside community. Also, the cat is smarter than the dog and will go out immediately through the dog door (he too is not allowed out because of coyotes).

  49. I got a shih tzu puppy 2 months old. I trained her for 5 days of housebreaking then she can potty all by herself without supervision only for three days. So now, she pees and poops around our living room.. She is not giving anymore signs of peeing and pooping. What should I do?
    As of now, she is 2 months and two weeks old

    1. She is still very young. Have patience. Easy for me to say but I was just there with the frustration. It gets better as they get older. My pup is just over 5 months and I would say 90% house trained. Still a few accidents but much easier to deal with than accidents every 1/2 hour.

  50. I have a 5 month old dalmatian puppy who up until recently was able to hold his pee all night. The last week or so hes been peeing in his crate, a lot! We made his crate smaller but that doesn’t help, he’ll just sleep in it. We took out the towels and blankets, still pee. I’m at a loss! Do I start start taking him out in the night again? Is this just a part of puppy adolescents? Help!

  51. My dog is now 8 months and she hasn’t gone to the bathroom outside not even once I will have her outside for an hour staying in one spot and nothing right when I take her back in she pees I have tried so many sprays and tactics even ecollars nothing works she doesn’t even respond to the highest level on the e collar

  52. 5 1/2 month old Saluki now peeing in the house at night. She is not crate trained. At 9 weeks old she could and would hold her pee for 8 hours at night. Now she doesn’t. I think she is just lazy. I am wondering if she will ever be house trained. Almost completely house trained during the day. She knows she is doing the wrong thing as she looks guilty when we point out her accident. Our last dog peed in the house once and was trained. Luckily we have a mini carpet cleaner. So sick of it but she is a love bug.

  53. Hi. I have a mix puppy, 11 weeks old. We go out a lot(or so I think). She is great in the night..I wake up to go with her 1-2times depending what time we go sleep and she holds it. But during the day she goes outside, inside, wherever and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Little bit of advice would be really amazing as this is my first puppy and I clearly have no idea what to do 🙂 thank you very much!

  54. Rescued a dog from a hoarder home through a rescue shelter. The dog is over a year old and never potty trained. I take him out to potty, he goes right away, come back in the house and he pees on the carpet close to the training pads. He completely freaks in the kennel. I put him in there to go to church. I was gone less than an hour and a half. He pooped all over the kennel and himself. He didn’t care. When he was rescued he was infested with fleas and had dried feces all over him.some had to be cut off. If I can’t get this figured out I may have to take him back. I just don’t know what else to try. Please help.

  55. I am going crazy. I have a 6mo old shepherd who is really sweet, but we cannot pick up on the potty training. She goes outside and has since I’ve gotten her pretty much. She knows to go out there. It’s just peeing and sometimes pooping in the crate. She won’t normally do it when I’m home, but as soon as I leave, all bets are off. Her crate gives her just enough room to turn around and lay down. I always feel like it’s almost too small, but it has reduced the number of accidents. We have gone to the vet to rule out medical issues. She just pees and poops and then gets it all over her, like she doesn’t care. We can go outside and she will go to the bathroom, come inside to the crate and I will leave for 30 minutes and she will pee again. I’m tired of giving her so many baths and I’m truly avoiding setting up any pee pads or anything that allows her to go in the house. She gets fed in her crate, I’ve tried beds and no beds, I’ve tried giving her toys or no toys. She just isn’t picking up on the fact that going in her crate isn’t what she is supposed to do.

    1. My adult daughter got a German Shepherd puppy, and he was a NIGHTMARE. He obviously came from horrid conditions. He would pee and poop in the crate, no matter how many times we took him outside…even if we took him out every 30 minutes around the clock!! He would go outside and pee and then back in the crate and pee again. He would lay in it, he simply did not care. Even worse he HATED being crated, he would step in the pee and poo and then claw at the bars getting his waste all over the bars, and the surrounding floor and us as we scrambled to get him out and bathe him. He would also deliberately hold his pee and poop in so that he could do his business in our home. It was insane.

      We eventually switched to taking him to a small gated area with a pee pad(indoors), as taking him outside that often, took a toll on everyone. I kid you not when I tell you that we took him out and he peed on the pee pad and surrounding floor a total of 12 times in 15 minutes, and then when we put him back in the crate he peed some more. One time he peed, we cleaned him and the crate, he peed again, another bath and crate cleaning, and yes..a third time. He just wouldn’t stop. When he was out playing he would give ZERO clues and simply stopped whatever he was doing to pee or poo.

      I was so stressed out (we had our own puppy to train and cleanup after in addition to my daughters puppy) I lost almost 10 pounds. After almost 2 months of this nonsense I told my daughter I couldn’t do it anymore. I was spending all day cleaning up mess and bathing dogs. She put him outside, where he still is, and he has a nice dog house, and run of the huge backyard. Now he can pee and poop to his heart’s desire and I do not have to deal with it.

      I think some dogs are touched as they say, or untrainable.

      1. It’s very rare that a pup is “untrainable”. Two questions; did you consult a vet about the urination (as that is not normal)? And 2) Did you consult with a certified behaviorist?

  56. We have recently brought home a 6 month old puppy, where the previous owners idea of potty trained was leaving her outside to do her business. She seems to be having trouble holding her pee in for long periods of time, we were taking her every hour and she went every time we took her. We were able to push it up to 2 hours recently, but as soon as we try for every 3 hours, she has an accident inside the home, or inside her crate. Given that, she cannot hold her pee in over night. We have made her crate the appropriate size, but she ended up peeing inside anyways and started to cry in the middle of the night because of it.

    We also tried to stop giving her water 3h before bed time, and we walked her before crate time at approx (11 pm) but she still has accidents in her crate over night. Puppies her age should be able to hold their pee in for almost 7 hours. She also will start peeing while playing, or just squat down and start while she’s walking in the house. We tell her no as soon as we see her try to squat, but she doesn’t really give us warning or any signs that she needs to go.

    How can we train her to hold in her pee, if the crate training is not working, she just goes in the crate if needed.

  57. My dog doesn’t poop in the house when I am home of when I go on short trips. However, when I am gone all day at work she poops in the house. She is 2.5 years old how do I fix this. I hate crating her all day.

  58. Can you help us? Our cockapoo bitch had a litter of 6 pups in the winter. Since the kitchen has a tiled floor we kept the puppy run in there and, as they got more independant of mum, we allowed them free range in the kitchen. We were constantly cleaning up all the 1s and 2s but thought this would be over soon! We had planned to keep one male pup and this pup is now 14 weeks old and we adore him except that he isn’t getting the difference between outside and inside at all. Now we realise our mistake, plus he sleeps (with his mum also) on our bed and has never been crated. I hear that all the other 5 pups are toilet trained and now I feel really stupid but don’t want to upset mine by trying to push him into a crate now (this would also upset his mum). Because he stayed with mum he has constant playtime with her as well as what we do with him, but its hard to isolate him for any activity. Big ask, but do you have any ideas other than constant supervision? Many thanks

  59. I have a 16 week old puppy and the potty training seems to have hit a barrier. She seems quite nervous outside and won’t go number 2 (most of the time she will pee outside) she gets really distracted and now seems to be more comfortable peeing and pooing inside the house rather than outside. I have tried all the tricks that is out there but nothing seems to be working. When she is taken outside for potty we can be out with her for hours before she even decides to toilet which she doesnt always do. Is there anything else that we can try with her?

  60. So I have 2 puppies. 3 months and 9 weeks olds. Ive been taking them out every hour. But they still use it in the house. So watch them at all times?

  61. we have a 10 month old Havanese and no matter what we do she still poops and pees all over the house. We’ve been tethered her to our belts for 10 solid days 24 hours a day. I am so frustrated because not only does she pee into all over the house but there’s always an argument with the kids whose turn it is to other tell her to her about or take her outside or clean up not only does she pee into all over the house but there’s always an argument with the kids whose turn it is to other tell her to her about or take her outside or clean up the pill it’s not only does she pee into all over the house but there’s always an argument with the kids whose turn it is to either tether to our belt or take her outside or clean up the pill it’s really disrupting our family.

  62. I have a 6 month old tiny yorky weighing 2lbs not expecting to get any bigger ,he peers and poops everywhere ,at first he used the puppy pad and then just stopped , I have tried everything nothing working I need to know if anyone who may no what to do, I love him I don’t want to get rid of him , I’m just tired of wakeing up stepping in pee and poop that’s gets tiresome , need help please if there is any help out there at all .

  63. Well said, Victoria! I used a version of these tips to potty train my two dogs without undue stress. I tell my clients it’s a matter of watching puppies like a hawk until you learn their habits. Thanks for the great resources I share frequently with my new puppy owner clients :).

  64. I am not wanting to sound critical, but I believe most potty problems (unless the animals came from abusive situations) are due to them not understanding what the rules are. I would suggest that all hire a trainer- even if it’s just for one day. They have techniques to deal with these frustrating situations and will let you know how to get the dog to understand what you want him/her to do.
    Again, I do not mean to offend anyone. That has been my experience. And with puppies, even when potty trained, you may still have the occasional accident until they mature!

  65. can anyone tell me why my dog will pee on the ground like a hour after she had last been outside…. i know she can hold it because she is in the kennel why i am at work and doesn’t pee, i also know she knows its not okay because she will stay away from that area and wont come near me if im by it she is a year old and its really getting old at this point

  66. We have a 6 month old puppy, and we can’t to seem to get him to understand the concept of potty training at all. We can take him out a few times a day and he will go outside and go number 1, just to turn around and go inside the house. Same with number 2, and crate training isnt helping either. He wont hold it, just lets it all go inside his kennel.
    im running out of ideas what to do with him.

  67. The basics of crate training a dog will require patience, the correct size crate for your dog’s build, a few toys and a lot of praise. Crate training a dog may be done for many reasons with one being safety for the animal while it is left alone. A crate should be a secure feeling place for a dog and should never be used as a punishment.

  68. I have a pet Fox named Todd. For him, I would prefer that he be trained to use a litterbox. I’ve looked the procedure up online and tried to follow it to a tee. Today, it was like he forgot everything he ever learned about what I trained him. Is this common by chance?

  69. Hi!
    My puppy Cleo is now 15 weeks old and is still pooing and peeing inside. We have tried everything from head to toe, but she still doesn’t listen or learn!!! She is a Cavoodle, and hss traits of being cheeky and on some occasions, defiant. Advice?

  70. What if your puppy doesn’t go after many times of 15 minutes in the crate, then try to potty, else back in the crate?

    We have a very stubborn 14 week basenji. Sometimes she goes potty on command outside, others she will REFUSE to go but then all of a sudden will potty inside her pen area (never inside crate).

    For how long should we keep trying 15 mins out, then potty then out etc.

    any other ideas?

    1. 10 mins out, then back in crate for 15-20 mins and back outside. Don’t wait outside more than 10 mins, then it’s just a play/roll around in the grass/enjoy the sunshine session.

  71. I got a puppy four days ago after my childhood (lifetime, I’m 17) dog passed away on June 21st 2020. This pup is nine weeks old today. He’s the cutest thing and he’s very smart (75% miniature poodle, 25% bichon frise). He knows how to sit and to come when called. He used to holler when put in his crate but now he is okay just going to sleep. Despite all this, he has made zero progress on house training. Dozens of accidents every day. Never inside his crate, but also never in the designated gravel kennel run. He’s so small you can’t tell until he stands still for a moment and then moves. I show it to him and reprimand him, sometimes he does a little complaint whine, and then I bring him outside to the kennel run. There, he just digs holes and ignores commands. Even if he does go, and I praise him, he goes again when he comes inside. I’m thinking that by the time I bring him out to the kennel run he has forgotten what he did wrong, and he also can’t access the kennel run from inside and would be expected to signal to someone or wait at the door to go outside. Also, I usually had no treats on me when he did go in the kennel run, but I would praise him. So I’m going to try pad training. But in general this pup shows real intelligence and is eager to please and yet has made no progress on his housetraining. I’m thinking part of the reason could be that he was born as an outdoor pup?
    for the first two months of his life he was largely unsupervised. But I absolutely need him housebroken, especially if I’m going back to school in august. Help?

    1. Showing a dog their “accident” then reprimanding them does nothing. That’s been shown to be ineffective. The dog doesn’t tie the two together except that you are mad at him for some reason. If you do a search on the home page for potty training tips, there are some in the blogs. Also the Perfect Puppy series can help. You can find the book and DVD here http://Store.LowStressHandling.com

  72. I honestly don’t think anyone has real answers to these potty training issues were having with these dogs. I have a 4 month old Maltese beenHouse breaking him for almost 3 months and he still does his business in my house! I’ve done the crate thing, when he’s inside I watch him like a hawk and I have caught him in the act and I rush him outside if I can before it’s to late and when he does his business I rearward him with a treat and praise him. I have him on a strict routine same thing every day , at the same time and he still don’t get it I’m ready to give him up I’m not gonna keep allowing this behavior. And I see people say you have to watch them like a hawk well I do that! I’m tired of hearing the same old sayings because I’ve done everything to the T and he’s still not getting it. I’m tired of keeping him in his crate but I’m about ready to throw in the towel and I’ve read so many threads and I have yet to see a solution, patience patience patience is what they say but how much can one take? It shouldn’t take this long for him to get it. I think some animals are just really stupid and I hate to say that but what other reason could it be???

    1. Contact a veterinary behaviorist and see if you have some other issue going on or that you aren’t missing something. https://www.dacvb.org/search/custom.asp?id=4709
      Good luck.

  73. Hello. I am in desperate need of some real advice. We have a 9 month old Cockapoo. He is a lovely little boy but we have a potty problem. He constantly does his business inside. Specially #2. My wife being a teacher has been home all summer and takes him out hourly. Actually we never shut our back door so he has run free in our yard at anytime. We find that he will sneak inside to pee and poo. He pees outside when asked but saves the other for when we are not looking inside. We are at our wits end and have begun to grow frustrated. Any advice would be greatly welcome. Cheers and stay safe.

    1. Try a no marking spray and put in a vacuum that cleans your carpet or rug and it will spray the no marking spray all over and hopefully he won’t go there and only go outside. There are these products on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Hoover-PowerDash-Carpet-Cleaner-FH50700/dp/B078YZ586K/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?crid=3CSTD7X42QEM8&dchild=1&keywords=carpet+pet+cleaner+vacuum&qid=1612405631&sprefix=Carpet+pet+cleaner+va%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-4


  74. I have a 22 week old Frenchie who’s is fully toilet trained and crated. However every night she wakes up and wines to go to the toilet at least once or sometimes twice and goes for a wee and poo every time.

    She gets a toilet break every night just before bed 10:30/11pm and we’ve moved dinner time earlier (6pm) so she has the chance to go to the loo a few times before bed too. Her routine is always v consistent but she just can’t hold it through the night. Is there anything I can do?

    Can I ignore her wines at night? I’m afraid of making her soil in her crate.

  75. My 12 week old pup Truffle has been in potty training since day one I got her! I’ve also taken her out ten minutes after she drinks or eats. When I take her out all she wants to do is eat leafs and grass. Every time!! Then when I bring her in a second later she pees or poos on the floor.Does she have anxiety?! A disease?! What? Help!!!

    She also whines every time I put her in her kennel even for just a second! What do I do?!

  76. My puppy at 4 months will pody about every time we take him out, and keep him on a 1 hour pody schedule. And 30 minutes for 3 times after we have fed and given him water. . But he still thinks indoors is a common area for when he pees. In his pen he only pees on his pad. Any ideas?

    1. It’s been six months since you posted, did your dog ever get successfully potty trained? If so, was it just a matter of time?

  77. Hi everyone;

    Glad to see I’m not the only one with potty training issues! I’m attempting to train my third puppy and not getting anywhere and assumed I just suck at it. Current puppy is a 14 week old miniature schnauzer. I brought him home at 10 weeks, and was shocked to find he can hold it all night and has only had one accident in his crate (a poo poo) which was during afternoon nap time and he must have really had to go.

    But, the peeing in the house…sigh. He’ll pee outside, no problem, but if he’s inside and needs to pee, he just squats down and goes; there’s no warning signs at all, so it’s impossible for me to anticipate that he’s about to pee. I take him out SO MUCH too. I work from home, it’s not a problem to take him out every hour, but I can’t just stand in the yard for twenty minutes waiting for him to decide to go, so I’ll give him a few minutes, and if he doesn’t pee, I’ll get him to chase a toy which usually makes him realize he needs to potty. I do lavish him with praise and treats when he does take care of business outside so he knows it a good thing to do.

    So here’s the big question, how does the dog learn to go to the door when he needs to go out if all the advice says to keep them either tethered to you or in a crate/play pen area if they’re in the house?? Not one dog training book or website I’ve ever read has explained how one makes the transition from the puppy being on lock-down to learning to go to the door, so can someone explain to me HOW this is to be taught?

    I taught my last two dogs to ring a bell to go out, and am working on that with this guy, but for him to actually use it necessitates he be let loose in the house with access to the door which runs contrary to all the advice out there, and I don’t think he actually has enough bladder control yet to even make it to the door if he could get to it. The first dog I bell trained was already mostly house broken when I taught her, which she learned in one day. Second dog (who is only 15 months now) learned it pretty fast as well, but she was already 5 months when I got her (and not at all housebroken but was old enough to have better control at least).

    So, if anyone can explain to me how a puppy is supposed to learn to go to the door, please let me know!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.