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I have a 3 year old female Yorkie and before I got her she

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I have a 3 year old female Yorkie and before I got her she was trained to use the potty pad as a pup. for the first 2 years I had her she had no problem using the potty pop and even got excited when she pooped cause she would get a treat. about 7 months ago she started pooping on the carpet just every so often and went pee on the potty pad all the time but now its to the point were she poops and goes pee on the carpet every time. I have to enclose her now and only treat her when she uses the potty pad. I just wish she would go back to how she was the first 2 years.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 months ago.
Hi Edward,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. thank you for requesting me today.
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In order to supply you with the best information, I do need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your answer, it will likely take me about 30-45 minutes to type up your response. I hope you can be patient.
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when she eliminates off of the potty pad, what are you using to clean the area?
How are you cleaning it up?
Is she spayed?
Have you done any obedience training with her?
How large of an area is she in right now? don't include the part taken up by the pad?
Do you never take her outside to eliminate?
If you do, does she eliminate well outside?
Are her feces well formed and not loose?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.


1) I use a Bissell carpet cleaner to clean up the urine with the Bissell pet stain remover chemicals mixed with water. I just use toilet paper to pick up her poop.


 


2) Yes she is spayed


 


3) I teach her tricks with her favorite treat. I can have her sit or lay down and tell her to stay then put the treat on the floor and she wont get it until I say go.


 


4) Last week I just started keeping her in the kitchen when I am gone. Its a mid size kitchen.


 


5) She always stays inside unless I go on the back patio then she sits on my lap. She don't like being in the grass by herself and I can only think of a dozen times where she walked in the grass. She wont eliminate outside.


 


6) Yes her feces are well formed.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 months ago.
Edward,
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I'm glad you are doing some training. That is a plus. I thnk this is likely behavioral, but to be sure you would need to have your vet at a minimum run a fecal check. You can usually drop a sample off at the vet's to have that done.
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A dog with parasites or a protozoan infection might have a difficult time holding their bowels so it is best to be positive. You can read about these here:

http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/worms.html

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1622&articleid=727

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/giardia-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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In the meantime, she needs to be re trained to use the pads. It is not unsual for a dog to have a slip in house training when they become an adult if they feel they are equal to the humans. They figure they are able to eliminate where ever they want. It is their way of marking their territory. This is partly why obedience training is important as if the dog sees you as the boss, they are less likely to eliminate in YOUR territory.

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Let me give you a site that goes over how to teach your dog obedience. I know you have trained her for some commands but this will go over advanced commands as well. The following site is helpful for teaching you how to train your dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html

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Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.

http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm

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To retrain her, there are several things you can do. One would be crate training her: The following site goes over this in detail.

http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html

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You could use a containment method. You are attempting something similar. However, traditionally, you put pads everywhere in the area where you are containing her and then gradually decrease the pads until there are only a few. Of course, as you already do, reward her for eliminating on the pad. You have to see her eliminate though or it doesn't have the desired effect.

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When you are home, you can leash her to you and take her to the pad when you see her start to squat. This usually works real well and you will probalby be using a combination of the methods to get her retrained.

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I have used the cleaner that you are using and I have found it to be ineffective when used in a machine.. You can pick up fecal matter and clean the area as I'm going to explain. For urine, you need to sop up as much as you can, then you will apply the cleanser which has to be an enzymatic cleaner. The cleaner will need to soak in as long as the urine or fecal matter was there. This helps it get down into the padding. It needs to be enzymatic or it does not remove the odor . The dog will still smell where it was and eliminate there again. Once the enzymatic cleanser has had a chance to soak in well, then you can clean that up and use the cleaning machine.

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You may find that cleaning well will get rid of the problem. They do make special lights at the hardware store that will identify places where there are stains.

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I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .

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