(Follow up to previous answer)
Here is a basic plan to potty train any dog at any age.
It is kind of a general plan, but stick with me here...
1. Decide on a single schedule for feeding and walking your pet. Try 2 -3 times a day. Try to pick a time when you can always, or someone else, can always do this.
Keep the times less than 8 hours apart.
2.Control the feeding and water. Feed your pet only twice daily, after the walks. Also, be sure to feed a high quality food. Some foods have too much filler
in them and will INCREASE the ammount of poo. Pull water off the floor at 8PM. No water over night. This will help with the urination.
3. CRATE CRATE CRATE. no more doggy door! no more random outsides! Walk only at the planned times, never in between. That way your pet will start figuring out
that they need to hold it, and there are certain times which YOU will provide for the business to be taken care of. Most pets will not defecate in a crate.
They don't want to lie in it, but there are exceptions. For the first week you may have to keep your pet in the crate always when you can't be there to watch them.
4. After the first intense week of feeding walking and crating, your pet can probably be let out of the crate for about 3 hours at a time (if you're home) before
you might start considering a potty break. so for 3 hours let her out, then put her back until its time to go outside. feedings MUST stay at those times,
WALKS must stay at those times. you are getting her body in sync with YOU.
5. After about another week, your pet can be left out for longer periods, and have more time to itself without you watching.
6. Don't give too many treats, as these may cause excess calories resulting in pooping.
7. Reward your pet when it goes to the bathroom outside.
8. Do not yell for accidents in the house. if you catch her in the act, quicky clap your hands to distract her so she stops, and immediatly take her outside.
if you did not catch her do it, dont yell at her, you lost the oppurtinity for her to learn anything. just remove her from the area, crate if you want, and
clean it up so that she cant see you. make sure to use professional carpet cleaner for dogs to remove the smell.
slowly but surely you can leave her out of the crate more and she will not even have to go until her times. soon, even if you are a little late to take her
out, she will hold it not to go in the house.
And if that doesn't work, keep in mind that behaviors can be really difficult to treat.
If a person changes their behavior quite suddenly we suspect something is wrong with them. If they are aware of the changes but unable to control them, they often seek medical help in the form of a Doctor that treats behavior problems. In humans that's a Psychiatrist, but in animals we refer to Veterinary Behaviorists.
This is a true specialty in Veterinary Medicine and these Doctors can help you diagnose the problem faster and get you to an acceptable answer faster as well. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to give any help online with behavior. It is best dealt with a one on one approach of treatment and behavior modification.
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