House Training

by Lisa
(Land O Lakes Fl)


I rescued a female Pyrenees 3 years ago when she was 3. She has bad separation anxiety. We have to crate her when we are not home or she will pee and poop in every room of the house. After 3 years you would think this would stop but it hasn't. Even when we are home she will do it even though she went out an hour earlier. She has ruined our rug and is about to ruin our wood floor. I don't want to give her back to the rescue but am at wits end. Any suggestions???

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Aug 08, 2017
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House-training
by: Great Pyrenees Club

Do you have her on a routine of walks to do her business? Routine is important.

First thing when she wakes up, before you go to work, at noon, after work and before bed?

It's so important to have a routine with her. Without a routine, she doesn't know what she should be doing or where she should be doing it.

Keep her leashed to you when you are home. She musn't be out of your sight until this is under control. If she looks like she will pee or poo when leashed to you, take her right outside to do it. When she finally does do her business, tell her 'good girl'.

Don't punish her for doing her business in the house.

Get a routine in place for her.

Aug 08, 2017
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Housebroken
by: Lisa

She goes out first thing at 6 am, 8am when my husband leaves for work then I have someone come walk her at 2pm then she goes out at least 4 more times before bed. She definitely goes out enough. As I said she can go out and come in and pee within the hour. I just want to understand the reason she may be doing it. She sleeps in our bedroom all night for at least 6-7 hours so I know she can hold it.

Aug 09, 2017
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Potty training a rescue dog
by: Anonymous

Our girl was 14 months when we rescued her, and she wasn't familiar with houses and many other things. She pooped and peed everywhere, including in her crate, so we kept her in the kitchen where there was linoleum. I put training pads onto a boot/mud mat, and she did learn to use this but it was only a temporary solution.

A trainer suggested that we get her on a schedule, as mentioned in the first response. It's very important. When it looks like she was about to go, I whisked her outside to her area, and as she was peeing I would say, "Go pee". She learned to associate these words with the action (and would later pee on command most of the time when I said, "Go pee"). Then when she was finished, I praised her with "Good girl!", and really meant it. She eventually learned to hold it until she was outside.

However, she still had the odd accident. When this happened, I didn't scold her or anything like that. She had been traumatized enough before we got her. Instead, the trainer told me to do three things: a) not look at her, b) not talk to her, and c) not touch her for a few hours. This worked!! She did not like this at all, and she figured out very quickly what caused me to ignore her. After this, accidents quickly became a rarity.

Hiring a trainer was the very best investment we could have made, and pays dividends every single day that we spend with our sweet girl, who is now about 3.5 years old. I highly recommend getting help from a qualified trainer!

Aug 09, 2017
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Milo RX for pee asleep
by: Jeanette

Dogs love routine. Of course you already know that .

Milo was wetting only when asleep . He otherwise did really well. Then when he began peeing only when asleep. Vet gave him an RX. See, his urinary had been hurt by him having been really really fat before I got him from the rescue. Even tho he lost weight. So the RX twice a day. Solved the sleep pee problem .

Also I've a basement floor I clean regularly with bleach water . If I'm unable to let him out due to migraine or some other challenge . He uses it. He learned it from the elder dog.

I was glad he had that option recently when I could not come home to tend him because my daughter was in hospital overnight. She is fine now. I mean he knew where to go .

25 Years ago when I had no basement I had a dog trained to use the bathtub in such a situation. It was easy to clean and no problem at all.

So I'm just telling you what my plan b is as well as being really determined about making myself follow a routine . Dogs love routine

Aug 10, 2017
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Separation Anxiety
by: Anonymous

Your dog has separation anxiety. Take her to the vet for prozac.

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