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    It's been a frustrating couple of days, and was hoping to get some feedback after getting a much expected text from the fiancee that Daisy has once again gone 1 and 2 indoors in less than an hour of doing a significant amount of both outdoors, not to mention a big number 1 first thing after overnight crating.

    The worst part is that I know most of this is my fault. My fiancee and I have certainly been sending mixed messages. She was able to be with her for the first 2 weeks of her arrival, so accidents were pretty minimal and expected. She had actually learned to bark or even walk over to the door already, and we were doing a great job at getting her our every 2-3 hours.

    Then this past week happened. Fiancee wen't to visit family for a few days, and in lieu of all day in crate she was in her x pen which includes access to her crate. Of course I expected quite a mess for the 9 hours i am away, and she did not disappoint! Over the course of 3 days of this, she has made it a point to go pee in her crate! Not to mention going to town all over when we are home despite being taken out recently. She even went on the couch just watchin tv for a few moments afer just coming in!

    Fiancee is back but again, she went to use the bathroom her self momentarily, and pee and poop awaited after taking her out an hour ago! She should be on a more reliable schudule from now on, but what concerns me is the peeing in her crate, and an almost "regression" in potty training! We still take her out after an accident so she gets it, but any other advice from you bully experts? It's been quite a bit since I've handled a puppy, our 10 year old Doxie, but that was back when I lived with my family! (Sorry for the long post! )

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    Well....you will have to start from scratch. But don't worry, she will respond. Sounds like she was well on her way before her people dropped the ball.. I will give you a way that is very restrictive..for YOU and your fiancée. But it works. She needs to be leashed at all times in the house. Attached to a human, that will be watching her every move.
    Basic Rules..
    Out every hour to potty AND after eating and playing. Before going in the crate AND immediately after. Try taking her to the same area outside. They begin to know that's the place.

    No Roaming Freely..

    On a leash at all times. If the human needs a break, take her out to potty (the pup..lol) and immediately in the crate. When she comes out of the crate, immediately outside to potty, then back on the leash.

    If you see any signals she might be thinking about going, a gentle tug on her leash..your NO word and take her out immediately!

    High praise when she goes in correct place.
    Keep crate area small, no bigger than needed for her to stand up and turn around.
    Yes..it is a difficult thing..tethering yourself to a pup..but it works. You will be amazed at what you were missing.

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    Wow interesting idea Jake, never even thought of that. Would definitely give me some piece of mind as well while eating or sitting on the couch! Always get so worried about what is being chewed on as well. Hopefully we can get her programmed again!

    Any tips for extended periods of time for when it has to happen? I think I want to get away from the xpen. Just straight up crate and leave a water source?

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    Any way to get dog walkers to come in to break the day up?

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    I have seen many people on here use the leash method with success. I was tempted to try the method myself, but never had a real difficult problem with Tucker. I taught him early on to go by the door and wait to go outside. He quickly picked up on this. He still had accidents but they were entirely my fault not being quick enough to the door. As he got older these went away. While I did not leash him, I did restrict where he had access to. He was never left unattended and could never wonder to far from my side. If I knew I wasn't going to be able to watch him, he went to his crate. I recently moved a couple of weeks ago and seemed to have to start the whole process over again. Repeated the whole process and after a couple of days there haven't been any accidents.

    Tucker hasn't been left for an extended period of time, yet. I start work full time this week and will be out from 7-3:30. He will be crated while I am gone and I expect he will have some accidents for a while. I think, and someone please correct me if I am wrong, you will have more success in reducing the number of accidents the more confined the space. If Daisy sleeps and stays in her crate she will be more likely to hold it, as long as she is able, because she won't want to go where she sleeps. Using the Xpen, she is able to designate different areas for sleeping and relieving herself.

    Be patient, but persistent and she will eventually get it, and make sure you reward her when she goes outside, even overdo it for a while to show her she is doing something good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    Well....you will have to start from scratch. But don't worry, she will respond. Sounds like she was well on her way before her people dropped the ball.. I will give you a way that is very restrictive..for YOU and your fiancée. But it works. She needs to be leashed at all times in the house. Attached to a human, that will be watching her every move.
    Basic Rules..
    Out every hour to potty AND after eating and playing. Before going in the crate AND immediately after. Try taking her to the same area outside. They begin to know that's the place.

    No Roaming Freely..

    On a leash at all times. If the human needs a break, take her out to potty (the pup..lol) and immediately in the crate. When she comes out of the crate, immediately outside to potty, then back on the leash.

    If you see any signals she might be thinking about going, a gentle tug on her leash..your NO word and take her out immediately!

    High praise when she goes in correct place.
    Keep crate area small, no bigger than needed for her to stand up and turn around.
    Yes..it is a difficult thing..tethering yourself to a pup..but it works. You will be amazed at what you were missing.
    You are the puppy potty Whisperer
    "If our dogs don't like you we probably won't either"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokismom View Post
    You are the puppy potty Whisperer

    I just repeat myself a lot!

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    Thanks all for the tips and listening! X-Pen will be eliminated, and have starting leash training today She has been rebelling as much as she can per a text I received this morning, but she'll get used to it! .

    Hopefully we will have some progress in the next few months!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm00ser View Post
    Thanks all for the tips and listening! X-Pen will be eliminated, and have starting leash training today She has been rebelling as much as she can per a text I received this morning, but she'll get used to it! .

    Hopefully we will have some progress in the next few months!
    Oh yeah, no pen. I tried using a pen with one of my three bullies and he was the one that took FOREVER to finally become fully housebroken.

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    Default Re: Potty Training Tips...

    Both of my girls were in a pen until they were fully housebroke. Ruby is still in her pen when no one is home because she is a little ambitious and unpredictable. Amber has free roam only until she tears something up then she goes back in the pen for a little while until we think she has learned her lesson (usually a week or two, depending on the size of the infraction.....sofa cushion destruction would cost her a few weeks in the pen). I think around 6 or 7 months Amber was completely housebroken with no mistakes in the house. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    I just repeat myself a lot!
    We need to make a stick with @JAKEISGREAT puppy potty training tips
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokismom View Post
    We need to make a stick with @JAKEISGREAT puppy potty training tips
    Would that be a stick or a paddle?

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