Puppy Potty Problems?

asked 2016-03-23 20:02:52 -0500

The old owner of the puppy I bought probably trained him with the pads, because now, he seems to be searching for a small piece of carpet to pee on. We are taking him outside to go potty everyday, and he has been doing a GREAT job, but occasionally, when we take our eyes off him for the slightest second while he's outside his kennel, he went potty on the carpet. Some articles say to tell the puppy off while he's doing it wrong, and we did do that. Not that much improvement, just an unhappy puppy. Any suggestions to stop this?

Also, EVERY TIME before poo, our pup goes hyper and crazy. He starts barking, digging, eating every leaf on sight, pulling up clumps of dirt and grass and eating it, running in circles and zig zags, growling, pouncing and so on for like five minutes before going poo. Is this supposed to be normal or something I should take care of? It is really annoying every time this happens because he doesn't listen to anything. He doesn't respond to sit, stop, no, down, his name and everything else he's learned. Please help stop this behavior.

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answered 2016-03-24 11:00:23 -0500

Hi, I would recommend that you always have treats on you preferably high value treats such as hotdogs, chicken, cheese, etc. Whenever you take him outside and he does his business outside where you want him to go, give him treats and use a marker word such as "Yes!" Or "Good boy!" He will start to realize that when he does his business outside he will be rewarded In a positive way and if he was to do this business in the house don't yell, scream or hit him. Just simply don't reward him at all or give him affection at the specific time. Remember if you are to train a puppy make sure the training session are no longer than 1-2 minutes because they will not be able to absorb all of the information that was just taught to him. With all the action he does before pooping just have high valued treats and when he starts that give him a treat so that he will associate that if he stops he will receive doe thing that he likes a lot. Good luck!! If you have any questions please don't hesititate to contact me.

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My puppy knows to go outside to potty but because he used to be trained with a pad, he always knows to potty on things that look like pads. We usually keep an eye on him so no accidents happen but I want him to completely forget the pad thing.

Jennifer L.'s profile image Jennifer L.  ( 2016-03-26 18:52:29 -0500 ) edit

As for the action before pooping, he goes crazy and if you approach him, he thinks you are playing with him and crouches down as if about to pounce while barking. Can't even get near him unless he gets near us. Literally nothing can stop him unless he feels like stopping. He's never like this any other time, only before pooping.

Jennifer L.'s profile image Jennifer L.  ( 2016-03-26 18:54:54 -0500 ) edit

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