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Dog won't potty outside at all-- sometimes uses pee pads for urine and crate for poop- what do you suggest?

asked 2018-11-16 13:51:28 -0500

So I'm new to dog ownership- have a 14 week old toy Poodle/Chihuahua mix. He came to us knowing how to use newspaper- or so we thought. He will pee 1/2 the time on the paper or way far away from it- we have him potty in the spare bathroom to keep the space smaller. He won't poop on the paper or outside- only in his crate. I've tried feeding him in the crate but it doesn't matter. I've tried bringing him outside out every 20 minutes or so for about a week- no luck with potty outside. I've tried going on 50 minute walks plus sitting in our driveway for another 20 minutes- no luck with potty outside. I've tried putting his poop/pee on nearby bushes and that has done nothing. We've literally spent 2-3 hours just hanging outside on beautiful days and he won't potty! Ahhh.. what more can I do?!

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Although time consuming, you could try taking him outside while or just before he is about to go. You'd have to keep a close eye out for 'about to go' behaviour but that's how we trained our family dogs.

Harriet C.'s profile imageHarriet C. ( 2018-11-19 18:37:00 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-12-04 00:01:54 -0500

When we first got our dog and he wouldn't go in the backyard, I would spend half an hour out there with him before bringing him in to his crate at night. Several times, I peed, while I was telling him to go pee. Eventually he started going himself. I don't know if my peeing is what did it for not, but I like to think it did.

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answered 2018-11-28 03:06:54 -0500

Check out the small but effective book titled "Way to go! How to house-train a dog of any age" by Karen B. London and Patricia B Mconnell.

As far as training goes I would recommend reading books, or looking up online lectures/classes by any of the three following experts: Dr. Ian Dunbar, Karen Pryor, and Patricia McConnell. Of course there are plenty other good resources and trainers out there.

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