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Puppy starts potting in house after being potty trained?

Lela M in Novato, CA
May 19, 2018
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Vaneesa in Carmel, IN
Oct. 28, 2019

You just have to retrain, keep an eye on them, take them out frequently, and reward them. I used a crate and never have accidents

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Maria in Seminole, FL
March 29, 2019

My puppy did that too after he got potty trained. What I did was use the same methods I used to get him potty trained in the first place (wake up early to take him out in time, kept him in his crate when I was away, etc). It's possible that your dog is the same but my dog is kind of rebellious and he likes to see what he can get away with. Just make sure to be consistent and show your dog that you're serious. Hope this helps!

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If this is a change that's happened quite suddenly, definitely contact your vet because it could be the sign of a health issue.

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User in Renton, WA
July 3, 2019

Usually if a puppy is still going potty in the house, the potty training didn't take. I would recommend continuing to potty train until accidents in the house stop occurring.

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Maybe change of diet caused the potting.

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Try letting the puppy out more frequently and having regular water and feeding times. Never more than 8 hours without bathroom breaks and bathroom breaks should always be given right after feeding.

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Anxiety over changes in the house?

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Stress is sometimes a factor. Dogs especially are very sensitive to stress felt by humans. Just reinforce the good behavior, perhaps a few days of crate training and should be good as new!

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I would go back to the beginning of the potty training and as soon as you see the puppy starting to go to the bathroom in the house pick them up right away and bring them out side so they realize where the bathroom area is. Puppies ususally have to go to the bathroom every 3 to 4 hours and it also depends on the size dog. The smaller the more frequent.

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I will shorter the intervale to take the puppy outside

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They could be marking their territory. To stop that I usually put their snout close to the mess while scolding them. It teaches them the lesson without being aggressive or rough. Good luck!

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Jessica in Ogden, UT
Feb. 13, 2019

Most puppies go through phases, and similarly, once a pup seems to be trained, a lot of people start letting the time between potty breaks slide further and further, so accidents happen. Most of my dogs have had phases during training where I thought they had it down, but then they reverted. It's normal. Just keep up the good work and it'll take. Some breeds also take longer than others to really set that training in. My general rule is anything younger than 7 months = every 20-30 minutes if they are being active and drinking a lot. 7-8 months is every 45 minutes, and 9-12 months is every hour. Obviously, if they are sleeping or lounging they aren't going to be drinking as much, so they won't be too distracted to ask to go out when they need to, nor need to go out more frequently.  Also, I have found that if I crate my puppy while I'm gone, and he's still under a year old, he will hold it for a few hours, but he won't if he's out of his crate. This seems to be how most puppies behave. - Imagine telling a child under 5 to "hold it" for several hours when they are distracted playing; kind of the same results. Patience goes a long way.  Eventually it'll stick.

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keep show doggy pad to it and take outside about five times or seven times one time at night for the puppy get the hint

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try taken him outside about three times work it slow but don't take him in into he is done with his business and i have two dogs i taken outside about 2 hours or 3 hours everytime they needed show him how let you know if he is ready

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Try your best to keep the dog outside when he needs to go to the bathroom.

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If your puppy is doing this it maybe telling you something. Anger, jealousy, not like being alone. Give it a designated area and take it out constantly telling your pup to go potty. The have to after sleep, play or laying around for a long period of time. Stay on top of your pup. If it pees in same area put something over it so it cannot get to it. Not a pee pad cause it re enforces behavior.

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Annie in Anderson, IN
Jan. 24, 2019

What I did with my daughters dog, is every time I went to the restroom, she heard the toilet flush, and knew I would let her out every time. To this day, she gets overjoyed when she hears a toilet flush. But she never went on the floor again.

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It could be a sign of sickness, or jealousy of another animal. There are also cases if they see another animal doing something, they will think it is okay for them to do it too. It could also be an environmental thing, like if something is off to them (smell in the home, etc).

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He is most likely marking if he smells another animals scent or he needs some more training. If you have not already, try crate training. I recommend using Natures Miracle spray that will stop your puppy from pottying in the house. You can get this at pet smart, target, walmart, etc...

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Terri in Holland, MI
Dec. 8, 2018

Did this one already!

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I do not know the full situation, but the puppy could be acting out for more one-one attention. Just try different things if you are not already doing them such as more walks/runs, play time with a ball or frisbee outside, more petting and cuddles, treats, etc.

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Sometimes after training you get what is what is an extinction burst. Puppy may be testing boundaries again. Or he may just have a tiny bladder. I would reenact your training methods to see if that helps.

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Puppies sometimes regress during developmental stages or due to changes in routine. Are you crate training? How long is the puppy left alone?

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may be stressed

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Taylor in Warren, MI
Nov. 5, 2018

Infections, tumors, spinal cord injuries, kidney disease and problems with the bladder can cause incontinence in dogs of any age and can lead to house-training accidents. Diseases that cause increased drinking, such as diabetes, may result in increased urination and accidents.

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Potty training for a dog is very similar to how it is with children. Once they are potty trained, this doesn't mean they will never have a slip up again. Its a up and down process.

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That is normal. Upon catching them, pick them up and put them on a puppy pad, if that is how you trained them, or take them out side. As they are going on the floor, I would try a spray water bottle, it usually stops them in the act, do not raise your voice or say BAB Dog, just firmly pick them up, and do above, after they go either on the Pad or Outside, then reward them. If you puppy Pad, they tend to pee in the same spot, so put the pad there. If he is peeing a lot, I would say a Vet visit, to check for Crushings, or Kidney problems. I find cutting back on the water a bit helps also, best of luck, I promise you are gonna miss these puppy days!

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Logan in Ruskin, FL
Oct. 18, 2018

Your dog may be jealous or bored. If this is happening when you are gone, try putting on some music or just the TV. Also try purchasing a small puppy bone or kong. Hope I could of helped!

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Aundrea in Katy, TX
Oct. 14, 2018

With my dog we timed how long it takes her to potty after eating and drinking.(it takes her 20 min); so she wont have any accidents. Also we put a bell on our back door so she hits it when she needs to go out. And we trained her to bark the word out when she wants to go out.

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Kyri in Madera, CA
Oct. 11, 2018

Get him on a more strict potty schedule!

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First make sure there is nothing physically wrong with your pet, take a trip to the vet. Second if they vet gives you an all clear I wouldn't worry all pets have accidents. Third if your pet continues to have accidents, maybe its time to get back to basics.

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It is not uncommon for some animals to "mark" inappropriately. You need to use special pet-urine cleaners to remove all odor from the areas, as animals can detect lingering odors you might not be able to detect, and will continue to return to the places to mark. Spaying/neutering can also help with marking, if what your puppy is experiencing is a territorial issue. Give your vet a call to discuss that.

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Dylan in Nixa, MO
Sept. 24, 2018

Make sure there is no physical problem by taking him to the vet. Could be urinary or some spinal compression. Is it happening at night when he sleeps? Is it a male? Is it neutered? If it is just a relapse he needs constant supervision. If he goes potty in the house and nobody is there to say no then they will begin to think it is acceptable behavior. When you cannot watch them carefully you should either crate them or place them outside. This is only necessary until they get the idea again. Also you should work out a schedule and stick to it. When your dog knows he gets a potty break at certain times they become accustomed to it. If they are unsure when they might be able to relieve themselves accidents are far more likely

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Aliyah in Euless, TX
Sept. 21, 2018

Time to start the training over to reinforce what they've already learned.

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Tina in Lakeside, CA
Sept. 16, 2018

Sounds like puppy might need some more training . Try to take puppy outside about 15 - 20 minutes after feeding. Take puppy to the designated potty spot outside and wait for it to do its business. Be sure to give lots of attention and praise when puppy does this. Make sure to take puppy out throughout the day just in case . Puppies need lots of love and attention and sticking to schedule will really help puppy know to hold it or let you know when its time to potty outside. Also sometimes if there is another dog around it may be marking territory. Last but not least I would be sure puppy is not having any health issues that might be causing the problem. Otherwise just stick with it a little longer and you will have a well mannered puppy when it comes time to take care of business.

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Terri in Holland, MI
Sept. 14, 2018

Hi I am Terri and have had experience with my now three year old puppy (he will always be my baby!). Puppy pads and a crate will work wonders not to mention tons of time, patience and compassion! If you feel the puppy is having problems, call your local Humane Society for the email or phone number of an experienced dog trainer with whom you and your puppy feel most comfortable; good luck!

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Arij in Jersey City, NJ
Sept. 12, 2018

its all about repetition, just keep implementing the potty training.

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Sometimes dogs forget things just like we humans do. You just have to keep building and rebuilding until it is just as solid as when you say "sit."

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Maybe due to anxiety, when does it happen?

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I'd first take them to the vet to make sure that there isn't something medical going on if the puppy is already potty trained. It could be their way of telling you that they don't feel good, so before getting frustrated first make sure that they aren't feeling sick!

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Your puppy may be acting out! Have you changed anything in the home such as furniture or welcoming a newcomer into the house (pet/child/adult)? That may have something to do with your pup's behavior

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Keep dog on tight schedule. This includes feeding, water and outside time. Hourly vs every three hours vs four depends on age as well as ability to hold their potty. Our husky up to five months needed every two hours. We fed and still feed in the morning only to avoid bathroom issues in kennel or bed at night. If pup needs one cup morning one cup at night we just combined it in the morning. Then pick up as soon as the pup leaves it. (Unless you want small ghost poops throughout house). 8 take out 8:15 food + bowl of water for the day 8:45 take out (As a pup 10:30 take out again) 11:45/12 take out (As a pup 2:30/3) 5 take out 8:30 take out 10:30 take out (12 for pup just in case usually barely anything) This was mostly for the fact our dog will stop his stream before he's released everything. He only defecated right aft meal and again at lunch and sometimes before bed very rarely

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Kennel him and reteach. If it persists there may be a medical issue.

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Amelia in Colgate, WI
Sept. 3, 2018

back off on his treats/ check his salt intake

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helpful hints: that you may be doing. You will just have to start from the beginning again. 1. Crate when not home 2. Crate when you are busy in the home and you are not able to keep an eye on your puppy 3. When your puppy is out and about with you , say you are making dinner, doing the laundry, tether your pup to you. ( use a 6 ft leash ) as you are making dinner your pup may lay down or make your pup sit. 4. Crate when leaving for work, returning from work, hang coat up maybe go to the bathroom before going directly to crate. When you are at your pups crate have 6 ft leash in hand. Don't let pup out if the pup is excited, you want to promote calmness. You will open the crate a little if your pup tries to push their way out close the door gently not hard. Keep doing this until your pup settles , once settled put the  leash on then take outside to one potty area. Then feed pup. While pup is eating  set timer on your phone for 20 minutes. Pup starts to move around the house after the pup is done eating. while you are paying attention to what the pup is doing. If you are not able to keep an eye on the pup, say while you are preparing dinner or doing the laundry, would be a good time to tether the pup to you on a 6 ft leash.  Set the phone timer  for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off take pup out to potty area say pups name go potty. When pup goes potty say good potty dogs name. Be consistent each time you take your pup to the potty area. If your pup did not go potty crate pup for about 30 minutes set timer on your phone. After timer goes off take pup out to potty area again. If  pup does go potty this time around then the pup can be out of the crate no more then 30 minutes with supervision, either by keeping and eye on the pup or tethering the pup. If you are to busy and have things to do crate your pup. If you are not able to watch or tether pup. Depending on the age of the pup will determine how long the pup can be crated. If very young maybe no more then a couple of hours. If maybe 5 months old maybe 4 hours. As you get to know your new pup and stay on a routine with them and stay consistent you will learn how their little bodies work. Also if your pup is going to the bathroom in the home make sure you get the pup odor out of the floor or carpet as best you can.  But with out really talking to the person that is having this issue with their pup its really hard to nail the potty issue down. I hope this has helped.

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Adriana in Newark, NJ
Aug. 27, 2018

Surely something is bothering him. Maybe he is feeling very lonely and he is doing this to get attention.

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Emily in Hudson, FL
Aug. 25, 2018

If he is potty trained you should take him to the vet and make sure he doesn't have any issues, if not you may have to retrain him or take him outside more often.

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Could be behavior issues or go see a vet could be a sign of a urinary infection.

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User in Colonia, NJ
Aug. 15, 2018

Get the scent out by using a reliable solution spray . Some use white vinegar to eleminate those odors. They will keep going there until the scent is removed. Soon as they awake, they need to go, don't you ? Either use the pads put them on it.. or bring them out . Don't forget to give praise when they do it right. Also, soon after they eat or drink alot they need to go.. If you use potty pads again, put them on the pad.. It's all timing that works.. You need to be there in order to accomplish this.. Give them a place to go if you're gone more than 3-4 hrs. best of luck !

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If you are consistant with letting them out and scolding them if they go in the house while you are home either they are marking their territory or you have not properly trained them. there are sprays that you can spray where they go which will stop them or putting them in a kennel while you are away if it is not for a long period of time they will understand if they potty in the house they must sit in a time out.

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Terry in Sherman, TX
Aug. 10, 2018

I would take the puppy to the vet to rule out disease or illness. If no disease or illness, I would review if there have been any recent changes in the home. The addition of another animal, a new family member or frequent visitor, has a family member taken suddenly ill or made a drastic change in their home/work hours routine?

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User in Dundee, IL
Aug. 9, 2018

Try using "potty bells" with clicker training (click when they do a good behavior, click means treat). Reward the puppy with a treat every time they ring the bells, take them outside, and then reward again when they go potty outside.

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Most likely was not trained properly or is being left unattended for too long without potty breaks

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Make sure your fur baby is being taken out enough, sometimes as they get older they start to get territorial. My dog straight up throws tantrums if I leave him for too long.

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If a potty trained puppy begins to go in the house do not show too much negativity to the action just kindly show them they made a bad choice then take him or her outside to finish. if it continues to try to let them outside more often until they stop inside and then lengthen the time you wait to lett them out.

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HURRY UP AND GET HIM OUTSIDE

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I had a Yorkie who was potty trained but one day she just started to go inside the house, so I first tried getting peeing pads and spraying it with this spray from PetSmart that has a specific smell letting dogs know it was ok to go in that area only but I only put them outside on my patio so it also smelled of outdoors. I would suggest that but I also suggest getting your little one checked out as dogs get bladder problems just like humans, or if you have other dogs that are not potty trained that could be it as dogs are easily influenced.

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Nicole in Denton, TX
Aug. 5, 2018

it could be a urinary issue or maybe they should seek a vet. or the fact he's a puppy could mean he forgot and that a refresher coulsd help. sometimes when they get into a new turf or surface they forget their training.

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Work on re-training and figure out what triggers the accidents.

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This does happen sometimes when a puppy is young. They need frequent potty breaks, so this means letting them out every couple of hours. They have small bladders, so they need more outside time more frequently.

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Something has changed in the dog's routine to cause anxiety. Identify the change to correct behavioral problems.

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Shyan in Mosheim, TN
Aug. 3, 2018

There could be many reasons why, he is still a puppy so he could need extra training so he understands. Try putting a puppy pad in his cage for a week or two, then move the puppy pad to the front or back door for about two weeks, next bring one outside and lay it on the ground for about a week. The puppy will then realize when he has to use the bathroom he goes to the door and you will let him out when he needs to go. It takes time and easy steps!

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Baylea in Brusly, LA
Aug. 3, 2018

Look for signs your puppy makes. For example, my dog will get vocal and gets hyper around me when she wants to go outside. if you have to go back a couple of steps to retrain him its ok

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Either your puppy needs to be exercised more, it is bored and telling you something about it, especially high-energy pups. Maybe simply you need to reinforce crate training or puppy pads. Doing both of these is a sure fire way to guide your pup's behavior back on track. Don't forget the treats!

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Is your puppy stressed about something? Do you have a new member of the family? Is there a particular time or trend that this happens?

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Sheri in Fishers, IN
Aug. 3, 2018

There are times that a female may get a bladder infection. However, assuming the dog is still under a year old and regardless of the gender, many times we think they are "totally trained" and find that they're sneaking off and going somewhere and we notice it later. I'd go back to the puppy rules. Keep him crated when you're gone, go "outside" with him when he goes out. Praise the "second" he goes and give a treat that second (at this point), and try to "catch in the act". Catching them in the act is the number one reason why they learn it's not acceptable. If you use a low voice of disapproval, show them what they've done and take them right out, they are more likely to avoid getting in trouble, and find a way to show you they want to go out. Monitor the food and water and don't miss the signs when they "have to go"

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Retrain him. Don't reward for bad behavior. When he does that, tell him no and put in time out. When he goes to the bathroom where he is suppose to go, treat him or/ and show affection that shows him yes that is where you go to the bathroom versus timeout for going to the bathroom where he is not suppose to go. I hope this answer helps you!

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Go back to old training habits and start again. Especially if they're smaller breeds, they take a lot longer to train vs bigger breeds.

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Todd in Madison, WI
Aug. 1, 2018

Hello, This could be because something she was exposed to triggered a behavioral response--think separation anxiety or fear. Not as likely being that she is still a puppy but, never discount a medical issue. That being said, it is important that you take her to the vet to rule that out. Hope this helps!

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Could be a variety of causes, some of them medical (e.g., a UTI or something else that's causing your puppy discomfort), some psychological (e.g., anxiety). I'd recommend taking your puppy to the vet and describing what's happening--they'll be able to confirm or rule out medical causes and may be able to help you if it's a behavioral issue as well.

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User in Homewood, IL
July 31, 2018

It's not unusual for a puppy to regress a little. Be patient and go through the potty training routine again and use positive, positive, positive reinforcement. If it continues a vet visit is recommended to rule out urinary tract infections or something else. Best of luck.

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Amy in Martinez, CA
July 31, 2018

Start putting treats outside, and when he "potts" outside, reward the doggie

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Pooping? The best advice is consistency and patience with positive reinforcement (verbal or with a toy). You need to stick to a schedule for food and potty. We never allow our pack to self-feed to keep their bowel movements regular.

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Potty trained in doors on pee-pee pads or potty trained outdoors. Rub the nose on the accident and then rub the nose on the pad. or immediately take the puppy outdoors. Continue after accident and don't forget rewards and praise.

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Mikayla in Salina, KS
July 28, 2018

This means that the client needs to do some reinforcement of the potty training. It could also mean that the puppy is not getting enough outside time to do their business and burn off some energy while they are out there.

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Positive reinforcement is the key with puppies! Give them a treat and praise them when they potty outside. Remember to stay calm, yelling scares them and can sometimes cause them to trust you less. When they have an accident inside firmly tell them "No!" and put them outside.

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Susan in Ocala, FL
July 25, 2018

Use potty pads and then take him outside several times a day, around the same spot award him when he goes outside, be patient.

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Morgan in Merced, CA
July 25, 2018

Make sure to keep the puppy on a consistent potty schedule! Take them out hourly for 5-10 minutes and eventually they will understand. Have a great day!

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Just resume initial training so he will realize it's permanent! He'll get it eventually.

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There are usually two reasons a dog will have potty accidents after being potty trained. Anxiety or stress caused by a change in schedule or environment. Health related issues, such as maybe a bladder infection. So you may want to think about what may have changed since they began having accidents, and if there's nothing, try seeing the vet.

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send him back or train him in your own home buy putting things on the pee pad so he will poop there.

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Always take puppy outside after a meal and walk until puppy poops. PRAISE WILE POOPING and always use a command you want the puppy learn for this behavior. I haope this helps. Happy Tails Home Care Linda Joy

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Potty training needs to resume until no more accidents are had. Make sure to stick to a schedule.

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Increase the amount frequency of potty breaks, monitor drinking and eating habits, ensure adequate hydration through capillary refill time in gums. If behavior continues for several days, see a veterinarian.

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Kari in Monroe, GA
July 23, 2018

stay consistent and keep training your puppy. Have patience but be firm yet gentle. The puppy is still young and will take time, just keep at it, and don't get frustrated, the puppy will get it soon enough.

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you have train it go to the bathtroom or use it on anything

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Start from square one. I have always found training goes quicker when you set the rules...scheduled intervals..out on a leash..wait it out til they do their business.(saying go potty or do your busines)..reward them..then they can play...play time over.. Leash them again..take them to the potty spot tell them to go potty then back in the house. Waiting for a puppy to show you signs leaves too much up to interpretation. Once they know they are to do it outside..then they can be trusted to give you a sign. Repeated consistent behavior by the human leads to the quickest success. Best of luck.

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Emma in Olathe, KS
July 22, 2018

I would try changing the environment they are around the most to help them adapt to what the owner wants them to do.

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Full medical work up and then re-start training. Might also watch dog's other behavior to find the root cause. Did something happen in the backyard? Trainer may be able to help solve the issue.

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Vickie in Foxboro, MA
July 21, 2018

Anxiety playing out.

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You can try punishing him for not using the bathroom in the appropriate place. Some dogs understand their wrongdoing after a consistent punishment routine.

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EVERY TIME your puppy has an accident in the house, whether it's number one or number two, spray the area with Odoban or a mixture of water and vinegar. Your puppy may be going to the bathroom inside because he can still smell his old scent and is trying to renew it. Go around to any area you remember him doing it in and make sure he is getting routine potty breaks and is highly rewarded and praised when going potty outside without accidents.

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Scold the dog and place them outside until they use the restroom and praise them for doing it outside.

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Sounds like there was a change in his/her routine. If that is the case, go back to the schedule that worked and give LOTS of praise when pup goes outside. Also great to have a command like " go potty" or " do your business".

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User in Lutz, FL
July 18, 2018

Is your pet neutered? Have you discussed with your Veterinarian about a possible UTI?

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Nadine in Woburn, MA
July 18, 2018

You have to remember that accidents do happen. If it's a reoccurring problem, you might need to take a step back to the training process. If your dog was potty trained before, it is still registered in its mind. Therefore, it should be easier to get your dog back on track. For my dog, I simply made sure to give her a small treat each time she went outside and went potty. That's how we potty trained her in the first place. I did this until she hadn't gone potty in the house for at least a month. Don't turn to pee pads! You'll have even more of a problem training the dog to go potty outside without the pad.

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Roma in Venus, TX
July 18, 2018

This may be because he isnt getting out enough. I had a puppy that love the water. He was always drinking water or playing in it. He just had to go so much, so we installed a doggy door and it fixed the problem. If you have a doogy door i would suggest you look around to see if anything could make him nervous. If you have done both seek veterinarian insite.

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Abbey in Buffalo, NY
July 17, 2018

Take the puppy outside soon after he eats or drinks. Any time he wakes up, when he wakes up in the middle of the night still take him out.

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Keep training, always keep spare pet pads just in case!

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Catch them in the act and take them outside and say "potty outside" and praise them after pottying

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There are chances that she may feel somewhat uncomfortable outside, or perhaps there are too many distractions going on, and she can't seem to focus enough to relax and poop. Pooping in dogs requires them to be a bit in a vulnerable position, and it requires a bit of concentration. It could be she wasn't well housetrained in her previous home too. In any, case, it's important to make sure she has ample of opportunities to poop outside. Taking her on a walk may help as motion helps trigger dogs to have a bowel movement. It also helps to feed her on a strict schedule so that she poops predictably at a certain time and you can take her out at that time. If she fails to poop outside, make sure you keep her nearby the door in an unobstructed view area so she can't sneak in a bedroom or behind some furniture to poop. Keep an eagle eye on her. This way you can promptly escort her out as soon as you notice some pre-potty signs (circling, sniffing, lowering her bottom). It may help, if she has an accident, to collect the poop and place it in the designated area, you want her to poop outside. This way she can smell her poop there and hopefully help her recognize where her new "bathroom" is. Also, never punish a dog for pooping inside the home. This only leads to dogs associating pooping in front of the owner as punishment. This means the dog will always sneak in a secretive spot to poop so that the owner won't see them poop. This may also interfere with pooping outside in front of the owner.

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If a dog of any age who is potty trained suddenly starts going in the house, you should determine the cause first. If you can't figure out the cause, then take them to your vet to rule out a medical problem. From personal experience, during potty training, I have had very good results from crating a dog at night.

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Make sure the pup has a way to get to the bathroom on their own and help it make a habit of going first thing every morning, last thing every night and whenever it needs to go in between :) remember dogs are just like us, we can't control when we have to go, it's like if you needed to use the bathroom ,but there is a wait time.

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Start off with potty pads that they sell at the store. another way is to train is with treats. when they use the bathroom on the pad/grass reward them with a small treat. it will help them see that using the pads/grass is a good thing and it will become a habit.

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could be a possible uti.

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User in Hercules, CA
July 14, 2018

He needs more training lol. Try using potty pads, those really helped my dog learn to not pee on my clothes.

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constancy is key. I ask the family what they were doing to get him trained and continue the process.

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Ann in Springdale, AR
July 13, 2018

If he's still a puppy, he probably just lost control. Start walking him a little more often again and make sure you know how long after meal time he will need to go out.

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User in Broomall, PA
July 12, 2018

My beloved Beagle who passed almost one year ago would sometimes potty in the house. My Becky lived to be 11 1/2 years old, and it was attributed to anxiety. Becky could be left for an hour and she would potty. Sometimes she would be left for 3 or 4 hours and not potty at all. A good solution would be to take your puppy outside right before leaving the house. If your puppy goes in the house while you are still there, maybe your veterinarian could give more advice. My Becky took Prozac for a short time as a pup, but I am against giving certain medication. I'd rather find a natural solution.

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User in Columbia, TN
May 19, 2018

Go back to the basics. Schedule feeding times at the same time everyday Example 6 am and 6 pm Watch the clock from the first bite taken. Exactly 20 min from 1st bite take away food (Nothing going in nothing is going out) Take pet to same area do not talk to your dog as soon as they go to the bathroom take pet immediately in. Make time when you go outside to play where you can interact It takes 20 minutes for food to pass. Also their intestines will be on a schedule. Even if they only nibble take food away. They learn quickly to eat their meal in full and also they learn by bring back in immediately that when you let them out to bathroom to get down to business(this helps when it is bad weather, cold etc) I swear by this and have trained adult dogs and puppies with great success

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You are not meeting your puppy's demands to go potty. yaya

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Sandra in Bel Air, MD
April 19, 2018

Is the puppy an unneutered male? If so, he could be marking. It might also be a UTI.

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sounds like you have to put in a kennel--

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Lela M in Novato, CA
April 5, 2018

I had trained my Mini Goldendoodle to ring a bell to go potty outside. He was driving us crazy ringing the bell just for the sound. We were sure he was a music genius. He was ok after we removed the bell because we were very careful to take him out but when we thought he had it we expected he would bark to get outside. Well he did for poops but not for pee which started driving us crazy. Now at almost 6 months we are retraining him. We were giving treats when ever he went potty outside. Then we found a poop as he was heading for the door. Now it is warm so most of the time we could just leave the door open but when a cold spell came along we had a problem. So I sat outside with him on the inside of a glass door. I put down really good treat where he could see them outside. I spend an hour teaching him to bark to get to the treats and now if he barks at the door he gets the treat out side. We also upped the treats to the best we had that could be left outside for the day. He started to learn to bark if he wanted the door to open. I still set the phone to ring every 2 hours just in case. For now we will put a treat on the other side of the door to make sure he barks until he has this down. Wish us luck. I will check back if this works well.

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