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Old 01-07-2013, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Boxer Puppy Please Help!!(potty training)

Okay so he's been pretty good about not going number two in the house but he is having a lot of accidents going number 1 in the house. We let him out to go in the backyard but when its nice out he goes to the door thinking he needs to go to the bathroom, but all he wants to do is play in the grass and enjoy himself without going to the bathroom. Once we get him and drag him back inside within minutes he'll go back to the door. Well now what he is doing is that he is pissing in the house so every time he does that he knows were going to discipline him and take him directly outside! Well he is now playing games with us because whenever we take him outside with the leash he doesn't go to the bathroom he just wants to play in the grass and he will just stare at us like "WHAT"!!

This is driving us nuts now and he just started doing this game within the last day or so. The only time he'll go to the bathroom and come directly back inside is in the early AM and the late PM

What do you all recommend???? I even give him a small treat every time he comes back inside after going to the bathroom.

He's a 12-13 week old Male Brindle Boxer


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Hi! I understand the frustrations...at times we thought Bodie was never going to get it. We actually would bring the treats outside with us and reward him right then and there when he went to the bathroom. As soon as we would go outside we would say "go pee" over and over as the command word. When he went we would give him the treat and say "Good go pee!" with lots of "Good Boys". When he started to whine at the door I would even give lots of praise before we went outside saying good boy for whining at the door.

I would say he still had pee accidents once in awhile at home until the end of the summer (up until he was about 5 months old). They got less and less frequent of course, but I think I learned every puppy is different and some take longer than others! Don't get discouraged and keep trying Good luck!
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Oh the puppy days :0) .... First off NO attention for accidents in the house!! attention is attention... second- treats should be given as fast as he pees on the grass at first! so go out with him... mark the behaviour by using a clicker, saying yes, good boy whatever and then immediately reward him. NO rewards if he doesn't pee, no attention at all if its in the house. Also.. are you crate training him?? SOmetimes that is the best thing you can do.. eat... go outside pee, sleep (in crate) outside go pee, play for 15 -20 minutes .. outside go pee. Hope this helps some... but really important to reward the positive and ignore the accidents. Be consistent and stay positive, he will get it really fast.
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Thank you for the advice. I am definitely rewarding him now outside. I hope it helps. Keep you updated
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Oh the puppy days :0) .... First off NO attention for accidents in the house!! attention is attention... second- treats should be given as fast as he pees on the grass at first! so go out with him... mark the behaviour by using a clicker, saying yes, good boy whatever and then immediately reward him. NO rewards if he doesn't pee, no attention at all if its in the house. Also.. are you crate training him?? SOmetimes that is the best thing you can do.. eat... go outside pee, sleep (in crate) outside go pee, play for 15 -20 minutes .. outside go pee. Hope this helps some... but really important to reward the positive and ignore the accidents. Be consistent and stay positive, he will get it really fast.
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Thank you thank you! I am trying this out and we shall see...
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Hi! I understand the frustrations...at times we thought Bodie was never going to get it. We actually would bring the treats outside with us and reward him right then and there when he went to the bathroom. As soon as we would go outside we would say "go pee" over and over as the command word. When he went we would give him the treat and say "Good go pee!" with lots of "Good Boys". When he started to whine at the door I would even give lots of praise before we went outside saying good boy for whining at the door.

I would say he still had pee accidents once in awhile at home until the end of the summer (up until he was about 5 months old). They got less and less frequent of course, but I think I learned every puppy is different and some take longer than others! Don't get discouraged and keep trying Good luck!
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My command was 'go potty' for pee and poo. I would take her out every 30 minutes at first and say 'go potty' repeatedly until she did it. Then praise praise praise (my dog is praise drive - treats distract her) I would not let her back inside until she went. Now she potties on command.

Even if she is wound up and excited as soon as I say 'go potty' she stops what she is doing to go pee.

My biggest advice is to not bring him back inside or allow him to play until he actually goes when you tell him. good luck! He will get it!
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We took Serena out every hour (sometimes every 30 minutes!) on the leash in the backyard when she was that age. Our command is go potty and we always rewarded her with a treat outside as soon as she went. But she did have accidents inside too. I thought she was never going to get it, so I understand your frustration. She was very good about not going in her crate though, she caught onto that quickly so I was frustrated about why she was having accidents inside. And she would also be outside to go potty, start playing and come in only to have an accident.

You just have to hang with it, your pup will catch on. Just make sure to take him outside soon after eating, sleeping and a play session. And if you see him sniffing around on the floor kind of in circles, get him outside because he's getting ready to go. Also establish a consistent schedulefor him to go outside for potty as well.

Lots of consistency, good praise and treat rewards outside as soon as she went potty did the trick for us. Now when she has to go she runs to the back door and gives a bark or a woo-woo whine. We still always reward her with a treat after she goes potty outside. Once in a while she will have an accident inside but its getting few and far between now.

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Everything stated above is awesome advise. It takes awhile for them to get it. Just remember praise, praise, praise & treat as soon as they've done good. Ignore the accidents in the house. We just clean them up & act like nothing. I won't even speak when I'm cleaning. We are on that downward slope of accidents. Murphy still has them from time to time but they are fewer & further apart.
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Very good advice from everyone here!

I just want to add that at 12-13 weeks your puppy is still very young! Expect accidents in the house until he is at least 5 months old or so. Obviously he should be getting better and the accidents should be fewer and farther between as he gets older. It will all be a memory soon. Patience
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So he's still doing his number one accidents inside and Ill try to stay outside till he goes. But after being out there for about 25 minutes and all he did was play..it was time to come back inside
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