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Old 11-23-2012, 02:00 PM
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I'm having a devil of a time with potty issues. They are all good while they are in their crates (was worried after a few accidents but they seem to have stopped). And if they are leashed and taken out at regular intervals they are good. But for the life of me if they are allowed to roam or be off the leash they don't ask to go outside (which they know is where to potty). They will find a spot that the cats or my aunts dogs has used and go there. I'm at a loss on how to get them to ask to go out if they aren't in their crates.
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Every time that you go to let them outside, and they are excited/anxious jumping; go to the door and just stand there motionless. Maybe even reach and touch the doorknob, but don't open it until one of them starts to bark/fuss (or by scratching the door if that's allowed). You can start doing it as a group so that the others can see that the door is only opened when they bark. Some folks hang a bell by the door, that they will have the dogs touch with their nose or paws before letting them out. The key is just proper placement, so that whatever you want them to do as their signal, they will inadvertently do it to begin with when they're anxious to go out. If you repeat this every time you take them out, your motionless waiting will pay off as once they catch on you're golden! =D
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I have the problem , Ike loves going out with my other dogs, but he will only pee, when he comes in he poops, sometimes on the pad and sometimes not. I would think with him going out and the other 2 dogs doing their business he would catch on. Maybe with you the figure the cat goes inside? You got a really good tip from LS, I thinks I will try the same. Best of luck.
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You have to catch them when they're looking for a spot and take them right to the door. It didn't take long for Odie to recognize a door to mean outside, but it took quite awhile for her to know she needed to make some sort of noise for us to know she was there. I think the only thing that helped us was patience and time!


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For Jaxx it was just routine, routine, routine that helped him. We always did the same exact thing every time he went outside. We would pick him up and put him on the back of the loveseat (it sat near the door at the time) and put on his leash and harness. Then we would pick him up and take him outside and put him down and then tell him to potty

We did this every 2 to 3 hours for what seemed like forever but it really was probably only a month or so. One day I looked over and Jaxx was standing on the back of the loveseat. I went immediately and put on his harness and leash and took him outside. The routine worked great for Jaxx. We were worried when we moved the living room around a couple months ago that it would mess up his potty habits but he caught right on and started climbing up on the recliner beside the door instead.

It takes time but they love routine and it doesn't take long for them to catch onto it.

Jaxx whines now if he gets up to go outside and we don't see him. If we do not hear the whine he will get down and come to us and start mouthing my hand to tell me he needs to go outside.

You said that they are going inside where other dogs/cats have went before. You should probably try cleaning the spots with an enzymatic cleaner. Soap and water does not take the smell out and they tend to go back to the spot where they can smell urine. I have read you can make your own enzymatic cleaner but I used Natures Miracle and it worked great!

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