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Old 11-28-2012, 11:31 PM
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Default 10 year training tips, please!

I adopted my ten year old in April, he turned 10 over the summer. He has always had a pooping and peeing issue (in the house), he doesn't ask to go outside, he just walks in the other room while I'm doing something else and goes. Whenever I take him to the spot and punish him (I have tried several different methods for this) he growls at me, he feels no shame at all.

I have never been around a dog that doesn't feel ashamed when I punish him or her, I don't understand where this growling is coming from!

He never bites, just growls.

What am I doing wrong? How do I train him?
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:13 AM
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Do a search on 'positive reinforcement dog training'. Punishing a dog after the fact teaches them nothing except that their person is unstable and gets angry at odd times.
You want to start with a very consistent routine of taking the dog outside and rewarding the dog each time they go where you want to.
This poor old guy may never have been trained to go outside so he has no idea thats what you want. Patience and consistency.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:20 AM
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Hey lady, congrats on the new guy! Potty training is not easy, so don't get discouraged! When ever we get a new foster, they go on a leash and get attached to us 24/7. If we can't watch them, they go in a crate or pen. They are never given free reign of the house until they are 100% accident free, which has taken months before. Usually we start giving them full access to one room, and when they go 2 weeks with out a mishap we give them access to another room, ect until they are fully trained in OUR home. If they have an accident, even one, back to only one room access, or no room access. When we go else where they stay on a leash until we know they trustworthy there. In the morning, get the dog out of pen, bring them to potty area. If they don't go, back in pen for ten min. Repeat until successful. Yay!!! Treats, ect. Next, We feed 2-3 times a day. Food goes down, 10 min, food goes back up. Dogs have to go 15-20 min after they eat. Bring your dog to the potty. If he doesn't, he goes back in pen, or keep on the leash. Repeat until the dogs goes in the correct place. If the dog plays or is active, take to the potty area 15-20 min later. Activity = bodily fluid stimulation. If dog drinks, to potty area 15-20 min later. Before bed. Ect. Always reward for success. Don't punish. He has no idea why so it's pointless. If you don't catch him, you're SOL. Clean it with enzyme cleaner, and feel bad YOU messed up. Next time, catch him. If you do, make a slightly sharp distraction noise(DO NOT SCARE HIM. No one learns when they are frightened. Fear hijacks the mind, and prevents any understanding.), immediately bring him to the correct potty area. If he finishes there, YAY! treats, ect. Treats and praise need to be with in 1 second of correct act, or he won't necessarily figure out why he got it. Dogs can't generalize. It's due to their small frontal lobe. Do not punish your dog for your mistakes, and lack of clear direction. Dogs brains do not work like human brains, and it takes more patience, and a lot more repetition to teach them anything. It's not easy, and it's not fun, but it is worth it. I have trained over 2000 dogs and have never had a dog I couldn't potty train, but a 10 year old chihuahua is going to be a challenge. If you get to the end of your rope, you can always get one of those doggie diapers to help with accidents in the mean time! Those things are kinda great. Good luck!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:59 AM
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There is some very good advice in here.
I agree that positive reinforcement and
frequent outings is the only way to go.

Has your vet ruled out medical issues?
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