Originally Posted by mpknight1120
Today when i got home and went to check on her, most of the pee and poop was on the puppy pad, but there was 1 pile of poop on her towel. I cleaned everything up and then put her back in her area, and left the room for a minute, and when i came back she had peed right at the door of her pen, where her food and water is at. Is it normal for a 4 month old pup to be so dirty? Is she just dumb?
She is not dumb - she is just a baby trying to figure it out. Some dogs take a bit longer to "get it" as we are teaching them to live in our homes - where as they would "naturally" live in a den, have a pack to teach them by example etc.
Puppies sometimes have a hard time telling the difference between grass/pee pads/blankets/carpet. It all feels cushy to them so it is easy for them to make the mistake.
It sounds like her pen is too large for her to grasp the concept of keeping her area clean. She has access to too much space and therefore doesn't have that instinct to separate her areas. It is a free for all.
It might be best to get a small crate and re-start her. That way she learns to keep her sleeping area clean. Once she has mastered that, then you can transition her to her pen area again.
Get her on a set schedule. Feed times, potty times, play times, walk times etc.
If you control what goes in and when you can control when things come out