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Old 05-19-2014, 10:17 AM
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I've got 2 chis both bitches. One is 5 months and one is 8 months. The 5 month old is house trained with only the odd accident now and then. The 8 month old is a nightmare. She will not pee outside. She will poop but she holds the pee and as soon as we are inside she will do it as soon as my back is turned. I've tried rewarding her with lots of praise and treats on the odd occasion she does pee outside but it doesn't seem to reinforce it. When she pees inside I point to it and sat bad doing toilet inside and take her out but she just stands there. Even if I catch her mid way she won't finish it outside. Today was the ultimate low she came inside after being out for an hour and peed on our bed and has ruined the duvet and the mattress because she had been holding herself all night and morning. I just don't know what to do.

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She needs to be crated when 200% supervised! Crate training is not being mean. They love their crate!

I trained my chi in about 3 weeks. He stayed in his crate except for meals, play and potty. If I didn't have my eye on him every second, he went in his crate. Now, he loves his crate. He will just go in it on his own for rest or to take a treat.

An alternative would be a tether, where she is attached to your waist. After Angel was trained, I watched him closely and took him out every hour. Actually, I used pee pads in the very beginning, now he will go outside or on his pad.
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Thanks for the reply. We did use puppy pads for a while but it was hit and miss whether she would use them or just do it on the carpet. The youngest one was crated for a while but she got so good we let her have free run of the house and we're reluctant to crate again.
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Thanks for the reply. We did use puppy pads for a while but it was hit and miss whether she would use them or just do it on the carpet. The youngest one was crated for a while but she got so good we let her have free run of the house and we're reluctant to crate again.

Why are you reluctant to crate again? Especially if it worked for your other one?


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Old 05-19-2014, 04:11 PM
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I second the crate idea. If you don't want to crate, maybe a pen with a large pee pad in it, with her bed and water and a few chew toys. That way she can't make a 'mistake'. Thils pup just doesn't understand what to do. Somehow she has the idea that a rug is OK!! I once had to pick up all my rugs because my rescued greyhound seemed to think they were there for her use. It turned out, I was the problem. We had a dog door, and I knew she knew how to use them. She wanted attention, and this was sure to bring attention, even the bad kind! After a sympathetic vet listened to me, he suggested calling her over to me many times a day, and just telling her what a good dog she was. After a week of this, she stopped going in the house!!!!!!!!!! Clever vet!!
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I crated the youngest one because she is a teacup and was much smaller than peggy. The main reason was to stop them playing too rough when I'm not there but now she's bigger they play nicely. I guess the crating must have had something to do with her being house trained more easily. I would just feel bad crating one while the other has the run of the house.
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I would crate/pen the one that is the problem. You can let her out while you watch her like a hawk; do NOT 'turn your back to her'!!. Take her out first. Use a term like 'hurry up', go potty, go piddle. Whatever. As soon as she does go, praise like a maniac! If she does not go, into the crate again. Try this on a week end, so you aren't hurried. Take her out every 1/2 hour or so. Don't give up. Also stop all negative talk to her. She will know that you are upset. It may be the attention she wants.
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Many people feel that it is wrong to crate a pet but it is important in the beginning to set boundaries, just like we do for our children. This is also to make your fur babies feel a safe area. We have to constantly watch and show our fur babies how to behave and what is expected. Puppy pads work for some people and others have other methods. Just make sure you are consistent, consistent, consistent! Good luck!
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