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Does anybody here have any suggestions to help us with our potty training issue? Zoey is a short haired chi and we live in Colorado where it is either freezing or snowing lately. I take her out routinely every hour or so just to try and go-for the most part she will pee outside but refuses to poo out there. We even went out and bought her sweaters and coats to help the situation but she will hold her poo until she comes inside where it is warm-then usually goes upstairs right next to my side of the bed. I am pretty much at my wits end with this one because on one hand I do not blame her for not wanting to go outside but on the other hand I am not sure what else we can do to get her to do what she is supposed to outside. Any suggestions?
 

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The only thing I can think of is to stay out there until she goes and then reward her and praise her like crazy. Let her in the house and watche her at all times you may want to tether her to you and if she looks as though she is going to go then take her outside to do her duty. I would close your bedroom door for the time being so she cant go in and potty there. Also make sure you clean the spots she goes in thoroughly with something like Natures Miracle to get the scent out. If they smell their poo or urine somewhere they will usually continue to do it there.
 

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I know it sounds gross but put her poo outside where you want her to go, if she smells it outside it might make her more inclined to do it out there. And like Michelle said when she does go outside for a wee or poo praise her like CRAZY! So she really knows she has done well. Maybe keep your bedroom door shut for the time being to. x
 

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Is she crate trained??? If so if she hasn't been put her straight back in her crate after coming in and take her out 15 mins later.. she'll poo eventually.. I keep a jumper on Daisy during the cold days, its the rain we have a problem with she gets upset and doesn't want to go out so just stands there under my legs hiding from the rain!!!!!
 

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i trained all my dogs by putting them outside then giving them a treat after they went potty - they got the idea after a few days
 

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Dogs are pretty habitual critters, even puppies learn their habits starting at an early age. How old is Zoey? Is she crate trained? When does she eat? What do you do when she pees outside? All of these things (and more) contribute to her potty training, and it would be helpful if you could answer the questions so we've a better idea how to help.
 

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Zoey is now 10 weeks old and yes she is crate trained. She really does not seem to eat much-a 1/4c of food will last her a day or two. She has access to it right now whenever she wants and I refill her bowl when it is empty. I tried feeding her once a day as well as twice a day but the dog is really not an eater. I usually praise her senseless when she does go potty as well as she gets a treat but she refuses to poo outside. This morning in the middle of a snowstorm she went out and went pee-then we walked around the whole block waiting for the poo-finally I gave in because it was soo cold and put her back in her crate-within less than a minute she had poo in there. I tried to catch her in the act so we could run outside for her to do her business out there but wasn;t fast enough. We put a very warm coat on her-she refuses to wear the booties that we got her so I know she has to be plenty warm I think she is just stubborn.

I am really trying to get her potty trained in the next few weeks because we will be moving in with my mother in law and that last thing I need if for Zoey to have an accident in her house!!!
 

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I would suggest a combination of the above suggestions... and try to go back to a feeding routine, rather than free range. this helps you predict better when she's going to need to go so you can be ready. maybe go to three times a day, like 7am, 1pm, 7pm. sometimes they will skip a meal, which is okay if she's getting three opportunities a day, she will build up an appetite for her next meal. just make sure she has some water available. then, i'd keep her tethered on a leash or isolated to an observable area when she is free in the house or crated when she's not, so that you can always be aware of her goings on. (i used the kitchen with a babygate, but make sure you can always be supervising either way.) i would also recommend closing your bedroom door and thoroughly cleaning where she's gone with nature's miracle or the like as yoshi's mom said and then putting some of her poop outside where you want her to go as rache suggested. after feeding her, crate her and, as suggested by daisydoo, try taking her out (to the spot where you put her poop) every fifteen minutes or so and then back into the crate until she poops outside. eventually she will have to and when she finally goes, praise praise praise and treat. good luck!!
 
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