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Okay so this isn't for my own personal dogs but for a family member who ended up getting the Chi puppy that was a "street" dog. I posted about for flea and tick items (Which they have under control now)
He sleeps at night inside the house as well as during the day he's mainly inside. They let him potty in the backyard during the day and take him out constantly. At first he did an awesome job (no pooping, peeing or getting into anything) but just yesterday he went to the bathroom (literally) and pooped on the floor twice twice and once this morning. They're not very happy (humans) They take him out and he refuses to poop in the yard but will do it on the bathroom floor.
I said how about teaching him to "go" on a puppy pad. They don't like the idea as they'd rather have him go in the yard. I also recommended a kennel.
Why after about month is he going inside the house as they never had any struggle with him?
Also no peeing just pooping.
Yes they also stand outside with him and tell him "go potty"
 

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Something that helped with my foster dogs in the past was to keep them on leash (and stand in one area) or in a pen until they did all their business. That way they don't get as distracted, and letting them out or off leash to play is a great reward for puppies!
 

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somehow, my post didn't post! Did something scare/startle, this dog in the yard? If he was going happily in the yard, and suddenly decided it wasn't the place to go, something changed his mind. Go back to housetraining. Take him out on a leash, or go out with him, and just walk around telling him to 'go potty' or 'hurry up' or whatever term you use. When he finally goes (take him out when you know he should have to go) praise like mad and give a treat AS HE IS GOING, or just after. As for the house he should be in a pen/large crate, or confined. I use a small crate inside a pen for sleeping. I don't like to keep a dog in a small kennel for hours. Be patient.
 

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I felt a little bad as I know Gobo and Reta have a bigger problem than a puppy pooping inside the house. But I really am happy they are taking good care of this Chi puppy and decided to let their hearts open up to another dog (because they wanted no more dogs)
This is the main issue they are having when they are taking him out and telling him "go potty" he jumps up at them and just wants to play. They actually don't have a leash for the puppy yet. But I will happily give them a leash to see if it'll help.
I honestly don't know if anything startled the puppy. I did tell them as soon as he "goes" give him a super yummy treat and praise like he just did the best thing in the world.
I will pass on the advice
 

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The other thing that is a little gross, but may work. When he poops inside, with out his watching, pick it up and put it in the yard where you want him to go. Go get him and show him, and praise like mad. Maybe he'll get the connection.
 

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That's interesting I've never heard of anything like that
Yesterday the puppy chewed a pair of expensive shoes. He's fine but they weren't happy.
They ended up deciding to buy a crate. Which we'll go today and pick one up.
They can go back to basics as he won't have free roam of the entire house. Which will help alot.
But I'm wondering if it be better to "line it up" with puppy pads in case he pees. Or just a crate mat. Then again he might not want to pee in it as he'll stand in his own urine. We will get one exactly his size so he won't have space to "go" on one end. Plus their is someone always home to take him continuously.
 

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They need to ignore the dog until it goes potty, then whip out a toy and initiate play. The crate will be a huge help and allow them to take him out on a schedule. I would start with just an old towel or blanket in the crate. He should avoid eliminating there, but chewing is a possibility!
 

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So a person didn't agree/ liked the idea of locking him up in a kennel.
They tried a puppy pad. He chewed on it. They kept him in only one room and closed the bathroom door. And he didn't "go" yesterday inside. Not sure why but hopefully he'll keep it up.
They have a large kennel that kept their 50 pound dog and they plan to take it out and put the pads in there to see if he'll go in there. But they will leave the door open.
I don't necessarily agree or disagree with it but it's not my decision or dog for that matter. But he's improving which is what matters
 

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I started Gobo in a 30" crate when I first got him. Most of it was a taped-down disposable pad, and a bed/water area. The crate they have is probably a 36", so a little bigger. Confinement is key here. He will not choose to use the pad when he has so many other options all over the house. I would recommend a plastic pad holder that hides most of the edges/corners of the pad. They can still dig in it, but if he is getting plenty of outside play time, he should be relaxed enough to rest in the crate/pen/room. They need to choose a method and stick to it. Otherwise, the training will take so much longer.
 

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They just cut off the bathroom and being confined in 2 rooms. And he hasn't had an accident in about 2 days now.
But I will pass it along
 

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A dog trainer friend said changed her mind about crates over the years. She takes care of dogs that were in cars during accidents when owners are hospitalized. She says the chances of a dog ending up in a pound are vastly reduced when a dog is crate trained. It can be taken care by anybody when the unforeseen happens. We like ours in a crate at night so we know where they are if there's an emergency (think fire, tornado, etc. where being able to grab them could be life or death). From experience I know mine all love their crates. And I never would have gotten our first dog potty trained without a crate. 2 months of him going everywhere and then Voila! got a crate in 2 weeks he was going on command--outdoors! Since then the other 2 have had Iris pens with a pad, comfy bed, etc. to start out.
 
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