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Ugh I am getting so frustrated!!!
My puppy isn't getting potty trained, I think I am doing everything right but it still isn't working.

When I take Joey out to go potty he will usually pee and then run up the stairs and wait by the door till I let him in, he will then run into the living room and promptly poop on the carpet sometimes I will grab him in time and bring him out but he poops on the carpet more often then not.
I will leave him outside for about 5 minutes till it looks like he won't go but as soon as I let him in he will poop on the carpet. I don't understand why he is doing this, I take him out often. He almost never pee's inside.
Also even though I wake up during the night to take him out he will go in his bed, I am so confused!!!! What am I doing wrong???
 

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How old is he?
I think you should limit his access to other rooms in the house until he is fully potty trained, especially the living room as he seems to have chosen that spot. When you let him back in after going out, take him into another room straight away, somewhere you can watch him like a hawk. Take him back out on and off until he has to poop outside rather than his preferred spot in the living room. You can let him go in the living room once he has done everything outside. I'm sure he will learn eventually. :)
 

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I know this sounds gross but have you tried taking the poop and bringing him back out again and placing it somewhere to sort of show him where to go? When my girl would have accidents in the beginning, I would take it and show her where to go and say "you go here" and eventually she caught on.

Also lots and lots of praise when he pees outside so he knows where everything belongs :)

I would also avoid the living room as Coco said.
 

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I agree with Krystal, you are coming in too soon. If you feed on a schedule you should know roughly when he needs to go. Stay outside, walking around with him until he goes. Activity stimulates the bowel to move, so keep him moving.
 

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Take some of the stool outside where you want him to go: when he sniffs it, praise llike mad. I use a phrase like 'go potty' for poop, and 'go piddle" for urine. Use whatever you like. Some people use 'hurry up'!!! as their phrase. I'm not one for having a pup in a tiny crate. I use a playpen for puppies. Iris is the name. This makes it easier on you at night, and he can't make a mistake.
 

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He is 21 weeks old.

I keep him in a playpen when I can't watch him, and he has stopped making messes in there.
I also crate him during the night (all our dogs get crated during the night) and he sometimes makes a mess in it (he made a mess in it last night) I don't know why he would since it is quite small and I took him out.

It is really hard to limit his access to rooms because there are 11 of us living in the one house and it is really hard to get it though everyone's heads that they have to shut the doors to all rooms at all times!!! So he will escape into the rooms and do his businesses without me even knowing.

I was thinking of putting him on a leash and only letting him go so far, but I don't think that is going to work because not only does he absolutely HATE the collar he also won't move from one spot and I don't want to hurt his neck when I try to train him to come with the leash.
So I'm not sure how I'm going to limit him to one room, I also can't keep him out of the living room because that is the one room it is ok to go in, since almost every other room is a bedroom and my siblings and I would rather he didn't go in our bedrooms.

We don't have a lot of doors either! Doors to the bedrooms and bathrooms, the living room and kitchen are pretty much one room. There is also the basement but it is kinda messy with boxes and things and I don't want him down there pooping behind the boxes it is also pretty much one room other then the bedrooms.

He has one spot outside where he poops, there is plenty of poop there, I'm not sure why I would want to put more poop there??

My word for him to go potty is "go potty" we use that word with all our dogs.
I am not the only one who takes him out either, my mum and I are part owners and so we both take care of him. My mum is also getting very frustrated.

I would rather not stay out for more the five minutes!!! I live in the country and it isn't exactly what you might call warm here yet. Plus going outside in the middle of the night by yourself with no one else awake isn't fun either!!! Especially when we have had a couple break-ins.

I can't wait him out cause he won't go until I bring him inside. I don't know what I am doing wrong!
 

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Sounds like he's trying. Any chance he just can't hold it yet at night? I'm not the expert (read "She hardly knows what she's doing" LOL) I know my guy usually needs 10 min. of exercise to poop. Maybe for now just take him to the peepee pad when you come inside and keep him there 'till he poops on the pad. It's really handy to have them indoor/outdoor trained. Well, whether or not my advice is useful I'm sending you well wishes.
 

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If he is not going in his pen, then why are you locking him in his crate at night? Just leave the crate door open, and he'll use the pad in his pen. I would wait for nicer weather and then after he has eaten, on a weekend so you have time, wait him out, outside. Keep him moving; keep saying go potty, and finally he'll have to go.

With an irish setter puppy, one day in the rain, I walked that dog around for 45 minutes. She was wet, I was wet, but she did go evenutally. I praised her like mad and dashed back into the dry house. She never again refused to go out in the rain!! Good luck!
 

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The crate isn't in the playpen there's not enough room.
We also don't use a pee pad because he wasn't using it anymore. I'm not sure what is going on but I am happy to say that he hasn't gone inside yet today.
I know he can't hold it yet because even though I took him out at four in the morning he had already gone again at 8 in his crate.
I hope more then ever that this problem will get fixed. I have a couple ideas of what I have to do.
 

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"I would rather not stay out for more the five minutes!!! I live in the country and it isn't exactly what you might call warm here yet. Plus going outside in the middle of the night by yourself with no one else awake isn't fun either!!! Especially when we have had a couple break-ins.

I can't wait him out cause he won't go until I bring him inside. I don't know what I am doing wrong!"

You just answered your own question. Taking him outside is enough exercise to stimulate him to empty his bowel, but you go back in before he has so he goes indoors.
Potty training isn't fun, but if you want a dog that toilets outdoors you have to stay out with him. It isn't fun for him either, he would much rather go in the nice warm house. Each time he does, that behaviour is self-rewarding, so becomes harder to change. You have to ensure he only goes outside from now on. If that means staying outside for half an hour, then make sure you are both dressed for the weather.
 

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"I would rather not stay out for more the five minutes!!!

You just answered your own question. Taking him outside is enough exercise to stimulate him to empty his bowel, but you go back in before he has so he goes indoors.
Potty training isn't fun, but if you want a dog that toilets outdoors you have to stay out with him. It isn't fun for him either, he would much rather go in the nice warm house. Each time he does, that behaviour is self-rewarding, so becomes harder to change. You have to ensure he only goes outside from now on. If that means staying outside for half an hour, then make sure you are both dressed for the weather.
Yup totaly agree with Pixie, no matter what stay out there till he goes and use a certain word like go potty or go poop each time so he knows. All my fur babies can hold there potty all night long but i do there last potty run outside real late at night its pitch black out here in the woods where we live and bears and so forth roam around and even in dead of winter below zero temps or pouring rain im out there with um. It didnt take any of my babies long to figure out HEY if i go potty pee and poo i can then get back inside. Now its to the point where when i let um out to potty i just say "hurry up go potty" and they do there bizz and right back in we go. :D
 

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Yeah but how will I know if he has to go poop?? Sometimes I will let him in after his has roamed around for 5 minutes and he won't go till like half and hour later. Or he will go a bit outside and then 5 to 10 minutes later he will go the rest. What do I do about that? I know I am going to have to stay out till he goes but like I said I don't want to stay out for half and hour when I could have stayed out for only 5 minutes. Yenno?
 

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Do you feed on a fixed schedule? If you feed at the exact same times every day you can (mostly) predict when they need to go. Keep a note of when he poos, and work out how long that is after each meal. Are you still feeding raw? that can make it less predictable IME as they get different foods at different meals which take different times to digest, but if he is on a prepared diet you should see a pattern.
 

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Can you take him on walks as opposed to just going out in the yard/garden? Until he gets the idea and is trained. I was roaming the streets every 2 hours day and night for a month when Mickey was rehomed to us. The neighbors thought I was crazy. Once he understood what was expected I was able to transition to opening the door to the yard and he's back inside in less than 2 minutes.
 
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