Dog at pet store to long

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  1. sharonandmike

    sharonandmike New Member

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    We just bought a lab from a pet store because it was there to long and it was a good deal but we are having problems with going out to do her duty. What she does is goes out and waits to come back in to go. We got are other dog when she was young so it wasn't to hard to train. How do I make her relize that outside is the place to do her duty? I kept her outside with me for 2 hours and she did nothing untill we came inside.
     
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    She most probably doesn't recognize the outdoors as her potty area, because ever since she was born she could eliminate wherever she pleased. First the puppy mill or BYB where she was born, then the pet store (pet stores ONLY get their pups from puppy mills and bybs). If she was born at a puppy mill (which is probably the case), I'd bet that she never even eliminated once on grass in her life. Being in the pet store so long makes it even tougher to housebreak her. Persistance is key. Always bring her to the same spot to go potty. She will have to eventually! Good luck.

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    Yep that is one of the problems you get when you buy puppy mill dogs. Just keep persisting and don't give up. You may want to get her into some obsdience classes too or something.

    That is fine that you saved her and I am sure she is an otherwise great dog but please don't buy dogs from pet shops anymore. It just shows your support of puppy mills and backyard breeders and we want to stop them not encourage them. They are horrible places and produce sick, badly bred animals. Just to keep in mind for future reference. No big deal if you didn't realize how bad pet shops really are but just consider it next time you are looking for a dog.
     
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    The problem is she has yet to go outside no matter how long I keep her out for.
     
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    xo_PuPpYlUvEr_xo Brittany

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    Well, believe it or not, we gt Cody when he was 14 weeks being the oldest puppy at the pet store, and we had no problem training him thank god! Good luck with your new baby, and congratulations as well! I'm sure she will learn sooner or later!
     
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    This one was born in April and besides the house training she is very quick learner. We already have her sitting laying and coming when she is called. I just can not get her to go outside. I have been taking her out every 30 minutes and she will wait to come inside to go. I had her outside today for over two hours and she did not go outside once.
     
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    xo_PuPpYlUvEr_xo Brittany

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    hmmm, That's so strange? I think most dogs love to hear the word "outside", and they usually come right away... My baby sure does, lol... I hope that she will learn to go outside for ya. Maybe get her a tie-out and watch her from your kitchen window, or any window that you can see her from... That way, you won't have to watch her every second, but she will have all the time she needs to get used to going outside. Also, just a suggestion, some dogs feel "uncomfortable" when humans watch them go to the bathroom, so if you pretended to look away or something like that she will try to go? Just a few ideas, lol.
     
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    My guess is that she is so used to going inside that she has no concept of doing anything else. You are going to have a very very tough time housebreaking her, and it's possible she may never be fully trustworthy indoors.

    Take her out every 30 minutes and make her run about, this will stimulate her to 'go' more than if she was just walking around. Then praise like crazy and give her lots of yummy food treats immediately after she finishes going. This will start to form a connection that going outside is a wonderful thing!
     
  9. LabBreeder

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    Your dog, unfortunately, has probably never been outdoors to potty or do anything else. In your case you will need to be extra, extra vigilant and be more than willing to invest alot of time in your pet store puppy.

    *BTW, not ALL petstore pups come from puppy mills. Petsmart and Petco have the local animal shelters bring the dogs/cats in order to get them adopted out.*
     
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    she has no idea that outside is for pottying. she makes no connection between grass/outside and pottying.

    so you need to get her outside and KEEP her outside until she goes. don't give her the option of going back inside. take a book, take a chair, and hang out on grass until she goes. then praise her and take her in. you need to out-wait her, pure and simple.

    when she's inside, keep her tethered to you so that you are aware if she starts making "potty signals" and then you can take her outside again until she goes.

    it's going to be hard and it's going to take patience and extra vigilence on your part.
     
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    OutlineACDs Crazy Dog!

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    You might try buying those 'puppy potty pads' that are scented and put one outside. See if that will make her go. Whatever they 'scent' them with is suppossed to make puppies want to use the bathroom. Only other option is probably trying to crate her and only let her outside to potty until she is pottying outside every time you take her. Of course, if she is used to pee'ing in her cage it won't work. It is worth a try.
     
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    Julie Are You Blowing Me Off?

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    If you use pads in the house, take a used pad outside and leave it until she starts going outside, also stop using them in the house (if you do).
    If you are not using pads, just pic up the solid accidents and place them in the spot outside that you want her to go. For pee just wipe it up with a paper towel and set the paper towel outside too in that spot.
    Hopefully you are crate training and complete supervision while not in crate.
    The morning after you put her excrements outside would be a great time to start. She will have to go really badly when let out of the crate in the morning (unless of course she goes in there), anyway, don't let her paws touch the floor, carry her out to the spot where you put her pee and poo, and set her down. When she goes;) , praise her up and give her a hunk of meat something really good. Keep it up, and I am sure she will get the hang of it.
     
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    Maybe if your pup is relieving itself in one area you can put down paper or the puppy training pad and get her to go on it.. then put it outside.. and make sure the next time she relieves herself it's outside.. might help her get the idea..

    Edit: Heehee.. what julie said! :)
     
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    I said they come from either puppy mills OR bybs. Reputable breeders would never sell to pet stores. When Petco and Petsmart have cats and dogs, they're adoption events. I don't consider those pet stores at all (although I guess I could see how some people do).

    I don't think a pup is sold at a 'reduced price' because it's getting too old at an adoption event anyway. :p

    What elegy said. OutlineACDs, that's a great idea. :)
     
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    I think the trick here would be getting her out first thing in the morning. Before she's gone inside. I don't care how badly she wants to hold it, if you take her outside AS SOON AS YOU GET UP!!!! She will go outside, she won't have a choice. You will have to out wait her tho, you may be outside for an hour first thing in the morning, but I've never met a puppy that didn't do it's business as soon as it woke up from a nights sleep.
    You'll have to give up the morning coffee...brushing your teeth, and jumping in the until she understand she gets treats and praise for going outside.
    Have her crated at night, hopfully she doesn't mess in her crate, then pick her up out of the crate, carry her outside and don't leave her side until she's gone.
    good luck
     

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