Siri vs. Housetraining Halp.

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  1. Shai

    Shai & the Muttly Crew

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    My first advice has already been said by several people so I won't repeat, but if you really can't break her of it, how do you feel about litter training? Would be better than scrubbing your carpets anyway...
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    Ew.

    Obviously pair a cue with pooping. Everyone thought I was a nutsack for following Eve around while she took a dump, chanting "poop", but at four months old she was crapping on cue and I wasn't struggling with housetraining anymore.

    It sucks trying to stick to it because they can be so annoying when tethered/crated, LOL.
     
  3. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    We've played this game for HOURS before. Take her outside, then crate for 15 minutes, take outside, crate for 15 minutes. I have no idea why I'm not skinny with all the stair running I do with her.

    Previously this was the game plan and how we did it. No free time until you go to the bathroom. But she doesn't always completely poop, and so then I'd find a pile half an hour later.

    If you try and block off her corner she will so in the middle of the floor :/

    I'm definitely going to try the ball idea!! That's great!!

    This is where we are at now. She is crated/tethered at all times, and we haven't had an accident since starting that.

    As I said above, we've done this (I only started staying out there for 15 minutes with her since I started the tethering/crating) and it can go for hours. She doesn't ever seem to put two and two together?


    If she would reliably crap in a box inside, I would be thrilled.
     
  4. stardogs

    stardogs Behavior Nerd

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    Have you done this paired with crating/tethering, too, so she's errorless? How long have you tried it for? For the really challenging dogs it may take a couple of days ime. And if you just give up and give free reign before they go, you just make it even harder on yourself. We have a holiday weekend coming up, maybe that would be a good time?

    Aeri went 24+ hours without pooping when we did this, but it worked.
     
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    Now that the weather is nice, if carrying her back and forth didn't work for hours I might just park myself outside in a lawn chair with a book and wait until she poops then make something amazing for her happen. I mean, it kind of sucks but so does cleaning up poop.
     
  6. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    She's been errorless for...6 days now, since we've started the tethering/crating.
     
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    That's awesome! I meant more whether you'd tried the outside/crate/outside/crate cycling idea after going errorless or not. It's sounds like you've tried a lot of things, but it can be easy to miss a combo of techniques that work best together when you have so many things to keep track of.
     
  8. PWCorgi

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    Just wanted to pop back in and say we are 11 days errorless! :D

    I switched her to the Flexi and it's made a big difference. I think being able to run around and get things moving is making it much easier for her to go, or at least it makes her need to go sooner! I haven't needed to stay out for 15 minutes, and there has been a couple times where she goes within a minute or two of going outside. I've been making sure to walk her around after she goes, because I don't want her to figure out that going poop = back inside. That would be great if it were winter, but it's actually been nice here.

    One thing I have noticed is that when she has looser stool (not even soft serve texture, just a slightly bit more loose) she will completely expel everything, but when it's firm, she won't. I'm considering keeping her on a food where she has a slightly looser stool, because I'm starting to think that she is just having a hard time pushing out the firm stool. We'll do bones a couple times a week to make sure her anal glands get expressed, but at least for now, it will make the housetraining easier if she is emptying herself.
     
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    Regular Feeding Schedule

    One thing that can help establish a regular pooping schedule is a regular feeding schedule. Feed your dog at a certain time every day. Leave the food down for a limited amount of time then take it away if it isn't finished. This discourages dogs that like to nibble between meals. What goes in on schedule comes out on schedule.

    Your restricting the dog at times you can't keep close watch on it is a good idea. We are likely to follow a routine. Dogs get in routines just like people. Your dog has developed a routine of going in the house. If it is in one special spot, you may need to use something to remove the odor so the dog doesn't think that that is the toilet spot.
     
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    Glad to hear you are making progress!

    I had read your OP and didn't have much to add, but was thinking about you two while at a party over the weekend... Some people were talking about housetraining and I had an epiphany about your situation. Then, you know, forgot entirely what my idea was. :mad:

    BUT I'm glad something is working and I'll add if I can remember what I had thought... :confused:
     
  12. Slick

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    Yay! I am so glad the flexi is working for you.

    I think as soon as you guys have been consistent and errorless for long enough, it is going to eventually become a nonissue (even if it takes a while to get to that point). So keep at it! Looks like it is working for you!

    I am so much happier with Leo's pooping right now too. It used to be 15+ minutes of walking around, then I let him off-leash in one specific spot, then flexi at that specific spot, and now he goes at that specific spot right away even if he is on a regular leash. :hail: His wasn't as hard since he wasn't pooping inside, but it is amazing what consistency can do.
     

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