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Old 11-30-2012, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a 12 week old toy poodle 4 days ago and I am having trouble potty training him. If I let him roam free in the apartment, he goes pee/poop on the floor everywhere no problem (approx. every hour) but if I leave him in his exercise pen with his crate and training pad and some play space, he will not go potty. Instead he just falls asleep on the training pad! I want to teach him the proper place to potty but I can't if he doesn't seem to wanna go!

I tried to take him outside to potty once but he got really scared and his body was shaking and didn't wanna walk! I live in a condo downtown so it can get really noisy with all the cars, honking, and sirens.

I am not sure what I should do, this is my first puppy so I have no prior experience either :( Please help!!!
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you have to teach him where you want him to go. He probably won't go in his xpen because his bed(crate) is in there so he likely considers the whole area his "den". Dogs don't want to relieve themselves near their beds/dens.

You could try taking his crate out of the xpen and using it as a"backyard", he might be willing to go in there then.

here's an idea for you, start by picking him up or walking him to the potty pad every twenty minutes and telling him to pee or poop. He might not go on it right away, but continue this routine.

If you have him outside of the xpen and he pees or poops, go to him beside the spot or while he is doing it if you catch him in the act, in a stern voice say,"NO". Pick him up, don't say anything and put him on the potty pad. He will get it and it won't take long. Each time he goes on the pad, make a big deal about it, celebrate and reward, reward, reward. He will clue in that he is a good dog and this behaviour makes mom very happy. Make sure that he has a clear path to the potty pad by leaving the xpen door open if he is not in it.

One other thing, put him in his crate and cover it before you clean up any accidents. That way he won't see you and think - oh, she'll just clean it up wherever I go.

No anger or chastising while you put him in the crate and I would do it after you get him and put him on the potty pad. You want to keep the action, peeing and/or pooping and the placement on the pad as close together as possible so that he can connect them.

Luckily you have a toy poodle, so pee and poop accidents are not big!!

You'll see, you will get him trained quite quickly. The thing is to be consistent and not to extend the time intervals. Every 20 minutes, on the pad he goes. He will one time have to go when you put him there and you will have a reason to celebrate, reward and reinforce.

I did this with Finnegan, taking him outside and walking him back and forth in front of my house. My neighbours told me that I was nuts, but I can honestly say that the only time he had accidents was when I missed an interval or thought, oh I'll just finish what I am doing and then take him out.

As the pup gets the hang of what you want and gets a wee bit older, you can increase the time intervals, to 25, 30, 35 - you get the idea.
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I have tried to take him on the training pad when I see him pee on the floor but every time he would run away when i try to pick him up :(
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Don't give up!! You have to be very strict about following this routine.

Keep you pup on a leash for now, that way you will remember to put him on the pad and also, even if he has a "wee" accident (tee hee!!) he won't be able to run from you, he will be attached to you.

It will work, you have to be diligent about keeping to the schedule and you will see!
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One thing to keep in mind is that exercise stimulates the pup's bowels and bladder. That's probably why he has no problem going when he's running around the house! I'm no expert, having housebroken exactly one dog, but here are my thoughts:

What kind of toys do you leave in the pen with him? A puppy alone probably won't play unless he's got something to amuse himself with. Here are two options that have worked for us. If you get a Tricky Treat ball and fill it with food and a few treats, the puppy will run around as he tries to get the food out . This may stimulate him to relieve himself in the pen. Alternatively, chewing is also said to stimulate pups' bowels and bladder. You could get a puppy Kong, coat the inside with honey or peanut butter, put kibble inside and top it off with some wet food. Then he'll get to chew, which will stimulate him, and he'll also get practice settling down quietly.

With whatever method you choose, you need to be watching so that if he goes on the pad you can give him several tasty treats - the first few times he gets it right, give him like 5 or 6 really good treats (dry liver, bits of people food, or his favorite treat). You can taper it down gradually to three once he gets the hang of it, and even further later.

Hope this helps!
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Just now he tried to poop multiple times. Every time I picked him up before he could do it and put him on the pad but then he just wouldn't go at all.

I got him few chew toys and as well as a kong filled up with treats. He does play with them.

Every time he's on the pad it's like he loses his urge to go potty. I have also tried to spray withe pad with the housebreaking spray but nothing :(
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try newspaper instead of the pads to see if that works better. Maybe the pad is soft and he equates it to a bed.
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don't give up, it will work!!

With a toy you could even probably train him to use a litter box like a cat. that would be great for you!

it won't work in one or two tries, but just keep at it!!

Don't get discouraged!
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Just now he tried to poop multiple times. Every time I picked him up before he could do it and put him on the pad but then he just wouldn't go at all.

I got him few chew toys and as well as a kong filled up with treats. He does play with them.

Every time he's on the pad it's like he loses his urge to go potty. I have also tried to spray withe pad with the housebreaking spray but nothing :(
We had the same problem! Laszlo was getting stressed out because he knew we wanted him to do something on the pad, but he didn't know what!

When we knew he had to go, we put him on the leash, brought him to the pad and only gave him enough slack to turn around. It was a bit of an ordeal, and there is probably a better way, but it got him to go on the pad, at which point we gave him many many treats and almost cried with relief. After a few times, he would hop in the litter box we had set up for him and go like a champ.
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Also, I want to echo Cavon - hang in there! A puppy is like a ninja - it gets you when you least expect it. You bring it to the right spot and get nothing, but as soon as you turn your back there's a puddle on the floor. Just keep at it, and you'll see. Once the pup does it right a few times, it's going to be a lot easier.
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