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Old 08-12-2014, 08:26 AM   #1
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Default Toilet training Relapse at 7 months old...

My little Mingus is 7 months old now and is a nightmare, but mainly a lovable one. He was good with going outside but he has to be CONSTANTly supervised or he will just do it as soon as you leave the room. I take him out as soon as he has eaten, and I congratulate him and give him treats when he does it outside. He used to be ok in his crate as he wouldn't want to sit in his own mess but then he figured out he could do it in the corner and squeeze himself away from it and he'd be ok and now he just soils his crate all the time. The worst thing is its not at night because he tends to sleep at night, its only ever if we go out in the day and put him in the crate for a couple of hours. If we are in the house he is with us all the time. It is just getting a bit tiresome now as he seems to have learned how to get away with doing things in the house, rather than wanting to do it outside. He gets a walk in the morning as soon as I get up, and he gets taken out for a wee at dinner time, and then he gets a longer walk in the evening when has his tea, and then gets taken out before he goes to bed. My boyfriend looked after him on his own for the last week and he got particularly bad now. Just wondering if there are any strategies to suggest?

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I should add that he is a husky x lab x staffy and although he is amazingly friendly and lovely all round, he has absolutely no respect for authority at all

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Is he only taken out 2-3 times a day? If so, he needs to be taken out more than that(at 7 months he should be taken out;immediately in the morning, every hour-two hours, after meals, after he plays, after he naps and before bed). I'd also suggest taking him outside before you crate him and after he comes out.

Make sure you clean his crate with a cleaner made for cleaning up that sort of thing(you need to get rid of the smell completely). It takes time to house train to so be patient good luck!

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I should add that he is a husky x lab x staffy and although he is amazingly friendly and lovely all round, he has absolutely no respect for authority at all
He is still at that 'age' where the boundaries will be pushed to the limit! It's up to you and your boyfriend to both lay down clear boundaries and sing from the same hymn sheet I expect the week where he was with your boyfriend to be the problem here so for eg if he is taken out for his potty at 2pm then your boyfriend must do the same Step the training up and he will learn the boudaries but both of you have to do the same things. I personaly would take him out more while he is still young! His Bladder/bowels aren't fully grown yet so he can't be left for long periods of time with out being able to relieve him self Good luck and let us know how you get on. Remember consistancy and being repetious are the keys to success in any training!!!!!
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He is going out at least 4 times a day as well as when he asks, but he knows now that if he asks to go out he gets to go outside to its pretty hard to tell when he actually needs to toilet.

I definitely see what bigboy means about being consistent. He is pretty good when I maintain a solid routine with him, but I thought that was just because you can expect them to need to go just after eating. He is just pretty hard work little guy at the moment. I'v spent the last few weeks having to take him into the bathroom when I shower or putting him in his crate because he has taken to jumping onto tabletops as soon as your back is turned.

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I feel your pain. I have an 8 month old border collie. He also goes with me into rooms I'd rather not because he eats furniture. My husband thinks it's weird but after 2 dining room chairs, 2 cushions, a North Face jacket, 2 smartwool socks, rubber handled kitchen scissors, 2 dog beds, a 600 percale contour sheet, I can't afford to replace anything else!
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You have gotten some good suggestions in the above posts. With patience, consistency, and time, everything should work out. Good luck.
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It's hard to comment on the house training issue without more info. How long is he left in the crate during the day? Does he eliminate every single time this happens? Is he crated overnight? Is he always clean in the crate at night? Is he also eliminating indoors outside of his crate, and if so how often?

As regards the 'lack of respect', how much training are you currently doing? Have you joined a class?

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He is going out at least 4 times a day as well as when he asks, but he knows now that if he asks to go out he gets to go outside to its pretty hard to tell when he actually needs to toilet.

I definitely see what bigboy means about being consistent. He is pretty good when I maintain a solid routine with him, but I thought that was just because you can expect them to need to go just after eating. He is just pretty hard work little guy at the moment. I'v spent the last few weeks having to take him into the bathroom when I shower or putting him in his crate because he has taken to jumping onto tabletops as soon as your back is turned.
You can introduce a command word when you let him out to go make sure you are outside with him and say something like do pee,pee or do poops when it does happen go OTT with plenty of praise and reward with playtime outside etc While food treats are a good reward remember that other rewards like extra play time or a favourite toy is also used Rewards come in many disguises! The consistancy I was on about must also apply to your boy friend too if one of you slack some what or you both don't sing from the same hymn sheet the dog will get confused and training will become harder! Loads of patience is needed for a puppy!!! Good luck
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