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Old 05-18-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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Okay so Brutus is 3.5 months old and he hasn't peed inside in like two weeks which I am very proud of him for. But he also hasn't pooped outside in forever, I can take him out for an hour and as soon as we come back in he will poo right by the door. He never pees inside, only out in the grass but I don't understand why he doesn't do the same for number 2? I don't expect him to be potty trained right away but I would like it if he pooped outside every once in a while so I would feel like I was making progress.

I constantly keep my eye on him since I just finished school last month so I have all my time to spend with him but he always runs around the corner to poop as if he knows he is being bad, I never yell at him I just say "no" firmly if I catch him in the act (which I usually do because he only runs away from me to poop inside) and take him outside right after for a few minutes so he knows what I want him to do. Am I doing something wrong?

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Old 05-18-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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Are you using newspaper or potty pads for him ?
Move these further to the outside for him and he will get there.
Brutus is still a baby it maybe take some time for him to go outside, stick with it..........it takes time and patience.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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I used to use potty pads for a couple weeks but he would bypass them and wait for me at the door so I just decided to commit to training him to go outside instead of confusing him with the pads. I just don't get why he knows only to pee outside but he poops inside all the time.

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Has it been wet recently? Some dogs will go to extreme lengths to avoid the feel of wet grass on their precious little bottoms. One of my adult and thoroughly house trained dogs will avoid pooing on wet grass at all costs. He never goes indoors, but holds on for extreme lengths of time. At a competition I have to find him somewhere suitable to go if it is a wet day or there is still dew on the ground. He will compromise on gravel or bark around the base of trees - lol.

I may be way off track and this may simply be a case of him not yet understanding what is required, just a thought.

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Old 05-19-2009, 11:40 PM   #5
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Yeah I think he is just confused lol
It is wet in the mornings but in the afternoon the grass is crisp and dry after warming in the sun so I'm pretty sure it isn't the wet grass unless he relates the wet morning grass to the dry afternoon grass.

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I think it just sounds like he's gotten in a habit and isn't understanding what he's suppose to do. When you come back from your walks do you immediately go inside and stop in front of the door for a minute? I would try to avoid giving him the chance in order to break his habit. Stop outside the house and just stand there holding the end of the leash letting him walk around you and sniff grass. He may find since it's the end of the walk and you've stopped moving he feels like pooping. Then you can praise before taking him inside.

If that doesn't work and he doesn't poop before going inside then I would get him away from the door and areas he's pooping in immediately and preferably into a crate. Don't stop to take shoes off (wear sandals you can just kick off in a second or take them off outside and get them later if you have to), don't unclip leash, don't pause for anything.. March right into the house, on past the door, and to the crate or a confined space where you can watch him. If he's crate trained then you can just wait 30-60mins and take him out to the yard again to see if he's willing to go. Again don't pause at the door. Get your shoes on before you get the dog out of the crate and head straight outside.

If you don't have a crate then put him in a confined small area or tie the leash to you and go about your day so he's always within reach. If he shows any sign of squatting down make a negative sound like "ehh" or something to show it's bad and immediately take him back outside. Stand at the end of the leash letting him circle you again and see if he can find a suitable spot this time so you can praise him for it. It can help to walk to the end of the yard since dogs often dislike pooping near the house. My dog will hold it until we get so many 100s of feet away from the house on our walks and will not poop in the fenced dog yard area because she thinks it's too close. She waits for a hike out toward the field.

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Personally I would just start all over Potty training again. Take the pet out every hour if necessary, exit same door to the same area. I gave my daughter Girle's female puppy she had end of March, she is totally house broken now. She takes her out very often and rewards her with praise.

It does make a bit difference as my Shepherds, not to brag, are very easy to train quickly. But, in a few days she was going to the door. Hang some bells on a ribbon or piece of rawhide shoe lace or a big ring of old keys for it to bang on.

Keep after the pet until it knows to go to you or alert you at the door to go out. It is not impossible to retrain starting all over.
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It sounds like you have made good progress but always ask yourself.... Is the outside area small? (if it is then feeding out there and expecting him to go out there he probably won't want to go so much as dogs don't like to pee and poop where they eat or sleep so make sure there is plenty of room or feed him indoors then take him out straight away).
2. Is the outside too clean? If there is not a scent of his own urine he will be less keen to go there. Try to leave it for a while (i know this is not very nice for you but it will speed things up).
3. Give him a treat every time he goes outside.
4. Put a command to the behaviour - tell him to 'busy' whilst he is peeing then praise him for going in the right area.

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you need to label the behaviour so you can get him going on command.

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