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    Potty Training Help Please!!!!!!!
    limichelle posted:
    I got my puppy Sofia (maltise) in July at 14 weeks old. I am having a hard time trainging her. I have read many articles on the how to's but I must be doing something wrong. I can not take my eye's off of her(this I know) she will pee or poop anywhere she feels like! I have tried the pee pads, grass pad & taking her outside in the morning and 10- 20 minutes after eating.

    She will go outside and come in the house right after going pee & poop outside and I find her going again in the house. Not in the same spots it's annywhere she wants to.

    I have a crate for her that she is in at night and a few hours during the day until my husbands gets home in the morning (he works night work) he again takes her outside.

    I also block her in the kitchen with a gate & her pee pad when I can not keep my eye on her for every second. She will go on the grass pad and also go on the floor.

    I have read that this breed is hard to train. I have another dog also that she loves to go outside with but she is not learning from him either.

    She is very sweet and knows what a "treatie" is and can sit and stay when I tell her to. (to get the treat) I also use threats when she goes outside or on the pads.

    Help!!!! want am I doing wrong?? I have had many dog's in my life but this litte bugger is giving me a hard time. How long should this process take? Any advice will help!

    Will Draper, DVM responded:
    limichelle: it is important to have a very strict routine when potty training a pup. You should get them in the habit of eating at the same times every day, going out to "potty" at the same time (through the same door, to the same area), crate them at specific times during the day, playtime at the same get the picture. Dogs have a great timepiece in their brain- and combine that with their incredible intelligence, you should be able to get the potty training under control quickly. Be patient- they are like babies, and will slip up from time to time- but persistent. Keep doing the same thing every day. You'll get there. Good luck!
    Dr. Will
    Valedez replied to Will Draper, DVM's response:
    This is so true! We have an English Cocker Spaniel and he is very stubborn. He went through dog training and did well. He eats at 11:30am and goes out around 3pm (he's almost 2 years old) then then again around 6pm and 9pm before retiring. But he is so focused on playing ball that he doesn't hear nor pay any attention to anything not even answering his name when called. So around 6am he makes it his business to go to the bathroom in his crate because he knows that someone will clean it up.

    We were feeding him later in the day and it got worse so we went back to 11:30am with bathroom breaks as usual. Now he after knowing the my husband won't be playing ball all the break times seems to get the message. No bathroom in the house and in his crate and now he is being tested to sleep outside of his crate at night but not on the carpet because he thinks the carpet his 'grass' and uses it as his bathroom. So no treats in between breaks and he knows what he has to do but no knows that neither myself nor his father is putting up with his nonsense. He is extremely intelligent for his breed but he looks at us and play the cards when he wants to get his way. It's true he resorts to being a "child" when it suits him and he wants to get his way. Well now my husband doesn't feed his ego and he seems to calm down and get his little butt on program if he wants the attention from us that he wants. I am the controller and my husband is the okay guy who used to let him get his way. As of last week that whole initiative has changed. He sees that my husband isn't playing into his little 'doggie game' so now he knows that to gain affection from either of us he needs to get into his little "doggie head" that he is the family pet and not the baby. You may need to reassess the situation with your dog to see if your pet hasn't found a way to get you to do what he wants you to do and not the other way around.
    limichelle replied to Valedez's response:
    Thanks for the reply. It has been 3 weeks since I posted this and some days are good but most are not so good.

    Sofia will pee on the grass pad when she feels like it but will rarely ever poop on it. She spends all night in her crate and as soon as I get up she goes out side. She could be out there for a half hour and come in the house and pee on the pee pad (sometimes) and poop in the house not outside.

    I have gates blocking her from every room except the kitchen unless I am watching her. I am keeping a strict routine with her but she is not getting the picture. She does it when she wants to so I feel she knows but will spitfully pee on the floor right in front of me.

    I am still at a loss and don't know where to turn next.
    diperri replied to limichelle's response:
    I have a Morkie, 5 months old (Maltese/Yorkie mix) In the beginning, I went through the same thing you are going through, but now he is starting to get the picture. When he goes out, I ask him "do you want to go out and go potty". He will run for the door and even pick his leash up. I still have a pee pad in the livingroom but he sometimes chooses to use the kitchen floor. I will tell him he is a bad pup, that he needs to use the pad. The reason for the pad is I am afraid to take him out at night. I live alone and even through I live in a retirement community, its the wild animals that are around that scare me. He stays in his crate at night and when I am not at home. He never has had an accident in the crate. As soon as I come home, I will carry him to the door and tell him he needs to go potty. He is really good about it. Its hard feeding him at the same time every day. He seems to be a nibbler sometimes so doesn't eat at the same time every day. Don't give up. Some dogs are just stubborn. Its no different than trying to potty train a toddler. Some learn faster than others. Years ago I had a mini Schnauzer. He was 8 months old before he finaaly got completely trained. I know its frustrating, but keep working at it.
    limichelle replied to diperri's response:
    Thanks for getting back to me. I was hoping to hear stories of success! I am working very hard with her and at times she seems to get it Hopefully it pays off. She was at the vet yesterday to get spayed:( and also had 7 of her baby teeth pulled because her adult teeth were growing in over top of the baby teeth. She was not a happy camper last night but today she is back to her old self. My vet also gave me some good pointers on training her. He told me to keep her in the crate at night and also during the day and keep taking her out until she goes and of course lots of treats when she does good.
    He also told me to get rid of the pee pads now. They are confusing her and she is not learning to hold it. At this point the vet said she is capable of holding it for up to 8-10 hours. I am not so sure about that.

    I am determined to have sucess with her and I won't give up! Thanks again.

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