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bathroom issue

Discussion in 'Sheltie Training' started by siding, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. siding

    siding Forums Novice

    Sep 2, 2018
    weeks Hi everyone, My sheltie puppy Simba turned 9 weeks two days ago. we are having a crate for him and some puppy pad inside(also one just outside of the fence). but every morning we found some poop in the fence, so we get him out and clean up. Here is what happened next, he comes around and poop in a random spot and then got back to the pad that we put just outside the fence to pee. I am so confused that he knows where to pee but why has poo everywhere. also he does not pee (only one time in 7days) and no poop outside when we take him to a walk.
  2. Cara Sandler

    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

    Jul 11, 2015
    I recommend getting Dr. Ian Dunbar's book "Before and After Getting Your Puppy". He has a great technique for potty training, along with a lot of other things.
  3. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    I agree with Cara, Ian Dunbar's book may help you a lot. It sounds like this is your first puppy? You really cant expect a 9 week old pup to pee and poop on command or to know that they have to go on the puppy pad (when Piper was a puppy I put some puppy pads down...he would lay on them or chew them lol, he didn't know what they were for). The key is being consistent with taking them out to potty frequently and make a BIG deal out of it when they pee or poop outside (give them a treat too...very important). This is what teaches them to go outside but its not going to happen overnight or even in a week. Every puppy is different but I wouldn't expect a puppy to be perfect even at 6 months ( even my boy Finnie at 7 months will pee in the house if I don't catch his cue that he needs to go outside)
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  4. RikyR

    RikyR Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2013
    Baton Rouge LA
    Piper's mom made a good point. Watch him closely and learn his body language. Zulu would start to walk in circles when it was time. Once I noticed that, I was able to scoop him up and take him outside. It may not happen 100% of the time, but once you learn all his cues, things will get better. One day he will just get it, and he will be housebroken. Zulu still expects a treat after he goes potty - we are so spoiled!
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  5. sable

    sable Premium Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Their body language says so much. For the new pups in the family (2 of them) use the bells
    I got them on the door and it works. My little new guy is too short for the bell but he goes to
    the door at 12 weeks old. I know when he is sniffing around its time to go out also.

    It was great with Lucy when he was there for Lil' Lady, an older dog with a pup he sure did
    train her for me. Now I am starting all over with just the pup and watching him all the time.
    Seems to me when they take a nap be ready to take Simba out. That is what happens here.
  6. Caro

    Caro Moderator

    Jan 14, 2009
    Canberra, Australia
    I agree with getting the Dunbar booklet - it's really helpful.
    Have you tried putting 2 pads down? I had issues with both a dog and a cat pooping inappropriately - until I discovered that animals often don't like pooping and peeing in the same place. With the dog, he also had a preference for pooping on certain surfaces, left over from being at the breeder. Do you know what surface your dog is specifically pooping on?
  7. Cindy

    Cindy Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    I took Gavin out every hour when I was home so that he would have no opportunity to go inside. That way he eventually figured out that pee and poop should happen outside. It worked pretty well. I second the bells :)

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