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Joined: 12/31/1969
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We found an 8 week old Puggle in the middle of the road 2 1/2 weeks ago. We took him to the vet and did all we could to find his owner (called Humane Society, all local vet offices, put up signs, posted on Craigslist)...No one came forward. We are assuming he was dumped :(.

I know he is still young, but he is not getting potty training at all. He has pee'd in his crate (that is the right size for him...small) twice and slept in it. We take him outside and he pee's & poo's right away when we take him to "the spot" and will pee on cue (when we say "potty"). Then he comes back in and within 10 minutes he pee's on the floor. He doesn't whine, do circles. He just stops walking and pee's. We have no warning.

What should I do? I have been letting stay outside most of the day while the weather is beautiful and whenever he comes in he goes in the kennel. I am not sure what I am going to do when winter comes. He can't be in the kennel all day (except to pee and poo outside) can he? Our 1st dog (got when she was 8 weeks) "got" potty training right away. We had a few accidents here and there but nothing like this puppy. I have never seen a puppy have to pee as much has he does. Even outside he will pee 5-7 times in a 30 minutes period.

I am just wondering if this is a very hard breed to train and if so, if I should be finding a better home for the little guy...we have 3 kids (10, 7, & 2 and one on the way in the spring as well as another 4 year old dog). We are home all day (work at home) so I thought it would be ok for us to keep him but I am feeling badly that he is either outside or in his kennel. HELP please!
Sheri

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

If his past owners were abusive in any way, something in your home might trigger those memories and scare him. I'd say stick with trying to train him and if that doesn't work, enlist the help of a professional. I rescued a Husky/German Shepherd last year and had a time training... housebreaking was not an option. I went off to college and he stayed in a pen outside. Now i've got the funds to get him trained right. I found someone locally who will be willing to board him for two weeks in order to make sure he is fully housebroken- they're also throwing in basic obedience commands. I'd suggest doing this if you want to make the dog your lifetime friend.

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

have u hade him to the vet to see if there are any other health issues,try given him water at a limmeted rate as so as he drinks take him out.

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

Do you have any other pets? It could be territory marking. Dog's pee on things to claim them as "theirs". When we're potty trainign and catch the dog IN the act (actually peeing or pooping, not after) Clap loudly and do the "bad dog" voice while saying no. Then the dog is immediately taken outside to correct and told to potty.

Also, dogs should go out (i think) with in about 5-15 minutes of eating, waking up, or before bed.

There are also cleaning sprays that cover up any urine scents and repel (if the dog has a favorite spot to potty).

If it persists, consider seeing your vet. Sometimes there are things like bladder infections which can cause the dog to have to pee much more frequently then normal.