My 7 mth old girl is 'generally' potty trained, but she sleeps indoors at night, and cannot hold her bladder until morning. I take her out for her last toilet visit around 9.30pm, and then again at 6am. But every morning I am cleaning up poop & wee! She doesn't even use the puppy wee wee pads that are put down! How long will this continue??? What should I be doing differently? I must mentioned that she is an amazing puppy in every other way.... she has been going to training every weekend since she was 12 weeks old, and she is really good at learning new commands and is a very obedient and happy puppy..... she is fantastic for a lab puppy!
Any tips on how to help her learn to hold her bladder would be appreciated. The kids would love to have her sleeping in their rooms, but she is still separated into the lounge/dining area due to this issue.
Do you use a crate at night? My puppy has slept through the night since the 2nd night we brought him home (granted I get woke up anywhere from 4:30 on) he has never peed or pooped inside of his crate. We also haven't had a pee or poop accident throughout the house in the last couple of weeks, and only three or four ever! He isn't quite four months old. Does she use the potty pads at all? I would only have her potty outside or you are sending her mixed messages. at 7 months she should be able to hold it through the night if it isn't more that 7-8 hours.
When I brought Cassie home I didn't have a crate because I didn't know anything about crating. She was in a spare bedroom free and she was doing wee and poop all over the place. I was cleaning every morning and all day. Then I found this forum and they advised me to get a crate. I think Cassie was 3 months old by then. When Cassie was in her crate she didn't poop or wee wee at all. You should get a crate and at night let her in. But take it easy the first time. Don't force her to go in.
Last edited by mistarkos; 08-16-2012 at 03:41 PM.
If dogs do not go to heaven, then I prefer to follow them where they go.
Is she having any UTI infections? She should be able to hold all night effortlessly if you let her eliminate at 9:30. Dont have a clue about the poop other than stop using the wee-pads alltogether. What times of day do you feed and how frequently? We feed our pup twice a day once at 7:00 am and again at 5:00 PM and that's it. Limit the water after 7:00 PM and let out to pee at 9:00. Establish a routine that works and stick with it.
I would crate train. Get a crate, get her comfortable with it (feed her in there, throw high value treats) and then crate her at night.
Is she only indoors at night?
Are you going to bed at 9:30pm (is this why that is the last time she goes out)?
Do you make sure she goes to the washrrom when you take her out?
Is she pooping in the evening? You may need to tweek your feeding/outing/exercise schedule so she can poop before bed.
Definately get rid of pee pads.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Crate training. It is not cruel or bad, a lot of the time the dog ends up liking their own little cave they can retreat to. It is certainty the best way to iron clad house train if you ask me.
Where is your dog when she sleeps at night? Does she have free reign in the house, or is she confined to one room? Our Sophie has always slept with us. She has never woke up and pooped or peed in the house. Even when she was only 8 weeks old she's sleep right through. She always woke up between 5 and 6am and as soon as she woke up, we'd take her outside. If your dog is somewhere in your house and you are not aware of when she wakes up, that could be the problem. If you aren't using a crate, then she has to be with you, where you will know immediatley when she wakes. Also, you mentioned puppy pads. If you have been using those, it gives your puppy mixed signals. She will think its ok to go potty in the house, sincethey don't understand the difference between potty pads and the rest of the house. I would not use those if I were you.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Thanks everyone for these suggestions & advice.
To answer some questions asked by you all, my lab Saxon, is not crate trained and I don't have one (though it's on my agenda now!!), and she has free rein of a part of the house during the night, as she remains indoors (it's winter in Australia and pretty cold where I am). She eats in the morning at 7am and again at night at 6.30pm, and nothing after that. But she does have access to water all night.
My learning from all your advice is:
* get a crate
* have her sleep in the crate, but until she is socialised in the crate, have her sleep in my bedroom where I can hear her wake, and then take her outside (memories of small babies and limited sleep are resurfacing )
* limit access to water after about 8pm
I think that is a great plan, and I am pretty sure you will be done waking up to poops and pees! Good Luck!
I would also recommend making sure she goes to the washroom before bed (poop). This may mean taking her for a walk or what not. It may even mean feeding her an hour earlier so she goes. Make sure she pees as well (watch her).
Make the crate a happy place, feed her in there, put high value treats and other items in there.
She may cry at first when you crate her so pick your night to start crating (door closed). ignore her crying (even if it is for awhile). I prefer crating in my bedroom but I realiaze that can be ackward.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky