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Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 2 months ago

Puppy refuses to go potty outside?

A week ago, I bought a 4-month-old pug puppy, and since then, I've been working on potty training her, but she refuses to go to the bathroom outside, even if we stay out for an extended 45 minutes; she will hold it until we go back inside. 

Any tips? 

10 Answers

  • Rita
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    It is possible that your pup might be worried or frightened to go outside. Perhaps she had a bad experience, such as fireworks suddenly going off while she was out for a potty break. Or, she might have a more general fear of things in her environment, such as sights, sounds, and/or smells that are stressing her.

  • 2 months ago

    Possibly she has been trained to use puppy pads inside before you got her.

    Or simply kept in a roofed pen where she was allowed to soil.

    By 4 months she has learnt something. Anything other than a very young pup has.

    You need to keep her confined and under control at all times when inside and take her out as soon as she shows any sign, even when only seconds after you came in.

  • 2 months ago

    All I can say is to take her outside as much as possible and take her poop mistakes outside to one spot and leave it there. This will be her spot with her own poop at that place. Praise her for even smelling it. Take her to that spot often. Try not to make the mistake of using pee pads that will only prolong the hard work you have ahead of you. If you leave for an extended amount of time then okay with the pads. Be consistent, repeat, repeat and repeat and fast to praise. Don't get mad or punish the puppy, take a they don't know what they have done at all. Take a patient pill. Good Luck

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Without seeing what you are doing and what the pup is doing it is very difficult to give advice...... many new owners make too much of taking their dog out to toilet train, speak too much etc etc........ you know or should know by now when she 'needs' to toilet and you also know that you got this pup late which could mean it was sold on and its 'new owner' made a hash of toilet training or the breeder 'ran it on' to see if it was suitable for breed showing and it could have been crated and so never got any training at all.... so not knowing what happened before clearly the pup has no clue about toilet training, or it has had bad toilet training and so avoids

    As it is not clean in the house you need to limit its space/room it can be in, unless you are 100% watching it....and if it toilets in the house then say nothing, it is done and you do not want to stress a pup out who knows no better, just get up take the pup out silently and out of sight of the pup clear up so it is clean and fresh when it returns and not confused/stressed by being moaned at/told off for doing something it has not understood in the first place, do NOT use bleach or another amonia product as the smell to a dog replicates another dogs pee, so it will pee where it smells like NOT use those disgusting pee pads all they do is teach the dog to pee in the house and once it is old enough it will make its own decisions about where in the house it pees

    Lead walking and playing will motivate bowel/bladder you can do that, say NOTHING and wait until you see the dog toileting then use a command word ( I use 'clean') so you are seeing the 'action' and attaching it to a command word that way the pup will start to understand that word, means that action ( most people do it the wrong way around...they continually say a command word and 'hope' the pup learns what it means...)

    While learning silence is important and not spending 45 mins just standing outside, play/walk done nothing in 10-15 mins bring it in, crate it and 5-10 mins later take it out again...take it a lead walk and watch for the action and add the command word............ most pups will 'get it' within about a week...there will be accidents after that week but mainly because you are not watching closely enough or you are stressing the dog out confusing it will 'telling off' or simply talking too much

  • 2 months ago

    Some b itches can be difficult re eliminating outside.   However, by 4 months, she should be able to hold (which she clearly can) so what's needed is to get the message through that she does NOTHING indoors.    Has she been used to emptying on those wretched pee pads because that's your problem and I suggest this is what's going on and probably why she lost her previous home. 

    Go back to puppy training one - take her outside regularly and if she doesn't empty, whichever is needed, instead of standing around for minutes, if she doesn't do anything within 5 minutes, bring her back indoors but instead of allowing her the run of the house, keep her in the room by the outside door, staying with her, and the moment she goes to squat (easier to know if it's a bowel movement rather than just peeing) say No! and take her straight back outside.

    Correct ONLY in the act, clean up mistakes without comment (she will be watching and if she has half a brain, will note you being upset) and give her a ton of praise when she does finally empty outside.    This won't be achieved in a short time and for sure, the more mistakes she is allowed to make, the longer it will take.   If this has only been a week, you have quite a way to go before she can be trusted not to mess indoors.

    It's a battle of wills which clearly you must win.

    ps    There no reason not to use a crate or other means of confining her if you can't spend time being with her all the time.   Older puppies/adults don't normally mess where they sleep.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Give it a gallon of prune juice 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    bribe it with food.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    you need to take the puppy out the back to do business 20 minutes after the meal (or try and figure out how long after a meal does she go to the toilet). Stay with her for as long as it takes. When she goes outside give her a treat when she does it and say "go Toilet" so she gets to understand what go toilet means. Don't try crates as they are cruel and can cause bladder and bowel problems down the track from holding it in,

  • 2 months ago

    Crate train, leave her in her crate untill she it's time that she should have to go. Then carry her outside and wait. If you take her outside when she barely needs it, then she'll be able to wait longer. Then when she finally goes outside you bring her in and let her out of the cage. It takes a lot of time. 

  • GF
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    That's where she thinks she is supposed to go. You need to lead by example.

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