We just adopted a dachshund mix a little over a week ago. She is a rescued dog and is about 1 and a half years old. She seems to know to try to hold it in until we take her outside… but she sometimes sneaks to the carpeted areas when we are not looking, or not at home to pee. She knows she is not allowed to go there, and we put barriers up. But she always somehow gets past the barriers. She's small and gets through the railings, or knocks down the barriers we put up.
We really would like her to be pad trained because when we go back to work, we may be gone for 10 hours at a time. We are on winter break now for about two weeks so we have time to train her.
This is day 2 of us trying to attempt to padtrain her.
Day 1: we just put out pads, but she snuck downstairs to a carpeted area when we were out of the house for a bit to pee instead.
Day 2: As soon as she woke up, I took her to the pee pad area and waited for about 20 minutes and kept saying the cue 'Go Potty'. She finally went. But later in the day when we left to go to church she again snuck to the carpeted area (although I had ductaped cardboard to all the railings, so she couldn't get through. She knocked down the baby gate we put up.
A friend suggested we put up a penned in area, and put down potty pads and put her in there when we think she needs to go pee, and wait until she pees to praise her, give her a treat, and take her out. But I've been waiting for over 4 hours now. I had put her in the pen a couple of hours after dinner, before bed, and she hasn't gone for about 8 hours. Now, she has not gone for almost 12 hours.. and she is still holding it!!! I'm frustrated, and want to go to bed. She also seems very tired and keeps falling asleep. But I am determined to wait until she pees.. I've already waited this long. So I keep waking her up and telling her the cue 'Go Potty.' What am I doing wrong? What am I doing right? What do I need to do? HELP!!!
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Hi! Great article! I agree with everything you said. I’m not sure what the 5th reason is for your dislike of Potty Pads. I got the following 4 points: 1) it’s confusing for the dog 2) teaches them to go indoors, 3) hard for them to distinguish between potty pads and your things 4) it’s the main cause of Euthanasia. What am I missing? Thanks!!!
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