by Cynthia Blue
Question by sara: How can you break an adult dog from leaving messy surprises on your carpet?
She is a “rescued” dog and well-trained otherwise but still has not mastered the fact that she needs to use her doggy pads.
(if it helps, she is a terrier mix and probably a little over a year old) Also- I do show her the puppy pads and get on to her when she goes in the wrong places. I don't think the people that had her before worked with her on that AT ALL and with her being an adult, it's harder because our puppy (trained by us) is doing great. So any ideas would be great. Thanks!
Answer by maxximumjoy
My personal opinion is to get rid of the puppy pads and start training your dog to only potty outside. The puppy pads may be confusing, as it teaches a dog that pottying INside is OK.
I would do crate-training for the times the dog is unsupervised and/or sleeping at night, and go back to step one of potty training, treating the dog as if it were a young puppy. This means putting the dog on a strict pottying schedule, taking her outside with you like every 2 hours and not coming back in until she potties. This make take 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes, but you have to dig your heels in and not come inside because ONLY when the dog actually potties outside can the real training happen: You reward the dog for outside potties with lavish praise, treats, snuggles and any other thing that shows her how pleased you are.
Good luck. Potty training can take months before a dog really catches on, but during that time she WILL make steady improvements, so hang in there.
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