Q&A: How can you break an adult dog from leaving messy surprises on your carpet?

Question by sara: How can you an dog on your ?
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 , it's harder because our puppy (trained by us) is doing great. So any ideas would be great. Thanks!

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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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    • VfletchS
    • April 16, 2013

    I’ve seen all your videos. I always feel relief when you get the leash around them.

    • saxyviolist
    • April 16, 2013

    I just cried and then smiled

    • celia lacrépe
    • April 16, 2013

    i wonder what they can think and say too.

    • mysammy1107
    • April 15, 2013

    god bless your kindness

    • oneleggedspider
    • April 15, 2013

    I used to wonder why I tortured myself watching things like this, sad stories about dogs. But then it hit me. I have to watch them to know what it means to be human, because God knows you can’t look anywhere else for a better example.

    • Claudia Santibañez
    • April 15, 2013

    I will keep watching this videos and making contributions cause I can’t ignore the suffering of the lovely animals. Thank you so much Eldad for what you’re doing, you’re a very inspiring person.

    • Janina Marta
    • April 15, 2013

    Asians still eat dogs and cats !!!!

    • Janina Marta
    • April 15, 2013

    God bless you !!!!

    • Janina Marta
    • April 15, 2013

    This video make me cray !!! Thank God for people like You, I adopted 2 rescued dogs myself and I love them so much.

    • Stan Dragos-Stefan
    • April 15, 2013

    thumbs up if you couldn’t see her/his eyes

    • Shaun robinson
    • April 15, 2013

    they are cowards and probably animal abusers

    • April 15, 2013

    I used to wonder why I tortured myself watching these videos. Then 2 weeks ago I saw a tiny cockapoo walking between traffic and sprung into action. She looked just like Faith did I’m this video and my friend and I shaved and cleaned up “Desi” and found her a loving home one week later. Now I don’t just cry at the videos, I know I saved a precious dog to a future of love and nurture.

    • allfurone
    • April 15, 2013

    Don’t lose sleep over the ignorance that dominates this sad world. Keep up the great work. The animals are furever gratefull, unlike the trash of humanity.

    • TheReevessss
    • April 15, 2013

    To yaeli who can’t figure why 22 didn’t like video. These people have realised that, being an ‘enigma, gives them a ‘high’. I think in their warped minds they might feel bigger & better than most other people for a moment. I truly believe that this ‘kookiness’ exists. Like you, vaeli, I had to figure it out once too.

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    • April 15, 2013

    So cute I love you guys I want to be with yours when I’m older xxx safe the most animals that you can please safe there lifesx

    • Daisy Morales
    • April 15, 2013

    I cannot believe this the same dog that u saw by the taco place by my house . [ I live like walking distance from this freeway enterance ] but my neighbor wanted her yet by the time we went back she was gone . so happy she was rescued . and it’s crazy how I was randomly watching all of this channels videos and happen to run into this one . great channel xoxo

    • Daisy Morales
    • April 15, 2013

    I cannot believe this the same dog that I saw by the taco place by my house . [ I live like walking distance from this freeway enterance ] but my neighbor wanted her yet by the time we went back she was gone . so happy she was rescued . and it’s crazy how I was randomly watching all of this channels videos and happen to run into this one . great channel xoxo

    • MsCatbyte
    • April 15, 2013

    They are nothing but soulless, cowardly haters, yaeli. Just think how much it must suck to be them. Thank you, Eldad. I just donated as much as I could afford from Michigan.

    • MrJoshuaAnimation
    • April 15, 2013

    You are a hero! Keep up! 🙂

    • Carolyn Tyson
    • April 15, 2013

    Eldad I think I’m in love with you 😉 Seriously, keep up the good work

    • aushlind
    • April 15, 2013

    Thank you beloved ones.

    • kura kaufusi
    • April 15, 2013

    man this made me bloody so so sad my heart goes out to all the animals that have been dumped tortured so much cruelty to these beautiful animals…..why oh why

    • johnst1111
    • April 15, 2013

    God bless you x

    • Jace
    • April 15, 2013

    Here are a few thoughts:

    1. She may be trying to hold it for too long and just can’t.
    2. Unlike cats that readilly and instinctively take to litter boxes, dogs don’t instinctively take to using the bathroom on a pad.
    3. What a dog does do more instinctively is tries to avoid going to the bathroom in its own living area. If it is commonly spending time eating or sleeping in the area where the pad is, she will be unwilling to “mess” up the place.
    4. Consider crate training. This involves keeping her inside a crate for a couple of hours and then letting her outside immediately. When she is done using the bathroom, you can let her play outdoors or take her back inside and put her back into the cage or crate. This may need to be done continuously for many months before she is trusted in the house outside the crate.
    5. Rescue dogs that have lived in a shelter, out of necessity, tolerate filth and dirt in their environment more than a dog who has not been in those conditions.
    6. Is there any reason for the pads? It would be better to just let her out.

    Good luck my friend,


    • renaeaz76
    • April 15, 2013

    Puppy pads teach a dog it’s OK to go to potty inside the house.

    If she is a little dog she will need LOTS of trips outside. Any dog needs to be let out at least 10-20 min. after eating/drinking.

    Also, make sure to clean the aea well with dilluted white viniger or odor remover VERY IMPORTANT otherwise the dog will simply return to the area and deficate. Don’t punish the dog otherwise it will simply learn to be more “crafty” about hiding the accidents from you. If you catch it in the act don’t yell otherwise it could loose control of it’s body functions right there lol. Instead, say a firm “no” and take it outside.

    Hope this helps.

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