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    Hi,

    I have a female 14 month old staffy x who we have had since she was a puppy. We had ongoing issues with her wee'ing in her sleep and inside which the vet put down to a hormone imbalance possibly related to her being desexed so young. We have her on tablets for this now, and she hasnt had any accidents inside for months. However, it is getting colder, and we can no longer keep the door open of a night so that she can get out (we have a dog door in the screen door, so have to keep the back door open for access). Last night we decided to close the door and see how she would go.

    My older dog woke me up around 5am to go outside, as soon as I walked out of the bedroom I could smell that she had an accident... turned on the lights only to find FIVE of them!! I dont think she knows how to let us know that she needs to go out..

    Just wondering if anybody has had a similar experience and any tips on how to work on this or get around the problem??

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks

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    What i did was put my puppy's crate against the doggy door, so he has 2 options when he needs to go to the toilet.

    1: Make a wee in his crate / bed (which he doesnt like doing)
    2: Leave the crate, which forces him to go out the doggy door, and make a wee outside

    This has worked wonders for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbiepapenfus View Post
    What i did was put my puppy's crate against the doggy door, so he has 2 options when he needs to go to the toilet.

    1: Make a wee in his crate / bed (which he doesnt like doing)
    2: Leave the crate, which forces him to go out the doggy door, and make a wee outside

    This has worked wonders for us!
    I did a similar thing this time, except my dog had a bed in the laundry with a doggy door so he had the choice to pee in the laundry or go out through the doggy door ... my biggest problem has been my tough little Stafford is a princess who doesn't like getting rained on, so poo's and wee's have regularly been done in the carport rather than out on the grass when it's raining ... he has improved(by himself) and now takes shelter under the outdoor table when it's raining. Staffords are tough LOL

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    We used to carry our aussie terrier out to the middle of the lawn when it was raining - so she had her feet wet and might as well do what she was supposed to while she was there. She was pretty good about that.

    But if we didn't make the effort to make sure she had the right amount of potty outings in cold wet weather - she'd use the carpet inside.

    Can she hold on all night? Or do you need to make sure she goes out before morning?

    I'd consider some other things too like feeding earlier ie no later than 6:30pm and making sure she goes out and goes to the toilet at about 7 or 8pm and again before you go to bed eg 10:30 to 11pm as if she was a puppy.

    If she can't hold on and you don't want to get up, you might have to investigate some sort of indoor pee spot like a large plastic tray with astro turf or plastic (nylon) carpet (no splash) or puppy pads or a combo. Personally - I think a dog door system would be less stressful. Maybe you need another dog door in the door you'd leave open in warm weather. You can get panels to secure them against non-dogs entering.

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    She has dinner around 6pm before we eat, after we have been for a walk then she comes in and out as she pleases until we go to bed. I have been getting up in the middle of the night to take her out as I dont think she can hold it in. Last night I took her out around 10pm and she did a wee, I then got up at 12:30am and she went outside but didnt do anything, I set the alarm again for 2:30am and when I got up to take her out she had already pooped on the tiles... then when I got up at 6:30 there were 2 more poops and a wee... Is it normal to go so many times in one night???

    I think that a new doggy door system would be best too, might have to look into getting another one and a new back door.

    Thanks for your feedback everybody

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    Last night I took her out around 10pm and she did a wee, I then got up at 12:30am and she went outside but didn't do anything
    At 14 months she ought to be able to hold on all night, unless there is something medically wrong like a rough spay operation. You can get hormone tablets to help with pee incontinence but pooping in the middle of the night - that was because you didn't wait long enough at 10pm, that's my guess.

    Getting up at 12:30am and 2:30am is only worth it if you're prepared to outwait and out bore your dog into doing the potty thing, ie we both stay out here getting wet and freezing until you do your thing. At the 10pm stop - I would not be letting the dog back in without both a 1 and 2. And I'd be considering all potty breaks being on lead with me being boring until the pee/poop happens and then rewarding and praising and making happy and going back inside and drying the dog off with a towel and a massage etc.

    She might be going in and out as she pleases but if it's cold and wet she might not be pleasing. My dog - who has a waterproof coat pretty much and likes swimming in cold sea water - will not willingly go out when it's raining. She probably gets that from me but letting her get away with that when there's a potty stop required - is not worth the mess I have to clean up later if I fail to insist.

    So rug up, get the umbrella, get the lead if you have to, and a torch so you can check, and get out there and it shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes but the first time might take a couple of hours. The dog will figure out what needs to be done to get back inside. If she just runs back to the door, lead her back to the pee place again. This is when the lead can help...

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    We never had this problem but a friend of ours did. They ended up building a luxury - outdoor - undercover - doggyloo for their pup. It was basically a sand box with roof. Similar to what a cat gets - just a little bigger. Easy to clean and always dry. And then they trained their pup to (only) go there.

    Everytime I step into some fresh doggy poop on my way to the veggie patch this sandpit moves up a little higher on my to-do list.

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    Im all for the crate up against a dog flap. Or, other dogs train em for you method. Takes a day or two. Consider borrowing someone's dog for a weekend, that is pup friendly vaccinated/healthy, to teach your dog how to go.
    I have a flap, so have not had to house train my dogs too much, rare accidents. quickly ceased as i used a leash tide to my waste when they were out of crate in house pups. As i tend to multitask, and get forgetful of pup.
    And my husband swore to me, that peeing outside, in front of the dogs. Sets them off peeing. Gross. But not the first person ive heard that from.

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    Yep. I did that lol. Get them used to peeing outside in all weathers and you won't create problems too (unless they are natural princesses)

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I had to insist with my dog tonight that she not come back in until I'd got a 1 and a 2 out of her.

    She tried a couple of times to get back in and I just said nope - and the magic potty words "shitnapiss". And encouraged her back out on to the lawn again. I think she did about three laps before she gave up and did what I wanted. Probably took about 15 minutes and I cheated by staying in the door way instead of going out onto the lawn with her. Shut the door to the warm part of the house tho.

    It was cold and it was raining... she just wanted to come back inside and hold in a bit longer...

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