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    Our 11 month Golden Retriever has been house broken since she was around 6 months. She had accidents every now and then but usually she can hold it until we let her out. We leave the back door open all day so she can walk in and out during the day. In the morning she is let out around 7 and her last wee is at 11 or 12pm (she sleeps inside). Lately we send her out on her own in the back yard (not on the leash anymore) but I usually check if she goes and then let her wander for a bit before she comes in. In the last week she has done a poo and a few wees in the morning (evendough she was let out at night). She has never done a poo in the house (not even when she was a pup). We never catch her in the act to discipline her, so I wonder if she really knows that she is not supposed to wee in the house? Any suggestions what is happening or what we have done wrong? Thanks

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    I would look at several possible causes.
    1. Physical issue - Urinary tract infections and problems with the bladder and or bowel or digestive tract will often see otherwise unexplained toileting.
    2. The weather is getting colder, and depending on where you live, there has been much more rain. She may be reluctant to leave a warm house to toilet. Think of how you would feel if you had an 'outside dunny'.
    3. A pahse associated with her age - she is now in mid - late adolescence

    Once medical issues have been ruled out, I would go back to basics almost. Put her on a lead and go out with her. Praise her like she is the most fabulous dog in the world when she toilets outside. Do this everytime you see her do it, not just when you take her out.

    I have one that races back inside and straight to me with with his face all lit up in excitement, anticipation and glee when he has been to the toilet outside, just so he can be told what a good boy he is and have a fuss made over him.
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    Our puppy house trained really quickly, but when we introduced another dog he started soiling again and I was told it might be an anxiety thing. We went back through the toilet training stages again and he was back on track in no time.

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    Thank you both. I will go back to the basic puppy training on the leash and back to praising when she does it. Hopefully that will work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxx View Post
    Our 11 month Golden Retriever has been house broken since she was around 6 months. She had accidents every now and then but usually she can hold it until we let her out.
    A dog that occasionally does her business in the house is not properly toilet trained.

    First thing I would do is a vet check-up in case she has bladder issues. If everything is OK, then introduce strict "rules" in terms that you set up strictly the time when she goes out and does wees and poops. So to start about every 2-3 hours you take her out, perhaps it's better on leash to the desired spot and praise her and award with yummy treats for doing it there. It may take a while til she gets used to it, so be persistent. At night keep her crated or in confined area (ie. one room, hallway, wherever suitable, but don't let her have the whole house available. In time increase the hours between the toilet breaks. Grown up dog should be able to do with 3-4 walks/toilet breaks a day. DO NOT PUNISH any mistakes. The other thing that might cause peeing or pooping indoors might be associated with stress or anxiety (separation if you're not at home) so think about that. Many dogs do not have signs such as whining or restlessness but are still stressed out when you leave and they pee or poop in the house. Increase exercise and walk regularly, do not "confine" a dog just to your back yard, peeing and pooping can be a sign of boredom and stress related to not enough social contact and exercise.
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    Thank you Fedra. A bladder issue is not the problem and as I am home almost all day stress should not be a problem either. The accidents happened during the night when we were all asleep and she was in her bed in the kitchen. I have gone back to taking her out on the leash to the spots she was tought as a puppy to relieve herself. All has gone well so far. I do want her to learn that she needs to come to us to let us know if she has to go in between the walks. I was thinking about the 'bell on the door'. Can a 1 year old still learn to use it you think? I guess I will have to search for how that is done...

    Thanks again.

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    Dogs are never too old to be trained, regardless of what you are training them to do. Running a rescue, for a breed that was kept indoors, I had to train many dogs about appropriate behaviour in a house and manners when they had only ever lived outside, and this included toilet training. A dog that is 1 year old is still very young.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxx View Post
    I was thinking about the 'bell on the door'.
    Good idea. Here's one Youtube video with instructions how to do it. I'm sure there's more

    YouTube - How to Teach your Dog to ring a bell to be let outside, For Charles and Alli

    I MUST add a comment to it though. If you want your dog to ring a bell ONLY for the toilet you should gradually teach her that when she rings she goes potty, otherwise she might end up ringing a bell whenever she feels like and that can be quite annoying

    Can a 1 year old still learn to use it you think?
    Regardless of age any dog can learn new stuff. Good luck!
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