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    Default Dora is Still Not Going Outside...

    She is driving me NUTS!! She will not ask to go outside, no standing by the door, no barking, no scratching, no ANYTHING!! She just squats...
    I think she knows on SOME elvel that going inside is bad... cause she never does it in front of me. But that's about it.
    I have no idea what to do... help?

    I've had her for a month now, if you wanted to know.
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    Mine are 7 months Masha and still don't ask to go outside. I'm currently teaching them how to ring a bell to ask (Thanks to Angela's Gone Batty!).

    I think you need to be more vigilant with her - go outside with her - take her outside after every meal, when she first wakes up, after a big play session, before bed, etc.
    She's only little still. It takes time...

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    I agree, you take her outside and often, wait too till she goes and praise. I have scraped Pretty's paw on the door, then opened it to show her and it has worked.

    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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    Yea, Di, I'm doing the whole scraping the paw thing
    THe puppy school trainer said she should be asking already, so I got worried

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    Masha

    She's not going to tell you. You can teach her to bark before you let her out the door, but do it regardless of whether she's indicated she needs to pee. In fact if she's doing the floor sniffing thing and circle work, you need to RUN her out the door IMMEDIATELY.

    She goes when you're not looking because somebody scolded or freaked out when she was going inside - so now she knows she must do it when you're not looking.

    You need to start over - just take her out, use the cue word, after she wakes up, before and after play, before and after meals and on an every hour or two hour schedule. Use a timer if you have to. The minute she puts her nose to the floor inside and starts sniffing - out you go. And stay out there until you've seen some action.

    If you can't be home to supervise, you might need to crate her for those times. It will reduce and contain the pee risk. They don't like to pee in their own bed if they don't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Mine are 7 months Masha and still don't ask to go outside. I'm currently teaching them how to ring a bell to ask (Thanks to Angela's Gone Batty!).

    I think you need to be more vigilant with her - go outside with her - take her outside after every meal, when she first wakes up, after a big play session, before bed, etc.
    She's only little still. It takes time...
    Spot on C&B!

    Masha, if you have to you may need to up the ante so to speak. So every time she eats it's straight outside, even if you have to shut her outside if you have to go back in (I'm not sure how your back yard is?).

    It took Batty two weeks to understand that ringing his bell was the best way to go. Now he rings his bell, and sits patiently to go outside. It takes a tonne of consistency and when you're waiting for them to go 'potty' you may need to walk up and down along the yard as someone else has suggested to get things moving. The movement makes them realise they need to go.

    If you see her shower on the praise, but keep your distance. As I've explained before, the second I see him going I instantly start saying "PeePee, Good Boy! Good Boy, Go PeePee" etc. It really does make you sound like a doofus, but look at it this way, two weeks of that with Batty and he now understands that "Go PeePee" means take a wizz. To get to that level it's taken weeks of going outside with him after every meal, after every drink, after every play, after every sleep, last thing at night, first thing in the morning - well you get the picture.

    I never ever say "go pee pee" unless he's already going or about to go - that way he associates the action with the command. Once I know he's gotten the hang of that (after about 50 repetitions) then I'll start to use the words 'go pee pee' when he knows what it is.

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    Masha, the reason dora is not going outside to do her 'business' is because she has not learnt.

    Go back to the beginning and start again. Didn't your father wipe her nose in her **** a while ago? Well guess what Daddy, it didn't work anyway, did it? Grrr.
    Aplogies to your father if I've got you mixed up with someone else, which is highly likely. Lol.

    You are the one that needs to get this right, for her to get it right. Simple as that. YOU.

    Back to basic, every feed, every drink, after a play session, as soon as she wakes up, she must be taken straight outside to the area you wish her to 'go.'

    Look, it is the same with any training of a dog/puppy. If THEY don't get it, WE are not getting it right.

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    I just had a very random thought.

    Masha, what do you use to clean up after Dora? Is there a possibility that there is ammonia in the product?

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    Um, I use APC. Will check for ammonia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Um, I use APC. Will check for ammonia
    What's APC?

    I use diluted white vinegar in a spray bottle. Batty never goes back to the same place!

    I clean up the mess like normal - then spray the vinegar solution over the area. I let the vinegar air dry too, I don't mop it up or wipe it over, just let it dry over the area where the mess has occurred.

    The solution is 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Works like a charm. It'll smell well, vinegary for a while but it does clear and the floors don't go sticky.

    It was an idea I got from here, I don't know who suggested it though!

    ETA: I thought of this because you can do everything right but if you're using an ammonia based product, all the training and prep in the world isn't going to help!

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