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  • Teresa Stanczak

    July 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Great thanks for all the additional info.

    I see a few things happening here. First I would not recommend teaching her to let you know when she has to go out for a few reasons.

    1)it communicates pack structure which can make other issues worse (such as anxiety)

    2)It can lead to her having to go out whenever she felt the urge to go and not teach her to hold it. Also if you are not present when she gives her cue, or if you dont notice it, she may pee inside anyway.

    I would recommend working your way through the triangle in the self help section and troubleshooting each area. Layers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 can all play a role in preventing housebreaking success ( and anxiety too!)

    Keep a chart of her walks and accidents. Try to maintain a consistent schedule for her (ie taking her out every 1-2 hours). and gradually increasing the time in between her walks. You will have to use the crate more often since she will pee right at your feet. Highly reward her for going outside.
    I would not correct her at this point if you have been waiting for a signal from her.

    Try following a schedule of walk, play/free time , crate, walk. so that she learns to hold it until she gets outdoors.

    Look for forward progress, every dog takes a different amount of time to housebreak.

    Keep us posted after you have charted things for a week!