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Hi. Thanks for all the info on the diahrrea questions I had. Now I have another. My doodle is 17 weeks old. Still having accidents in the house. We take him out at least every 2 hours. He gives us no, I mean absolutely no indication of when he has to go, just stops what he's doing and goes. Very frustrating. Trying to maintain an even keel, but, he is literally peeing all over the house. It would be understandable it we were ignoring signals he's giving, but, I really don't think we are. I am with him all day, he's not left alone. I now believe he knows when he's doing wrong, but, still...
If anyone out there can give me any insight on this, please do. I've been reading all the entries of how everyone has their dog house trained by 9 or 12 weeks, if this is true, we obviously have a problem here. Please help!!!!
 

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Hi. My puppy is 13 weeks old and he has been potty trained for weeks! I started by telling him "go potty" whenever he would use the bathroom outside. Then I would tell him to "go potty" when I let him out to pee every hour or so. When he would actually go, (as he was going), I would say "good boy, go potty". Now he goes to the door when he needs out and I continue to praise him when he goes outside. He has had 2 accidents since I started training him. Never a #2. I feel pretty good about this and hope it continues, but I still watch for 'signs' and respond to them by asking him if he needs to go potty. Sometimes he goes directly to the door, sometimes not. Sometimes he is just sniffing around...
Good Luck..
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Hi Charlieg,

The first thing I would suggest is to take him to the vet and be sure he is physically okay. There are many reasons that dogs don't become housebroken...and often it is due to an illness.

Once you rule that out, then you can focus on methods.

I had a female Goldendoodle that was hard to train...for some reason, she just didn't get it. Then one day, the lightbulb turned on and she has been great ever since...there is no magic age that they become trained.

Often the signals are so indistinct that you just don't see it. None of my dogs will signal that they need to go out...unless they are about ready to pop...then they might paw at either me or my husband...but usually they just sit by us and look up at us. We always take them out then...and they always need to potty.

You need to be sure that you are cleaning the odor out of the floor, which is really hard to do...but Nature's Miricle will help.

For us, a doggie door is the best thing we could have installed...now, we have no problem with accidents...ever.

Here are some good ideas:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Conten ... C=0&A=1707
 

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I agree completely with Jac. First, a trip to the vet is in order. If that's okay, then maybe the lightbulb just hasn't gone on yet. One of ours just didn't quite get the connection until we did the ex-pen training: We put an ex-pen outside in the grass where it could be clearly seen from the house. If the puppy hadn't gone potty in the last hour or so he went into the pen with instructions to "go outside!" and I dissappeared into the house (where I hid, so he wouldn't see me, but I watched the pen). The minute after he pee'd I would come running out of the house and praise him like a maniac. But nothing happened at all if he didn't pee. After a few minutes he would come back into the house, but be crated until we tried again a little later. It took about 3 days for him to fully understand what "go outside" meant and that he was going to be a little lonesome until he pee'd. It was just like that.... a lightbulb turned on. I would put him in the pen and he would automatically pee and then all the fun would start. It worked for us!
 

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You might also find that bell training helps you figure out when your pup has to go out. We use it for our dog and it works wonders. The basic idea is that you hang a bell by the door to go outside, and every time you take your dog out to pee, make him ring the bell, say "outside" or some other word, and then immediately take him to pee. No playing, etc., just peeing. Then come right back inside. If you're consistent, before you know it, your dog will be communicating with you very clearly when he needs to go out by ringing the bell himself! It's been invaluable to us. Here's another thread on how to train your dog to do this.

http://labradoodle-dogs.net/forums/about571.html
 
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