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It's killing me! I hate potty training! Murphy was doing pretty good, then we got Trooper (a German shorthaired pointer) about a month ago and it all went down hill. Murphy is about 4 1/2 months now and Trooper is about 3 months. I take them out potty ALL the time, but Trooper will come back in and pee again 10 minutes later on the floor. I was really trying to avoid the potty outside, go in the crate, potty outside, back in the crate ect., but that is what I'm having to do today. They peed in the house like 3 times this morning before 8 am, and they had been taken out probably 3 times at least before that. Some days aren't that bad, they (probably Trooper) will pee once or twice, but even that is too much. I just don't get why they aren't making the connection??? Sometimes they'll cry to go out and others they'll just pee wherever. When they are in the house they are in the kitchen because I can have more control over what they do and where they are. I really can't do the tethering to me since there are 2 of them. Any tips would be apprciated :)
 

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OMG you have your hands full - I cant help on that one, I had 2 choc labs pups at one time, sisters, they actuallly did quite well, one potty trained before the other, but that was only in the kennel when we were gone, didnt have many accidents in house after 3 months

On a lighter note, you could put on roller skates and put them each on a leash, grab on and go for a ride :wink:
 

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I'm in the same boat with potty training, but only one dog. It must be really hard with 2!
Bogie does really well and then wham.......he pees under the dining room table.
OR.........twice now he actually pooped on his BED in my office!! That one I can't even believe!! He went out of his way TWO TIMES to poop on his bed!..............not in the crate but the bed. Go figure.
We'll get through this....................~sigh~
 

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As the day approaches....this Saturday the 15th.....we get out new puppy and I dread the issue of potty training a new pup!! I am hoping Coco, a year old, won't regress and have a mistake inside!! She better not, she holds it forever, and then when she does pee, it is gallons~
it seems....I can't handle that!!

It does get better....all of a sudden you realize there haven't been any mistakes in a few days!! It's great!

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lindamarie said:
I'm in the same boat with potty training, but only one dog. It must be really hard with 2!
Bogie does really well and then wham.......he pees under the dining room table.
OR.........twice now he actually pooped on his BED in my office!! That one I can't even believe!! He went out of his way TWO TIMES to poop on his bed!..............not in the crate but the bed. Go figure.
We'll get through this....................~sigh~
Chouette was using her bed by the woodstove for a urinal when she was little, and we resolved it by spraying it well and then sitting there and playing with her on it, often enough so that she saw it as living space rather than peeing space. That seemed to help.

We also caught her in the act once and all scolded her and whisked her outside.

Together they seemed to do the trick.

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Do you take them out separately? I'm not an expert since we've only had two dogs for a few days but we've noticed that when they go out together they consider it play time, not necessarily potty time. When they go out separately, they get right down to business.

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I think I will take my two out seperately to begin with....

Coco dinkers around sniffing and fiddling with leaves and stuff and takes forever to pee. Add a puppy to that mix and she'd never go!

I think in many ways my Abby girl will be easier to deal with than
the expected antics from Coco! Oh! I pray they prove me WRONG!!

THANKS, GENE! You know I appreciate your help with the avatar....
Hope I can get a good picture to use.
 
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I'd take them outside seperately and watch them. When Maya was little she would go and then I would take her back inside. Then she would go inside. I learned that I need to let her outside and wait until she came back to me. That was her signal she was done. While we were outside I would keep telling her to go potty(to remind her what she was out there to do). Yes I admit I was the crazy lady outside saying Maya go potty....hurry up go potty over and over again.
 

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I would start back at the basic and try again they will get it it just takes time and sometimes with two it is more frustrating. :x They will get it though.

Some tips:

Try pulling water up if this is the main issue, so if your bedtime is 10:00 pull up water at 8:30 or so.

Are you taking them out on a leash if not try that, no playing allowed during potty time.

Some dogs take to the age of 6 months before they really get it.
 

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I usually take them out together, but they do go right away (usually). Sometimes one of them will finish first and go pester the other one. When they do that I get them seperated so they can finish the job. I have also been watching how much water they drink, and take it up at about 7ish. I'm not sure about the leash thing though. I tried that when Murphy was smaller and all he did was play tug a war and couldn't concentrate on the job at hand. Oddly enough, he walks perfectly when we do go for a walk. I thought for sure it was going to be a major issue, but nope, he walks right along side me. Maybe I'll try seperatly and see how that goes. And I too am a crazy woman, Murphy, Trooper, go potty! Good boys, go potty! and on and on :)
 

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Hi,

My dog is 4 months old and for awhile it seemed like whenever I think he has finally made the connection, surprise, he goes right in front of me too.

He does seem to be getting it slowly though. He only poops in the basement at the back door now and that is because I didn't see him go down there to be let out and he just kinda sneaks down there and waits for me. If I don't come, then he has no choice but to go. So that is my fault.

My question is whether you can tether them to a chair or doorknob in the same room as you? I don't know how that will work with two. When I'm not sure if Bailey will have to go or not, I always put him on the leash but attach it to the leg of a chair, not me. He has never ever had an accident while on the leash in the house and sometimes will whine if he does needs to go out. The leash seems to give him some type of boundaries so he won't go while on it. That way I don't have to constantly watch or crate him. I've been doing this for 2 months now and no accidents while on the leash, but several when I give him freedom without it.

Good luck. I know how frustrating it is!!
 

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I feel your pain. I thought I had Chloe housetrained but the other night she looked right at me, squatted and did her thing!!! Yep, she was in trouble!
 

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I'm frustrated too. Pixie will still go in various spots around the house. This morning she pooped right by the terrace door, which I considered an achievement - at least she TRIED to get to the right spot. I ring the bell at the door every time I take her out, before I open it, but she just doesn't get that if SHE rings the door, I'll open it, too. Sigh.

Are you giving them rawhide chews, or feeding dry food? I notice both of those things make Pixie very thirsty, which makes her pee more often. Now I give her some wet and some dry in the same dish for her meals, and add a little water to the dry, and she doesn't seem to be drinking as often from her water dish.
 

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Are you giving them rawhide chews, or feeding dry food? I notice both of those things make Pixie very thirsty, which makes her pee more often. Now I give her some wet and some dry in the same dish for her meals, and add a little water to the dry, and she doesn't seem to be drinking as often from her water dish.
Hhhmmm interesting, I never thought of that. I do feed dry food, but I also try to limit the water. I give them water with their meals and when they are playing outside, but really try not to let them have it whenever since Trooper seems to have to pee so much. Thankfully it was nice today, so they were crated for the morning while I was out running errands then they were able to run around outside for a couple hours and now they are back in their crates again "resting". I'll take them back out in a bit to run around again in a little while, then let them in the kitchen for a while and see how that goes. I'm pretty sure it's Trooper that is having the most trouble, but the problem with figuring out who done it is pretty sad...doing a weinie check to see who's wet :oops: I feel like such a perve when I do it, but I gotta know, right :lol:
 

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Ah...a light is dawning in my brain....I get it!

I have actually brushed her nose against the bells a couple of times, but I haven't tried rewarding her for it. Thank you!
 
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