I am getting tired of cleaning poop off the carpet!
March 22, 2012 7:08 AM Subscribe
Dog training, crate training question.
posted by triggerfinger to Pets & Animals (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I got a new rescue dog a couple of months ago. He is an adult dog, but was never potty trained or socialized. I took the first week off of work to be with him and potty train him. To potty train, I used crate training and the umbilical cord method and it worked really well. I think he caught on pretty quickly that he needs to go potty outside. I felt confident enough that I didn't feel I needed to keep him in the crate during the day anymore within a few days of going back to work.
He was really good and didn't go in the house when I was at work. He kept this up for the most part for several weeks. However, three times in the last week, after I've taken him out, he's run back in and peed and pooped on the carpet immediately. He is getting top the point where he is pokes around outside and doesn't really go potty. At night, it's not as big a deal as I can take him out again an hour later if he doesn't go the first time. During the day I can't do that. I know I should crate him during the day while I'm at work but I am gone for nine hours and I feel super reluctant, like this is too long for him to be confined to a crate. I know he can hold it for that long, but if he doesn't go outside when I take him out in the morning and then is in a crate for 9 hours, he will be going on about 18 hours since he last went potty by the time I get home. This seems cruel?
Another complicating factor: I pay a dog walker to come during lunch time and take my other dog for a walk. She would LOVE to take my new dog as well, but he won't let anyone but me put his leash on him because he was never properly socialized. He also won't let my roommate do it, otherwise my roommate would take him out. We are going to classes for fearful dogs, and he is getting better - he will accept treats from people and even let some people pet him - but it's taking some time. He's not aggressive-scared, just unfamiliar with new people. He's curious and I think he wants to go to people, but is just not sure yet. It is theoretically possible for me to go home during lunch, but I would be pushing it to get home, take him out and get back to work, time-wise. Taking a little more than an hour once in a while is generally not a problem but I can't do it every day.
I am feeding him once a day, at dinnertime, and then I take him for a walk around 8pm so I know that he is able to have a good poop and get it all out of him. He has no other food at other times. I would like to be able to feed him twice a day, in the morning and at night, but with his unpredictability with going potty in the morning, I feel like I can't take the chance that he decides not to go outside and then is left alone all day.
So, two problems I guess: 1) Dog won't go potty outside in the morning and lately has been running right in and going inside. I am thinking of crating him during the day but is nine hours too long to not only be cooped up in a crate, but also to hold his bladder, considering he didn't go outside? 2) Dog won't let anyone else put a leash on him to take him out, so my ability to get help on this is limited.
It should be noted that I do not have a fenced in yard so he needs to be put on a leash and taken out by a person. There is no possible way for another person to just let him out passively (without touching him).
Finally, if I do start to crate him during the day and he catches on quickly and starts to do well with going potty outside, at what point can I leave him out of his crate? How long do I need to do the crating while I'm at work routine? I would obviously prefer to leave him out because I'm gone for nine hours and he and my other dog like to play with each other.
Thank you for your help.