Re-House Training...?

by Kevin Panting
(Springfield IL, USA)

My 4-year old black female, Maddie, came to us via a "panic move". The groomer (Groomer 1) that was grooming my salt and pepper male announced to me that she would no longer be able to groom Buddy. I asked her why and she said that she had some "family issues" and had to move to Florida very soon. I asked her what she was going to do with her 5 dogs. I knew she had a black female, because her and Buddy had play dates before. She said she was going to take them to the shelter if no one wanted them. I told her that if she had to take Maddie to the shelter I would take her. I asked my wife and we decided that we would indeed become a 2 Schnauzer family if needed. A few days later, she dropped Maddie off at our house. That was in May and she is now a part of the family. My main question is about re-house training her. My current groomer (Groomer 2) used to work with Groomer 1 and stated that she was aware that Groomer 1's dogs were only partially house trained. Buddy and Maddie are taken out several times a day. They are put on tie outs, and walked frequently. In the year that we have had Buddy, he has never had an accident. Maddie piddles in the house 3 or 4 times a week. And she poops in the house occassionally also. We have been gently punishing her and taking her outside when we find her leavings. We have also tried treat reinforcement when she does her business outside. She seems very resistant to all of this. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to teach an old dog new tricks?

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Jan 09, 2015
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Potty
by: Anonymous

She could be trying to mark her space too after coming from her situation into a good home. Females are known to do this too. Establish a place still after you had her the time you did? How do you feed your dogs? We never leave food out for her to eat anytime. We would give it 2 times a day and right after she ate, my husband would take her in the back yard and stand with her saying 'potty, potty'….rain or snow. Even if she did it or not. Poor guy. For older dogs it can take like 2-3 hours to process. We had a few accidents but luckily I caught her in a couple a was able to tell her outside now! Unfortunately it could be a deeper problem if she was bullied and nothing to do with inside/out. If she is scared still maybe more socialization, or dog parks to know it is ok to be with other dogs and not be scared?

Nov 16, 2014
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Maddie Piddle...
by: Kevin Panting

She is un-spayed. And she has no medical issues that they can find. And yes, she was the smallest of the groomers 5 dogs, so the bullying thing seems likely to me. When we see her in the act, she is always immediately ushered outside. But she is stealthy as a ninja when she does it. When we got her, she was not leash trained. She was always just tied out in the yard. We only do this once or so a day, if then. She has a nice long secure tie-out that she can explore the yard with. She likes to be outside much more than Buddy. He just does his things and then wants back in with the humans. If Maddie isn't leashed...She's gone like a flash exploring. I understand that this is an ongoing process. And I do appreciate the comments.

Nov 16, 2014
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Maddie's toilet training
by: Michele ( Benji & Rebel )

It seems to me that you are trying hard, but putting her on tie-outs seems wrong, to me anyway.. Perhaps Maddie doesn't approve of this and thinks she is being punished… Try watching to see if she is going to squat, then open the door and say to her in a very quiet and gentle voice.. outside Pipi.. Schnauzers are very sensitive and almost human..so do understand .. I would be inclined to take her to your vet to se in there was any underlying problem with her Bowels and her Kidneys… Has she been Spayed as this could cause her to urinate more… Maybe she is a little nervous of her new home .. or if your Groomer one had five dogs.. Maddie may have been the one who was bullied so that caused her to wee-wee inside..All my three.. Rambo who is 11 ( my Australian Silky ) Rebel who is 6 and Benji who is 2 .. they are minis and always wee-wee and poo on command and always outside… Hope she's OK..

Nov 15, 2014
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try a crate?
by: Linda

Crate training is one way of getting a dog housetrained.
Many people, me and Max included, don't like the idea of an animal being caged, but if you read up about crate training and do it the corect way it can help with housetraining.
Good luck,
Linda

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