New puppy.

June 30, 2008 12:55pm CST
I just got a new toy rat terrier, she is only 7 weeks old and I am having trouble with her doing number 2 in the carpet. We have puppy pads in the kitchen for her to go on and she seems to be doing ok with peeing on them but she won't poop on them. Should I set up another pad for her to poop on, I was thinking that maybe she doesn't like to poop and pee in the same place. I just need some help, I don't want my house to start smelling. Also she is very little and doesn't like to go outside so that I why we are using the puppy pads.
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@metschica25 (5409)
• United States
1 Jul 08
My pug puppy was like that . Going number two everywhere but where it should . Maybe you could pick it up and put in on the pad , and then put her on the pad . That is what i did with mine , and as time went on i put the pads outside for them , and that helped them go in time . Other than that are you enjoying the little puppy ? Puppies can be so cute and playful , but sometimes a pain in the bum
1 Jul 08
Yes I love her so much! She is just so cute!
• United States
1 Jul 08
Your baby is too young - a puppy should not leave its mother until at least 8 weeks (10 is better). Do you feed her in the kitchen? Her bathroom needs to be away from where she eats. You need to watch her very carefully and when she goes to poop on the carpet, make a big noise and immediately grab her and put her on the puppy pad. Sprinkle pepper where she is going on the carpet. Little dogs are hard to 'catch'. (I have a 3lb chihuahua) Persevere. It just takes time and repetition- sometimes longer than we want.
• United States
1 Jul 08
Other posters have given you great advice. Crate training is the best. My little girl (who is now 2) goes to her crate on her own if she is stressed or needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of the other dogs. She also hides things in her crate (like her bones) so the other dogs won't steal them from her. She will not go to the bathroom in or near her crate. follow the advice from the posters above...
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@julievy (595)
• United States
30 Jun 08
At 7 weeks old she is very little and much to young to expect her to learn to be potty trained. When she does poop on the carpet, be sure to move the deposit to the pad, then show it to her. Next time you catch her getting ready to squat, tell her NO then bring her to the pad until she does her thing. Then give her lots of praise and maybe a treat. Eventually she'll catch on that she's supposed to poop on the pad. Be sure to keep a close watch on her after she eats, she's most likely to potty within 20 - 30 minutes after eating. That's a good time to catch her and move her to the correct spot. If you don't want to crate her until she learns, you could attach her to your belt loop with a leash. That way she's always close to you and you'll be able to catch her in the act. Whatever you do, please do NOT spank or scold her when she goes in the wrong place. That will only teach her to sneak away and do it in some hidden spot (where it'll really stink until you find it). The best way to train a pup is with positive reinforcement. Also, please don't expect much a such a very young age. Most puppies shouldn't even be taken away from their moms at such a young age. Most breeders will wait until they're at least 9 weeks old and have learned some the of proper potty manners from the mother dog. Good luck!
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I live in the country, and so I go out with my dogs when they need to relieve themselves. I haven't had a dog yet that will pee and poop in the same spot...sometimes I think it's a conspiracy among the dog world to drive me nuts!!! I am babysitting a friends Pit/Lab mix, and her favorite place to poop is in my pumpkin patch and she prefers to pee in the front yard. You might want to have the pee and poop pads in close proximity to each other so she can use one for pee and one for poop. You might also kind of transfer the odor from the pee pad to the poop pad so she has some idea of what you want her to do. Julievy is so right when she says not to scold or spank her if she has an accident in the wrong spot. Not only will she sneak away to do her duty in some other spot but also it will make her shy! Unfortunately, when you make a dog shy you can never predict her reactions to different situations. I know of one dog that is not only shy but also she is a neurotic biter. You can't even reach down to pet the dog without chancing getting bitten. The dog has bitten everyone in the family and has gotten a couple of neighbors too. Her owner would yell at her and when she was a puppy the woman would smack her when she had accidents or wouldn't do what the woman wanted her to do. If you train with love you will end up with a dog that is happy to do anything you want to teach her to do. Good luck, and remember to walk her after her meals and first thing in the morning and when she wakes up from a nap. Also, when she has an accident, you might want to use something like Nature's miracle which will bond with the left over odor from the accident and remove the smell that will attract the dog back to the same spot. Don't use ammonia as it has the same properties as urine...(I just thought of that today, I have had problems with my cats spraying and I've been using ammonia to clean the areas -DUH- they have been coming back to the same spots and spraying time after time. Another thing, if you don't want to crate the dog you could use a play pen. I used one for my Rotties when they were puppies and they loved it. I also had a cage for them when I had to have them in a motel. When they were 18 months and weighed 75 pounds apiece they decided to crawl back in their baby cage. I was sure I would have to cut them out because the cage was about 30 by 36 by 12 inches...so with two dogs that were 30 inches at the shoulders you can believe it was a tight fit. Somehow they did manage to get out on their own, but it was close. I hid the cage after they did that stunt...I had gotten it out because I was fostering a litter of kittens with their mother, and I had just taken them to the rescue group. But whatever you use; whether a crate, cage, play pen etc, it gives the dog a sense of security and protection.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
30 Jun 08
The way I've always dealt with puppies is, when they do any of their business off the pads, pick them up and show them what they've done and say "No" in a firm voice. Just the one word. Then, take them to the pad and put them down and say "Yes" while scratching their ears or patting their head... doing whatever they like best. Soon, they'll get the idea that you really like them doing their "thing" on the pad. If they don't, you'll need puppy training classes! But it usually works. Your little baby is only 7 weeks old... give her time. I have two Maltese babies (although they are 1 1/2 and 3 years old) who always use the pads. They are especially sensitive to heat, cold, rain, snow, etc. because they are so small and have no undercoat, so I just give them a new pad twice a day... in two places: the kitchen near the back door and in the bedroom for those "nighttime emergencies." LOL With enough patience and time, your little girl will get the hang of it. It's like potty training a toddler... you can get them to use the potty chair, but they'll still have occasional "accidents" for awhile. Just be patient.
@mclendon (308)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I maintain that the best way to indoor train a dog is to crate train it. You are going to be cleaning up accidents for a year or more if you don't. You use a crate of carrier large enough for the puppy to stand up and walk around a bit, but not too much room. You feed the puppy in the crate and then take it outside to walk and do its business (stay with it, of course). Praise it if it goes. If not, back to the crate. Take it out 30 mins to an hour later. Same thing. The dog may have accidents in the crate, but they don't like to have waste in their "dens" so if you are persistent it will get the idea that it should go when it has the chance outside. You can take the puppy out to play, but watch it and don't let it sneak off to go potty in the house. You can also very gradually increase the amount of space you give it. For example, if it has been good for a week, give it the run of the kitchen only (use baby gate or something). If it messes up, back to the crate. If it doesn't mess up, in a few days, increase its space to two rooms, etc. The dog has to learn that the house is your den and you don't want poop in YOUR den either. It's not cruel to keep it in a crate if you exercise it regularly and keep it where it can see and hear the family.
30 Jun 08
ah bless her, ,maybe she doesnt like where you have put the pads? have u tried moving them or really praising her when she does a number 2 on them?
• United States
30 Jun 08
I have a rat terrier mixed with a friends poodle i call it a terradoodle.. they are good dogs ater three years have past.