Puppy won’t potty outdoors

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Puppy won’t potty outdoors

Post by Kuri » 13 May 2020, 05:47

We have a wonderful 14 week old standard. She picked up potty training fast, but since we live in a high-rise, it wasn’t feasible to take her down all the time. We installed a doggie lawn on our balcony which she uses exclusively and refuses to potty outside. She will hold it until she gets to her doggie lawn.

Some people have said she will outgrow this. Did we mess up by introducing the doggie lawn too soon? Any info would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Re: Puppy won’t potty outdoors

Post by zeta1454 » 13 May 2020, 10:06

Welcome to the Forum :)

This is a tricky situation as living in a high rise without a garden you were doing the right thing in the early days to get your puppy trained not to toilet in the house. At the same time, dogs do quickly establish routines as to where they go and sometimes this is hard to break. We have known of dogs who have "held on" to go for many hours if they are not able to go in the place or kind of place they are used to.

Dogs are often drawn to pee / poo in places they have been before or on top of areas used by another dog. When we have been at shows with a "designated area" indoors, it has been impossible to encourage them to go but, if we took them outside where another dog had pee'd they were more likely to go in the same place.

A couple of suggestions would be:
1) to try and get some of your pup's pee in a container or even on a piece of fabric and take it out with you and put this down on a grassy area or wherever you want to encourage her to go outside. Let her sniff it and this may let her know it is OK to go there too.
2) see if you can find safe area where plenty of other dogs do pee and take her to sniff where they have been. If you have any friends with a dog / dogs can you go out with them and see if she is encouraged to go where they pee?

It could be something she will outgrow but I would be trying as much as possible to encourage her to toilet outside as well as / instead of her doggy lawn as some routines can become very hard to break if they are established early in life.

Lovely photo too - she is beautiful :)
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Re: Puppy won’t potty outdoors

Post by Dawnspell » 13 May 2020, 10:49

We had a similar issues with our first dog Barney. He was used to doing a poo in our garden at a specific spot and when he could go on the ground for walks away from home he would wait until he got back to do a poo. He did grow out of it and went the opposite way and would wait for a walk to do a poo and would only do one in the garden if he was really desparate :))

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Re: Puppy won’t potty outdoors

Post by Kuri » 14 May 2020, 19:11

zeta1454 wrote:
13 May 2020, 10:06
Welcome to the Forum :)

This is a tricky situation as living in a high rise without a garden you were doing the right thing in the early days to get your puppy trained not to toilet in the house. At the same time, dogs do quickly establish routines as to where they go and sometimes this is hard to break. We have known of dogs who have "held on" to go for many hours if they are not able to go in the place or kind of place they are used to.

Dogs are often drawn to pee / poo in places they have been before or on top of areas used by another dog. When we have been at shows with a "designated area" indoors, it has been impossible to encourage them to go but, if we took them outside where another dog had pee'd they were more likely to go in the same place.

A couple of suggestions would be:
1) to try and get some of your pup's pee in a container or even on a piece of fabric and take it out with you and put this down on a grassy area or wherever you want to encourage her to go outside. Let her sniff it and this may let her know it is OK to go there too.
2) see if you can find safe area where plenty of other dogs do pee and take her to sniff where they have been. If you have any friends with a dog / dogs can you go out with them and see if she is encouraged to go where they pee?

It could be something she will outgrow but I would be trying as much as possible to encourage her to toilet outside as well as / instead of her doggy lawn as some routines can become very hard to break if they are established early in life.

Lovely photo too - she is beautiful :)
I'll try bringing some of her urine outside. She loves other dogs so I'll try and do a doggie-walk playdate with someone I trust. I've cut out a chuck of her doggie lawn and placed it outside too. She'll sniff it thoroughly but still refuses to go. Thank you so much for your advice!

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Re: Puppy won’t potty outdoors

Post by Kuri » 14 May 2020, 19:12

Thank you so much for the advice! We'll certainly try it!

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Re: Puppy won’t potty outdoors

Post by Kuri » 21 Jun 2020, 19:58

An update. She has started peeing both outside and on her doggie lawn on the balcony. The key was always making sure first loo was always first thing in the morning. It seems once she felt comfortable and safe outside, she was willing to pee. This took 2-3 weeks before she started going on command. SUCCESS!

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Re: Puppy won’t potty outdoors

Post by zeta1454 » 22 Jun 2020, 08:55

Kuri wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 19:58
An update. She has started peeing both outside and on her doggie lawn on the balcony. The key was always making sure first loo was always first thing in the morning. It seems once she felt comfortable and safe outside, she was willing to pee. This took 2-3 weeks before she started going on command. SUCCESS!
That's great news. Well done :-bd :o3
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