Housebreaking an adult dog

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Postby SisMorphine » January 23rd, 2006, 10:49 pm

Okay, so I have never housebroken a dog before, nevermind an adult dog!
My foster is 18 months and has obviously never be inside before. She is also having some spay incontinence so I haven't started working on housebreaking with her yet as I don't want to stress her out.

So far I've been giving her lots of snuggles and praise each and everytime she goes to the bathroom outside. She still will pee in her crate, but I think that's the incontinence and not just peeing for the heck of it since she stands on the side of her crate to stay out of it. I do not reprimand this.

Any suggestions from those who have done this before?
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Postby Maryellen » January 23rd, 2006, 11:04 pm

pretend she is a puppy all over again, and take her out every 20 minutes to start and praise while she is going outside.. keep it up, then slowly increase her time to 30 minutes, etc... if you want to , you can put panties on her to help with the incontinence.. as long as she wont rip them off. you can also make her crate smaller too, so that she cant pee in one spot and lay down in another.. is she on meds for her incontinence? i would say just take it slow and easy and pretend she is a puppy and start from scratch..
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Postby Purple » January 23rd, 2006, 11:07 pm

Good advice, ME!
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Postby SisMorphine » January 23rd, 2006, 11:11 pm

No meds right now. She is currently in the smallest crate that would be comfortable for a dog of her size and you can tell that she is very upset when she does have any accident in there :(

She's going to work with me tomorrow (vet's office) to get her stitches out and have her drain site checked. So far they've been hesitant to put her on any meds for it since it's a muscle control thing and she seems to be regaining control pretty steadily. Only 3 accidents over the weekend. They'd prefer her to fix it herself, which is obviously a longer process, but healthier in the long run.

I may get her some panties, though, so that I'll feel better about her hanging out in the livingroom and such. I've already had to pull out the rug shampooer 3 times. :rolleyes2: I have very few rugs in the house, but she always seems to aim for those. LOL!
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Postby Maryellen » January 23rd, 2006, 11:18 pm

maybe make her crate a little bigger since you can see she is gettingupset when she has accidents inthere.. since she is building muscle back with time, maybe the panties would work best for now, and a slightly bigger crate too...
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Postby SisMorphine » January 23rd, 2006, 11:30 pm

Maryellen wrote:maybe make her crate a little bigger since you can see she is gettingupset when she has accidents inthere.. since she is building muscle back with time, maybe the panties would work best for now, and a slightly bigger crate too...

Okay, I'll move her to the next size up for tonight and we'll see how she does. She's held it the last two nights in a row anyway :clap:
(I am so glad that the kennel is essentially empty right now so I can keep snagging different sized crates from there since I only own huge Greyhound-sized crates myself!!).
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Postby Maryellen » January 25th, 2006, 9:39 am

how did she do???
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Postby SisMorphine » January 25th, 2006, 10:46 pm

Maryellen wrote:how did she do???

She peed. Of course. LOL! But today I brought her to work with me (a vet's office) and she was in a pretty large crate and she only had one accident. The vet said it may take another couple of weeks (she was horrified at how horrible her spay incision looked, we're still waiting to get the records from the hospital who did it) because her spay was so traumatic. She is such a love, won over everyone at work this afternoon :)
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Postby pLaurent » January 29th, 2006, 8:49 pm

If your dog has spay incontinence, then she has no control over her urination, so there is no housetraining that will work until this problem is under control.

My dog was incontinent last fall after bladder surgery, and it was just as upsetting for her as for me.

When you're sure the problem is fixed, then you can start housetraining. I've found it way easier to train an adult than a puppy!:)
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