Saturday, April 9, 2011

Anonymous Little Dog Seeks Advice!

Hi, friends! Its me, Lily! I wanted to write to you to ask some advice on behalf of... uh... this little dog I know. This dog... she wishes to remain anonymous, so I'll call her Tilly... has been having potty accidents in the house! She's almost two years old, so its not like she's a baby. And she is, supposedly, house trained. She knows, when her Mama takes her outside, she should go potty, and she always does so right away like a good little dog. Then she gets all proud of herself and prances around in circles! In fact, most of the time she remembers to hold it until her Mama takes her outside.
But sometimes I... I mean, Tilly... forgets! Sometimes Tilly has to go potty, and she just goes right there in the house, pee and/or poop! 
Tilly lives with another doggie, but her Mama knows that she's the culprit, because the poops are teeny-tiny, like her. 
Tilly also doesn't know how to ask to go potty. Tilly's Mama says her other dogs used to bark at the door when they had to go, and so they never had potty accidents. But Tilly and her sister just can't figure that out! So if Tilly has to go, and its not during one of the usually scheduled times that her Mama takes her, sometimes she just lets it all out! 
Tilly doesn't want to go potty in the house. She knows it makes her Mama mad. But, more importantly, it makes her Gramma and Grampa mad! (Yes, Tilly also has a Gramma and Grampa who she lives with. Its a weird coincidence, isn't it?) Mama... I mean, Tilly's Mama... can forgive her little doggie no matter what. But Gramma? Not so much. She gets super mad, and then she even yells at Tilly's Mama! 
So, Tilly wanted me to ask my friends for advice. Does anyone have any tips on how to potty-accident-proof a two-year-old doggie? Please let me know, so I can tell her! 
Thanks, friends!
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Catalina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My Tibby has the same problem. Or had, because she seems to be getting better. Tell Tilly - if the Vet checks her out and she is healthy physically she should try diapers. Yes! Diapers! At first I used modified baby diapers, but then I bought nice dog diapers. They look like jean shorts. We have been using the diapers for a few weeks now and NO ACCIDENTS!! If you want to see pics of them and other info just check out Tibby's blog.

Frankie Furter said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hummmmm that Tilly girrrrrl sounds like someone I know. Must be from some other blog, though. RIGHT?
Well, this is a tough one fur sure. I agree with the other commenter... best to check with the VET... to be sure there is not kidney infection or somethingy like that going on. And THEN... if it is pawsible... set a timer and have someone take TILLY out every hour.
I know some peeps train with a BELL tied to the door. Tilly could learn to ring the bell when she wants out.
I kinda go potty on a schedule. It took me about 2 months to learn that. Now... Pooof.. when my mom sings the Pee song... I just do it. I hope that ..ummmmm TILLY gets the hang of it.. so your ... I mean HER grandma won't be upset.

Oskar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well Tilly sounds like she's trying hard! I was already trained when I came here so I don't know how to help. I have heard good things about the bell on the door method though.

Good luck,


K-Koira said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

A bell attached to the door frame that is of a height for "Tilly" to ring with her foot or nose. She can learn to ring the bell, then go outside, and pretty sure will learn that ringing the bell gets her outside, giving her the chance to go potty without anyone getting upset.

Stopping by from the Blog Hop.

Cara n Crew said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ah, poor Tilly and Tilly's Mama! Our mom and doggy bro suggest going back to the beginning with Tilly's house training. Set up a schedule, take her out frequently, reward when she does the right thing, and when she needs to be left alone or even just can't be watched when mama isn't around, confine her to an area that is either to small of a space for her to go (like a crate) or an area with flooring that would be easy to clean in case Tilly did have an accident. Most importantly remember Tilly can't help it! Good luck!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie
ps. it might not be a bad idea to have Tilly checked by a V-E-T to be sure her accidents aren't medically related.

Cara n Crew said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Frankie Furter's idea about the timer is a good one!

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We don't go outside to pee or poo. We are trained to do it in a pee tray in the house. We have two pee trays, one in a corner of the living room and another in the human's toilet. It's either training Tilly to ring the bell to go outside or set up a pee tray in the house for her.

Pauley, Middy, the Mr. or the Mrs. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We do not bark when we need to go out either. The Mr. & Mrs. ask loudly about every hour or so if anyone needs to "go potty" & if we do, we jump up & go to the door. I am afraid if they do not ask us, we might "go potty" inside. If no one is home then we are crated.

Donna and the Dogs said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Poor Tilly - I agree with Cara that first Tilly should be checked by a vet. Then, start over with house breaking as if Tilly was a pup. Maybe even have Tilly's mom keep Tilly leashed to her - at all times, so she can watch her and learn what signs she makes that she has to 'go.'

Good luck. House breaking is frustrating, but with a lot of patience and supervision (and a check up to make sure Li.. I mean Tilly... is feeling well, I bet she will be trained in no time.

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