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At my wits end!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Pitbullx3, Mar 11, 2017.


  1. Pitbullx3

    Pitbullx3 PetForums Newbie

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    My husband and I adopted a 3rd pitbull in November of 2016. She is about a year old now. Things were great! We took her to training classes, the vet multiple times as she has had Giardia and demodex, and she seemed to be fully potty trained. Now she is refusing to poop outside and has done it in the house right in front of me. We do live in a snowy and cold climate during the winter months. We've tried the rubbing her nose in it and letting her know that's not ok. We make sure that the area is fully cleaned and washed and use the nature's miracle as well to get the smell out. I don't what else to do! Any suggestions?
     
  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    First, please don't rub her nose in it, it won't do any good whatsoever. It's quite an old fashioned idea that has long been discredited.

    If this is a change, in that she has been clean up to now, it may have a medical cause so a vet check is needed. If that comes back as a clean bill of health it could be that she has hit adolescence. Some dogs do go backwards with housetraining then. So back to basics - take her out regularly, praise like mad and reward when she performs outdoors. She should want to hold her toilet until outdoors in order to earn the treat. Don't react at all when she toilets indoors, if she learns to fear your reaction (or fear getting her nose rubbed in it) she may well slink off to toilet out of sight - the last thing you want.
     
  3. Calvine

    Calvine PetForums VIP

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    Really? What good do you think that is going to do? If you scare her she will do it out of sheer fear.
     
    #3 Calvine, Mar 11, 2017
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  4. danielled

    danielled Guest

    Well you can stop rubbing her nose in it right now, that is vile and cruel. Go back to basics. I hope your not in the uk as for some reason pitbulls are banned here.
     
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    suewhite PetForums VIP

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    Would you rub a childs nose in poo I don't think so why would you do it to a dog, that is supposing this is not a wind up post!!!
     
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    I wondered about that, too.
     
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  7. danielled

    danielled Guest

    It better be a wind up post.
     
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