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Specialist house training for a rescue

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by boxall, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. boxall

    boxall PetForums Newbie

    Oct 21, 2019
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    Me and my partner rescued a Spinger (cross) about 18 months ago. We never needed to house train her, as right from the start she's always saved it up for marking territory on walks. We do walk her twice a day every day, and sometimes we also have a dog walker come in the week.

    Recently she's had an accident during the night, despite not having had to wait any longer than usual between her night and morning walks. We're not sure what the cause was exactly, but we'd like to train her to go in the garden sometimes, so we can let her out last thing at night and rest a little easier. It would also make our lives a little easier, having a bit of freedom on when we take her on her morning walk.

    Unfortunately, she just won't go in the garden. Not unless another dog has been round and left their mark first.

    How could we house train her in this situation?

    Thank you for any help.

  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Feb 1, 2016
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    That could be your answer right there - if you don't know someone with a dog maybe your local vet or training class might know someone who can bring their dog to wee in your garden. If it works and your girl marks, make sure you go overboard with rewards so she definitely wants to do it again.

    If it was just a one off I wouldn't fret but if she does it again, pop a sample into the vet to check for a UTI.
  3. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

    May 8, 2014
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    Dogs that only wee (and poo) on a walk have often simply been inadvertently trained that way as their original owners didn't have a garden. Toilet training is just habit. So this isn't about her 'saving it up to mark her territory' so much as she doesn't know any different.

    Pretty much as Joanne says. It takes time to re train but that is what you have to do. Maybe introduce a key word like ' wee wee' when she is actually weeing when out and reward her immediately until she understands that she gets a prize if she wee's when you say that word. Then try this at home before a walk (when you know she needs a wee). Yes, invite a dog round to mark around your garden and reward your dog for weeing (on cue) in response. Or even collect some grass where she has wee'd when out (the pleasure of being a dog owner knows no bounds :D) and spread in places in your garden.

    And a one off wee overnight is just that - it happens.

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