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Re: 10 month old wheaton terrier having potty accident

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  November 08, 2002 at 08:39:45

In Reply to: 10 month old wheaton terrier having potty accident
Category:   House Breaking
Posted by:  Diane
Posted on:  November 07, 2002 at 19:59:51

Question:

: Our 10 month old female wheaton terrier is still having potty accidents in the house. She is generally fine during the day when out of the crate and we are not home. however, when we leave her out of the crate overnight, we wake up to potty accidents.

: She also still has potty accidents in certain parts of the house.

: Any suggestions? Should we go back to total crate training when we're not home?


Response:

Hi Diane,

Normally we deal with Jack Russells on this board but terriers are terriers :) and my advice will apply to all dogs.

A 10 month old should be able to hold overnight but if she gets up and roams around the house that could be part of the problem.

Here are a few suggestions to try:

1) If you are free-feeding her stop. Just give her 2 meals a day. If she doesn't eat her meal within 15 minutes. pick up the bowl and wait until her next scheduled feeding time.

2) Try to maintain a rather strict feeding schedule. This way you will better be able to figure out when she is going to need to go.

3) Her last meal should be no later than 5:00 - 6:00PM and 6:00 is pushing it.

4) Until she is fully housebroken you might want to discuss with your vet about rationing water. You might want to pick the water bowl up around 8:30 - 9:00PM (unless she has just had some hard exercise, in that case she will need to drink).

5) Find the areas she has soiled and treat them with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle or Simple Solution.

5) Crate or confine her at night.

6) If you can find someone to come in mid-day to take her out, this might help to eliminate some of the soiling. If a dog has to wait 8-10 hours to go to the bathroom it's difficult for them to do.

Regards,
Marie