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We just recently moved & since then our younger dog is NOT pooping outside ever! I can stand outside with them for 30 minutes come back in & then she sneaks off somewhere & poops.<br><br>
I bring them out many times a day (after sleeps, after eating, after playing & sometimes just 'cause it seems like a good idea) & give her plenty of time while we're out there. When she pees I give her tons of praise & treats (hoping to reinforce outside is the place to go). I have to sit outside with them right now as the fence has enough room for her to fit under (& she will leave the yard) - we should be correcting that this weekend.<br><br>
She was having some accidents in the house before the move but I honestly don't think she has once pooped outside since we moved & I am SO frustrated. I don't know how else to encourage to go outside.<br><br>
I know at least in part the problem is that she is not telling us when she needs to go out. If I don't notice her by the door she just goes in the house. I've been working on teaching her to speak but she just doesn't seem to be getting it.<br><br>
Our older dog is very intelligent & picked things up immediately so we never need any other tactics to teach her things.<br><br>
Oh & it's rainy season right now & has been raining absolutely constantly the past 2 weeks & she does NOT like being outside in the rain - she tries to hang out under the overhang the whole time we're out.
 

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Rather than having her in the yard, try walking her. The exercise stimulates the bowels so that she will actually poop while she's outside, giving you an opportunity to praise her. Also walking on leash you can make sure she doesn't get distracted and wander off somewhere. Especially because of the rain - one of my dogs is convinced she will melt in the rain too, she doesn't even like wet grass. I think a 30 minute walk will be much productive for you than 30 minutes out in the yard.<br><br>
Also, many dogs don't tell you when they need to go out. You can use something like potty bells and train them to use it, but taking them out at scheduled intervals works well also. Many dogs have very subtle potty cues so if you're not watching them you will miss them. For example one of my dogs will jump or scratch on the door when she needs to go out, while the other one will just walk around and look at me pointedly.<br><br>
If she doesn't potty outside, don't give her free reign of the house - crate her and take her out in a bit to avoid mistakes.
 

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Yeah, I'd haul out the crates and do a few days of she's either outside and you're asking for a potty/taking her for a walk or she's inside and she's crated. I've heard of dogs that will hold it for around 24 hours and then they usually start going outside again.<br><br>
~Julia
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">: Subbing for my not yet housetrained puppy.
 

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We had a non-rainy day today (hooray!!) & so we spent almost all day outside including a nice long walk (which my very pregnant belly didn't enjoy - lol!). And....<br><br>
...She pooped outside!!! We made a huge deal about it with treats & everything so hopefully this is the first step to her continuing.<br><br>
I still don't understand why she pees outside but doesn't seem to make the connection to poop out there?!
 
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