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I have a 4 month old rat terrier/shihtzu mix. I have had him for almost 2 months now and I have yet to get him potty trained. He has his good days and his bad days. I’ve tried crate training, the potty pads, the scent sprays-I also take him out on a regular basis. It is really becoming a problem since I live in a carpeted apartment. Today was the worst. I was sitting on the floor and he came-sat on my lap and peed on me. You can say I was pretty mad about that. Is there any advice on what I can do?
I totally understand what you are saying! My Dachshund wasn’t potty trained for 7 months (Although her accidents were not frequent). What we found that helped was a Schedule. (Our pup is trained on pee pads) When you take your dog out of the crate, have him/her go. Do it again in the afternoon, and again at dinner and again before they go to bed. The reason your pup may be having trouble is because puppies have very small bladders. If you consistantly take her out, and make her go on every outing, it will stop. I promise you. Also, while he/she is going, be sure to praise her and give her a treat when she is done. S/he associates going potty with the treat and begins to understand that it is a good thing. My dog once jumped on my chest and peed on me while I was lying in bed. Although I was totally grossed out at the time, she was actually letting me know that she had to go and instead of hiding in a corner and doing it, well, lets just say she got my attention. (This is probably why s/he sat next to you and went.) You will also be able to pick up signs that they have to go through body language. If your pup is sniffing the ground in one area, they are probably going to go. They “circle” the spot usually before they go. Anyway, I hope this helps you out!

thank you so much for your reply. i will definetly take your advice and put it to good use.
Bear in mind that as a general rule, puppies need to be taken out to empty their bladders *at least* as frequently in hours as they are old in months. So, you should be taking your pup outside *at least* every four hours.

Puppies need to go out immediately after eating or drinking, right after waking from a nap, as soon as they leave their crate, and whenever they get excited or play vigorously. These are the times they are most likely to have accidents, and their little bodies aren’t mature enough to wait until you complete your phone call, put on your coat and shoes, or finish your meal. When they gotta go, they gotta go.

If your pup has an accident in the house, don’t scold him. Just quietly clean it up and make a commitment to take him out sooner next time.

It takes patience, persistence, and lots of time commitment to housetrain puppies. It’ll happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of waiting for their bodies to mature to the point of bladder and bowel control.

Hang in there and stock up on paper towels.

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