Dog keeps messing in the kitchen(5 Posts)
I currently live with my partner and his parents. He owns a staff that is 3. He is put in the kitchen at night time and the door is shut. The dog is house trained during the day but keeps on messing in the kitchen both fouling and wetting (pretty rank). This has been going on for ages. Unfortunately it happens at least once a week. He is taken out lots during the day and has his last walk at 9 and is let out for a wee at 5.30.
My family have a dog and he lasts all night. It's not that long after all!
We have tried various techniques including preventative smells.
Also the dog has started banging on the door in the middle of the night - it started off as a reaction to the fireworks but as we share the house with dp's parents we had to go down and let the dog sleep in the bedroom to stop it banging and waking them up. He has learnt that his actions get treated and he keeps doing it!
Finding it very difficult to keep training up as we don't get the consistency from dp's parents.
Can someone please give some advice, do you think this is bad behaviour? Or weakness in bladder? The only thing dp does not want to try is crate training (despite my best efforts)
Thanks in advance
What time does he eat his last meal? Has he done this all his life?
It could be lots of things, but if he is defecating as well as urinating I'd be looking at moving meal times to an earlier time.
The banging on the doors should stop after a while, so long as it is ignored completely. My little dog insisted on sleeping with us after being cared for by a local rescue worker while we were on holiday, who let her sleep with her. One day she just decided that sleeping on our bed was not for her and took herself back to her own bed I wouldn't try this though, it didn't work with our puppy
Thanks for your response. Yes it has been happening all his life really, sometimes he stops doing it for a week and we think we had a break through but then it starts again. We tried giving his food earlier but he leaves it throughout the day and comes back to it so I suppose he can eat when he likes.
If it's been happening all his life I would treat him like a puppy. Get up half way through the night (horrid I know but it's only for a week or so), if he's already had an accident get up earlier the next night, let him out, praise like mad when he goes outside or click and treat if he knows what a clicker is.
Get up 15 minutes later the next night and so on, until he is going all the way through the night.
I'd also supervise his toilet breaks during the day, actually go outside with him and go really over the top with the praise when he does anything.
It might be an idea to wait until the banging on the doors stops before you start training this, just so you don't reinforce that while you are training him to hold it over night.
Wrt giving him his food earlier I would still do that, give him his food, leave it down for half an hour, take his bowl back up, he will soon learn that he has to eat it while it is down.
Thankyou for this advice. Will change the food situation. I know the nighttime training needs to be done what makes it so difficult is living in a flat with no garden. But I suppose you got to do what you got to do. We would have him up in our room if he slept on the floor, but he hogs the quilt and licks himself (very noisily) in the early hours and ruins our sleep!
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