Q. We have a 1 yr old dog who once in a blue moon will go pee outside. All other times she pees and poops in house. Why. How can I get her to stop

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A. Have her seen by your vet to rule out medical causes. Reinforce crate training (again if necessary). The crate should only be big enough for her to stand, turn around and lay down. She goes out FIRST thing in the morning. Pick a spot outside and wait. No walks until she goes. Praise and reward her when she goes. Place her back in the crate or on a leash attached to your hip so you can watch for her cues to go. Take up the water 2 hours before bedtime and take her out right before bedtime. Be patient. Be consistent.

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A. If she has free run of the house, and goes whenever she wants to, there is probably no one there at that moment to catch her and let her know that it is wrong. Therefore, in her mind it is an okay thing to do. You cannot scold her after-the-fact. It has to be as she is actually going. She needs to be trained to do all of her business outside. I am available to help with this--just click on the prompt to initiate a consult.

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