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 Posted 4/13/2010 10:21:41 PM
 

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Hey there, I'm just wondering if anyone has dealt with a similar situation and can give any advice. I've recently moved in with my girl and she has a golden retriever who had several accidents in house while being house broken and such. My lab has also lived her two years with a large yard and virtual free reign to go outside at will. Now we are both adjusting to "city" life and she has started using some parts of the basement as a rest room, I know this is due to the scent from the golden and we have re-carpeted the problem area and despite this and us sitting outside with her all day and long walks, shes just not getting the picture. Any one know of effective ways to retrain a dog so that she can grow accustomed to the much more limited restroom options of tiny yards?
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 Posted 4/14/2010 1:29:56 AM
 

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My advice would be to close the door to the basement for at least a month and approach the situation as house breaking from scratch. Go back to praising outside bathroom activity and scolding inside attempts and crating when you can't watch. If the dog was able to go in and out freely before (I'm assuming you had a doggy door and weren't living in a barn) it may not have formed the habit of relieving itself as an integral aspect of going outside. Or the other dogs accidents may be the main problem.
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 Posted 4/14/2010 6:37:02 AM
 

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hi, you might try feeding her and tying her to the area in question for a week. a dog generally wont mess where they eat and sleep.

pete schwedersky
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 Posted 4/14/2010 7:35:00 AM
 

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I'm with lanco here.

Start from scratch with crate training. It will fix the problem.
Dogs are very adaptable creatures, you just need to set them up for success.

Kg


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