House Training

by Diane
(Prescott AZ)

My Coton Teenie is now 21 weeks old. I'm essentially crate training him and have him tethered to me or something strong when he's not in his crate. He sleeps well through the night.


There are times when he will signal to me he needs to go potty. He still has accidents about once a week. How old does he have to be before he's house trained? Will he at some point as he matures make the connection to "tell me" he needs to potty rather than having an accident? Are there other things I should be doing to train him to tell me he needs to go potty?
Any ideas and comments are welcome as I'm new to the world of puppies!

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Trying to potty train my Cotton
by: Tammy

My Samson just turned 1 years old I've never had a problem ever potty training my babies before this is my first cotton tulear I do not know what I'm doing wrong please make suggestions I've tried everything taking him out every hour on the hour praising him giving him treats when he goes 2 jumping up and down like a cheerleader clapping when he goes even tried the puppy pads putting the scented stuff on it that smells like pee pee he goes on them and then will turn around and go on the carpet should I be stricter with training them I'll be more gentle desperately needing help

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House training up to 7 months TIPS. . .
by: Anonymous

I'm glad I'm not the only one trying to understand my Coton!

Over 7 months this is what he has taught me:

(1) My Coton never liked the PeePee padies, refused to use them UNTIL I clued-in & got him the UNSCENTED brand!

(2) When he brings me my shoe to chew on it's his way of saying "I need to go outside to Pee"!

(3) When he gets into the toilet paper it's his way of saying "I need to go outside to Pee"!

(4) When he barks, it's him asking "to go outside"!

(5) When he jumps at me, its his way of saying "OUTSIDE NOW!"

(6) In the morning when he softly 'licks me in the ear' to wake me he's saying "I can't wait any-longer"!

I've learned that he's so perfect yet has no way of figuring out exactly HOW to get my attention EVERY HOUR. Yes, about every hour he needs to go Pee Pee outside.

He's 7 months old today. He now just looks at me & nudges me AND I'm to figure it out. Yup, every hour he needs to go pee. As long as I take him outside every hour for his 'quick pee' he's perfect. No messes, no barking, no shoe biting, no toilet paper attacks.

I've learned to just praise him when he does good or well and he does more good! If I get upset he reverts backwards (due to stress). Even if he misses the pee pee pad by a few inches I say nothing cause he doesn't know his pee pee was so far away from his face. He thinks he pee'd on the pad!

We use the pads for his overnight emergencies. During the day he needs HOURLY outside trips, every so briefly. Boy does he feel proud! It just took me awhile to hear all his attempts to say "I need to go Pee Pee".

I think the Coton training issues got more to do with communication to us masters. We failed to know their bladders were so tiny, the size of a Pea!

We failed to know that barking talk was "help me Pee outside"!

Whenever I hear a bark I take my Coton outside. He pees & comes back happy!

I learned a few tricks:

(1) At night the flashlight scared him & he wasn't comfortable to Pee. I bought a long string of 1/3rd Watt lights at Walmart Garden Department. I hung these lights along the way of where he was to pee. Now he pees every time I take him out at night (no flash light).

(2) He likes his emergency indoor Pee Pee paddies away from view (he's private!). I have them in the BACK ROOM away from us & he knows exactly where to go! I have a 2 Watt light bulb on for him!

(3) My Coton will NOT use a soiled Pee Pee paddie. He wants it changed FRESH!

(4) He will not poo poo on his pee pee paddie. I need TWO PADDIES!!! If I put TWO out (NOT touching) I will THEN get a poo AND a Pee Pee! (If not, one gets on the floor.)

(5) My Coton refuses scented pee pee paddies! UNSCENTED!

(6) If he gets too bossy I take him to the store (out & about). The away-from-home adventure intimidates him somewhat and he comes home being very good and obedient and loving!

(7) My Coton refuses doggie treats or food with preservatives. I use an expensive dog food with NO PRESERVATIVES and home cook his dinner's. For dinner he likes only one food per serving. I rotate: Chicken, Cod, Carrots, Potatoes, Rice, Eggs. For treats he loves bananas, apples and cheeses! His dog food & water is always out as he pleases. His Poo is perfect.

He shops with me for FRESH DOGGIE BONES filled with FRESH MARROW "from the butcher" - that's a very special treat!

(8) I get the best out of my Coton after he's hand-showered "fresh & clean"! He loves mild baby-shampoo. Once his pee pee & Poo Poo are cleaned he seems to make no house mistakes. I was told to shower only once a month. Once I started weekly hand-showers a few months ago he's much much much better in his pee pee rituals!

(9) I use no flea powder. I use natural lavender & JoJoba oil. Only a drop of pure Lavender essential oil - not much! I Mix well with the JoJoBa! I Keep far away from his nose & where he may lick. I use it on the collar area. NO FLEAS!

(10) My Coton sleeps with me. I made him his own sheets & pillow cover for his side of the bed. We bond in bed "stair me in the eyes" & play games like "living under a tent". When it's time to calm down I let him "sniff" Lavender Oil and I say "go sleep sleep". Now I just say "sleep, sleep time", he sighs, stretches out, puts his head on his pillow & falls asleep like a baby!

During the day, He seems to listen to me well on matters as though I am doggy mommy! I believe this sleeping pattern has helped until he grows out of needing "mommy" so close.

I can now leave him alone during the day and he's very well behaved & adjusted. I started by leaving him for one minute, then 5 minutes and now I'm up to an hour and he's well adjusted. I always tell him where I'm going: "To the store for Doggie Treats". Yup, he wants HIS bag when I come home with the food store bags!

(11) When I must leave him I always come back with a treat "in a bag". He so waits for "HIS treat". Sometimes it's just the banana in the bag, or cheese, boy is he happy! He wants to dig away for his treat "in the bag" (I insure there is an air-hole puncture at the other end of the bag!).

(12) As to training, My Coton simply needs to hear "No" softly. When I use just that ONE word he always listens as though he just needs to know what is OK and what is not. He simply wishes to please and never wants to be bad. He simply has to learn lovingly. Usually a distraction works wonders (a toy or bone to chew) so he hears very few "no's". Too many "No's" and his heart is broken. I reserve that ONE word only for serious things.

I'm new to this too as I've never had the pleasure of such a sensitive being. He's so smart. He's just amazing! He has taught me so much in 4 months (I got him @ 11 weeks). I just had to learn to listen to HIS way of communication and leave the training books alone. Regular dogs are not like Coton's!

I have a well behaved and very happy (shinny hair) (bright eyes) sweet baby angel! When he barks I let him see "if we're safe" by opening the door so he can "see". He quiets down the second "he checks" the noise out and confirms "we are safe"!

(13) Lastly, A "clap" always breaks his concentration and then he hears "come". Now I just clap & he comes!

When I feed him, bring him a treat, or take him for a Pee, he always comes and "kisses" me. It's his sweet way of saying "thank you"!

He's the most tender, the most bright, the sweetest dog I've ever met.

His name is CoCo for "Coconut" cause he acts like a nut sometimes! When he runs in circles over & over I discovered he's about to POO! - and his existing PeePee paddie is already soiled! He wants a fresh paddie! (Or a walk outdoors!)

Nov 04, 2014
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house training
by: sherry cotton candie

Tennie is just adorable, he is the age my little girl was when we got her. She was kind of trained but we had lots of accidents. I really think it was because we did not always pick up on what she was saying to us......sometimes it would be a stare, sometimes she would jump on me, sometimes she would go to the door.

We started saying "go Pee" to her when we would take her out, then praise and treat like crazy when she did. We just would take her out about every hour until she started to catch on.

I think teenie is doing well if only one accident a week, and sleeping thru the night. Guess they are all a little different as far as how long they can wait. We still take ours out about every 3 hours now, they are 4 and 6. When we are gone I put pee pads down and sometimes they are used, sometimes not.

Good luck with him and hope to see more pics of him as he grows up. They are just the best dogs ever!

Nov 03, 2014
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potty trainning
by: joyce

I got my Pierre at 10 months. He was not potty trained. It took me 2 to 3 weeks. I would always say "do you have to go outside" then I just took him out to the grass. I did this about every 3 hours. He then started sitting by the door when he had to go. I always take him out right before bed time then I put a gate up in my bedroom where he also sleeps to keep him confined. In the morning he wakes me to go out.

Nov 03, 2014
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House Training
by: Anonymous

After reading the comments I don't know how this happened but we had our Chloe now 4 years old potty trained at 3 months. When we took her for her first visit with the Vet he told us to take her out every hour because Cotons are a small dog and they have small bladders. We consistently used the word potty and if she went we rewarded her. After three months she started to ask to go out and has been asking ever since. I think the secret is take him or her out every hour, use the same word when you you take her out such as potty, outside? When done bring them in and give a treat. I used carrots. Eventually as they get older you can gradually eliminate the treat. Best of luck.

Nov 02, 2014
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House training
by: Carole

My Bentley is 3 and is still not reliable. This has been the hardest dog that I have ever attempted to house break.

Nov 02, 2014
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Bells
by: Sydney's mom

I trained my pup to ring a small set of Christmas bells that I hung 2" off the floor by the door. At first I would ring (touch) the bells every time I took her out and say "Sydney go peepee" Then I would start putting her nose against them to ring as we walked outside and then she started ringing them herself. Good luck and let me know if you try it how things go.

Nov 02, 2014
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Housetraining
by: Tiffany

For our Maddi (now 2yrs), it took 1 1/2 years to be solidly housetrained BUT we moved out of state when she was 9 mo old - so she had a new environment to get familiar. When we got her, we lived in Atlanta where the weather was often bad. She used puppy pads by the front door. She became excellent with the puppy pads (I also sprayed a lil bit of the pad attractor stuff on it to help her out). Moving to Arizona, she needed time to make the adjustment and now she has zero accidents. She just made 2 yrs Aug 2014. Cotons are little dogs (somewhat hard to housetrain) and I found she could also be stubborn BUT she got there!!! You may want to try the puppy pads just to get your fur baby in a routine of going consistently somewhere and seeing the pattern. If not puppy pads, just be patient & consistent - your baby will get there!! Good luck!!

Nov 02, 2014
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house training
by: Judy

I'm having same trouble. When I'm in my room with door closed he let's me know. When we are downstairs he just has an accident. Hired a trainer saying I have to walk him at least 60 min a day. One month now sometime it works and sometimes he comes in and has an accident. I'm at wits end. He is 28 weeks old. And I can't leave the room or he starts barking. I tried the short trips, as soon as door closes. He has baked himself hoarse. Help

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House Training-A Step Backwards

by Diane
(Prescott AZ)

Teenie, my 14 week old male was doing really well letting us know when he needs to go do his business. However, in the last 2 days he's taken a step backwards and has multiple pee accidents in the house. He has given us no warning like he was starting to do. Has anyone else had a similar problem?

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Sep 24, 2014
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by: sherry cotton candie

I think all of our little boys and girls have their set backs now and then. He is young and I would be thrilled to only have a few accidents at that age..........I know lots do not like the use of pee pads but as I have said before they are so great for my two.

No, they do not encourage them to pee in the house, but when left alone or if not let out it gives them a place to go and its where I want them to go.

Just continue to praise/treat when he does good, could it be he is learning to mark his territory? I don't know much about the little boys but when our friends bring over their male dog (he is neutered and very well potty trained at home,) but when in our house he will mark. He now needs to wear his belly band all the time when here. I don't know what age this would start.

It takes time and he will learn. Good luck.

Sep 24, 2014
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by: Vicky & Jonah

That's ok I think they all go backwards at times. Jonah 6, started this summer holding it forever. It's not like we do not have grass even thou we know summer is hot.

He decided he was not going off the porch unless necessary. So we have gone back to dogs 101 & I put the leash on & We walk the yard knowing that upon awakening it's times to go etc.

I do sometimes think they do it on purpose & just want our company even in our PJ' s. Usually in the morning from watering the grass is wet so I will walk him around the outside small stone area which r not hard on his feet.

If I would try to go into the grass he will stand stubbornly. So as we now walk outside area once started I will take leash off & we continue around. Once he is done he will proceed through the wet grass to the porch just like watch this. Go figure.

I have had such fun with this breed & never smiled more.

Sep 23, 2014
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House Training
by: Sharon and Jasmine

I never thought Jasmine would get it. She still has never gone to the door to let me know she has to go outside. I always have to ask her and then she will run to the door. I just took her outside about every 30 minutes - day and night. She has not pooped in house in over a year but when someone comes over she gets so excited that she piddles a little. But I have to clean it up. I keep a cover on my new couch. Actually have 2 of them, so one is always clean. It has been a life saver. She gets praised and a small treat when she goes outside. When she piddles she spends a little time in the crate. I just hope the day comes when she will let me know and she will not piddle when company comes. Most of the time when I know someone is coming over I just take her outside or hold her in my lap and she won't go. Just keep at it. They all eventually learn. Good luck! They are worse than a kid. I seriously thought about doggie diapers!

Sep 23, 2014
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Potty Training
by: Carole

My Bentley is the sweetest most affectionate dog. His problem is that he is unreliable about going in the house. He is a little over 3 years old and is let out often. My other 2 larger dogs never have accidents in the house. I cannot trust him. It's a good thing he's so cute and so small or I would boot him out on his ear.

Sep 23, 2014
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House Training-Step Back
by: Anonymous

Logan went though the same phase also! I thought he would never be fully house trained. Most of it was my fault because I put too much trust in him and let him have free roam in the house. We just went back to the crate training and the last time we put up a baby gate to contain him in a smaller space. So far so good. It's takes time, patience and most of all consistency. That was my problem, I wasn't consistent enough. Best of luck to you! Keep us posted.

Sep 23, 2014
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Milo too
by: Milo's Mom

Milo had a lot of ups and downs with house training. I think he was about 6 months old before he was reliable. When he regressed we blocked off the house so he had very little area to roam so we could always keep our eyes on him. As well we blocked off any areas whe he had peed or pooped so he wouldn't be able to sniff the spot and want to pee there again. (Be sure to clean up accidents very well with enzyme cleaner). Then we repeatedly took him out and strongly positively reinforced peeing and pooping outside...lots of attention, treats and playing. Key is the reinforcement of the good behaviour and avoiding the initial accidents. Good luck. FYI Milo is 3 years old now and he never has accidents.

Sep 23, 2014
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Pee issues
by: Anonymous

my puppy who is now nine months old went through that too. It was like he was great for a few weeks then it was like he forgot where to go. Basically he is and will be pad trained in home. I was told it was a phase and he would grow up. It was hard going thru but I think and hope we have that all behind us. It takes time. My pup seems to be good with that now. Hopefully yours will too.

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My 4 month old dog will only go potty at home.

by Heather
(Redwood city ca)

My sweet baby Lila 4 months old will only pee and poo at home. Never on walks or when we are out. We have to rush her home to eliminate. Is this normal? What should we do?

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Jun 16, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah

Before we head out for a walk Jonah potty's in the front yard. U really want to use walks for walks so they r not stopping all the time to pee on every bush. It's a good habit to get into.

Jun 16, 2013
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by: Barb

We had a similar experience with our puppy. We tried everything. But then one day we were visiting family who lived in a very dog-friendly neighborhood with several dog parks. I guess our Molly finally "got it" when she could sniff other dogs everywhere we walked and she could see all the other dogs going outside.

Do you have a place nearby like that where there are other dogs she could follow by example? A dog park or a neighborhood where there are a lot of other dogs?

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Help with house training

by Diane
(Prescott AZ)

Hello,

My coton, Teenie is just 12 weeks old. I take him out as soon as he wakes up and for the most part he pees/poos. If he doesn't, I take him out again in about 15 min. He's pretty good about telling me he needs to pee but misses telling me he needs to poo many times. He doesn't always need to poo after he eats. Sometimes he'll go for hours before he poos after eating. But, sometimes, even after a bite or two (then he stops eating) and within about 20 minutes o fhis morning pooing, he'll poo again, but doesn't give me any warning so of course he's pooing inside.

I know this is my fault, but honestly I turned my back for 30 seconds and it was too late. I guess I had thought since he pooed already and only ate a bite or two he wouldn't need to poo again for 15-20 minutes or so. Help...what am I doing wrong or is it he's still too young?

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Aug 30, 2014
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Teenie's Potty Training Update NEW
by: Diane

Thank you everyone for you tips on house training Teenie...your encouragement gives me hope...he's doing better the last few days. This morning he made a little low growl which seems to indicate he needs to go out...so I took him out and he did poo...lots of praise and treats for him!

Aug 30, 2014
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by: Vicky & Jonah

I agree w/ both other posts. She's young & sounds like your doing fine. I just wanted to say she is absolutely adorable & I love her haircut. I also envy your weather being here in the valley I am ready for cool down.

Aug 29, 2014
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by: Terry

Teenie is adorable. Be patient. He is still young and it does take time. Our Chloe trained pretty quickly. We took her out at 8 weeks about every hour on her leash. She got so she knew that when she saw the leash she was going out and her job was to potty. Now she comes to us and gives us a little yip, stands up on her back feet and waves those front paws so we get it, that's her signal to us to go outside to potty. Teenie will get it too, Coton's are very smart dogs and I agree that rewarding right after they go is a good idea and praise too. They want to please their owners so you'll get there don't get discouraged.

Aug 28, 2014
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by: sherry cotton candie

Your little Tennie is soooo cute. Sounds like you are doing all you can and if he is already peeing good when taken out that is great.
He is very young and just be patient with him, lots of praise and maybe even a treat when he does something.

Exercise seems to stimulate their bowels and if a walk is not possible then try just playing with him, tossing toys or whatever to get him moving a little then take him out.

Patience and lots of praise and he will learn. It took months for me but hang in there. It will happen. Good Luck!

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STARTS GOING IN HOUSE AFTER HEAVY RAINS

by Narita
(Oklahoma)

Bill is housebroken and does wonderfully. We keep a tinkle pad in the laundry room for him to use if he needs to go before we get back and that is the only time he uses it. . . . . . .UNTIL we have bad weather. I understand him not wanting to go out with the yard flooded, but after a few days of rain and it clears he keeps going on the pad in the house! He goes out for 30 or 45 min. then comes in and uses the pad. He also quits ringing his bell to go out. I don't know what we will do when it gets really cold and snows. Any suggestions? Oh Bill is 18 months old.

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Harlow slow to learn and now likes poop! NEW
by: Audrey

Help! We got our second Coton at 13 weeks old and she’s now 2 weeks from 6 months and it’s two steps forward, we think she’s got it and then she will poop upstairs or pee beside the open door. She has also decided she likes our Yorkies poop and waits for her to go and will eat it if we are not quick enough to distract her or take it away. It has taken the shine off her cuteness for sure after seeing her do that!
I’ve tried to put tobasco pepper sauce on a poop to see if it would put her off but she just waits for her next opportunity. We don’t know what to do to stop this and find it really frustrating and disgusting. None of our other dogs do this and they were quite straightforward to house train. Any advice on this would be really welcomed!

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Sep 20, 2012
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Bill
by: sherrycottoncandie

I have never figured out some of the things these little dogs do either but I do know that I love Pee Pads. In the perfect world all dogs would go outside always but there are times when the pads are just so much easier. When you travel it is not safe or convient to be going outside in the dark.

Cotton is good about going out, even in rain ... but will not go in her grass if she thinks it is to tall, we have to keep it very short. I can depend on her to use her pads if we are gone or at times if we do not pick up on her standing at the door.

It is frustrating when they come in from outside and use their pads but perhaps their was something out there, odor - animal or something they did not like. Really no way of knowing but Bill is a good boy in using his pads.

He is really a gorgeous dog, love his long hair. Good luck with him and be proud that he does at least use the pads.

Sep 20, 2012
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Bill
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Lets me 1st say AAAdorable. Sometimes we forget that practice is still needed for any behavior as far as the bell goes. Just to put things in a prospective he seems to be doing good things. He is not going on the floors. We say good dog when they do both so possibly both are good behaviors.

A plus is instead of wondering out in the mud where u must rinse off their fur & between the toes to prevent dried mud that may lead to a limp plus wipe up the floor is a good thing. A plus might be in a big snow fall u will not have to shovel the area where he can stand in to go & he will not slip & hurt himself on the porch. A plus is he will travel well since most hotel/motels never seem to be close to a grassy area.

Also growing up in the east on a bitter cold dark night even we do not want to leave our warm area to take them out. Here in AZ we have the opposite. It get so hot in the summer that out our back door the porch cement is so hot for me I have to put shoes on even with the shade screens. So to go out back must be hot on his paws. Walks must be over by 8am since the pavement never really cools down. The monsoon which drops the rain so fast in the back yd the grass becomes a swamp.

I guess all I'm trying to say is that both r good behaviors & yes they may not always be sure which behavior will make us happy at that time since they get rewarded for both. Jonah is now 4.5 & does both. Sometimes I think to myself why did u just not go outside it is beautiful out? Yet as I think back the fact that he has learned both seems to out way the times if he only knew one behavior.

The process of picking up the pad when u come home may also send a signal that may start the behavior of going in the house since their may be a time when something he ate hits him at night or he just did not do all his business before bedtime. A dog is a creature of habit as are we. Everytime I think I have figured them out I find that they are actually mystical creatures that r smarter then myself. I do hope that some of this may help. Good luck & again may I say Adorable.

Sep 20, 2012
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by: Sonny

I would love for my dog to use pads during rainy/snowy days. It would be nice for her to use a pad on those 20 degree freezing cold mornings when you don't want to get out of bed in the morning :)

For some reason, my dog thinks pee pads are toys and will rip them up or drag them all over the house.


Sep 20, 2012
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Rainy Days
by: Deede

I wish I had the answer for you. Our Coton isn't as bad as our Silky about preferring to use the house. He just doesn't like to get his feet wet.

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Crate Training/Potty Training


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Our 4 month old Coton puppy soils herself daily in her crate. She gets let out every 4 hours (I drive home from work to do this) but seems to enjoy lying in her pee and poo each day and won't go much when I take her outside during the day.
She does well and goes outside just fine when we are home, but loves to soil herself when in her crate. She sleeps and eats in the crate as per our vet/trainers advice. The crate is small to keep her from wanting to soil it. She doesn't have any food or water in her crate as to give her more "fluids" to soil.

I hate to add negativity to this "wonderful" breed, but our experiences has been so far from wonderful it's heartbreaking . . . I'm tired of 2 months of daily bathing of my pee/poo covered puppy. Can anyone offer help or suggestions?

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Dec 08, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I decided to update this as I see others have responded that they have the same problem. Our dog is now 2 years old, and it is better. Our dog finally achieved not wanting to soil her crate after about 8 or 9 months. We spent LOTS of time working on this- see previous comments. Our Coton needs to poo at least 3-4 times a day. She will now wait to go until she gets let out of her crate while we are at work. She is fairly well trained when we watch her and frequently let her out. We are very faithful to her bathroom "times" as if we miss these she still will have poo accidents in our house with very little remorse. (Two days ago was her last one). I don't think potty training is one of the finer sides of this breed!

Dec 06, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I have a coton for over a year. I have tried everything! Take him out before work, after work, my kids take him out. Some days he does good. When we are gone we put him in his crate. When we get back he sometimes poop in the crate or waits to poop on the floor! Please help! Im so close to giving him away! I take him on walks, I clap give him good feed back on his potty training outside & pooping. But he still poops inside!! It's like he does it when he wants to! I want him to stop! Im extremely tired of cleaning up poop after a long day at work. I truly dont know what else to do.

Sep 04, 2013
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by: Iris

A dog has 200 times stronger sense of smell than we do. If he smells a spot where he or another dog has gone potty, he will instinctually assume that's where to go. If your rugs have that scent, they need to be thoroughly cleaned or removed. If the dog, like mine did, steps off the pee pad his paws will have pee on them and leave the scent on the floor the floor needs to be mopped with a disinfectant, I used 409 cleaner, to remove the paw prints and scent. I feel sorry for my dog and other who are mostly in the house and cannot develop a natural elimination process. I always had outside dogs, and they went to the farthest area of the yard to eliminate. I think we expect too much of them when they are in the house and need to go.I do not crate my dog. I would not want to be confined and can't think of a good reason to do that.He has a crate, it's his go to safe place, and the door is always open. My dog is 5 yrs old now, I always try to err in his favor,and take him out always on the leash, after he eats and drinks, it moves through him within 15-20 minutes, and take him to the area he goes potty, and tell him go poop/pee. He does. As I posted before, I was recovering from surgery, I had to bring his puppy pad back in the house, near the door, and retrain him it's okay to go pee, and he does if I can't get him outside. . Tuffy has a frantic, "gotta go" jump and I try to recognize it, because sometimes that same message means "Hey. let's play". Please love and respect this loving creature we have been blessed with.Be patient and understanding.Love is all you get in return. It's worth the effort.
PS woolite puts out an excellent foam cleaner for accidental throwup pee and poop spots,

Sep 04, 2013
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by: Schuman

Anonymous I am having the same issues times 10. We adopted Schuman from a neighbor that after gaining the puppy from the breeder at 6m (breeder decided not to keep for breeding after testis did not drop)and a puppy boot camp and then another 10 days at a puppy behavioral specialist, his potty behaviors were too much for her. My daughter loves Schuman and he has adapted to our home nicely and is best friends with our two great danes. Exercise is not an issue, he thinks he is a dane and plays with them in their daily games of chase. He however refuses to NOT pee and poo on my Turkish rugs. He was pee pad trained and any wood surface that has a rug is also deemed a pee pad, this is my entire house. He does use his actual pee pad, I gave in and thought if it was there he would choose that over my rugs, but not the case. He is now over a year old and I see no end in sight. My husband is about ready to send him on his way and my daughter will be in therapy if we get rid of "her" dog. If he goes in the crate, he soils himself too, so he is in out mudroom with plenty of space while away for work. I'm not a quitter, and don't want to send him to a 4th home, but I am very frustrated. All the professionals say he is potty trained, so is this just stubbornness. I don't disagree with his wonderful loving heart and sweet disposition, but this potty business is going to send me over the edge. And suggestions of how you solved the issue would be great. I know Anonymous and myself are not the only ones with this issue.

Apr 08, 2013
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Still Frustrated But Better NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for asking- the woman who said her pup caught on at 5 months was a lifesaver . . . I really needed to know there was an end in sight. (Although our dog is now 6 months and we're still having lots of problems).

Our pup is doing better with the crate training, but will still soil her crate on occasion despite all we've done. She has had a really bad day and pooped on two different occasions today in the house. (5 minutes and 15 minutes after she was let out). Still hoping it gets better, as she is on prescription food from the vet, etc. We are tired of months of this, but have seen a little progress. I am still leaving work each day to let her out and she mostly manages to wait until I come home. However, I still can't believe any dog could be this hard to house train!

Also, she gives us barely any signals on the pooing. This morning she was lying down one minute and literally 10 seconds of my head being turned another direction and she was pooping inside.

Apr 07, 2013
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by: sherry cotton candie

I have been going thru alot of the website articles and was re-reading them. Just wondering how you are doing???

Hope things are improving for you and your little pup. Could you let us know? Sometimes its like magic and just overnite they catch on. I know I missed out on alot of Cottons signals when she was young.

Are you still using a crate for training? Wishing you the best!

Feb 02, 2013
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pooping alot in her crate NEW
by: Iris Miller

Just another thought, maybe an intestinal bug! It's worth a stool check and exam by a Vet.
Now I'll .Y.O.B. and pray all goes well for you and your puppy.
love and blessings,
Iris

Feb 01, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Here's a link that may come in handy.

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/linksbehavior.htm

Jan 31, 2013
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by: Iris Miller

I have been wondering and worrying about your Coton puppy. I hope by now things are getting better. They are such a sweet and loving breed, and so smart. I Hope you've been able to make time before work and after besides your afternoon break, to get her out to play and walk and go potty more outdoors, they really don't want to be soiled in their own droppings. Is it possible for you to take her to work with you? I have a friend who brings her little dog with a crate to work and takes him out on her breaks.When they are babies/puppies, it is so hard for them to be all alone. All they need is a lot of love,and you'll get it back ten fold. Wishing you patience and luck.
God Bless,
Iris&Tuffy

Jan 29, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

She seems to be pooping alot I wonder if whatever is in the kong is to rich for her. Peanut butter if in the kong is also rich & a dab will do. Knowing that it is hard to get ready in the morn. Take the dog out, feeding them etc. u may want to consider a food ball so they work for the food & it keeps them busy since u said u come home every 4 hrs.

Also their r alot of toys out their that makes them work for the fun. 1 good one will do since if u decide on the food ball they again r a little pricy but can be found on the web pretty reasonable. Also while looking read comments on the toys that people post before investing that can help in ur decision. While they cost a little more their then r the cheaper ones u can make. Ex. a tennis ball in an old sock put a knot in it so the ball does not get out. Do the same w/an empty water bottle. Empty toliet paper roll they can tear up if they want. Dollar store tennis balls or hoo-la-hoops they can jump thru.

I'm assuming the pen the trainer suggested is on the ground. I am not sure if she is going on the potty pad or papers that r in the pen. If not an old trick is for u to basically pee into a cup & a little sprinkle will do u is to mark the pee pads since dogs hve millions of scent smells. Its basically like buying the smell from the pet store but free.

I also do not know if u take her for walks. At least 2 per day. Knowing sometimes time is valuable they do not need to be long walks. 5 mins. will do down to the end of the street & back. Again they do not have to be far or long since while a puppy is growing u need to be real careful that u do not push their bones to far. Good luck it will click with ur pup & will be just a memory.

Jan 29, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thanks so much for the helpful input. We are still dealing with the same situation. At the advice of our trainer, we moved her into a puppy pen that gives her about 4'x 2' to be in during the day. This way we thought she might continue to see her crate as a clean place (she keeps it clean at night as well as the short periods we put her in it while we're home) and have a corner to go in her puppy pen if she needs. Also, I give her all sorts of toys and a kong filled treatet in the pen.

However she runs through her feces and smears everything pee, poo, etc. all over the area- so it's really not keeping her clean. Yesterday she peed and pooed there twice during the day . . . after she was let out (and pooped) in the morning, then after I cleaned up her morning mess (4 hr. mark) and while she was left again for 3 hrs. This morning she pooped in her pen minutes after being let out & a half hour after she pooped just fine outside. She doesn't mind the cold and goes perfectly fine when we are home. She is also almost 5 months old so should be able to hold her pee for around 5 hours if she would choose to.

Anyway, I am not understanding this dog, (she is unlike any dog I've ever owned but I have not owned a Coton before). I sure am exhausted and frustrated by her. I do appreciate all of your help. To those of you who recommend doggie day care, this option near us gives the dog no opportunity to go outside to go to the bathroom and therefore seems no better than her going in our house.

Jan 28, 2013
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crate training NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

This is alot of info on crateing on the humane society website. Their is also alot of good info already here on the blog. I was just wondering how u were still doing. Good luck u will do fine.

Jan 27, 2013
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a potty predicament NEW
by: Iris Miller

Last night I took Tuffy out in the snow to go potty,he made pee, then went behind a tree to poop.The wind was cold and the snow was wet, it froze the poop to the hair on Tuffy's bottom.It sounds funny but it was a disaster. He freaked out and tried wiping it off his bottom by repeatedly scooting his butt on the snow which only smeared it all over his bottom, just as I said previously about the dogs not liking to be in his own mess, this happened, and he was distraught because he was dirty with poop. He stayed away at the full length of the leash sitting on the snow and would not come in the house. I had to reassure him he's a good boy, and drag him to me and rushed him into the bathroom to clean him up with wipies. I had to cut most of the soiled hair off. We were both a mess, not a pretty picture.Today he took a shower bath with mommy and is nice and clean and fluffy.He was so happy not to be stinky he ran all over the house like a maniac jumping for joy!
I rest my case.
love, Iris and Tuffy

Jan 26, 2013
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potty training NEW
by: sherry cotton candie

I can understand the frustration that you are feeling. I know most of us have been thru it and it is almost a full time job at first........
that being the key words..For a puppy four hours seems like an awfully long time-plus being left alone in a small cage with no food or water would only add to her stress.

Is there a neighbor-friend or anyone close by that could come over and take her out and play a little while with her? Doggy day care is expensive but that would be great also if its possible.

When cotton was a baby we took her out every 30 minutes and most of the time she did nothing--but when she did we acted like she had won the marathon, praise, hugs and a treat. We still leave pee pads down and she will use them if we are gone.

Would you have a small area you could leave her loose in with pee pad and toys? I bought a can of Wee Wee made by four paws. Sprayed a little in the center of the pad and she was attracted to it. She figured out really quick what to do.

Seems every trainer recommends caging but I think its not possible for young puppies to wait hours. She would not be comfortable laying in pee plus daily baths are soon going to dry her skin out.

Hope you can find some kind of solution, cotons are just the most loving and fun dogs ever. They are very social and really need companionship. Do not mean to sound negative to you as you are trying but its obvious something needs to be changed.

Good luck to you and please let us know how things progress.


Jan 25, 2013
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potty training tips NEW
by: iris Miller

I hope I can be diplomatic and hope not to be offensive. Any mammal including a puppy does not want to sleep or eat where they go to the bathroom and vice versa. I worked full time so I made a kennel of my bathroom when I first got my Coton Tuffy at six weeks old. He is very intelligent. In the first few days I stayed with him night and day and frequently took him to the pee pad and told him go pee and poop after eating and drinking and every couple of hours..He caught on and has never needed correction. His pee pad and open door crate were at the back of the room, the food and water next to the door at the opposite end.He had a soft basket with toys in it and preferred sleeping with the toys in the basket. The door to the bathroom was open blocked with a see through baby gate half way up for light and air circulation.If you read some of my other postings there are more about Tuffy and both indoor and outdoor potty training. Please remember, a puppy is like having a newborn baby. I would not blame my dog for my mistakes, and I do make many mistakes. I did not know he would be lonely and afraid when I was away at work for 10 to 12 hours a day. It was my mistake to adopt a dog at that time. They do need companionship and affection and after all that is the same reason we want them for the same needs.My dog developed a separation anxiety and even at five years is now very stressed if I leave him at home, I am sure your dog feels lonely and stressed too, and is distraught for being forced to stay in their own toilet mess.Please don't imagine she is "loving" being in her own deficate. Just like a baby, their bladders are not fully developed and they cannot hold it for a long time, and the food usually works through the bowels in about 20 minutes.I hope you have a friend or family member to pet sit while you're at work, to play with and exercise your beautiful loving Coton. Good luck and God Bless,
Tuffy and mommy Iris

Jan 23, 2013
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by: Sydney's mom

I am not sure from your posting if you just work 4 hours or come home at lunch and then leave again. The problem may be with your dog spending too much time alone. My coton is such a social dog it would be very difficult for her to be by herself that much. Have you considered doggy daycare. It costs about $20-25 per day in my area.

Jan 23, 2013
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Patience, and more patience is needed
by: Anonymous

I can feel your pain as it took us a long while to train our Mayah. From the moment we brought her home at 11 weeks she stayed dry in her crate at night but days were a different story. I was working at the time and low and behold i would find she had wet her crate every day.

From all that i've read about house training puppies the articles always mentioned the need to be consistent in taking them out regularly every 20-30 minutes at first and then every hour until they were trained. I thought i was losing it as she was already 5 months old and she wasn't telling us when she needed to go out yet. My thoughts were 'this puppy will take a year to do this', and then i started using a bell to train her to ring it every time i took her outside. At first it was ringing all day long..and that drove me about nuts too as we faithfully took her outside every time she rang the bell! By this time i was more home and since she was lose around the house she still was having accidents but not as often.

I had also read that puppies brains don't really click on the potty training until they are six months old. As we were getting close to that marker i was thinking its coming ..please God make it happen and low and behold ...it happened overnight ...one day she rang the bell and it was for the purpose it was intended for ..to go outside and do her business. every once in a while she still pulls the wool over our eyes ...and she is just curious about the birds and noises outside but we can usually tell if she is going to go or just fool around and work around that.

I know this doesn't solve your immediate problem but i just wanted to share that I understand it feels like an eternity when you are going through it ...but they are babies still ...and their brain is still not mature to get it yet....but once it clicks...your previous consistency and hard work will pay off.

Jan 23, 2013
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by: Anonymous

How long is she out of the crate for? When do you feed her? How often? Visit Cesar Milan's (the dog whisperer) website. Google it. Look up housebreaking and puppy training. Follow his tips to a tee, no exceptions and I'm sure you'll see results. how's breaking what is the easiest thing I had to train Spanky to do and he rings the bell when he has to go outside. Good luck.

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I can not get Coton de Tulear to stop going potty in the house.

My Coton de Tulear is almost 5 years old. We have had him for 3 years. The people who raised him never taught him to go potty outside. Bottom line is they were too lazy to take him out because they lived in an apartment. Now this dog pees anywhere he gets the urge. He doesn't pooh inside, just hikes his leg. We have tried everything..rewarding him, making a loud noise when we see him hike is leg, taking him outside many times a day. We can't even put him in a cage because he hikes where he sleeps too. I bought one of those pee straps that cover his little thingy and he still does it. Even when we take him outside in the backyard, he would rather hike on the deck with all our furniture than go in the yard. He is ruining our furniture inside and out. Aside from that he is perfect, but Im not sure how much more I can take. I would hate to give him away because I wouldn't want someone spanking him or abusing him because it is really constant. Not every day..but every week.

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Mar 11, 2012
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Coton Connection Issue #021
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

This is the issue # that Gail put out over this website that covers "Common house training problems" with a lot of good information on potty problems.

Also walking along with them even in ur yard for a while to direct them where to go then praise & treat will help. By changing the behavior & giving them one location in ur yd. also helps w/cleanup & party's but they focus on a new behavior.

It can help get rid of the bad behavior altogether. It might take 6 mo. to a yr to correct a 5 yr problem but when u do & u will it will stop any more yrs of frustration.

If neutered it will help. It will also help ur pet live longer by helping prevent prostate cancer.

Mar 10, 2012
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House traning
by: Kirby's Mom

My dog did the same thing when I first got him. He was also around 2 years old, and I've had him 3 years now. First thing he did when I brought him home, was lift his leg on my chair. It's still the first thing he goes to do when I take him somewhere new, but he was completely house broken after about 2 weeks. I made a little belly band for him with cloth and velcro, and I put a pantyliner in it. He didn't like having it on and quickly learned what it meant. I still use it when we go somewhere new, but he's a good boy at home w/out it.

Mar 10, 2012
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Potty training
by: Anonymous

My male Coton is 3yrs old and finally potty trained. He does mark when I visit, so I put a diaper on him. Never thought I'd have this problem. Don't give up. I have to take hom out several times a day, but he can last 12hrs at night. Such a love, great companion and very smart.

Mar 10, 2012
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I think the walking on a leash does help also
by: Kathy

When I moved here 2 1/2 years ago, I started visiting my mom more frequently. My dog was 3 1/2 years old and not well house broken. Going to my mom's helped because I had to walk her on leash several times each day since my mom doesn't have a fence. It really helped. I told her to "go potty in the grass." And after a while she got it -- she rarely has accidents in the house now. I keep a towel in the laundry room with my dogs during the day, but they rarely use it. I let them out in my fenced yard as soon as we get up and when I get home. I always tell them to "go in the grass."

Good Luck & don't give up!

Mar 10, 2012
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by: Mary

It sounds like you have a great Coton!! I have two..one female and one male. The male does like to mark items in the house!! However, I do find that if I walk him on a long walk, he "empties his tanks" and is usually much better!! Good luck!!

Mar 10, 2012
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Potty training suggestion
by: Anonymous

I had a similar problem. My coton stopped doing this when I set up a going out routine. I took him out as soon as he woke up in the morning or after any nap, after eating and before putting him in his cage to sleep at night. And I rewarded him with a treat as soon as he did his business outside. I hope this helps. Good luck and don't give up. Cotons are such wonderful little dogs and I cannot imagine my life without mine!

Mar 10, 2012
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Potty training
by: Anonymous

I had the same issue with my Coton. I started taking him on 4-5 short walks a day. Just to my stop sign (.25 of a mile). At 10 pm every night, I take him on a little longer walk to get everything out of his system (.5 mile). He never has gone in my house again. Try it.

Mar 10, 2012
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coton
by: Anonymous

is he nutured.........that might help.

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house training

by Sandy
(Fenton, MO)

Pixie is 8 weeks here

Pixie is 8 weeks here

Pixie is 4 months old. She is rarely left alone and is taken out regularly. She still has no problem going inside the house and has never let us know she needs to go out.

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May 09, 2012
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Dolly
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

I hope u will post pictures of ur 2 little puppies. Congradulations on ur new addition to ur family.

May 09, 2012
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Potty Training Patience
by: Dolly

All of these comments have helped me so much. We have two little Coton's. They are 11 weeks old. We have had them for 5 weeks. I was getting so discouraged with the potty training. We would take them outside and they would still come inside and go. After reading all of the comments, we are probably right on track. I feel better and will stop being so impatient.

May 09, 2012
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House training
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

When I read my post again it did not come out quite right. Just to say at 4 months they really do not have alot of control yet. Around their food area & play area its ok to still keeps papers for awhile since they really up until at least 6 mos. do not have much control to hold it. Any time they do go outside really make a big deal about it.

Also while u are training it does not hurt thou to use pads as they get older & the outside. This will really make travel, hotels, & confidence when u may have to spend the night at friends. an easy adjustment. Remember to not spend alot of money on good pads starting out thou since the the puppyness will be to lug them around & chew them up until they get the command AH! AH! down. Good luck.

May 08, 2012
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Oliver
by: Linda

My Coton is a year old now, and does the exact same dance!! That is so funny, must be in the genes. He runs back and forth with little circles at the ends and then finds the right "spot" and circles 2-3 times and goes poo.

altho, Oliver still has peed occasionally in the house, probably I wasn't watching enough, on the bedroom rug.

I'd like to ask a question two questions to all, however. Oliver has learned that when I get dressed and perfume goes on the he will have to go in the crate. So now he refuses to let me catch him, because he doesn't want to go in the crate. He only stays in for max 4 hours and will willingly go in when he is tired for the night on his own. I put treats in the crate, worked for a while, but I spend 30 mins trying to catch him this morning!!

The other question is, since he is a male, he piddles when he first sees me from wk or meets someone new at the door. Will he stop this as he gets older? I worry it makes his scent everywhere, even tho I clean it. But, think it would be further encourage him to go in the house.

HELP!!!

May 08, 2012
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Just keep working at it.
by: Anonymous

Hi Sandy. My puppy is also 4 months old (17 weeks)and for the FIRST time yesterday, I noticed that she seemed to "get it" and actually peed and pooped right when I took her outside. I was STUNNED because, like you, I had been working with her since she was 8 weeks old and she would often squat and pee right after I would bring her in the house. She would also pee and poop in her crate. When I called the Breeder asking for help, she said that one day I will take her out and see that my efforts have paid off. All puppies are different, but if you keep up the good work of taking her out after meals, after naps and after play, and keep her confined to a small space when you can't supervise her EVERY SECOND, she will one day reward you with the proper behavior. I was ready to celebrate yesterday. I know I will still have accidents, but I think I turned a corner. Good luck and hang in there!

Phyllis

Apr 16, 2012
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Restrict puppy in the house
by: Anonymous

It is very important to restrict your puppy until 100% trained or it will take much much longer. Crate training is the easiest way to go but you can also use a small room like a bathroom or laundry room. I have a friend who used a playpen and just moved it from room to room so the dog could be wherever the family was. You could do the same with a crate of course.

The longer you wait, the harder it will be. My Coton cried the first night in the crate and now it's his "safe place" and he goes there on his own - even though he now has full run of our house.

Also, since your dog isn't letting you know in advance, try keeping a schedule - same time every day to feed her and then to take her out.

Good luck

Apr 16, 2012
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House Training
by: Jolie LaFleur's mom, Tammy

Jolie does pretty well, but she has to be outside for a while, to "walk it out." She will teetee very easily, but sometimes gets too busy playing, or barking at the neighbors dog, or exploring. I have to make sure she stays out long enough to potty. She does a "potty dance" when she is ready, by running back and forth, in smaller and smaller lines, spinning at each end, until the line is small enough to be a circle, and she spins around a few times and then does her business!! (does any other coton do this??) But she has to be outside long enough for this to happen, usually 10 minutes or so. If my husband doesn't watch her to make sure this ritual is complete, she will run back in and go to my bedroom and potty there. If I catch her, I can tell her "lets go, lets go" and she will run back outside. If she needs to go in between the times I let her out, she usually goes to the door and barks or whines and sometimes will come to me and run back to the door. I have always made a big deal out of it, "Lets go potty!!" and they always get a treat, but if I'm not observant, an accident can happen. I have found that Woolite Pet Stain Remover works better than anything else, to clean up and it takes away the urine or throwup smell completely, on carpets and clothes.

Apr 15, 2012
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house training
by: Anonymous

Sooooo cute !!!! Google potty training puppy aparrment

Apr 15, 2012
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house training
by: Sandy

Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions. This is an awesome place for help.

Apr 15, 2012
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Potty
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

She is such a baby. She will make mistakes but that is ok.. She is so cute. She is adorable. Dogs only make a mistake of going inside when they THINK they have to potty. I think only judging myself that I could of done better if I find poop on the floor. After all I do not believe that they are paying me back. Thou I do believe they might need to help me understand I could do a better job of being sensitive to their needs. After all who else gives u unconditional luv.

Apr 15, 2012
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HOUSETRAINING
by: TRISCUIT'S MOM

SANDY
I GOT TRISCUIT AT 7 MONTHS OLD AND I THINK SHE LIVED IN A CRATE MOST OF THOSES MONTHS SO WHEN I GOT HERE SHE WASN'T HOUSE TRAINED AT ALL AND HAD AN AWFUL TIME WITH HER. WE USED THE CRATE, WEE WEE PADS, TOOK HER OUT DOORS JUST ABOUT EVERY HOUR AND SHE STILL WENT INSIDE.
IT SEEMED LIKE IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET HER TRAINED. SHE NOW ASKS TO GO OUT DOORS AND HASN'T HAD AN ACCIDENT IN MONTHS...HAVE PATIENCE AND SHE WILL GET THERE.....SHE IS SO ADORABLE. BEST WISHES KATHY FROM PA AND TRISCUIT

Apr 15, 2012
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potty training help
by: Gale

Sorry Sandy, must pay better attention - guess I'm not as good at multitasking as I thought :)

I'm wondering what kind of training methods have you tried? Crate training is almost always effective - it just takes some time and patience. Since Pixie isn't giving you "clues" this may be the easiest way to house train her.

Also, it's really important to clean the spots where she's going inside the house with a good odor eliminator so she's not attracted to those spots again.

I guess I'm fortunate with Luc because he's so predictable. He doesn't do anything like ring a bell or scratch at the door, but I know he has to go immediately after he eats and when he first wakes up. His body language lets me know also - he walks around in a circle and starts sniffing things. If I get distracted and don't take him out right away he'll actually start to make little crying sounds. Every dog is different though so look to see if there is any body language your dog is displaying that can give you clues.


Here are some links that may help. Some Cotons learn right away and some take longer, but the key is to let her know what you expect from her. Reward her profusely when she goes outside and don't give her the run of the house until she is trained. Do everything you can to set her up for success.


General puppy potty training


Crate training tips

Good luck; hope this helps.

Apr 15, 2012
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Coton Housetraining
by: Sandy

Thanks Vicky!

Unfortunately neither of those seem to be the problem.
1) She is a female
2) She hasn't shown any excitable urination (we had a dog that did that).
3) She goes a lot when she potties indoors. (This she'll do on the tile or on the carpet.
4) She will also poo indoors, only on a carpet though.
5) We have a male Pomapoo that rings the bell so Pixie doesn't have to. Pixie has never shown any indication of letting us know she has to go and since she has such short squatty legs it's difficult to pick up that she is going potty until it's too late.
6) We could really use help getting her to tell us she needs to go. (She is taken out every hour to hour and a half now).

Apr 15, 2012
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House training woes
by: Gale

Sandy, I sent you a copy of the article to your Gmail address. Hope it helps.

(Thanks Vicky)

Apr 15, 2012
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Coton Housetraining
by: Sandy

Where can I find a newsletter from 2011? I wasn't even aware of the breed back then but so glad I have now.

Apr 15, 2012
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Coton Issue #021
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Also their was a newsletter sent out "The Two Most Common House Training Programs" 10/12/2011.

Apr 14, 2012
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Housebreaking
by: Anonymous

My Louie is 3years old and finally housebroken. I about to give up and suddenly it happened. Don't know why it took so long. Don't give up. He does use the pad sometimes.

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by: Iris Miller

Maybe your dog is marking it's territory? Or can be confused by previous odors. especially on carpeting, and thinks it is a place he/she is supposed to go.
Tuffy has his signals for going outside, he has an urgency dance he does, and also waits by the door as a last resort. Since I have been homebound so much with surgeries, I have had to re-train him to use the pee pee pads on the tray, , which was hard for him to understand, I had to keep assuring him it was okay to go pee pee on there and praised him highly for "going on the paper". He will still wait as long as he can to go make outside, but knows he can use the alternate if I can't get up to take him.
good luck training your dog, the Coton is very intelligent, it should not take long.

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Housetraining

by Dodie
(Indianapolis)

We are the proud pawrents of an adorable 3 month old Coton (Minnie) who was rescued from an unfortunate backyard breeder situation when she was 2 months old (we got her at 10 weeks).

This is our first small dog (we have German Shepherds who are very easy to housebreak)and I'm starting to get a little worried. After 3 weeks, she won't go in her crate, is sleeping about 6 hours straight at night, will potty outside if you catch her and get her out there, but shows NO UNDERSTANDING THAT POTTYING INSIDE IS WRONG OR THAT SHE'S WILLING TO GIVE AN INDICATION THAT SHE WANTS TO GO OUTSIDE. She just starts running in circles, squats, and pees wherever.

Any suggestions?!!!

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Feb 06, 2013
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potty training
by: Vhonda

Hi there:

She is such a cutie, We've just (in the last 3 weeks) adopted a 3 year old name 'Dizzy'.
Patients is the key, but if you do as follows it should get better.... I know this may sound gross but... if she poos in doors pick up with a paper towel or poopy bag and put it in the garden/yard where you want her to go! the same with her wee soak it up with a dry paper towel or sponge and then take it out side and and wipe around the area where she needs to go take her out there and leave her sniff around that area where her poos and wee is..this will give her, her own scent and she should go there again.

Do a routine when you wake up in the mornings take her out side, with in a minute or two of her waking up herself put her out, after her meals again within a minute or two put her out again stay with her and when she goes...praise her, also if she is having a good playing session and then she calms down try her out side again 'just in case' she do an 'exciting wee'. Night times use an area with newspaper with a little but of soil/grass rubbed into it or I know here in the UK we can get 'training pad mats' these are waterproof backed sheets that encourage the pups to go on them rather then the 'floor'

I know it sound a bit long winded but it does work... this is the technique we've always used with our puppies and we've had no problems... luckily Dizzy was already trained to go out side, but being 3 years old I should think so. however we have taught her to use a doggy door, so now she goes out when she wants too...The key is to be patient remember she is a baby and she needs to be trained just like human babies they have to be taught...its more or less the same thing anyhow Good luck with it all, it will come right in the end.

xx

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by: Iris Miller

That is the cutest little munchkin!!! Bless you for rescuing that adorable puppy.
Maybe the big dogs will help you teach the little one.
Wishing you patience.
blessings and love,
Iris and Tuffy

Feb 04, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Minnie is really not very old. In a perfect situation every 2 hrs is required. Now I understand this is not always possible. Once they pee/poop its to late to even say bad dog. But if u catch them in the act & take them out to finish or they go when u take them outside (which means u go out with them) as soon as they pee or finish, make a big deal out of it w/ur voice. U can also use cheerios as a treat since tummys r small & when young they get lots of treats for good things.

When I say make a big deal out of it I mean as if u would be embarrased if ur neighbors saw u. It's elevating the good feeling they will get for pleasing u. Now u do not have to be weird like that forever eventually when they get it, a good girl will do. If they slip back to the house go back to the beginning of the elevated praise.

She is adorable. Here is a website that I find info on as diff. ques. come up every once & a while. U can even post her picture on it under Cotons. Good luck keep us up to date on hows she's doing. U r very kind for opening up ur house & heart to her

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/linksbehavior.htm

Feb 04, 2013
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by: Julie

Yes it does just take some time and effort. My two Coton's were fairly easy to train. Just went out often, made them stay till they went. Praised them and ran back in for a treat out of the "treat drawer". When they had accident told them NOT good and took outside immediatly. Even though too late. Also took them in car anywhere we were going. They seem to never have to go in the car. Stopped for potty breaks and praised them again with treats. By 4 or 5 mo. didn't have many accidents. Just really praise a LOT when they do go outside and enjoy puppy time!

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clicker train her
by: Anonymous

I have been using the clicker to train my baby and it has totally worked. She was peeing inside as well at that age, so I started taking her out every hour. If she peed, I clicked, gave a treat and praised highly. She's five months old now and hasn't had an accident in a month. Remember, their bladders mature more slowly than big dogsdogs. You should see a difference in a month our so.

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by: Michelle

Our Coton is 8 months. We also have an older big dog that was easy to train. This little one is taking forever. He is better about pee but still poops inside. He sits by the door and if nobody sees him he goes. We have the bell but that is not 100%. He is getting better but it is sloooowww. I tried going outside and when he poops I give him a treat right away and that has helped!

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Ring the bells
by: Mak

I hung a pair of Christmas bells at the door about 4" off the floor and jingled them every time I took Sydney our for a pee. Then I started pushing her into the bells do they rang whenever I took her out. Even if she bumped onto them by mistake I took her out whenever they jingled. Now she let's me know when she wants out herself by ringing the bells. It took a few months but well worth the effort. Good luck.

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Awwww,but so cuter
by: Susan

She's exactly opposite to one of my Cotons.

Feb 04, 2013
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by: Sandy

Although we were diligent about taking "Pixie" out every one or two hours (she also never showed any signs of letting us know when she needed out.) She finally caught on to the fact that she shouldn't go in the house around a year of age. Alas, we were gone for a week and a half leaving our pups with our college aged son and she decided it was ok to go inside again. Since we have come back and are back into our normal routine she is good again.
Good luck and I hope it doesn't take you as long as it did us. They are totally worth it though : )

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I re-read my question and it sounds wrong...
by: Dodie

I meant to say that she isn't pottying in her crate (which is a GOOD thing). So I know that she's making progress.

No pottying in the crate.
Sleeping 6 hours at night without going.
Will go outside if I get her out there (taking her regularly - I mean if I catch her getting ready to potty inside).

It's just that, when she does have to go, she just squats and does it. Makes no indication that it's coming and doesn't ask to go out yet. Wanting to know if that's normal at this age and after 3 weeks of trying. (No experience with small dogs.)

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by: Sandy

Our puppy was about 12 weeks old when we got him and i don't think he had seen grass at all. My daughter and i took turns taking him outside about every 1 hour or so to get him used to being outside. When i had to go to work i put him in the crate for about 2 to 3 hours then came home and took him out immediately, He had mistakes in the house but we told him no and washed it down with a cleaner. It was hard to do but we got thru it the keep is consistency and praise when they go outside I also read alot about it on line for help. You will get thru this Good luck

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Need help for house breaking puppy

by Cindy
(MI)

We have had Lily for 4 weeks. We have had 5 accidents in the home. All our fault. We take her out first thing in the morning. After breakfast, all naps (in crate) after dinner and right before bed. We carry her right out of the crate straight to her out door spot. "Potty Lily" . She goes , we praise and back in we go.

I was expecting by this point she would learn to go to the kitchen door and lets us know. We were told to carry her out vs letting her walk out. I decided today to let her walk out of her crate. She ran to the laundry room and peed on the rug.

I laughed, as this is the room her water and food stay and she chose to pee in there. It is a very large laundry room but the last room I thought she would aim for. What is everyone else's experience? She is 4.5 months old.

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by: KATHY

WHEN I FIRST BROUGHT TRISCUIT HOME, SHE WAS 7 MONTHS OLD AND NOT HOUSETRAINED. I THINK SHE WAS CAGED FOR THE LARGER PART OF HER EARLY LIFE. WE TRIED THE CRATE, BUT SHE P AND P'D IN THERE. WE TOOK HER OUT VERY FREQUENTLY AND MOST TIMES SHE WOULD GO, BUT WHEN WE BROUGHT HER BACK IN THE HOUSE, SHE WOULD DO HER BUSINESS ON THE FLOORS. WE EVEN PUT WEE WEE PADS DOWN TO SEE IF THAT WOULD HELP. FOR THE MOST PART IT DID, BUT WE WANTED TO HAVE HER COMPLETELY HOUSETRAINED TO GO OUT, NOT JUST ON THE PADS. LITTLE BY LITTLE WE MOVED THE PADS TO THE DOOR AND THEN PLACED ONE OUT THE DOOR. SHE WOULD GO ON THAT PAD AND THEN COME BACK IN AND GO IN THE HOUSE. IT WAS VERY FRUSTRATING , BUT LITTLE BY LITTLE SHE BECAME HOUSETRAINED, NOW, SHE WILL SIT BY THE DOOR TO BE LET OUT, OR SHE WILL GIVE A LITTLE BARK TO TELL US TO OPEN UP. THEN SHE WILL BARK TO COME IN. THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS LONG COMMENT IS, IT JUST TAKES TIME AND LOADS AND LOADS OF PATIENCE. I NEVER THOUGHT SHE WOULD EVER BE HOUSETRAINED. JUST GIVE IT TIME.....THE FUNNY PART IS TRISCUIT IS SO DARN CUTE, THAT I COULD NEVER GET UPSET WITH HER...THOSE EYES!!! OH THOSE EYES!!

Aug 17, 2010
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by: Cindy

Unfortunatly the laundry room does not have an outdoor access. We have focused on one door and that being the sliding door in the kitchen so we don't confuse her. Our home is rather large and we have limited her to family room, kitchen and laundry room until we have her broken and she feels secure.

We were told by her breeder to carry her which I do understand why but need to find a away when I let her out of the crate she doesn't potty on the rug and heads for the door. We acutally do have a bell on the glass that we ring but she wants nothing to do with it. We take her paw and hit the bell with it. I have read that Cotons can be stubborn and females take longer so we do understand that. As we are new to "Coton World" I am curius to see what others have done and are doing.

TIA for all your posts.

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I agree with "anonymous" if the dog walked itself it would find a scent to follow, and is probably aiming as close to the outside as possible. My dog was trained indoors on pee pads first, then outdoors, which he now prefers.In fact, he refuses to use a pee pad NEVER AGAIN!(that is the look I get from him when I try to get him to go on a pad. He will stand by the door where his leash is, but not long enough for me to notice. He will also jump up and down a lot which I learned means"GOTTA GO RIGHT NOW". I read somewhere that a woman hung a big bel on the door knob and trained her dog to ring the bell when he needed to go out. He learned very quickly. I thought of trying that also but am still debating. Because we don't have a fenced yard I must take Tuffy out on the leash. A few times a day he will "fake me out" just because he wants to be outdoors and see what's going on, go walking and explore the neighborhood. I imagine if I taught him the bell trick he would drive me nuts ringing it every time he heard a sound outside.
What do you all think? Would you use a bell?
have a beautiful day!
love and hugs Tuffy and mommy

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Is the laundry room access to the yard? If it is - then she was headed in the right direction. Because you carry her - maybe she's not sure how to get to the yard. They are smart dogs - give her a chance. You might want to get another dog to teach her also. It's alot easier with two.

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pooping & peeing in house

My Coton is 10 months, potty trained to go outside. Most of the time he will sit by the door when he needs to go out, but lately he will also just go pee & poop on the carpet whenever he choses. I don't know what to do.

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by: Vicky & Jonah

When they slip go back to the beginning & refresh memory. They all do it. Weather w/excessive hot or cold can trigger it also. If u let it slide once they think. "OK". Put leash on when u think its time walk ur yard & don't forget to remind them w/praise & or treats.

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Our Coton is 9 months old. He is trained to go outside. He traveled with us all summer visiting from place to place and was accident free. This past week, he pees when I take him out in the morning. I know he has to poop as well (this has been his routine). I take him out again and actually place him in the grass. He sniffs around for a little bit and then he runs inside. I then go to get ready for work and he goes and poops on my staircase.
I have back to work for the past two weeks. Is it possible that this is triggering his behavior, or is it typical for some regression at this age? Sympathizing with the other person who posted!

Oh - and if we oversleep, he wakes us up to go out. He just won't poop outside in the morning!

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by: sherry cotton candie

Just wondering if you are missing out on his signals? Mine also will sit by the door but usually they will get in front of us and stare waiting to be noticed. If we say "out" they will bark or run to the door. I know we did not pick up on alot at first but pretty much know what to watch for now.

Just a thought, if he knows to go to the door then it has to be something simple. I am in the minority but I like pee pads. We have hashed this out in other blogs but I always have one down.
Maybe 2 times a month it gets used but its always there.

Has anything changed in their diet or on new meds? Our rescue dog has anal problems and when she is on her meds she goes pee almost every hour. It is really urgent for her so we have to watch her alot. Sometimes their signals are not really obvious but hope this helps. Messes are never pleasant. Good luck.

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