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I honestly do not know where to start. We are moving across the country next month from a house with a fence and dog door, to a rental house with no fence and no dog door. Travel has been with us 5 years and Chase 9 months. Neither are leash trained to potty. Chase is a boy, and will pee on anything, but Travel is a shy little lady who refuses to potty while in her leash.

Where do I start in training them how to potty train them on their leads? Do I take them out every 2 hours? Will they make it through the night? Neither of them bark at all, so I have no idea how they'll tell us they have to potty and if they will even know how to?

In the 11 years we've owned greyhounds, we've always had a fence and dog door. I have no idea how to train them to potty on their leads, in a schedule. Neither have a potty schedule now, they just come and go as they please.

Right now we cannot close the door and start working on a schedule. Travel is on a large amount of steriods and is already having accidents even with the dog door right now.

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Relax.

 

I wouldn't try to train them before you leave. That'd just add more stress to an already stressful situation for everybody.

 

Are you driving? Chances are, by the time you arrive, they'll have figured it out. Allow extra time to get potty accomplished, don't get excited about an accident or two, and they'll catch on.

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I have had success taking the dogs out one at a time on six foot leads. If they know what "potty" means, then it is easier. Give them the full length of the lead to wander around. They usually like more distance between us than when walking (which is usually on 3 and 4 foot leads), so the longer lead helps. Limit their outdoor time to being on leash only and in the yard that they would normally be loose in to potty. They usually figure it out in a day if they know the word that you use for potty (as in: "good boy, good potty!"). For fresh out of the kennel, I'll use a 10 foot lead if I have to, but usually they just need to be able to walk around to loosen themselves up and more distance between you than when walking. Train them one at a time, where they normally go.

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They'll figure it out. It's simply not possible to hold it forever, so given no option, your girl will go.

 

It's true. When we got our hound, he would not, could not go on a leash. We took him outside every 2 hours to the same spot and he would just stand there looking at us. The first day we got him, he didn't go pee for 22 hours. No matter how many time we led him outside on the leash, he wouldn't go. Finally, in hour 22 he started turning in circles inside the apartment. But we didn't know that was his peepee dance so we just sat there looking at him until peed all over the floor with the most embarrassed look on his face. He peed for like 75 seconds.

 

Even after that, he still didn't understand going on the leash, so we would wait until he did his dance and then whisked him downstairs and outside. After about 2 weeks, he got the hang of going on the leash but would only go in one or 2 spots. Now, he's in expert mode and marks EVERY tree and shrub and poops like a champ (only after he aligns his butt with the magnetic field of the Earth or whatever :hehe ).

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Thanks for the help. Just super worried about adjusting my babies to so many changes. New home across the country, weather, new potty schedule. .....

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