jetcitywoman Posted September 19, 2015 Share Posted September 19, 2015 Lately Capri's been getting us up in the wee morning hours to be let outside. For years our routine is to put the dogs out for a potty break around 9 - 10pm just before bed so that they are good for the night until we get up at 6:30 when they get the first morning potty break. This works well, until lately. I suspect it's because she's getting old, she's eleven years old now. So to allow us to sleep, I'm pondering the idea of training her that it's okay for her to go into our walk-in shower and pee there in the middle of the night. The shower floor is river-pebbles, so not very slippery, easy to clean and of course has a drain. Capri has always had a very particular potty habit - some dogs will hold it until their bladder bursts, she's not one of those dogs. We discovered a few years ago that she'll hold it as long as it's comfortable to do so, but then when it's urgent and nobody's around to let her out, she will squat and go. The "quirk" reason I know this is deliberate and not just lack of house training is that she always squats in front of our sliding glass door, facing out. It's as close to outside as she can get herself. We solved the problem (after we realized what was going on) by having mandatory potty breaks just before we leave the house in the morning and at lunchtime. But now, given her willingness to solve her own problem, I think we can use that to train her to use our shower as a potty place during the night. The trick is... I don't know how to start. The shower is where we bathe the dogs, which she doesn't like, so she won't go in there without being pulled and cajoled. We can use treats and encouragement to teach her it's okay to walk in there, but how do we show her that it's okay to then pee? Quote Sharon, Loki, Freyja, Capri (bridge angel and most beloved heart dog), Ajax (bridge angel) and Sweetie Pie (cat) Visit Hound-Safe.com by Something Special Pet Supplies for muzzles and other dog safety products Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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