My girlfriend adopted a 2-month-old Australian Shepard mix from the pound 2 days ago. Everything has been fine so far, except the puppy pees every time he is let out of the bathroom (where she is crate training him) and onto the carpet. It is as if he thinks the carpet is outdoors. He does not have this unrestrained urination issue in the bathroom, so a bladder infection is unlikely. He also knows not to defecate in the apartment.

It does not matter how long we walk him or how much he pees outdoors. The second he hits the carpet, he is looking for a place to pee. We clean the accidents with odor remover, etc.
Any advice on how to stop the puppy from peeing on the carpet is greatly appreciated!
My girlfriend adopted a 2-month-old Australian Shepard mix from the pound 2 days ago. Everything has been fine so far, ... with odor remover, etc. Any advice on how to stop the puppy from peeing on the carpet is greatly appreciated![/nq]Since you know he is going to do it try picking him up and otherwise keeping him off the carpet for the next two weeks. Its not a "cure" as such, just a way to interupt the habit while ou build what you want. Since I can pick up my 55 pound dog I forget that might not be easy for some folks. If you can't pick him up at least snap the leash on and hurry (encouraging) him across the carpet. Use a leash or barriers or anything creative to prevent him from having the opportunity to stop for even a moment on the carpet.

When two weeks have passed with you successfully preventing the behavior you can slow down a bit, but still not give unsupervised access. Eventaully the habit of going on the right surface and the absence of opportunity to go on the wrong surface will build into the behavior you want. The longer you wait before "testing" the dog the more successful you will be.
Also give the entire carpet a good thorough cleaning. Likely there are spots missed and attractive odor remains. Time workes in your favor here too as time without renewing the scent will allow it to fade.

Diane Blackman
Diane,
What about providing reinforcers when the dog pees in the right place?
Marshall
Diane, What about providing reinforcers when the dog pees in the right place?

It won't hurt but it is unlikely to have much influence on the behavior as reported. Based on the reported behavior peeing on the carpet is likely self-reinforcing, it feels good and it feels right. Something needs to be done to undo the classical conditioning of carpet = pee spot. T

Diane Blackman
My girlfriend adopted a 2-month-old Australian Shepard mix from the pound 2 days ago. Everything has been fine so far, ... with odor remover, etc. Any advice on how to stop the puppy from peeing on the carpet is greatly appreciated![/nq]Hi: I have a 10 week old lab puppy. Well, the first few days we had her, she made quite a few mistakes on the rug. I cleaned them up and used that stuff u buy in the pet stores to remove the oder. We would take her out at the appropiate time and she would do a big pee, we would praise her and bring her in, she would walk over the linoleum kitchen floor (about 6 feet) and then as soon as she would hit the rug in dinning room, she would do a little piddle (about a teaspoon ful).

I would clean it up and within a few minutes she would do it again, close to the same area. I was getting frusterated, then in the back of my head I vagely remembered something about viniger a water removing urine smells. I got a old spray bottle and put equal amounts of vinegar and water in it, and sprayed a mist over the area where she kept piddling over and over again. GUESS WHAT. It is working. I used it yesterday and she hasnt did that little piddle thing again.

I was told that the stuff u buy in the stores only makes it smell good and wears off quick. She is still having a few mistakes if I dont catch her at the right time, but i clean it up and spray it and it doesnt seem that she is drawn back to that spot again. I am also using a crate, but only put her in it for bed time and nap time (which is a couple hours between each meal). She gets up at 7AM. pee's and then eats and is up for about 2 hours, as soon as she starts to slow down or lay down, back in the crate till lunch, then the same thing over again till dinner (around 4pm), and since she is still so young she gets a small meal around 8PM,bed around 10pm or so.

I hope this works as good for you. I would like to know how u make out. You can email me at (Email Removed) . GOOD LUCK Sharon
Thanks to all for your advice!