Hi all... I'm new here so go easy.
We just got our first dog - a 9 week old -A-Poo. Never owned a dog before and I'm hoping for some help!
We're trying to housebreak and crate-train her.
We thought we were making some progress today. She went twice outside. We rewarded her with treats. But, then we left her for 1.5 hours in her crate (for the first time) and she poo'ed there. No she's had 4 accidents in the span of 3 hours (peeing).
To housebreak her, we're taking her out every 1-2 hours, saying 'Go Potty' repeatedly and giving her treats when she's gone. (She's not yet poo'ed outside). When she pees or poos inside, we say "No Roxie! No!" and look her in the eyes as we say it. We clean up the mess and take her directly outside. If we don't catch her in the act, we don't say anything and just clean up the mess.
The crate training was going okay. She whines when we close the door, but was able to tolerate 15-20 minutes on her own. Today the vet said it would be ok to leave for 1.5 hours, and when we did, there was poop all over the side of her crate (she had obviously stepped in it).

Are we doing anything wrong? I knew this would be a lot of work, but I have to admit it's a little frustrating. I think I just need support from people in the know!
Thanks in advance,
FunkyMan
We just got our first dog - a 9 week old -A-Poo.

Read through the whole post, and am wondering something. Where did you get the pup from? If she were raised in circumstances that allowed her to poop and pee where she is lying (like a pet store), it would be more difficult to get her to understand that she isn't supposed to do that any more.
We thought we were making some progress today. She went twice outside. We rewarded her with treats.

That's good.
But, then we left her for 1.5 hours in her crate (for the first time) and she poo'ed there.

How long had you had her at that point? Since you said that she hasn't yet pooped outside, I'm guessing that you've had her for less than a day?
No she's had 4 accidents in the span of 3 hours (peeing).

Was she in her crate at the time? Where were you while this was going on? How many times had she been let out during that time period?
To housebreak her, we're taking her out every 1-2 hours,

That might not be frequent enough. She is a pretty small dog with a small bladder, and her capacity to hold it might not actually be that long. Besides, pups often need to potty after waking up from a nap, after playing, after eating, etc.
saying 'Go Potty' repeatedly and giving her treats when she's gone.

Don't forget to praise her as well. Tell her that she's a good girl for doing the right thing.
outside). When she pees or poos inside, we say "No Roxie! No!" and look her in the eyes as we say it. We clean up the mess and take her directly outside.

If you catch her while she is doing it, interrupt her (No, Uh-Uh, whatever works), and quickly take her outside. Praise and treat when she finishes up outside. Cleaning up the mess can wait until you get back in.
If we don't catch her in the act, we don't say anything and just
clean up the mess.

That's good. Brings me to the next question. What are you using for cleaning up? Standard cleaners don't work well enough, and you need to use an enzymatic cleanser like Nature's Miracle.
The crate training was going okay. She whines when we close the door, but was able to tolerate 15-20 minutes ... and when we did, there was poop all over the side of her crate (she had obviously stepped in it).

How big is the crate? If there is enough room in there so that she can poop in a corner and sleep at the other end, then the crate is too big.
Are we doing anything wrong? I knew this would be a lot of work, but I have to admit it's a little frustrating. I think I just need support from people in the know!

Be patient and consistent. She's just a baby and needs time to learn the ropes. Here are some good articles on housebreaking puppies to help you out.
http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/housetraining puppies.htm http://www.animalsites.com/articles.asp?articleid=455 http://www.chowwelfare.com/cciw/housebk.htm
Suja
We just got our first dog - a 9 week old -A-Poo. Never owned a dog before and I'm hoping for some help! We're trying to housebreak and crate-train her.

Did the shelter that you got her from give you any material or point you to a good puppy training class?
We thought we were making some progress today. She went twice outside. We rewarded her with treats. But, then we ... (for the first time) and she poo'ed there. No she's had 4 accidents in the span of 3 hours (peeing).

So far, so good. The treating is good, though I think that young puppies respond better to physical praise - lots of petting and squealing.
Also, you have to take her outside more often and spend more time with her in your yard. She should be taken out every couple of hours and especially after she's woken up, been played with, or eaten. As to defecating in the crate, you probably didn't stay out with her long enough.
To housebreak her, we're taking her out every 1-2 hours, saying 'Go Potty' repeatedly and giving her treats when she's ... she pees or poos inside, we say "No Roxie! No!" and look her in the eyes as we say it.

She has no idea what this means. If you have to spend a couple of hours outside until she defecates, it'll be time well spent. Right now, you might be teaching her that going when you're nearby is the bad thing.
We clean up the mess and take her directly outside. If we don't catch her in the act, we don't say anything and just clean up the mess.

Good.
The crate training was going okay. She whines when we close the door, but was able to tolerate 15-20 minutes on her own.

When are you crating her? How long? What's her name?

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We had her for about 24 hours. In retrospect, the crating may have been too fast. We're going to crate her twice today (1 hour morning, 2 hours afternoon) and we let her sleep in the crate last night with the door open. Tonight maybe we'll try the door closed.
No she's had 4 accidents in the span of 3 hours (peeing).

Was she in her crate at the time? Where were you while this was going on? How many times had she been let out during that time period?

No, the four accidents (except for the pooping time) were when we got home (after we took her outside immidiately).
To housebreak her, we're taking her out every 1-2 hours,

That might not be frequent enough. She is a pretty small dog with a small bladder, and her capacity to hold it might not actually be that long. Besides, pups often need to potty after waking up from a nap, after playing, after eating, etc.

Naybe we'll try a little more often...

We're using Vet Cleaner or something to clean it up. She still hasn't pooped outside. We've had 3 accidents of poop inside. We clean it up while she watches and take it outside to where she should be going.
The crate training was going okay. She whines when we ... side of her crate (she had obviously stepped in it).

How big is the crate? If there is enough room in there so that she can poop in a corner and sleep at the other end, then the crate is too big.

The crate is big, but we put a cardboard box in there to make it smaller. She doesn't have much room. In fact, when she pooped in there, the bed was in there. It looked like she tried to stick her butt outside the cage, because she caught the side of the bed and the wiring of the crate. But, she definitely still stepped in it, unfortunately. Maybe she learned she can't do that there...
The one additional thing that we should mention is that she seems to like playing outside in the snow more than she likes doing her business. She rolls around in the snow, and will eat it. She did pee in the snow again today, though, and we praised and gave her a treat. The other thing is that she gets so excited outside - more interested in playing and nipping at our pants or shoes than peeing or pooping. The nipping is a different topic, I think.
Anyway, any help is great! Thanks all!
FunkyMan
No, the four accidents (except for the pooping time) were when we got home (after we took her outside immidiately).

It sounds like she may not be getting enough supervision. You might want to consider tethering her to you so that you can recognize any signs she might be giving off before she has an accident.
We're using Vet Cleaner or something to clean it up. She still hasn't pooped outside. We've had 3 accidents of poop inside. We clean it up while she watches and take it outside to where she should be going.

Did she poop in her crate again? If not, and she is running around in the house without you keeping a close eye on her, you really need to keep her restricted to areas where you are so that you can see what she is doing.
The one additional thing that we should mention is that she seems to like playing outside in the snow more than she likes doing her business.[/nq]Sounds like a pretty typical puppy to me. Their attention spans are short. Half the time, by the time they go outside, they forget what it is they went out there for. Put her on leash and go out there with her. If there is one particular area where she goes potty (and it is easier if she knows that she should poop/pee in one area), take her there and tell her to 'Go Potty'. Give her about 5 minutes to do what was asked, but otherwise ignore any efforts she might be making to play.

If she's busy with other stuff (like playing), take her back in and keep her well supervised or crated for the next 10 or 15 minutes. Take her back out again until she goes, and once she does, praise, reward and play. She should learn that pottying outside = great deal of fun. Suja
No, she didn't poop in her crate again today, although we didn't leave her in there for any great length of time today. We tried little short spurts (up to 1 hour today), and she seems to cry a great deal. We're not taking her out while she cries but just ignoring her. Tomorrow, we're going to try crating her and leaving the home for 1-2 hours at a time...
The one additional thing that we should mention is that ... in the snow more than she likes doing her business.

Sounds like a pretty typical puppy to me. Their attention spans are short. Half the time, by the time they ... and once she does, praise, reward and play. She should learn that pottying outside = great deal of fun. Suja

We're trying our best to keep an eye on her. She's always in a room with us, but our main floor is open-concept. Thus, we may be in the kitchen and she sniffs around the dining room and goes behind the table.

Today was a better day, I think. We had 2 peeing accidents and only one poop accident. She went poop outside for the first time today (actually twice) and obviously we rewarded her, played with her and she was very excited about it. She seems to pee almost every time we take her outside now.
So, things are slowly getting better. It's only been 48 hours, so I think we'll just be patient. We're also working on the crate and the nipping (both of which are quite tough). Please see my new topic: HELP: New Puppy and Crate Training.
Thanks,
FunkyMan
We're trying our best to keep an eye on her. She's always in a room with us, but our main floor is open-concept. Thus, we may be in the kitchen and she sniffs around the dining room and goes behind the table.

Tether her to you so she can't do that. Basically, put the end of the leash around the belt loop of your jeans and put the leash on her. Makes it much harder for her to sneak off somewhere when she is forced to be within 6 ft. of you.
So, things are slowly getting better. It's only been 48 hours, so I think we'll just be patient.

Certainly sounds like it. Good luck.
Suja