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  1. nettydorko

    I definitely need advice

    Hello! I've googled so many tips on how to housebreak a puppy and I have never had any issue with potty training dogs I've had in the past until I got Theo, a Cairn Terrier. A lot of my friends have stated terriers are usually hard to train. I've had him for 3 weeks and he's still not potty-trained at 4 months old! He isn't neutered. We keep him on a consistent eating schedule, let him out first thing in the morning (to go poop and pee), middle of the day (to go pee) and before bed (to go poop and pee). I'm very familiar with his actions whenever he needs to go because he usually can't sit still and is always sniffing around. We live in an apartment, we've even provided 2 areas in the apartment with puppy pads for him to go potty. We've limited how much he can drink a day so that his peeing schedule isn't too hard to figure out. We use sprays that completely eliminate any areas he's gone on. Every time we take him outside, we're out for 15-30 minutes, I have him run around and I even rub his tummy to encourage him to pee/poo outside, but he's just always so distracted playing with sticks and digging. So far, he's only peed/pooped a total of 3 times outside, about 8 times on the puppy pad inside the apartment.. but all the other times, he's just peed or pooped wherever he wants. Every time we catch him in the action, we yell "NO!" and take him to the designated area(s) we would like for him to pee/poo on. One day I even had him on a leash on a puppy pad so that he isn't running around to potty ANYWHERE he likes in the apartment. I've taken away toys so he would just focus on going potty. I exclaim "go potty" every single time and when he goes potty in the right places, I reward him with a treat. He holds in his potty until my husband and I aren't looking, and it just gets really frustrating. The only thing my husband and I haven't tried are: getting him neutered or use those belly belt things. He's a cute little pup and he's extremely smart... but I feel like it's just in all the wrong ways. :/
  2. I really need help! Please read. So I just adopted a senior cairn terrier (she’s 8-year-old). Her owner died, and she had a sister cairn terrier that was put down by the rescue because she was very sick. I’ve now had her three weeks, so not very long at all. She is my only dog, so there are no other pets in the household. (There are family pets, so she does enjoy spending time with the other dogs on the weekends.) My problem comes with walking on the leash. She is insanely stubborn about walking on the leash. She loves walks, she’s perfectly comfortable having a leash on, but she absolutely under no circumstances will walk a direction she does not want to go. She grounds her feet with all her might and refuses to walk. I made the mistake of tugging on the leash and then picking her up and carrying her home. Since then, she absolutely will not walk on the leash. Which means (since I do not have a fenced-in yard) that she now refuses to pee or poop outside because she refuses to walk on the leash. I should also mention: She is still very uncomfortable at my house. She never wags her tail. She still won’t eat. She’ll go days without eating and will finally give in and eat when she’s about to starve. So she won’t take treats from me either. She’s not a fearful dog, but so I would not say she’s scared, but she’s very unhappy with her life right now. It’s hard to encourage better leash behavior or a happier attitude when she refuses to take treats. So far, she’s held her pee and poop for 30 hours until she finally relieved herself on my rug. This was after so so so so many trips outside. I stood outside with her for over an hour, offering treats, offering reassurance, and she eventually lied down in the grass. What do I do? Just give it more time? She must still be mourning her lost owner and sister. I know she’s very new and she doesn’t trust or like me yet… but I am worried about her health – holding her bladder for over 24 hours! That’s so bad. Please give me advice!
  3. Corn Niblet

    help with housebreaking

    Our Rocky just turned 5 months old and still does not understand housebreaking. Most of the time he will go to our back door and scratch. We go outside and I say "go potty" and then he will get a treat. But sometimes he just goes to the back door and goes there without scratching. And sometimes he will go on the carpet right in front of me. How long does housebreaking take? I have a friend with a Westie and she said it took her dog 2 years! When I catch him in the act I yell "outside" and we go to the door immediately. All the while he is jumping up and down and throwing some kind of tantrum over it. (growling, barking, snapping) Thanks for any advice.
  4. Hi! I am brand new to this site...and of course I sought you all out because I need help! I am a first time dog owner. We adopted two Cairn mixes (about 1 1/2 years old each) from a local rescue center 10 days ago. They are adorable but fairly scared still. All we learned about them is that they came from Oklahoma where they were tied to a tree 24/7. So no, they are not housebroken. We are working on this and also trying to just get them comfortable in their new surroundings. I decided that to decrease the risk of me having a mental breakdown, we should do crate training. They are taking to it fairly well although Stanley doesnt really 'like' to go in, so I have to gently nudge him. They dont bark or howl or whine when they are in the crates, which I think is a good sign. In addition to the crate training, we are only give them exposure to a few rooms while we are home with them. One of those rooms is the lower level den area. We brought them down there with us, cordoned off to only the main great room portion. Kevin Bacon sniffed and sniffed and promptly lifted his leg on the side of the couch! This was after he had already peed outside earlier! I decided this was probably because they hadn't really ever been down there before, so he marked. We are now making a point to take them down there everyday, so that they recognize the smell of that room, etc. But the very next day he squat peed on a stuffed toy. That time I think he really did just have to go, since we stopped him mid-pee and took him right outside where he relieved himself fully. But I can't relax down there with them ever since. I am terrified every single time they get up off the couch or start walking around. I could write a novel about how neurotic I've become having to 'watch' them all the time. And I know it probably isn't any good for any of us for me to be super stressed out and nervous. Last night when we took them downstairs Stanley started just walking around and panting. Its not hot down there. If anything it could be called cool. Could this be stress? Am I stresing them out by being convinced they are going to mark all over everything? Is marking a constant behavior once its started? I dont want to have to make either of them wear a diaper forever. Any tips for someone so new at this they could cry?
  5. julieandoscar

    Puppy pooping in house to eat it!

    My cairn Oscar is a little over five months old and I can't seem to keep him from pooping in the house. He will pee outside without a problem now but generally refuses to poop when he needs to at least 2/3 of the time. He acts like he doesn't need to go and then 30 minutes- 1.5 hours later he sneaks off to poop in the house the second i turn my back or go to the bathroom myself. I then come back to find him eating the poop like it's Kobe beef. Sometimes when I try to take away the poop, he even growls at me! Not only is it frustrating and gross, but my roommate (who is not the biggest dog fan to begin with) is getting upset and feels he should already be completely potty trained. I am afraid if this doesn't change soon, he might ask me to leave. Does anyone have any advice?
  6. 2ksforu

    Peeing in crate

    Hi everyone. I am a new member here. My family and I just recently adopted a cairn from my sister-in-law. She didn't really have the time that Mozart required and we were looking to adopt a pet similar to him anyways. So we have had him for almost a week. Well I learned tonight that he has been urinating in his crate after I place him in there for bedtime or when we go off. Mind you, he isn't in his crate very much at all. I am home with him during the day and when we go places its usually for a maximum of 2 hours. We kept the blanket that he has had from day one to minimize the separation anxiety. I have washed it once since we brought him home. Well tonight I go to place him in his crate for bedtime and I noticed the smell of urine. So I grabbed the blanket (which is on top of a pillow) and the smell was horrible and damp. So I took it out to wash it. Well I closed the crate and he whined for a little bit but eventually stopped. I went back downstairs to grab something and noticed there was fresh urine on his pillow. So he peed on his pillow after I placed him in his crate. UGH! I took him out right before putting him in his crate for the night and he went potty. What can I do to break this habit, because he's obviously doing it all the time and I just haven't noticed. We just purchased the pillow yesterday and I didn't wash it before hand. Should I have washed it? I got his crate from my in law and honestly feel its way too big for him but it's what she had used and therefore I just acquired it with him. And too, I think she would put a pee pad down at one end of the crate for during the day when she was gone to work and he was in there for several hours. I have got to break this. I mean could it be for pure attention, habit, or what? Any advice is needed and appreciated! I am also signing him up for training classes. He's a pretty calm and well behaved dog for only 8 months with no previous training at all. He rarely barks, only plays with his toys, sits and stays when you tell him too. But this peeing in his crate has got to go! :-)
  7. BellosMom

    Glad I'm Not Alone!

    Omigoodness, just seeing those words in the subhead to this topic, "You are not alone" are comforting. I'm new to the forum, new to Cairn Terriers and raising my beautiful boy, Bello, a 4 1/2-month-old Cairn. He really is a smart puppy and definitely is getting far better at not peeing in his crate, but we still have our moments and I sometimes feel like it's never going to end! I'm glad to find this forum. Will post more soon (must take Bello out for his walk!), but hi and thanks for being there! I'll also try to post pictures as soon as I figure it out. I see there's a help section for that.
  8. My little Rosie, 6 mos, was doing so well on the pee pads, until we had to go out of town, and she stayed with my parents for a weekend. Since then, she has been walking up to the pee pads, looking at them, and peeing directly in front of them? She will still go outside just fine for me, but I have the pee pads down as back up in case she just gets the urge. I thought it might be a smell thing, so I pushed the pads forward, towards where she was peeing...nope, she's acting more visual. Peeing just in front of the pads, still. I tried to ask for advice on yahoo answers, however, my question was immediately interpreted that I could not care for her/should get rid of her/be put in a home that would be better for her. It's not the case at all. Ha, I've just never seen a pup pee in front of a pad before, and do it almost habitually. Any suggestions?


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