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Featured Question & Answers

Question: Our new pup is only having accidents on carpet. Is the carpet creating a problem for her? What can we do about it?


We just got our 23 week old papillon. She took to the crate right away and for 2 weeks now has not had an accident in the crate. She even seems to enjoy her crate time. There have been numerous times that she has gone in during her play time when the crate door was open.

My question is this: She is only allowed in the family area of the house which includes kitchen (which is tiled) and family room (which is carpeted). We have caught her in the act of relieving herself in the family room (carpet). Fortunately, we have caught her in time to stop the process and get her outside and all but a time or two she has completed her duties outside. Last week, my husband and I took her camping with us. The camper is all vinyl flooring. For five days and nights, she didn’t have a single accident. However, as soon as we got home yesterday, she almost pooped and then almost peed on the carpet. We got her outside in time but I would like to know if the carpet might be creating a problem for her? If so, what can we do about it (other than pull up our carpet and replace with hard flooring)?

Thank you,

Cindy's Response:

Dogs are stimulated to relieve themselves by the surface they were originally trained or raised on (i.e. gravel, grass, newspaper, concrete). The feeling of the carpet under her feet is the trigger to go to the bathroom.

It sounds like your puppy was allowed to use carpet or soft bedding as a bathroom. If this was my puppy, I would NOT allow any access to carpet at all until you’ve established really clear cues for elimination. At 23 weeks old she has had a lot of practice using the wrong surface before you got her. It’s going to take a lot of time to reteach her. 

When you do finally allow her access to the carpet again, keep her on a leash attached to you and pay close attention. Actually she should always be on leash anyway, since she’s not fully trained. You don’t want any more rehearsals of the wrong behavior.

I’d recommend these 2 videos:
Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months
Pack Structure for the Family Pet

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on House Training.


Question: I am considering adding a male pup. Do you think the age difference between two male dogs will work out well for rand structure or would it be better to get a female pup?


I have read the article about introducing new dogs into the home. At the current time, my girlfriend and I have two adult cats, and an 18 month old male collie. The collie is playful and energetic and not dog aggressive. I am considering getting a male GSD puppy around 8 weeks old to add to the mix. Would you anticipate the same rank structure problems with this age difference between the two dogs, or am I going to have to get a female?


Cindy's Response:

You are less likely to have rank issues between a male and a female. Same sex pairs tend to be more difficult to manage as they grow up but if you are a good leader, it’s doable. A lot depends on your consistency, the chemistry between the dogs, the core temperament of the dogs and how much training time you have.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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Dear Mr. Frawley,

I just wanted to send off a quick Thank You. After picking up my second GSD/Siberian Husky mix, I found your website, ordered several DVDs and have thoroughly looked through your wealth of information online, including the AWESOME newsletters on Facebook.

I can now do things with my puppy at 5 1/2 months (who has near perfect recall when left to run on a 30' drag line, even around other dogs and children!!) that I could never do with my previous dog at 10 years. We are playing tug every day, and I have never seen a happier dog. I have often heard you can NEVER EVER let a husky off a leash. Granted he's not a pure breed, but his recall and desire to get to me is simply amazing, and I can say, done correctly, your method PROVES that training is NOT BREED SPECIFIC.

I started with the Establishing Pack Leadership, Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months and Basic Dog Obedience, and look forward to getting the Power of Tug, Training with Food, and Training with Markers DVDs.

Thank you for all the work you do.


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