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Categories: Housebreaking

Q. My 12 week old Boxer still poops in the house. Do you have any advice for us?
I have a 12 week old boxer pup. I've had her almost 1 month and have her housebroken from peeing in the house, but sometimes I will find poop in the house or catch her in the action. How can I stop this because it is harder then the pee breaking is. A lot of the time I will take her outside to go to the bathroom and she will pee but not poop, then when we go back in the house she will go poop. Usually she will go in the basement and poop {and sometimes pee} but that is still unacceptable. Also I only put her in her crate at bed time, should I use it more in the daytime too? Sometimes she does pee and poop in the crate and sometimes she won't, but if she does go in it, she will cover it up with the blanket I have in there for her. Please give me your advice.

Candice

A. You may want to read the article I wrote titled The Ground Work to Becoming a Pack leader. This is the protocol we use in our home when we raise a puppy for ourselves. It is also the part of the protocol we use to solving behavioral problems such as dominance and/or house breaking problems.

I would be using a dog crate and a leash – doing exactly what I say in the article. There should be no blankets or towels in the crate.

I would also be doing serious obedience with the dog. This does not mean jerk him around. I would be teaching him right from wrong and I would use marker training.
  
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