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    We have a Yorkie that will be 6 months old later this month. She has access to a doggie door 24x7. When we are not home (and at night while we are sleeping) we use a "pen" to gate her into a confined area around the doggie door. When she is in her confined area, she has no issues going outside and doesn't have any accidents in the house. When we are home, we let her "roam" around our living room/kitchen area (the rest of the house is gated off), while still having access to her doggie door. The issue is that when we let her out, she will usually have at least one accident in the house. (Usually in the same two places). Last night she did this while we were standing only 10 feet away from her (but unfortunately didn't see her do it). We always clean it up with a cleaner that should be removing the scent, but she continues to go there. As soon as she sees that we "see" the accident she runs outside the doggie door and waits outside until we clean it up. (So to me, this means that she knows she did something wrong). This is very frustrating and I am out of ideas on what to do. Any advice?
    Thank you!!!

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    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Sunny California


    Sounds like you're on the right track with the pen inside the dog door for when your dog is unsupervised/alone, but you may have taken too big of a jump with allowing her access to the rest of the house when you're there. Make sure to gradually increase her space so she can get into the habit of taking herself outside from all over the house.

    If she's outside of her confinement area, for now I'd recommend that you do umbilical cord training and be sure to walk her to the dog door to go out periodically. You may also find it helpful to feed her her meals on the two spots where she's having accidents... that's a good way of helping her to understand those areas aren't potty zones.

    Don't assume she knows what she's done is wrong... dogs have that "guilty" reaction because they know you're mad, not because they understand they shouldn't have had the accident.

    Take a few steps back in her training and give her some time... with patience, she'll be able to learn that she always needs to find her way to the dog door!
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