I have a 14 week old doberman. I got her a week ago. She is a great dog, she sits, stays, and comes on command most of the time. She has also not had any accidents in the house until yesterday.
Just recently my neighbor decided to let his dog have free roam of their back yard( he use to just chain him up). His dog got into my back yard and sprayed, it also barks and snarls at us. I fixed the fence but my puppy is still scared to go out side.
We have had two accidents in the house. What should i do????
Hi Nicole This is a bit tricky, and I feel sorry for your poor pup, she looks like a sweetheart!
Can you talk to your neighbor about this? Maybe he could make sure his dog can't get into your yard again by securing his fence properly.
Sometimes dogs get out of their yard/pen etc., but if it becomes a regular occurrence, and the dog threatens you or your pup, you need to contact your local Animal Control or police station.
If your yard is secure, but your puppy is still scared because she can hear the neighbors' dog (or see him?), you will need to stay with her and be very reassuring and calm. Don't 'baby' her, or let her think there is anything to be afraid of. Be very calm but up-beat and cheerful, and try to stay between her and the neighbors fence. If you put your pup on a leash when you take her out you will be able to keep her close to you and that may help.
Praise her lots whenever she eliminates outdoors, and she will try very hard to please you.
Keep a very close eye on her when she's indoors for now. Take her outside every 30 mins to 1 hour. I'd recommend using a crate to help prevent accidents for now too. You want her to 'forget' about doing her business indoors and get her back into the habit of going outside. Check out my Crate Training page for more tips and advice on this.
Once she has had all her vaccinations you'll be able to take her to the park, or for walks etc.
Best of luck with Duchess, just be patient and consistent and loving and I'm sure your smart little girl will figure this out.