my puppy of 13 weeks will mess anywhere in the home
by sheila hart
i have just got a 13 week old bitch staff, she hadn't been housetrained before and she will mess anywhere in the home.
i can not take her for walks as yet as she has just had her 1st injection she will go in the garden to go. she was being badly treated before i had her she seems to know its wrong as she will hide once she has done it. she also farts a lot and it is very smelly.
apart not not getting her clean she is a fantastic girl i've only had her 1 week. i won't give up on her but its making my carpets smell
This little girl has had a very rough start in life, and she's still a baby. She's been through a lot of changes and is probably very confused and a bit anxious.
Puppies aren't born knowing that they need to eliminate outdoors, it's something they learn from their owners, and if this puppy hasn't been housetrained at all then she has no idea what she's supposed to do yet.
The fact that she hides doesn't mean she knows she's done wrong (she doesn't have the capacity to think that way), but she senses when you're angry or upset and it scares her. She may be starting to link your irritation with her elimination so she hides, but she doesn't know why.
I would very strongly recommend that you buy a crate for your puppy and start using it to house break her. It really is the absolutely best way. It will help her learn more quickly, teach her bladder/bowel control, and protect your carpets! Check out my Crate Training page for all the tips and advice you need on this. My Potty Training page will probably also be helpful.
Staffys are very intelligent, and they are eager to please. Your little girl wants to do what you expect of her, but she needs to be shown clearly what that is. It takes time and patience too, you don't housetrain a puppy in a week, or 10 days and so on. It's an ongoing learning process, and puppies learn through habit and repetition, you need to give her time to build up the correct habits.
To give you an idea, usually a puppy who has been consistently and properly housetrained will be fairly reliable by about 6 months old.
The gas you mention, could mean that she is sensitive to the food you are using. Certain ingredients can cause digestive upset. Always make sure you are using a high quality food, and trying one that is specifically designed for dogs with sensitivities might help.
There are also natural supplements that you can add to her food to help balance her digestive system, and relieve the gas. Check out my Natural Remedies for Dogs page for info on these. You may also want to look in your local pet superstore.
I wish you the very best of luck with this little girl. She is lucky to have found a loving home where she can overcome her rocky start. Please don't give up on her, I'm certain she is going to be a wonderful companion.