Old English Sheepdog Q&A

I have just taken in a 2 year old OESD from a rescue , she is very nervous and urinates at the slightest noise or If I even call her name. Being male I thaught maybe that was an issue but things are the very same with my partner.I have another 7 month old male that i also rescued seperatly but niether dog has been house trained and its becoming an issue.The female just urinates at the slightest noise or movement. The male refuses to go to the toilet out side even on his long walks he seems to want to use the kitchen floor for a toilet. He does know that he is wrong as he will not return to the living room after he has messed but almost cowers at the foot of the stairs iun total fear of our discovery.I have had both dogs checked at the vets and both are fine and healthy with no medical reason for the behaviour.I am at a loss as I have tried all standard practices fro house trainng.I have tried news paper trainig, positive reinforcment with lots and lots of praise for using the proper facility. I have even tried treats to achieve my goal. The final resort was when I set the alarm to activater every hour on the hour and took both dogs out side seperatly and waited for movment. I had some succes with the female but none at all with the male he simply waits untill we stop asking him to go and goes on the floor.Niether OESD have been mine since they were puppies so I realise that my training method must be at fault. I hope you can help if not I will have to put both dogs up for adoption again as I have a young child in the home and my marraige to consider

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maybe they've had a bad experience with their previous owner. try scolding them every time they do it


I think that taking them outside after the mistake and then keeping in a crate for 15 minutes after the mistake and then taking outside again might help.....have you put them in a crate for training at all?


I agree with the method of putting the dog in his or her crate, but no longer than 5-10min. as they need to relate to why they are there. An immediate response is necessary without anger, just a simple 'no'. Don't get emotional, possibly they are having territory wars. Use their names as rewards and reward them for going outside. I have taken rescue dogs who have cowered & piddled inside to being healthy happy home dogs. They just need you to be consistant without getting emotional about it. Babies poo, dogs do too, but mum & dad rule. Both you & your partner are the top dogs. Don't fuss over them to back up their fear response. All the best & good on you for taking on some 'grown up' babies. I begin by bringing these type of dogs in for short intervals, as it is a priviledge to be with the top dogs. We don't know how they've been treated before but we know the here & now and they'll learn what you want, so long as you are good top dogs. Don't think of thier yesterday, it's today that counts.


They say that urination like that upon excitment or spook is a sign of submissiveness. I would make a dog as comfortable as possible. You make it way worse by reacting to the urination. If it continues to happen use soft voice and only positivly reinforce times that it does occur or occurs appropriately.



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