We have a 3 year-old Pomeranian male (neutered) who just can't seem to be housebroken. He'll go outside, but it's like he has no instincts about doing his business. You have to keep telling him to "go potty", but he'll stare at you, walk around, try to get back in the house, etc., until it finally hits him that he has to go - then he will. He rarely ever goes to the door on his own. Again, it's like he has no instincts - wherever he is when the mood strikes, then that's where he goes. It is extremely frustarting.
He is crate trained, and has never gone in his crate, but we hate to confine him there indefinitely. He has the run of the house.
do you clean up the spots he goes with something like nature's miracle? i have to ask more questions. do you supervise him at all times? if there are housetraining issues they need to be supervised at all times. how often do you take him out? do you give a reward for going outside, like praise-attention-and a small treat? need to know exactly what you are doing.
Is he also marking in the house? Or regular pee puddles? If you rule out that there is nothing medically wrong with him through a vet visit, you need to treat him like a pup again. Leash him to you when in the house so you can catch him having accidents and can whisk him outside. If he won't alert you to go outside, put a bell on the door you use most often at his height. Hit the bell with his paw on the way out each time. When he gets better unleash him from you, but use baby gates to minimixe how far he can go.
If he is crate trained and three years old. crate him. it won't tak long to train. he is not untrainable, just not trained. he has instinct to be clean, he knows not to go in his crate, so he is trainable. you just have to teach him that house is the crate. that outside is the appropriate place to go. crate training is the fastest and most effective way to teach the dog. crating is not inhumane. especially if you are doing it to elminate peeing in the house. i would go back to step one on potty training and just try to keep ypu emotions under control. everytime the dog pees in the house that's just one more time it is reiforced.
I'll give you some questions & tips... Do you reward him for going outside, and ignore the accidents inside? When you take him for walks, how long are you gone for?, does he get enough time?, when he smells where other dogs have gone, does he go? For the back yard, when he does go in the back yard do you automatically go back inside. If you put a leash on him to go out in the back yard, and he goes while on the leash, his reward could be the leash comeing off. Post back//
Thanksto all of who who have responded so far! I just now figured out how to respond to you!
We do use Nature's Miracle. We do not supervise him at all times. He always gets a treat and praise for going outside.
We've had him 2+ years, he's 3+ years old now. The only place I would say he marks is a rug where the cat's litter box is located, but really he just goes wherever he is whenevr he needs to. No "regular" spots. And I always supervise him outside to make sure he goes.
And don't let him have the run of hte house, that's clearly not making it any easier to set him up to succeed. Start back at basics with housetrianing. Keep him crated when you can't keep an eye on him, leashed at your side when you can. That way he can't wander off. Close all doors, use child gates to block off rooms/halls that he doesn't need to be getting into. If you catch him in the act of going potty say "No!" or "Stop!" to startle him and let him know he's doing something wrong, pick him up *immediately* even if he is still going, and take him outside. Keep him outside until he goes then give praise and treats.