1st I would check with a vet to make sure it wasn't due to an infection 2nd I would ask myself what am "I" doing wrong (respectfully the dog is still adjusting to what exactly we want them to do)
That being said are you letting the dog out enough? Is she distracted by outside activity going on? -when she goes outside correctly use a lot of priase. I personally have found that the use of a key word for Lucy such as "potty" while she is going and then "good potty" in a praising voice after finished has worked wonders!
I would also ask whoever I purchased the pup from what schedule they had used for potty along with giving water & food, as maybe they used the potty pads or a different schedule that your pup has adjusted to.
Are you leaving the pup in your house unsupervised at certain times of day? -Perhaps while you are not around keep in a small crate (most dogs will not go potty in their own home) When you come home let her out to go potty right away and reinforce the command "potty" and then use praise again.
Good luck & if in doubt I would seek the help of a trainer or an animal behaviorist =)
I did buy my dog at a local pet store who has had a great reputation for many years. So, I thought I might have difficulty with her going in her crate. So far, she only had one accident in her crate the very first night. None since. It does tend to happen more with feces than urine. She will go off in another room and do it. So, I am really trying to "retrain" myself in keeping her more confined when I am not supervising her. I just want to know how long I can expect to do this?? I had an Australian Shep. in the past who was potty trained in weeks. I am sure it is different for every dog.
It sounds like you gave her too much freedom too soon, which is not uncommon. Go back to the basics, keep all unused rooms closed, don't let her out of your sight for long enough to get away to another room to go. If you are still having a problem keeping her near, literally get a long leash and tie it to your belt loop.
Dogs tend to go potty where they've previously gone, so if you close off the access, make sure to use a vinegar/water mix or an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle to get the smell out of the floors, you may have some success as well. Ideally you want to open up a little bit of the house at a time, instead of it all at once.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
It is more difficult to housetreain puppy mill dogs.
What you should do is use the "umbilical system," that is your dogs leash is tied to your belt loop whenever she is with you but you can't watch her 100% (when your doing dishes, or sitting and watching TV)
A cat by any other name... is still a sneaky little furball who pukes on the sofa.
My boss has a maltese and the little bugger is a year old and still not housebroke. It is all about consistantcy wiht the little guys IMO. Some dogs will just catch on, expecially with another one to follow, but not these it seems. Good Luck.
I agree that no pet shop selling dogs has a good reputaion in my books.
Thank you all for your advice on the umbilical system and just keeping a closer eye on her. It has just been frustrating... she does well in her crate, is very intelligent when it comes to commands, obedience and she has a great temperment. I just didn't know if I was expecting too much to have her housebroken by 5 months...or does it take dogs longer than that. Again, this is my first puppy. I got my other dog (who passed away last year) when he was 6mos--so big difference.