My bishon (bentely) has a great personality yet I cannot potty train him for the life of me. I have a very unpredictable schedual and he poos on the rug at least 4-5 times per week. He is crate trained a little and when he is let out of the crate he will poo on the rug if within an hour. I am on the fence with him (he is fixed) and may be forced to put him up for adoption. PLEASE HELP!
Bichons are typically hard to housetrain because they do have a mind of their own and they are small. Because they're small, they have a smaller den. You need to be consistent with crate training. Keep him in the crate when you can't supervise him. Take him outside where you want him to pee once every hour for a certain time, like 10 minutes. Stay out with him and if he goes, treat him and go crazy with praise like he's done some kind of miracle. If he doesn't go within the allotted time, put him back in the crate. Repeat in another hour. Until you know his schedule, keep crating him in these intervals. Dogs usually have to go after they eat, after exercise and after sleeping. When you are supervising him, watch for the signs, like sniffing or circling, when you see this, take him outside. Also when you are outside with him, say "[Dog's name] go potty!" in a matter-of-fact way. Don't let him play; he has to know this time is for going potty. Usually with housetraining, the accidents are a result of lack of supervision. Plus you must get a carpet cleaner that totally eliminates the odor or he will go there all the time. But you have to be consistent. If he doesn't go, he goes in the crate for another hour. If he goes, treat and praise and let him play for a bit and then back into the crate. Once he learns that he has to go outside, and if he does, he gets more freedom, he'll get it. Does your dog know how to let you know he needs to go out? Maybe he tries to tell youbut you are not looking! You can teach him how to ring a bell or sit in front of the door. My shih-tzu x bichon hits a toy tambourine when she wants to go out. Don't give up on the little fellow yet! You'll miss him if you have to give him up.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
Great advice... I can only add or reinstate....YOU MUST GET RID OF THE SCENT ON THE CARPET...OR it'll always happen in that area. Use soap and water then Use vinegar and water... put some baking soda on it..when it's dry..
You didn't say how old he is. Also what is your typical day like?
You said you have a unpredictable schedule, so I'm sure it has been hard on the dog too. Dogs need a schedule when training. I have a Bichon who was trained like a dream, but then again, I was home with her all day during the training period.