Alright so I know there are many different posts on this particular topic but I'm just so frustrated with Duke. He's 7 months old and still not fully potty trained. I've used the Nature's Miracle time and time again yet it doesn't seem to be working. He's fine if we go out every 2-3 hrs or so, I just can't get him to tell me when he has to go. I have the poochie bells and everything but he hardly uses them because I have to keep him in the living room with me or he'll go in the other room and go in his "potty spot" (I can't block it off, believe me I've tried). I praise him when he goes outside and only scold him if I catch him in the act but this pup is making me pull my hair out. It seems to be 99% of the time that he's pooing inside not peeing. The only reason why this is a HUGE issue other than I'm sick of cleaning it up, is that I'm moving in with my best friend in 2 months into a trailer with brand new carpet(I have crappy old hardwood right now) and we can't have him messing all the time. For those who don't know Duke is a 7 month old Dachshund/Chihuahua mix and is NOT crate trained simply because I live in an old house converted to apartments with very, very thin walls and I can't have him disturbing the neighbors. Sorry this is so long but please help!
I would agree that you have to try the crate training regardless. It shouldn't take long for him to get used to it. I will tell you this though, my Dakota is 8 months old (yorkie) and your story sounds very similar to mine. He won't poop in the house, he does pee though occasionally and he doesn't consistently tell me when he has to go out. My roommate has a dog and her dog is very good about ringing the bells to go out.... and so he gets out every time she does. If it's up to him telling me on his own he would more easily go in the house. It's frustrating but I am trying to remain patient in hopes that he will get it in the next few months. But again, crate training did help me a lot... and let me tell you, it is nice coming home and not having to clean up numerous messes.
Oh I never have to clean accidents when I come home, he is extremly good about holding it when I'm gone, the accidents are only when I'm home. He will be crated when we move but where I'm at now it just isn't an option. but thanks for the suggestions!
hi...i agree with the having the leash hooked to you...that is what i am doing with my lab pup right now...but with the crate traing..i understand that you have people close..is it possible to talk to your neighbors and tell them you want to crate train him?i would try it...my pup cried about 5 days in there...it got less and less though everytime i put her in it....maybe you will have understanding neighbors? it would be worth a try ..i also put a blanket over my crate so she knows it is "bed" time..that does seem to help! well good luck to you!