I just adopted my adorable s h i t z u about 2 months ago. She is a wonderful dog and is two years old.
We have been attending obedience school and she does excellent there, but she cant seem to get the hang of going outside. I feed her/give her water and 30 min after I take her outside to her designated spot. She can be out there for up to 30 min with me standing there and she wont go. We usually end up coming back inside after I give up and end up very frustrated. She is not crate trained yet, so every morning I wake up to pee in my hall.
I can empathize with you with this problem. It's always hard to know exactly what bad habits you have to undo when you acquire a 2 year old dog. That being said, there are lots of things you can do, and eventually your perseverance will pay off. Remember that dogs usually have set habits , like they eliminate after waking up, usually soon after they eat and drink, and after having a snooze in the afternoon. Do you have her on a feeding shedule or is she free fed? Start off with taking her water away at about 7pm,and then take her out to potty right before bedtime. I would use an X-pen, since she has so much trouble with the crate, but I would leave it in the x-pen with her toys and her blanket.What time do you get up in the morning? I would try to get up as early as you can, and take her out, dressed as warmly as possible, and wait her out, until she goes. I would then give her her water back, and wait for half an hour and take her out again. If you see her so much as start to circle, rush her outside, saying whatever words you say to associate with going potty. After you feed her, wait a bit, and then take her out again. Unfortunately there is no miracle training tip I can give you, besides watching her habits and watching her behaviour as closely as you can. When she does go outside give her tons of praise and a treat of some kind, every time. Good luck,and I hope she starts to respond soon.
Keep your dog in a confine area and keep record of the time your dog goes. This was its easy to know around what time your dog needs to goes. It took me a few days to figure out my dog's potty schedule. Also keep a set schedule for feeding and remove water 4 hour before bed time. Good luck
We have a 3 year old Boston Terrier. We stand at the door and say 'potty' and give her a treat. Then it's out the door until she does her business and a 'good girl' followed by a treat. Come back to the door and another 'good girl' with her final treat. Sounds like a lot of treating but saves my floors and the pains with cleaning up messes. She responds well to this routine.