I have a rescued 1 yr old Bichon-a-Poo who was brought home from a filthy, roach infested crate for her 4-mo-old life. However, she was very good about going on the newspapers and learned to use the dog door.
Then about 7 mos of age she started eliminating on the furniture. Dog pillows and blankets on the floor had always been fair game, probably because she had to sleep in her own poop for months. Her favorite places are my bed (particularly at the top)and the couch where I sit. She's a loving dog but not my most faithful snuggler. I had a mini-doxy who did the same thing before but she grew out of it. She also started about the same age. But Peggy Sue hasn't grown out of it, not even after a litter of puppies that I was hoping would grow her up faster.
She knows it's bad, she makes sure not to do it if I can see her, which is the main problem. I can't correct her if I don't see her do it. I've caught her maybe 3 times and smacked her lightly, yelled at her and put her outside. Doesn't work. I have papers on the floor but she won't use them. I'm about frantic. I have vinyl tablecloths under a top sheet on the bed and under the couch cover and my husband's chair but I'm washing sheets and covers daily. I can't pass this problem on to someone else - who might be a great deal harsher than I am - and I can't bring myself to take her to the shelter; even if she were adopted it wouldn't be for long.
At the moment I'm isolating her to one area of linoleum in the kitchen with the door to the deck open where she can get down to the front yard but if she poops on the deck (or the deck chairs!) that door will have to be closed. Periodically I put her in the cage with her puppies, then right back in the kitchen. This is probably my own recourse forever but I'm just wondering if anyone else has solved a problem like this - it's beyond "housebreaking".
Although you may feel that crating the dog is a negative option...look at it this way: she needs to have a home and if your option is to rehome her then so be it, but I think she needs your home with a crate in it! Crating creates a positive, with boundaries and a place that she can be safe and secure. I agree that what happened to her as a young pup was wrong, but that was a long itime ago and you need to let that go, she did. Crate her! If you are going to be away for any length of unsupervised time, she should go in it and you should plan to be back in an appropriate amount of time to let her back out. If not make arrangements for some one else to let her out to relieve herself. Papers are a bad idea because all that will do is re-enforce that it is OK to eliminate inside the den (house/apartment)as so long as we do it "here" only kind of thing. The only concession that I would make is that if it is OK with you for her to eliminate in the house then put a large box of litter in an area that is going to be her official potty spot. Gate that area and train her to use that box. Do NOT let her have any access to the old areas. Perhaps eventually you can allow her such freedoms again but not until she understands her new boundaries. Smacking or hitting or yelling is counter productive. Punishment is not productive either. Dogs don't think that way. They do learn from what makes them feel good though. So if makes her feel good to soil those things in those areas..then she needs to find something more appropriate to make her feel good elsewhere lol! Try some basic obedience or try to teach her some tricks, walk her more often, take her places with you, include her in your daily life... Take or leave the suggestions made here today, but hang in there and give something a chance. don't give up! Cheers, Kerry
I totally agree with Kerry you can't give up on this dog you can teach an old dog new tricks you got to supervise this dog don't let her roam the house unsupervised when you've fed her time her so when you think she's gonna do her business take her out on a leash to the same spot daily and tell her GO PEE if she doesn't do anything within 1-2min take her back in the house but keep her with you then try again 10-15 min later make one hell of a fuss if she does her business by the way you might want to let her of the leash or have a long leash cos some dogs are shy about doing there business while people are watching, you've got a hard task ahead of you it's more of you being patient than anythink there's not many poeple who would keep a dog like that. Goodluck Paddy
I've caught her maybe 3 times and smacked her lightly, yelled at her and put her outside. Doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work. What you have taught her is to go when you're not looking.
And I'm also confused about this breeding thing...you say you breed schnauzers. And yet you "rescue" a mixed breed dog and breed her hoping she'll "grow up faster"? What kind of breeder are you?!!! Never heard of breeding a dog to solve behavioral problems, and 99% of true rescues are spayed/neutered prior to adoption (for obvious reasons...so people like you CAN'T BREED THEM!)