Hi there! I have a 3 year old little silky terrier and am having some issues.
He is a rescue, and is for the most part house broken... I am having trouble in that, he doesn't like to go outside alone. We live in Michigan, so the cold weathe ris rapidly approaching and I can't be going outside with him every time. I dont know what his life was like before I got him, so I dont know if it's a problem caused by old owners or if he just plain doesn't like to go. I have tried taking him out and sneaking in when he's not looking, and just placing him outside, but no matter what he just runs straight to the door and sits there whether he's pottied or not. I don't know what to do.
Another problem I'm having is he poos, in my front room pretty frequently, even if he's gone #2 outside that day. Should I try to put a piddle pad down? How can I get him to stop doing this?
It's difficult sometimes to train older dogs, but absolutely not impossible. Rescues require a bit more attention. How old was he when you rescued? How long have you owned him? Sometimes, dogs are left in situations where they are alone for hours at a time in crates, outside, etc.
Patience is a great tool to have when working with any animal. Do you have a fenced in yard? If so, maybe you can walk out with him to the area where you want him to go and work on basic commands in that area of the yard. Start with things like "sit" or "stay" and make him comfortable being out there. A favorite toy with a game should help him want to be outside more. Sometimes you just have to stay with them until they go. I had a doggie door installed and once my brats learned to use that...it was awesome! They come and go as they need to. It has made life so much easier for us. The key is praise, praise, praise. If you can have a door put in, teach him and work with him on using it.
I would discourage putting pads down for him to use. To me, this just lets him know it's ok to go potty in that room, as long as he uses that pad. It can be confusing if you want him to go outside but put something for him to use inside. What I would do is if you CATCH him in the act of using the potty there, you can clap your hands and firmly say "NO" to let him know this behavior is not wanted. If you don't actually catch him doing the poop, just clean it up.
Hope this helps and best of luck!
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Lyssaloo, try making outside being fun for him, and not just to go out there for only for potty breaks. Use your yard for training time. Try bringing out some treats and work on doing tricks. Bring out toys, and just play and make being outside a good experience.
I agree with with Oxford on the potty pads. Dogs can get confused if you are using them, and trying to get them to go outside. Try to stick with either or, and the doggie dorrs are great!
Good luck, hopefully this will help a little.
***Edited By: riley1 on 10/17/2009 9:03:39 PM*** Reason: edit
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!