Just thought I would pop in for an update,and a question. I just got a new aussie female "Charley", she is 4 months old and is very active. However I do believe she spent very little time outdoors because I have having a little trouble getting her to house train. She can be outside for a very extended period of time (with or without someone cueing her to "potty") but she still insists on waiting to come inside to do her business. I have tried about everything I know, I have never had a dog go to the bathroom on her own bed and then continue to lay on it?! It is not normal behavior for a dog to eliminate where it eats and sleeps, but she doesn't seem to care. Anyone have any suggestions? She seems to want to learn, but I am just running out of ideas.....all of the other aussies I have had have housetrained almost completely in about 10 days. PS~ I do not want to paper train her.
I have not had on that wanted to lay in it, but on latest pup was impossible to crate train. I had the hardest time, and eventually gave her a towel. She would use it, and then lay on the crate bottom. alot has to do with the way they were raised. she was litter box trained, and also had a rug that her and her littermates used. That was hard wired, so it became hard to break. she still pees on the towel, and I give her a new one every couple of days. She has never laid in it or been stinky from it.
With regular house breaking, I was able to take her to work during the day, and keep a close eye on her. At night I would not allow her to go where I couldn't watch her. Anytime I left her outside for along time, I knew I would have to watch her very closely when she came in. As pups they don't realized they are supposed to go potty before comming in. Almost imed, I would have to take her back out. She soon got the hang of it, and now at 5months, she is completly house broken. I wouldn't trust her out of her crate at night, but she is otherwise very good.