I have two 5 year old Maltese. I have a big problem on my Hand they are not completely potty trained it has been a struggle I take them for a walk and they come back in and poop on the floor just after I have spend a good 15 minutes with them out some times we are lucky they go outside sometimes I feel like the two dogs are competing for a place on the carpet. Help any suggestions
You have to take them outside to the same spot each time and wait them out. It can be very difficult. Once they do their business praise the heck out of them. Make it seem like the best thing since sliced bread. Rewards are a good thing too.
When they have an accident in the house, immediately take them outside to their spot.
When you can not watch them closely in the house, put them in crates.
crates and x-pen's are wonderful for dogs that need help with potty training. Maltese and yorkies are notorious for being extremly hard the completely house break. Many people(clients) I know have never completely mastered it.
I prefer and x-pen, you can put some paper/wee wee pad, bed, toys, food and water with your dog. It makes a great place for them when you can not watch them. When out, you have to watch them every second. Once they have gone to the bathroom in the house, they have relieved themself, and it feels good. So punishing does no good. You have to look for the signs that they have to go and take them out. It could be 30mins before they go, but once they dog praise for a full miniute.
At the pet store I bought these mats (they kinda look like paper)Keep them near your dog then get your dog onto it and they can go. It's hard. My dog would grab them and run around the house. But the mats are just in case you can't get your dog outside in time.
I love my dog! He's on security guard! And also a natural born cutie!