simba Posted July 12, 2015 Report Share Posted July 12, 2015 Have a small older dog who's always had some issues with housetraining but it's been getting worse recently. A culmination came this morning when I came out of the shower to find that she had wandered into the room, done a shit on my clean clothes, and wandered out again. I have no crate (I had one but someone else lost the door of it and I haven't the money to get another), I have no way of blocking off the areas where she likes to 'go'. I have a small room to put her in that she also toilets in, though less often when she's confined in there. She will decide to 'go' on anything that's put on the floor- rugs, carpet, books, anything like that. The areas where she's 'gone' get cleaned with disinfectant and enzymatic cleaner, or washed. She gets brought outside regularly. The other dog runs straight for her regular toileting areas. This dog will look up at you and wait for you to tell her to do something. Or she will shit in the doorway on the way out, pausing to do so before coming out to you. Or go back inside and shit. Sometimes, sometimes she will 'go potty' outside if you wander around the garden with her off-lead, and then I praise and treat. Sometimes we have been out there for six hours without any doing. She reacts to the dark, she wants to run around and bark in it, so if she is brought outside at night she will spend so much time looking around her that she won't toilet then. If she is on a lead when brought outside she will simply sit or walk beside you and wait for some kind of command or something interesting to happen, or a walk to happen. I've been trying to mark the behaviour with a word, but she seems to be taking ages to 'get' it, and it's actually distracting her because she will sniff, or scratch the ground, and then look up at me to see if I'm praising her for it. On walks she's fine, because there are no 'off limits' areas. Part of the trouble is that she can't manage the lengths of walks she used to and so is doing less of her eliminating there, away from the house. Edit: plus, as she gets older, she gets less inclined to go outside in the dark and the cold and the rain with her arthritic hips. She may also be having trouble sensing in advance when she needs to go. I mean, both of these are fair enough, but she also does not seem to understand, suddenly. It's like she was housetrained before but had got into a routine/done certain behaviours rather than understanding what was expected. Now she's changed her routine. It is just so infuriating. I spend a lot more time and effort with her trying to get her to do this, the other dog just 'gets it'. She's very good at picking up things to do in other areas, she's excellent at going out in public, being obedient under distraction etc. But I can't seem to find a way to explain to her what I want in this scenario. It's like she literally does not get the concept. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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