I have a 12 week old cocker spaniel pup. I'm trying to housebreak him properly but his progress is at times frustrating. He started I got him several weeks ago, and his early progress was very exciting he use to be taken right out of his crate and within minutes of him being outside would poop and pee.
Over the last several days he's started a strange behavior. He will go outside and almost immediately pee, but after 15 minutes or so he still wont poop. I tihnk "well maybe he doenst need to go", but then he'll come in the house and poop on the carpet.
Another thing he'll do is poop a little outside, but come inside and after 10 minutes find his spot, and pooop there.
I've tried to put a puppy pad in the spot he's choosen to go to, but he'll tend to tear up the pad like it's a puppy toy.
Now my new technique is that if doesn't poop after 15 minutes, Ill bring him back inside and place him in his crate again for an hour or so.
Is there anything else I can be doing to teach him to housebreak properly???
I'm really trying my best, but I feel like he should be progressing faster than he is.
thanks in advanced for the help!