We just adopted a 1yr old chiwawa/terrier mix that was a stray from the Humane Society. He is very well bahaved, does not whine in his kennel, loves to lay around in the house and loves to go on walks. He has not had an accident in the house yet. However, I biggest problem is that he will not go to the bathroom in our backyard (which is fenced in).
He will only go to the bathroom on walks. We don't have time in the morning or at lunch to stay in the backyard for him to go, so we're forced to go on a quick walk, but in the evenings we have tried to spend a few hours outside and he will not go, so again we're forced to take him for a walk before we all go to bed.
Since it's Memorial Day weekend, we have 3 whole days to work on it. Overnight, he was in his kennel for 8 hours without going and would not go this morning when we woke up. We gave him his morning food and water, took him out for 20 minutes and would not go. He came inside and layed with us for awhile. Then we took him out a couple hours later and stayed out there for 2 hours and would not go. So finally I took him on a walk because it had been almost 12 hours since he last went. So the dog won again!
I must mention that in the week we've had him, he did manage to pee twice in our backyard and he did it right away. I rewarded him with a treat and told him "good boy", but he still seems like he'll hold it until we go for a walk. I even had my neighbor bring his dogs over one night to pee on our bushes while our dog was inside, still no luck. Any suggestions?
We live in the midwest and I can see this being a big problem down the road when it's raining or when winter comes around. I hope this guy will finally get the hang of it.