So we thought Finn (6month old male) lab mix was housetrained but within the last two weeks, he is sneaking downstairs (off limits to dogs but not gated in any way) and pooping and peeing on the carpet. He's getting to be a big dog now so these are NOT easy cleanups.
He gets an hour walk in the morning and an hour walk at night, playtime with our other 11month old all day. They stay in a heated kennel with outdoor yard access during days when we are not home but they are inside with us from about 4:00pm- all night and all day on the weekends. Kind of a busy household and we thought he was housetrained so I guess we haven't been keeping a strict eye on him at all times, but the dog is 6months old sheesh, we thought he was trained. I can't figure out even when
he's going down there, just that it's happening while we are actually with him in the house, not during the night when everyone is asleep. This JUST happened.
I don't know how to train him to tell us
when he needs to go out and I don't understand why he sneaks downstairs to do it. I always praise him when he goes outside, but I haven't been able to catch him in the act inside so I haven't been able to reprimand him. I'm not sure if its because its winter here and cold he doesn't want to go outside? We let them out every 45min to an hour so there's no way he can't hold it. He is just choosing to go inside rather than outside. This dog is on my last dang nerve, any advice is appreciated.