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Old 11-21-2016, 04:40 AM
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Okay, so this is the story. Me and my husband got a boston terrier at 3 months of age. She was quite sick at first and the vet told us to not take her outside. The first time she went outside she was already 4.5 months old.
When she was supposed to be inside at all times, she peed and pooped in our kitchen, where she stays during the day. We layed out a newspaper for her, so that she knew where to go. When she was finally able to go outside, we removed the newspaper and started taking her on potty breaks multiple times a day.
We take her out usually around 8:30 am, 1pm, 7:30pm and then again between midnight and 1am.
She always pees and/or poops when we take her outside. However, she keeps peeing and pooping inside between those times. She almost always pees/poops during the night (I wake up at 7:30 and she has already peed/pooped at that time), and then between 9am and 12:30pm, when we are at work, and she does it also in the afternoon. She does not pee or poop when we are with her, only when we are sleeping or at work.
She always stays in the kitchen when we are at work or sleeping. This means we never catch her in the act, so we do not startle or punish her for going inside. We do, however, give TONS of praise when she does it outside (and she always does when we take her out).
What can we do to let her know that it is no longer okay to go inside? We cannot watch her all the time, and I do not want to crate her.
Any ideas?
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:09 AM
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What is her schedule on the days you are home? Can she hold it in between those scheduled walks?
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:37 AM
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On weekends we usually go visit my parents or my inlaws. In both those places she has free access to lawn, so she can go whenever she wants to/has to.
I forgot to say that we usually take her out at 9pm (after she eats).
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Because she's only just learning to go outside I would go back to basic 8-week old puppy house training. Take her out every 1-2 hours to start and keep up the praise and treats when she goes outside. Generally you'll want to take her out after every nap, training/play session, and between 15-30 mins after she eats or drinks a bunch of water. I don't think the problem is that she can't hold it, I think that because she has been allowed to go in the house up until this point that she just doesn't understand that you no longer want her to go in the house. I would clean the area in the kitchen where she's been going really really well with a cleaner specifically to get rid of dog smells and if possible I would move her to a new spot, and restrict her space so she has enough room to move around and play a bit, but not too much space. For a small dog something around 4'x4' should do.

Because she already thinks that going in the house is OK. It's going to be a long road to get her to break that association. Keep with it though, being consistent really helps. Always take her out at the same time, feed her at the same time, etc.

Also if you do happen to catch her in the act, do not scold/punish her. All that will do is teach her that you don't like it when she goes in front of you. If you catch it early you can pick her up and take her outside to finish the job. Otherwise just pretend nothing is wrong and clean the area up really well. No attention of any kind.
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If it was me, I would try to keep the workday schedule one day that you are off at home to see if it's a matter that she can't hold it, or isn't holding it. My thought is that some of the intervals are a bit long, and some is habit.

Are you using pee pads? They can be detrimental sometimes to some dogs. They think that it is ok to pee and poop in the house.

The fact that she didn't go outside until 4.5 months means that she's really just starting the housetraining process (well six weeks in or so). So she's really more like a 3 month old dog than a six-month-old dog if that makes sense.

One idea might be to look into hiring a dog walker for a month or two to add a walk in between the 1pm walk and the 7:30 pm walk. That stretch might be a bit long.

From what you are saying, it may be that your intervals between walks are too long for her right now. I wouldn't worry about the night training right now, but during the day, it would be interesting to see if she does better with 2-3 hour intervals.

The thing is the more she is going in the house, the more she is learning it is ok. I know you don't want to crate and I totally respect that. I might look into getting an exercise pen for her that would be a bit smaller than the entire kitchen. Enough room for a bed, water, and a separate space so she can relieve herself if she needs to and not end up lying in it. We use an exercise pen at night in our room with our four-month-old puppy. It's lined with waterproof crib pads. Even though he has enough space to go on one side and sleep on the other, he trained himself to hold it during the night in a few weeks.

Anyway, just throwing out ideas! Hang in there

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Yes, I understand that the process has begun later than usual. My concern is that she thinks it is okay to go in the kitchen because she has done it for so long. Dog walkers are not very common where I live, so it's hard to get one (unfortunately). I do think I will try the exercise pen and have her sleep in my bedroom at night. I might change the place where we're keeping her during the day. Maybe a smaller bathroom for now, to see if that helps. When we're at home we let her roam the house and she hasn't done anything outside the kitchen for a very long time, so maybe she'll hold it if she stays somewhere else. What do you think?
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Yes, I understand that the process has begun later than usual. My concern is that she thinks it is okay to go in the kitchen because she has done it for so long. Dog walkers are not very common where I live, so it's hard to get one (unfortunately). I do think I will try the exercise pen and have her sleep in my bedroom at night. I might change the place where we're keeping her during the day. Maybe a smaller bathroom for now, to see if that helps. When we're at home we let her roam the house and she hasn't done anything outside the kitchen for a very long time, so maybe she'll hold it if she stays somewhere else. What do you think?
Definitely! I think going smaller, whether a puppy-proofed bathroom or a pen, might help. Moving the location out of the kitchen is a good idea too. I'm sure you've done this, but make sure you are cleaning everything with that Urine Destroyer stuff including the kitchen floor. GL!
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