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Old 12-01-2018, 03:23 AM
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I’ve tried every potty training technique and no luck

Okay, first post here. Looking for some answers. First before you think about writing some super easy fix you’ve done one time and it worked, hear me out. I’ve owned several breeds of dogs. All potty trained without issues besides the common occasional puppy accident. Owned several difficult stubborn breeds and I’m still stumped I’ve tried all potty training techniques for months at a time to see if they work. And none has worked. My wife has a chihuahua dachshund mix. He’s 6 years old and is the most stubborn little dog complex acting dog I’ve ever met in my life. Refuses simple commands. And I can’t potty train him to save my life. I’ve literally been training him for almost 2 years now and nothing. The only thing I haven’t tried is crate training, which would probably set him straight to not pee in the house but my wife refuses to let me do that. She thinks it’s mean. So I have him on a bathroom schedule as every dog should be on one. I take him out at 7am and then 1pm then 7pm and then try to take him out about 11pm before going to bed. Everytime for about 15 minutes on a leash in the same spot everytime. So after the 11pm bathroom stop we go to bed. I lay pee pads everywhere and by about 12:30 am he’s squatting some place quietly trying to pee. And not even on the pads always right next to them. And he’s a male he doesn’t squat he lifts his leg to pee. So he’s literally trying to do it discretely. Or doing it out of spite because there’s no way his bladder is that small. He’s gone 8 hours without an accident 100 percent of the time when me and my wife leave the house during the day. And you can’t tell me dogs don’t do things out of spite he knows exactly what he’s doing. And he’s not going back to the same spots because he smells pee and thinks it’s a bathroom I am constantly cleaning and shampooing the carpets with enzyme spray and shampoo. Have even replaced the carpets and even the subfloor to make sure there is no pee smell. He’s just a stubborn old man that is peeing in the house for no reason. I need help I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried things I haven’t even mentioned and I’ve just completely ran out of options, 2 years of options have been gone through. If you guys can whip out the big guns and suggest anything I’m open to anything I’m willing to try it all. Sorry if any of this is aggressive or I just sound rude I’m just irritated and out of options and need answers. Please help
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:32 PM
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Well, the difficulty is if I dont know what else you've tried already, I dont know what to suggest that you havent already tried- so I may suggest things & then you could tell me you've tried it- So I'm going to say a few things to try to help but please dont get more frustrated if you've tried it. One thing is it sounds like urine marking- this is a different issue to your classic toilet training. You may like to google it- he's marking his territory- claiming it as his. There are triggers that set this off like another pet in the home etc Even shoes or bags that smell of other pets. You could try a belly band for the times you know he's likely to do it inside. You can feed sleep play treat in the area he pees most, as they dont like to pee where they eat/sleep. Unfortunately the smell of new puppy pads may also be triggering the urine marking. I use one pee pad which is folded over vinyl with a towel folded over on it as her pee mat. I wash the towel when it has 2 wees on it but not in anything that has a strong powerful smell - & the same when I clean the vinyl I use the washing detergent I use for clothes in a spray bottle with water & give it a good spray & scrub with a cloth each day. This is because the strong disinfectant smell could put her off going on it. The smell of the puppy pads may be not to his liking at all. Also a 15 min walk for wees is better than standing outside. It will alleviate this urine marking need & can mark around the outside of the house & around the streets- instead of inside. Small unneutered male dogs are known to be the more likely category doing this. I understand how aggrevated you are from this but please do try to calm down. Dashi's are very stubborn- your positive loving bond with him is the key to getting him to obey basic commands. The more he likes/loves you- the more he'll want to please you. Try broken up dried duck meat for treats & he also may be more keen. They sell it at the supermarkets. So annoying as it is- give him a big cuddle- dogs communicate with wees & he's worried about other pets taking his precious house over. ☺️ goodluck with your little ol man! lucky he's super cute I bet. I can understand your wife thinking crates are mean I also never use or reccomend crate training.
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If your wife doesn't like a crate, then I'd use an exercise pen. It can open up as wide as you want it to. If you don't mind him using pee pads I'd paper the pen with them on one side so he has no choice but to pee on them, and put his bed on the other side. Now he has 2 choices, hold it, or use the pads.

I don't know if you're doing it, but you should be making pottying outside the most rewarding experience every. He potties outside and as soon as he is done he gets a very yummy treat, and lots of praise. If he does not potty outside, or on the pads, then he does not get any freedom in the house. Untrained puppies and dogs should not have the freedom to wander the house and pick a spot to pee. If he acts like a puppy when it comes to soiling the house then you need to treat him like an untrained puppy.
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I see that you are doing all the work, is your wife helping you with the dog? Perhaps after a few potty incidents she will change her tune on the crate thing.

I also was against the entire crate thing until my puppy just wouldn't get a hold on peeing in the house. Then one day I got a crate and it literally solved all my doggy problems. She loves her crate, she hated it at first...but now she realizes that it is the only place in the house where she is left alone and can sleep in peace. I leave her in the crate for 15 minutes at a time...then eventually increased it to 2 hours at a time...then 4 hours. I never leave her longer than 4 hours without a walk break/play break/ or potty break.

People think it is cruel but it is much safer for you and the dog, my puppy is happy and I am happy at the end of the day. My house smells great and i don't have to clean up poo any more.

Try the crate, give her just enough space to spin around, stand, and lay down...do NOT give any more space than what is necessary...do this for 1 week then slowly increase the space as she/he is behaving correctly. Eventually they will "get it".
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