if your dog is going on area rugs, maybe he had been paper trained in the past...you might look into it. assuming you have had a vet look him over and he is healthy, the very first thing i recommend is that you take some time to really focus on your own patience. i know it is hard when the dog is soiling your house, but losing patience, especially with potty training, will make the whole process take so much longer. i jsut adopted an older dog for the first time and i haven't had a dog in a while. potty training our dogs when i was a kid was always such a nightmare, so i looked up as much info on it as i could and found some methods that really work. here is what i did:
first, i had to train myself not to react when clover, my dog, had an accident, he saw any reaction as punishment. i am betting your dog has actually been "punished" a lot and never understood what was happening so he never learned anything from it. i would focus as much as possible on rewarding him for good behavior.
next, i put clover on a strict schedule for food, but let him have water when he wanted. i have read sometimes that you might need to schedule water also. when you know when stuff goes in, you know when to expect it to come out.
finally, i took him outside 30 min after a meal or exercise and once every hour. i pointed to the ground and told him "go potty" and gave him a couple of minutes to figure it out. if he didn't go, i would take him back inside and repeat every 15-20 min until he did. most importantly
when he did go, i made sure that i was there to tell him exactly what a wonderful, clever, handsome, cute boy he is, and how much i loved him.
we haven't had an accident for a month now and clover has started to ask to be let out to do his business.
best of all, i never had to lose my cool with him and have an unnecessary negative encounter.
i think that you should try getting a training book, and i would also recommend reading the info on positive training on the best friends website bestfriends.com . they have some really good explanations about positive training and how it works and they have a list of training books that they recommend. you can also ask your vet to recommend a trainer to help with other problems that might come up. i have recieved really valuable feedback from this website also. GOOD LUCK! 100% free webcam site! | Awesome chicks and it is absolutely free! | Watch free live sex cam - easy as 1-2-3