Hi everyone, my name is Darlene and I joined this group to get some nonjudgemental, honest, and useful advise, as I am having some serious trouble with my 7 year old dog, Oliver.
I want to give a little background to possibly help. I will admit that I adopted Oliver as an empty nester. With only my husband and I and my 2 kitties, I was able to spend lots of time early on with him. I hired a trainer, crate trained him from the day he arrived at our house. We lived in this house for nearly a year with Oliver before we had to move. I must have missed something in our potty training because he would have "accidents" in this wierd open attic room in the house. When we moved everything seemed better and I did not have any issues (Ollie was about a year old when we moved)
He actually was doing really well for a very long time. We took in a foster child about 4.5 years ago (and adopted him) and he still had no distructive behavior or potty issues. My husband went through long stretches of unemployment so he was home with Ollie. which I feel helped him with the transition of having a child in the home.
Over the last year, things have gone down hill fast. I mentioned our cats. Well our Max is nearly 14 and started refusing to use the litter box anytime he would have access to our childs "playroom" (an unused family room....because my cat can not jump over the baby gates we have successfully ended his going in that room) I think that Oliver took this as an invitation to himself go pee and poo in my home. He also has started to eat my son's crayons. I caught him one night working on opening a plastic diaper wipe container we keep them in, in order to get to them. He also will eat clothing, dirty or clean.
I am at my wits end. Right now advise given to me by a facebook group I am in range from crating him at night to getting a new trainer. I work all day and my husband works nights, this means I would have him crated a good 18 hours a day and I won't do that. I can not afford a trainer.
To be honest (this is where I BEG for nonjudgment) I am so past the end of my rope. My home stinks no matter how often I clean the carpets. They need to be replaced which I can not afford. I have actually brought him down to the local shelter but the woman there was not helpful she outright said to me no one will adopt a 7 year old dog with potty issues and they will try but most likely put him down. I brought him home. I put an ad on Craigslist but noone responded.
Its summer so he spends more time outside helping the situation some. But I live in WA and soon it will be Fall/Winter and it will be too wet and cold to leave him out and I will be back to my same situation. I need a solution I can live with. I either need to figure out how to find him a new home with someone that can afford to address issues with him and spend more time with him or I need a solution to fix this without him becoming an outside dog 100% of the time.
I have tried the enzyme carpet shampoo to discourage returning to the same place to pee, he will just go somewhere else or go in the same spot he don't care.
Thank you for sticking with me thought this long winded post. OH I am sure someone will want to know his breed he is Maltese, bichon, schnauzer and cairn terrier, about 14 inches tall to the shoulder