09-04-2014, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by TiggerBounce
The same goes for dogs. You're going to have to make her go outside and not give her any other options. If going inside is a habit already, the only way to break it is by preventing her from doing it. Crate her when you can't supervise, assuming she won't go in the crate. Take her out every single hour, or even more often. Give her lots of treats and praise when she does go outside. Don't let her have an opportunity to potty inside.
This. When the carpet is no longer an option, voila! If you've been waiting forever and she still won't go outside, lock her out (as long as your yard is secure and you can see her from inside) until she finally does go. I always praise my young puppies excessively when they go outside. Yelling or swatting them when they do make a mistake does absolutely nothing except make them more fearful. I'm not saying you do that haha, it's just a common mistake that tends to lead to more problems in the long run.
After weeks, or perhaps months, of consistent training outside, I promise she'll be housebroken. The only dog I ever had that never seemed to "get it" ended up having chronic UTIs that caused her to have uncontrollable leakage. I don't personally think that potty pads are a great idea, since you do have access to an outdoor area. Most of my friends living in apartments who use them have very little success with them. Their dogs always "just miss" and go on the rug right next to the pad. So I'd probably get rid of them altogether so that there isn't an enticing smell. And on that note - professionally cleaning and/or replacing your carpet can make a world of difference in getting rid of old, stubborn smells if you think that may be the problem.