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I have a nine month old mini Australian shepherd that I got from a breeder. She has been with us for 3 weeks and she is a true gem, very smart but we can't get her potty trained. We have had numerous dogs in our lives and never had this problem

She is crate trained and keeps her crate clean. We take her out on a set schedule and walk her 3 times a day. She is never left unattended or out of our view and has limited access to the house when not in crate. Must be in same room as we are in. Although she poop's outside a few times a day she squats and poops in the house directly in front of us. Does not sniff or circle so there is no warning. She will not make any effort to ask to go out. Any suggestions?

With the breeder she was fed once a day and we now feed her twice a day as we have another dog that is on that feeding schedule.

We are trying to get her interested in ringing the bell to go out but she has no interest.

We are so frustrated and can't keep a dirty dog.
 

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Since she is on a feeding schedule, it's likely she will need to potty at certain times each day. With my crew it's normally a half hour or so after a meal. Think about general time frames this happens. Take her out for a walk at that time. If she doesn't go crate her and wait a bit. Then right back out. Repeat until she goes. You can eve write down times to track and find a general pattern.
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I find my dogs need to go out straight after being fed or 10 mins after at the most. After the pup eats or drinks 5-10 mins later get her outside on a long leash and say go wee wees or whatever you use have a treat bag attached to your waist and when the pup goes praise and treat right away.

If catch the pup going inside say no pick him/her up and say outside and carry outside and give the command you use to do it outside. when goes praise and treat right away and say it in a happy proud voice patting the dog. same for after playing get the pup outside for wee right away and repeat
 
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