Hello all just joined and boy do I have some questions! My daughter who lives at home with us just adopted a pug/beagle mix so I suppose you can say we all adopted him. We got him at the shelter they say hes about 4 years old and very hyper and completely spoiled by someone. For the first 2 days he refused to eat but begged for every morsel of food he smelled and saw. Finally I had to grind down his dry food and add a small portion of meaty food to get him to eat and now he will eat the dry food whole but only with the taste of the meat in it. We have been working hard to get him potty trained and finally out of frustration I ended up tethering him and leaving him to do his business. In some wierd way it worked so now we can let him out of his crate and out the door to go in the mornings. He still if not watched like a hawk pee where ever he wants but particularly likes area rugs. A new problem has arisen where instead of going to the potty place he is going at the back door or on the pillars of the porch! This is our first dog so we are kinda stumbling and looking up advice and instruction on the net so I thought I would join a forum and get some advice from others who have been through this before. Can anyone suggest any way to get him not to go by the door or on the porch? Thanks!