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I have a 5 month old Bernedoodle. He came to us litter box trained and is very good at it. We are now trying to transition him to outside. He does not go outside for the most part. He usually he comes back in and pees on the carpet or poops on the stairs or floor after spending 20-30 minutes outside where we walk him, encourage him, play fetch with him ... and are quite positive and encouraging. We've caught him going a couple of times outside and praised the bejeebers out of him, but usually he comes right back in and goes inside, which is very frustrating. We take him out 8-10 times/day and he goes on frequent walks and is outside a lot (but we do not have a yard).



We live in a condo complex, and the pet area is across the sidewalk and up a small set of stairs. We have two other dogs that are both house trained, so he has observed other dogs. When we take him, he mostly just sits, lays down, or digs up sticks in the yard area.



We did remove the litter boxes from the house and are trying to take him straight outside. Should we transition with the litter boxes by putting them outside and having him trying that first? We tried that once, and he would not go in it after taking him out for 20 minutes.


Are there any ideas? He's a smart, good dog, but he isn't seeming to transition outside after quite a few days of trying.
 

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Remove litter box. Try to take him every 30 min to the exact same spot. Praise and treat if he does his business. It might take few days for him to learn this is his new litter box. Once he learned, increase time to 45 min, next day 1 hour between potty breaks, next day 1 hour and a half , next day 2 hours and so on. Just keep in mind at 5 mo old he will not be able to hold in longer than 4 hours.
Hope it helps.
 
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