Sometimes I think – pretty sure! – dogs will stand outside, crossing their legs, jumping up and down and whining, “Let me IN! I really have to go!” because, of course, they think that inside is where they go.
Does yours? I’m working with one now that thinks she goes in the house. Willy-nilly. Anywhere she wants. Anytime she wants. Squat and go!
So the key to her being successfully houstrained is to Not Let her Do that.
How to do this- couple ways. One – she is in her crate when I’m not eyeballing her. In and out all day long. The other thing is she is tethered to me when she’s not in her crate. This isn’t as awkward as it sounds.
She drags her leash all the time. Since ‘come’ isn’t a strong point yet either, I can step on it when I need her. No chase game! But usually, unless she’s Just Peed – she’s tied to me. The leash is attached to me with a clip at all times. When I walk, she walks. When I sit, she sits – or plays at my feet. I’m RIGHT there when she decides to squat and go.
And that is the key. She doesn’t KNOW she’s not supposed to go in the house. She has no clue. OH yes, I know you think she should know. You’ve done everything – yelled, screamed, jumped up and down, rubbed her nose in it….but she doesn’t know. I promise.
So my job is to let her know. I try to NOT let her go in the house ever again. That is my goal. I take her out on the leash. I reward her for going out there. I keep her confined and tethered so she doesn’t have an option to pee in the house again.
How long is it going to take? I dunno. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit. I have a week. Wish me luck!