I adopted a rescue dog (2 Year old Mini Pincher) a few weeks ago and having problems.
The past owner basically kept this dog in a crate for 16 hours a day, and potty trained it only on puppy pads in a bathroom for 2 years. She was also beaten when she didn’t obey, from what I was told.
So now I have this dog and she is great except for one thing. She refuses to let me know when she wants to go outside. At first she would pee or crap in the bathroom only. I figured that was because of the puppy pads and the past owner keeping it in the bathroom. So I closed the bathroom door.
So now she craps or pees whenever I turn my back. I call it the sneak attack. Basically whenever I go use the bathroom, she sniff the door, and the next thing I know there is a nice little surprise for me somewhere in the house. She hides out in her crate because she knows she did something wrong.
So here’s what I’m doing right now:
1) I crate her. I work from home and have the crate next to me all day.
2) I take her out 3 times a day. (Morning time Pee and poo is no problem. Its later in the day is unpredictable.)
3) I give her praise when she does pee or poop. (that’s hit or miss because this dog has ADD or something. Any detraction breaks her concentration).
I hate crating my dog up all day but she has crapped and peed in my apartment and 2 other people’s homes we visited.
I really need a way for this dog to tell me when she needs to go out.
I tried doing the hanging bell on the door, and putting her paw on the door before opening the door to train her, but she stays away from it like its the plague.
I don’t care how this dog tells me she needs to go out. Bark, scratch, bring her leash., send me an email..ANYTHING, and I will take her out immediately. The problem is no warning at all.
I’m desperate at this point. I hate keeping my dog crated up all the time becuase I can’t trust her running around the house while I work.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks in advance!
BTW..what are your thoughts on Puppy pads?