Dog still goes to the toilet in the house?
I've been trying for months to toilet train my dog he is now 6 months old and if I'm not around he will go to the toilet in the house sometimes even if I've just taken him outside he will come in and hide somewhere I can't see him because he knows he isn't supposed to go to the toilet in the house. What can I do? He does go to the toilet outside but st least once a day he goes in the house, , my other dog holds it until I let him out
Dogs can take months and months to potty train fully. You have obviously punished him for going in the house because he is now hiding it.
AND, he doesn't understand that the punishment is because he is going in the house, he is very confused and thinks you are being mean.
You need to read up on potty training a dog in a POSTIVE way. I suggest you get into a training class with your dog.
1. Dog cage: You need to use a dog cage. This limits his ability to have "accidents" in the house, and then helps train him that the house is NOT the place to go. Dogs do their best not to soil an area where they are sleeping, so the cage needs to be only large enough for the dog to stand in and turn around in. No food or water inside the cage.
2. Praise: Praise, heavily when he goes outside. Bring him back in and give him a treat. Dogs live for praise, so in praising, you are reinforcing the positive behavior.
3. No scolding: DO NOT scold him. The reason he is hiding, is likely that he may have been scolded. Dogs become frightened from scolding. Scolding does NOT help in house training, and may even hinder your efforts. DO NOT scold. Remember that urinating and pooping is a natural event, and if you tell your dog it is bad, he thinks his body is doing something unnatural. He does not connect it with the location, but the actual function, so he thinks it is actually a bad thing to pee or poop - something he simply cannot really control. It does happen to the best of us!
4. Limited access/limited time: Limit your dog's ability to walk around your house if you are not there. This is where the cage comes in, because dogs usually don't urinate or poop, if confined in a cage of the appropriate size. Only allow him to walk around the house for brief periods such as a few minutes you can directly watch him. This means you are RIGHT THERE, and are monitoring his activity.
5. Limited carpet time: DO NOT let your dog on the carpeting until he is fully trained. At all. Carpeting is a surface dogs remember under their paws. This is called, "preferred substrate". This means he can only be allowed to poop and pee on the grass, outside so he will remember this under his feet. You need to see to this by disallowing access to the carpeting.
6. Go out with him: If at all possible, go out with your dog on a leash. This way, you are monitoring what he does, and you will be praising him, IMMEDIATELY on success.
7. Accidents: If your dog has an accident, you will scoop it up and place it in the grass. You will take the dog out and give him the chance to potty, but nothing will be said other than, "Good dogs go outside" in a very calm voice when he is out there. You will NOT scold the dog. YOU made the mistake of leaving him out of his cage for longer than he could hold it.
8. Bladder infection: Always take your dog to the vet to be checked for a bladder infection, if you dog is having accidents. Bladder infections cause inabiltiy to hold urine, and urgency. Be SURE your dog is healthy by having the vet check him out. You would not want to be wasting your efforts when your dog is sick. And, he can get sicker, if he already has an infection.
9. Frequency: BE SURE you are taking your dog out, often enough. This might be at least four times per day, but during training it might be six or more times per day. The more you do this, the more reinforcement the dog gets, especially through the praise/treats he is getting. Dogs love praise and treats. Do NOT make your dog wait, or he will not become trained.
10. While you are not at home: Do not let your dog wander around the house while you are not at home. Until he is fully trained, he may have an accident. When this happens, it reinforces his idea that it is O.K. Remember, you CANNOT SCOLD, so it is much better to simply avoid this actually happening. Then, when you return home, you can PRAISE your dog for being a good dog while inside the cage, and you will both be happy to see one another. That equals being a good dog while being inside the house, too. He will get it, sooner or later!!
ALWAYS place a dog cage in the main living area of the house such as kitchen or living or family room. NEVER put a dog cage in an out of the way place. Dogs need to be near their family and if separated, being in the cage is viewed as a punishment and the dog will object.
PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE. Dogs live for praise.
We have trained the following dogs in this manner and have had very happy, healthy, and well-trained dogs: Lab mix; Boxer mix; Border Collie mix; rescue dogs.
I've said this a million times. You don't just let the dog out. You go out with it and stay out with it (FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES) until it pees and poops. That is the only way you can be sure it is okay to bring the dog back indoors. Praise the dog as if it has just found a gold mine fior you when it pees and poops. Please know that BRINGING A DOG INDOORS BEFORE IT HAS PEED AND POOPED ACTUALLY TEACHES IT TO PEE AND POOP INDOORS. You have been inadvertantly training your dog to do the very same thing you don't want it to do.
Try the target training method. You show him the precise spot where you want him to go, and you reward him for using it.
Maybe you aren't cleaning the area properly and that's why he keeps eliminating in the house. You have to use a cleaning solution that's especially made for pets. Nature's Miracle and Simple Solution are good brands, and they can be purchased at any pet supply store. Another thing you might want to consider until you get this problem fixed is to confine him to one room where he can always be supervised. The kitchen might be a good place, and if you see him sniffing around, take him outside immediately and go out with him so that you can praise him when he poops and/or pees outside. If he can't be watched, such as when you're asleep or not home, crate him in an appropriate sized crate that isn't too big.