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My mutt dog is just over one year old. He still goes to the bathroom in the house and it drives me crazy. I'll let him out and he'll still come inside and go. We also have another dog in the house that is also just over one. I don't believe that they're necessarily marking the house, but that their bad habits are feeding each other. They go poo in the house more than they urinate, but both still occur.
I can be weeks where they don't have any accidents or it can be a daily thing. They do have certain spots they like to go.
I bring my dog over to company or my boyfriends house and he usually always goes in their houses as well. I try to keep an eye on him, but sometimes he slips away. It's stressful to not trust him in some one else's house.
My dog doesn't usually have accidents over night, where as the other one will. They aren't left alone for very long periods of time, because my roommates and I work different hours. (I work 9-5, another works 11-7, and another works 12-8 usually).
If any one has ideas or advice to give me I would greatly appreciate it!
If neither of the dogs were fully housetrained in the beginning, just putting them outside is not going to work.
Just like with puppies, they have to EARN their freedom in the house as they learn. Allowing them too much freedom to have accidents puts the training back and sets you all up to fail. This is a human error problem, not a dog error problem.
Go back to the basics here is my recommendation. Crate or otherwise confine the dogs to a smaller space. Feed the dogs there as well. Take the dogs out frequently, whether you think they need to go or not, ON LEASH and reward each and every time they do their business outside with praise and a yummy food reward. Relieving themselves is "self rewarding" (hence the word "relieve" as in RELIEF) so it is very important that the dogs are managed so accidents DON'T happen and that the reward for going outside is more valuable than going inside. Don't punish any accidents, instead take a rolled up newspaper and pop yourself on the head (LOL, JK) as it is the human's fault for not giving the dog the opportunity to do it the right way. When in doubt, take 'em out.
As for visiting other houses, it is very common, even for housetrained young dogs to not generalize the housetraining very well..just like any other training behaviour it takes a while for them to learn that outside is OUTSIDE and inside means anywhere inside (mall, friend's house, the vet, wherever). He can't 'sneak off' if he is confined or leashed where you can watch him. This is a supervision and training issue.
I hope this info helps, I know it's work..but it's well worth the effort, both for your stress levels and that of your dogs.
Be sure to clean any areas they accidentally go with a good enzymatic cleaner so that all traces of scent are gone.
Definitely get the enzymatic cleaner if they're going in the same spots. That's the best place to start.
Then, start getting on schedule, and doing just like Cracker suggested, take them out ON leash and wait for them to go, seperately, then reward tremendously. I say seperately so that they don't get distracted by each other. Take them out every hour and when you're out with one, crate the other. When you're gone, crate them. When you're in the house, tether them to you with leashes. Don't let them get out of your sight if you know they're going to pee.
Thank you both so much! I greatly appreciate it. I always knew it was my fault not the dogs, but I didn't know how to correct my mistakes. I will definitely try my best at these tasks! Thank you again.