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Our cavashon, 7 months, has not been able to pee on a pad. We have never had this problem with any of the dogs we have owned in the past. We started by enclosing her area and covering the floor with pads. When she peed, we would give her a treat and say "yes", then give her time to play in the kitchen. We did this for about 3 months. Then we reduced the pads to covering only about half of the floor. This is when the trouble started. Today, for instance, we walked her at 5:00pm, and then put her in her crate. We returned at 8:30pm to find her sitting in a puddle of her own pee on the cushion inside her crate. We are absolutely lost on what to do. We've had consultants, she was cared for for three weeks by our trainer, but nothing seems to work. Any suggestions at all would be much appreciated.
 

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Potty pads are very difficult concepts for dogs to grasp. One downside to them is they often confuse items such as area rugs, carpets, cushions, pillows, and pretty much any soft thing on the floor with a potty pad, and then they pee on it. You've noticed this already, as she peed on the cushion in her crate. She likely mistook it for a potty pad.

It sounds like you already enclosed her pee area, which would have been my next suggestion if peeing inside is really the only way you can give her potty breaks. Sometimes a physical marker of the area can help. A litter box might also help, which would be very different from other things like rugs and cushions. You could also go back to the larger pee area and start again. But, if she's still struggling, it might be necessary to train her to go outside. You were very lucky that your other dogs were able to "get" potty pad training, as many, many dogs don't. The number of issues with potty pads we get on this forum alone is astounding.

Other things you can do are remove any area rugs, block off carpeted areas, and remove pillows and cushions from her crate. You may also have to block access to furniture, as confusing soft furniture with potty pads is another issue that potty pad trained dogs face.
 

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Here is another idea.
Go back to the set up in an area inside a fence (like an X Pen) with the floor inside of it entirely covered with pee pads. When you leave or cannot watch her, she is in there. Go back to rewards for eliminating inside that area.

Other times watch her like a hawk.. and if she goes to pee/poop remove her to the XPen.

You could attach her crate to the XPen so she has a place to go sleep etc. when you are not home or cannot watch her.

You are likely going to need this set up for the life of the dog.
 
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