Can't housebreak this 2year old male

Posted by dustybin
Feb 8, 2008
I adopted a male Shih Tzu from a breeder. He had lived in a kennel all of his life. He didn't know what grass or steps were. We can now get him to go outside for his bathroom breaks, but he is still going in my house. I tried crate training but he just goes in his grate and gets poop all in his hair. We bought him a dog bed for Christmas and contain him in our breakfast room at night with our older femals sheltie. Now he is lifting his leg and urinating in the room and doing his other business on the floor. He's a wonderful little dog, but so nasty! HELP!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Todd
Feb 10, 2008
HI there and thank you for your question.

Toilet training can be a very frustrating time and i think being patient and giving things time is really important.

The first thing is to make sure you are taking him out often enough. Try and take him out every hour or so and give him the same area to go to the toilet in and the same command. Consistency and a pattern is the most important thing in toilet training dogs.

You will have to buy a quality DOG ODOR neutralizer, which you should be able to find at most good pet stores. Clean your carpets, with the odor neutralizer, in all the known places that you can find where your dog has been .

This will help disguise the scent and you will find it easier to catch your dog preparing to go potty before it has the chance to do so inside. No product can take away the scent 100%, however the weaker the scent is made the better, so buying an odor neutralizer will still be worthwhile.

The next time your dog has an accident inside:

*Growl as your dog is doing it. You must reprimand your dog as it is performing the undesirable behavior, because dogs only ever associate your punishment or reward with the very last action they have performed.

*Soak up the puddle or pick up the waste with a sheet of newspaper.

*Then clean the spot with your odor neutralizer.

*Keep the soiled newspaper, place any solid wastes or the soaked paper outside, or wherever you want their bathroom spot to be. This will give your dog a place it can return to that is marked with its own scent and therefore safe to use as a bathroom. (keep in mind that dogs mark their territory and therefore claim their dominance as they eliminate, if another dog has been where you want your dog to go, your dog will only go there if it is of a dominant disposition and wish to challenge the opposing 'dog'.)

*Take your dog out every hour on the hour (when possible) to that place where you have placed its waste. Introduce the command "Be quick!....Good Dog" as your dog goes and reward it with treats if you wish. This command is handy, as your dog quickly associates your voice command with the act of eliminating. My dog's will even try and go anytime, anywhere if I give this command, knowing the treats that usually accompany being obedient! (even if they have no juice, I still reward them for their efforts!)

Make sure you are picking up on the signals he gives for wanting to go out. These may be as simple as following you around more or vocalising.

He may have a preference for some material to toilet on so i would try and take this away from any area he has access to.

The key to fixing this problem is catching and reprimanding. Good luck and please let me know how things go.

Todd Field