I have a nervous little dog. She is a loving, intelligent member of our family, but she pees and poops when left alone in the house. I know she knows it's a bad thing, because when we come home and she's done this, she looks guilty and then I know to look for the mess. Usually the mess is in front of the back door. When we are home she will go out and do her business out in the yard. She will ask to go out and knows to get down to business so we will let her back into the house.
So, I got a doggie door three days ago. It took 2 days for her to get used to going in and out but she's doing good with that now. However, she doesn't seem to understand that she's free to go out and pee/poop when she feels the urge to. When we leave her alone in the house she will stilll poop/pee in front of the door. She also will, when sent outside by command, wait to be invited back in before she comes in through the doggie door. Once she stayed out there for an hour before I finally invited her back in and she came in.
(She cannot tolerate the crate or the laundry room, and will paw until her paws bleed and shred her bedding, so we don't make her stay in the crate anymore.)
Any suggestions on how to get her to connect the dots??