Hello all! I appreciate any unconventional advice you may have!
I have done everything the books, training sites, trainers, her vet, dog-owning friends and family, and common sense tells me to do and yet our little pup still pees and poops inside way more often than she does outside. Here is what seems to stump everyone:
SHE PEES WHERE SHE SLEEPS
Including my son's bed. She rarely pees on walks (only done that once) and has never pooped on a walk. She seems to think that when I bring her back in after a potty break is the time and place to go. But she's very sneaky and I have a hard time catching her at it. My son is 2, also potty training and it's very difficult for me to keep my eyes on both of them at the same time.
I tried barricading her in the kitchen with the baby gate, but I have a cat hole in the gate for my elderly cats and she is still small enough to fit through, plus a few other issues as to why that didn't work. Long story short, trying to keep her in one space was a nightmare.
Crate training has also not gone well. She pees where she sleeps, as I've said, so pair that with her debilitating fear of her crate that I can't seem to make better and I've all but given up.
I'M LOOKING FOR UNCONVENTIONAL IDEAS
I've done everything that works on normal dogs in normal training situations. I didn't list them all bc I don't have time to write that novel today, but I'm worried about health issues there might be in raising my son in a house with an untrained dog. The vet has ruled out any health related issues with her being unable to train, but I do think there is an anxiety problem slowing down the progress.
I sah, and I really thought since I'm home with her all day I could easily get her trained.
That's my story. Help?
UPDATE: At the vet's office she peed all over herself and slept in it (she was there overnight for spay) and since they finally saw what she does they decided it was enough of a concern to test her pee. They found some bacteria (could have been contaminated though) and some unusual and abundant proteins, so they put her on a cautionary antibiotics. She has finished her pills and has had a better few days. There have still been lots of mistakes, but she is going outside in the morning when I take her out, both poo and pee, and that is a huge improvement. I'm still following all the rules and suggestions for 'normal' dog training. She might be a slow learner, but until we get her pee retested to check the proteins again I won't really know for sure that there isn't a medical reason.
I am thankful for everyone's input on this!
Edited by imspikesmom - 4/19/13 at 7:09am