I just finished potty training my pup about 2 months ago. He has had 3 accidents in the last 10 weeks. He has a pattern, which took me awhile to figure out. He actually isn't having an accident, he knows perfectly well what he's doing. It's in the middle of the night or early morning, he doesn't like the cold, so he goes #2 in the spare, empty room, and it's 1/2 the distance than if he were to walk outside to the backyard (door is always open).
call him lazy, a pup of convenience, or simply a bad choice.
I'm sure there's a pattern to your dog too. can you share what you've done up until then?
I'm a little different, I have a big dog, and the door to my backyard is always open, unless it's cold out, or they are barking like mad in the middle of the night, then I lock them inside for the night. but that's maybe 4-5 nights a year.
Ollie, my 1/2 hav pup was my first, and reading up about how hard the little guys are to potty train had me scared. plus it's my first real puppy, all my other dogs were rescues and came trained
anyway it wasn't that bad. I all I did was when I first got Ollie, he was paper trained already, but he had an accident right by the sliding glass door to the yard, so I put a pee pad there. woke up in the middle of the night till 16 weeks old and took him to the pee pad and said go pottie, then went back to bed...I had 2 pads in different locations in the house (one in the spare bedroom, which I think is his justification for still going there). He wouldn't poop on the same pad he peed on, but I have hardwood floors and his poop is small.
I got down to one pad, then started moving it outside, a couple of feet, each time he went pee, till I got to the grass.
He hasn't had any #1 accidents since 16 weeks old. it's always poop, usually if it's loose, and it's always in the wee hours in the morning (3-6 am). I'm off in the summer, and I usually walk the dogs 1st thing (6am) but I'm sleeping in, so I think I've messed up my pup for the time being, but he's only had 1 accident since I've been on a different schedule.
The way I 'broke' him from pooping in the spare room (he would do it almost every other day for a while) was I put these crystals all over the room floor on foil, to confuse his sense of smell. two weeks of it and he stopped.
Repel Away is the product that is a perfumy water based crystal:
For me, the important thing was when Ollie made a mistake, I never ever punished him or had a bad vibe going his way. I tried really hard to remain calm and flat, neutral.