Join Date: May 2016
Location: Naples, Florida
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Tux is 1 year 8 months. When we first got him he was 10 weeks old. I kept him in a ex-pen with pee pads all over since I could not take him outside on the condominium property until he completed his vaccinations. The minute it was safe to take him outside, I did so even if it meant every 45 minutes. All pee pads were removed from the floor. Tux got it. He does not know how to ask to go out, but I know his timing. If I forget now and then, he holds it until I realize like an idiot that its been 7 hours. He chooses not to go in the house.
My friend's Havanese had access to pee pads its whole life, which translated to the dog as, "anything small and square is fair game". My friend couldn't understand why if her dog knew how to ring a bell to go outside, that the dog would choose the rugs instead. Her Havanese was 7 years old. Her house smelled of urine and cleaner. Our Havanese that we had before Tux, was 11 years old at the time I took her to my friend's house. My 11 year old dog, Hanna had NEVER peed indoors. The minute we walked into my friend's house she ran to the rug and peed.
These dogs are smart, and it is possible to ingrain in them that inside pottying is verboten, unless there is a sign (urine) that its okay to pee. I used Nature's Miracle for accidents when Tux was a baby, and made sure that every bit of the accident was cleaned up with that product and we went promptly outside when he had an accident. Pee pads were not available and I would not let him go near a rug.
I suggest that you give your dog ample opportunity to go outside no matter how inconvenient. Unless there is a bladder infection, your dog should be able to hold it for at least 4 hours without peeing. Tux's last trip outside is right before we go to bed, and he sleeps through the night with no problem (he is not crated). Hope this helps.