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Help with potty training
Hi you guys, Iím in desperate need of advice. We adopted our rescue Havanese in December. He is now 7 months old. No idea of his background for the first 4 months but months 4-6 he lived in a prisoner as his handler. He was supposed to come home potty trained and knowing basic commands. We quickly realized that he was not potty training and have been working on it ever since.
He literally wants to go outside every 15-30 minutes. Weíve taken him to the vet and the vet says it is a behavioral problem, no UTI or health concerns. He scratches the door to go outside, i put him on a leash and we go to the same area in my yard (he tries to eat mulch non stop if I allow him outside off leash.) i praise him and give him a treat as soon as he goes pee. We come back inside and within 15-30mins he is scratching at the door again. If i donít take him out, he will pee in the house. Even with him at my side on a leash in the house, the second i glance away he will pee. And he gives ZERO indication that he is about to pee.
He is fully crate trained and can go 10-11 hours in his crate at night without an accident. I also have an exercise pen that i put him in for short instances when i cannot watch him but donít want to crate him. So far he has not had an accident in his pen, and seems to not want to pee in there. Iím just at a loss here. I do not have time to take him out so frequently, but i feel bad locking him in his crate for hours a day. I also donít want to put him in the exercise pen too long because I figure once he realizes he can pee in the pen, he will keep doing it.
I think he wants to go outside so frequently to try to eat mulch or rabbit poop. It is scattered even in the grass from the lawn mower and weed eater I guess. When we go outside after 15 mins it takes him FOREVER to pee because i donít think he needs to. But the one time i ignore his scratch and donít take him out, he goes in the house.
What am i missing? Is it reasonable to keep him crated most of the day and just let him out every few hours for bathroom and play and then back to the crate? Would that even be training him not to go in the house? If youíve made it this far, thank you and i hope someone can offer some suggestion!