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Carpet and Towels = Toilet
Here is an interesting situation and I have an idea on how to proceed but I wanted to check with the "experts". Snickers in 2+ now and is 98% potty trained - or at least I thought he was. Our kitchen and den are connected and gated away from the rest of the house and have the same tile floor. He has a bed in each room and NEVER goes potty on them. His 13-year old Cavalier brother will scratch at the door when he needs to go out but Snickers will sit quietly at the back door (out of sight of the den couch). We have noticed recently that, if a gate is left open and he runs upstairs to the carpeted floor (or there is a towel or mat in the kitchen), he will pee and poop on them. He thinks the carpet is grass. We never see it so we can never "correct" him but, when we see the gate open, we KNOW there will be poop somewhere upstairs. So he is trained based on opportunity. That is not good.
To start, I am going to do door-bell training with him so we can "hear" when he needs to go out. But I am not sure that will be enough. How do you teach him that carpet is NOT grass?