Mom to Dusty and Indie
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Indie did this at first. I could not believe how long she could hold it. I spent I don't know how many hours standing in the yard (in Arizona heat) waiting for her to do her business-and waiting, and waiting , and waiting! She still can hold it forever, but six months later, she is pretty reliable in the house. We take her out first thing in the morning, around 3:30, and at bedtime. She has learned to ring the bell to go out as well.
The only thing that worked for us was crating, and using an ex-pen, and giving her no other option but to go outside. We had to actually see her go outside because she would hold it and go in the house if she had a chance. Sorry, it was definitely not a quick fix. And Indie came from a reputable breeder and had been housetrained before we got her. She is just one very stubborn girl.
I think part of the problem was our grass yard. She had been in a home with no grass. She still avoids the grass in our yard most of the time. Fortunately, Indie is an absolute sweetheart of a girl and we made it through the very frustrating housetraining trouble because we could see what a great dog she was going to be when we did get that solved.