Sorry, but I donít know how to get an adult dog to use a potty, other than keeping them in a tiny expen, when the options are either a bed or the potty... and most people arenít willing to do that. (I donít know whether I would!)
Thatís why I try SO hard to encourage people to work on getting their puppies to accept and use an indoor potty in the beginning, and then to keep up their interest in it over time. SO many people are SO anxious to fade the use of an indoor potty, and ďteachĒ their pup to potty outside. I keep reminding people that the puppies ALWAYS learn to go outside eventually if given the opportunity. But, unfortunately, itís an uphill road! 😊. I just hope other (young) puppy owners read your situation and take it to heart! A toy breed dog who will use EITHER an indoor or outdoor potty option is by FAR the easiest to live with!
I AGREE! and it does help to have someone encouraging puppy owners to keep up the indoor potty training. One of the reasons I decided on a Havanese is I learned they could be indoor potty trained. We have a condo in the mountains with no yard and there are no good places to walk a dog on a routine basis. Hiking is an occasional activity.
My puppy just turned 9-months and is indoor potty trained in certain rooms of the house. I was amazed at how simple it was to housebreak this dog. Patti was 3 months old when we got her. We put an ex-pen that opened into one entrance of a family-kitchen area and gated the other entrance. In the ex-pen was a potty tray, toys, food, water and bed. From day one she went to the potty tray. I don't think I've had more than 12 accidents the whole time we've been housebreaking her to an indoor potty tray.
We just took the ex-pen down but her potty tray, food, wafer bowel and toys are still there. I'll be slowing moving the potty tray until I get it into the TV room where the other potty tray ... where I'll then eliminate it.
Patti was confined to the family kitchen area until she was about 5 months-old. She slept in a crate at night in our bedroom. Around 5-months, I put her on a leash and started hanging out with her in our bedroom during the mornings while I was browsing, reading emails and newspapers on the computer. I'd periodically walk her on a leash to a potty tray in the bathroom next to the bedroom. After several weeks I took the leash off but kept my eye on her, again taking her to the potty tray in our bathroom. It was a relatively quick learning experience as she would go to the potty tray on her own.
Next came the TV room area which was gated off. I followed the same routine to train her as I did in the bedroom. Next to each potty tray I keep a bowel of water.
Patti was gated off in each room and not allowed to wonder around the house until a couple of weeks ago around 9 mons. I've taken most of the gates down and she can go from our bedroom, to the TV room, crossing over through the living room into the kitchen. All three rooms have potty trays and she uses them when she needs to go. When we see her " Do Her Job
we still reward with treats.
She is gated off from the other rooms and is only allowed in those rooms under a watchful eye and a short period of time. In a few weeks we will have a fence installed and she'll be able to go outside through a doggie door, which is located in a utility room where I have a potty tray. That's when I'll train her on the other side of the house. Eventually, she'll go outside on her own but at night or when we leave the house, she'll be left in our bedroom with a potty tray and water. And, she'll use potty trays when we go to our condo the mountains in the summer. Eventually, I'll only have one potty tray in our bathroom area. Or that's the current plan.
It's really nice not have to walk her if I don't want to. And, she has an option when it's pouring rain outside, cold and snowy.
Karen suggested using Equine Pine Pellets in the trays. I do this. It eliminates odors and I don't have to change them out but a couple of times a week.
Sorry for such a long message ... but maybe it will help someone have the confidence to indoor housebreak their puppy.
I think, this only works for small dogs and cats. I would not want to indoor housebreak a large dog.