ok, so I have been digging through the threads, but can't seem to find the right ones that answer my questions...I feel like such an idiot, but what exactly is "back to the basics" involve???
Marley is 16 weeks tomorrow and since we got him (at 8 1/2 weeks), we've been taking him out every hour religiously and he pees and poops out there just fine. At night time he is in his crate right next to me and now sleeps happily through the night.
BUT...wait just a little too long and 1 1/2 hours has passed, turn your head for a second and &$(&@%[email protected]
there is the puddle.
A couple of times he actually stood silently before the door to the deck and once he peed there (Yeah!), but more often than not, he'll just pick a random spot. It doesn't happen very often, since we typically do take him out before that, but still often enough....
Our house is fairly open and I go up and down a lot between the living room/kitchen downstairs and the office upstairs, so if I just run downstairs when he is sleeping to get something, I don't want to wake him up, drag him with me and then bring him up again...but that's just another time for him to piddle.
Since all the books talk about crate training being critical to potty training, I tried the plastic crate during the day (the same one he sleeps in at night), but he totally freaks out in it if I stick him in there during the day and will not stop scratching and barking until he gets out (and I tried for over 1/2 hour while I was there in the room next door - he was sounding hoarse by them time I let him out)
HELP.....if you know any threads that deal with this stage, maybe post the link to them...I'll take any advice...
I just feel that at this age, we need to start going to phase 2 of the potty training, I just don't think I can take him outside every hour for the rest of all days...