Dogs in this post:
- Spook - male, seven-year-old dachshund
- Ino - female, four-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Situation setup (not necessarily important, you can skip this):
Recently my mom hasn't been able to take care of her (basically “our” because the dogs are both part of the family, but we don’t live at home anymore) two dogs, Spook and Ino, and she won’t be able to in the future. So I will be taking care of Ino for now on and my brother has Spook.
They both are free range, house dogs. Spook's very well potty trained to whine at the door when he wants to go out no problems at all. Ino hasn’t been the easiest to train. She scratched at the door instead, which was OK because it didn’t end up scratching, but I think she stopped doing that. She doesn't at my house and I think it’s because she always was let out when Spook was let out. Every once in a while when we went out and weren’t there to let her out of the house, she would go to the washroom in my dad's office.
Ino has a tendency to urinate and defecate on the carpet which is all of upstairs of my house or in the tile bathroom downstairs.
I live in the city and I walk Ino every day in the morning. And she always goes to the washroom on grass. Nothing new. But my hypothesis is that she correlates grass with carpet and that’s why she goes to the washroom in the house (note her old home didn’t have any carpet at all). I understand that doesn’t hold for the bathroom, but it’s all I got.
For the last six months, I’ve been using the puppy potty training method of bringing her out of her kennel and directly outside to go washroom in the morning and positively reinforcing when she does. But it has zero effect, aside from preventing her from actually going to the washroom inside. Otherwise if I let her out and make food or something, she will go in the house.
At this point I don’t know what to do. Everything I find online pertains to new puppies that haven’t been trained or catering to old dogs. From what I can tell, positive reinforcement plus prevention isn’t giving me results. I think I need some form of negative or positive punishment push factor that’s intuitive to dogs and doesn't promote fear. But I can’t think of anything aside from interrupting her. I also don’t think spreading smelly dog potty repellent is an option in my house. Any ideas? I’m using dog pee remover, but at this point I’m probably still going to have to replace my carpet
Side note: Ino recently just had an undiagnosed seizure-like incident. And the emergency bills were pretty expensive. At least right now I can’t really afford a $100 training session.
Edit: I discussed with the vet about Ino's problem peeing in the house during her emergency visite and the vet did a bunch of work and said she was fine
Ino's kennel trained. I'm going to start blacking off bad spots for now and see if that helps at all.
Update: I have a friend's grass pee pad now. I don't know if this will help to train her to stop peeing inside but I hope it will redirect the problem off the carpet.