I have a 6 month old Shih Tzu and I feel like I am following all of the standard advice about house training him to not pee inside. I live in NYC on the 8th floor, but with a balcony. We have a crate, but don't use it often as I work from home and can stay with him all day. We only use the crate when we will both be out for a long time (a few hours).
- I take him out first thing in the morning and he goes, he does not pee in his containment (not crate) at night.
- Whenever I see him sniffing or moving in a circle, I take him out to the same spot and he pees, every time.
- I take him to the dog park almost every day at 5-6pm and come home and feed him then take him out about 30 min after eating and drinking.
For some reason he still randomly goes in the house. Today, for instance, I had a conference call in the afternoon at about 3:30 and afterwards I saw that he went on the floor. Other times he will be playing and stop and go in the middle of playing.
I'm getting frustrated but try to not let it show around him. I don't really know where to go now. I can't take him out every 30 - 60 minutes even though I work from home, and putting him in the crate while he can hear and see me all day feels cruel.
Thanks in advance for any tips you can give me.