Hi Pawfectionist, yourself and Dogman may be able to help me also. I'm desperate!!!
I own a 13 week old Amstaff Pedigree, and we are also having issues tiolet training.
I've had him 4 weeks now, purchased from a reputable breeder and he has a lovely temperment, trains well, loves the physical and mental stimulation that he receives from our short training, play and excorsise sessions, but the toilet training is becomming very frustrating.
I think I've confused him and I've tried corrective methods but nothing sticks. I'm becomming very frustrated and have even gotten agressive at times as I'm wondering if he's just not listening to me? He's very stubborn when he wants to be. He's not desexed.
The breeder didn't do much toilet training so he is used to going where he wants.
The first week I had him I was reluctant to leave him outside in the heat, so I had him indoors for over 10 days and he became used to eliminating wherever he needed. He now has built an association and prefers to eliminate on tiles or soft surfaces like carpet.
I've tried the following;
- Watch him 24/7 and catch him in the act, say a firm no, take him to the potty spot and use a word association and praise. (This was working fine for a week and he caught on, then when I stopped watching Caser like a hawk, he went backward)
-He began eliminating in the house again, he'd just disapear and an hour later I'd slip on doggy pee on the tiles. I didn't start reprimanding him unless caught in the act until last week.
I would clean up the mess with no fuss, and wait for the next one.
-Another week later I realised my word association and taking him to the potty spot didn't work. I would go outside with Caeser take him to the potty spot, use my command and wait for half an hour and sometimes he'd go, sometimes he wouldn't. If he didn't go straight away I'd wait, then use the command again when he eliminated with lots of praise.
-I realise he is either ignoring me, doesnt' need to go, or he has not learnt the word association,
-I realised yesterday that he has actually jumped up onto the couch inside and elimated on the couch!!! And my bed!! He's gone in the car, in my mums car,, etc etc.
This infuriated me and I just dont' know what to do.