hm ok, when I get time I might look at enclosing a small area outside the back door where he's got access to garden so he can do his thing without being able to get to the fence or fall/jump off anything. Might be tricky though as the ground isn't flat, unless I put the pen entirely on the concrete, with one of those fake grass things. I saw one of those fake grass litter trays at the cheap shop down the road, how effective are they? Is the basic idea that they pee on it and it soaks through to some catchment thing underneath and you hose the fake grass down to clean it? The one I saw was only tiny, if I understand how they work, I could probably build my own and make a bigger one. I have a small pen I built for my ducks that I can probably reuse for the purpose of an outdoor dog pen, though it is only 1.5x1.5m, if he's got access to the pen outdoors and also the laundry and bathroom inside, will that be ok? It will be about triple the space of the bathroom.
Yeah the whole theft thing has also occurred to me. I don't live in a particularly trustworthy area either.
He's making progress with the toilet training finally The last three days in a row he's only had one accident inside (not counting when he's in the bathroom, he's consistently using the paper in there until I sort something out for an outdoor area). And I think he's definitely starting to make the connection with going outside = good. Every time I take him out to pee, he looks at me expecting a treat while he's going. I'm not sure, but he might have also figured out if he pees several times one after the other he gets more treats, lol. Do they even have this kind of control? It just seems a bit coincidental that he stops as soon as he gets the treat, so I've been trying to wait until he finishes and then give him a treat. I was considering fading out the use of the clicker too (just for toilet training purposes) because quite often he'll stop when I click, perhaps he's distracted by the prospect of food.