As of yesterday my partner and I have taken on my dads dog for a while.
She is a 3.5 year old Dogue de Boardeaux X English Mastiff. Beautiful girl.
We live upstairs - in an apartment would be the easiest way to describe it. So to get out to the garden, we need to go out the front door and down the stairs, across the concrete and to the garden.
We take Juno (dog) out for regular walks to encourage her 'toilet' behavior outside. Yesterday arvo/Last night we took her for 7 short walks, including one at 3 am "just in case", yet she went in our bathroom between 3 am and 7 am inside (in our bathroom). We thought okay, first night over, bit stressful, that's fine.
I just took her out for a run - she's been on a diet that has cheaper dog food, so is a little clogged up. During the run we had a few poo stops, but for little bits. Her diet will be gradually changed to help with this. We get up stairs, and after 10 mins, she poops (luckily on a piece of cardboard we had down after painting) a HUGE amount. Not even 2 mins later, pee's on o/h's jarrah floor on the opposite side of the room..
She did not ask to go out, she didn't even look like she was 'needing to go'. How can I train her to 'ask' to go out?
I know it's repetition, we praise and give her a verbal cue when she does go outside. I don't want her to not go, but I need her to learn to ask. To be fair, she's gone from free access inside/outside, to inside only at night, with walks. During the day she's out and about with us and can go when ever she likes.
I was thinking of maybe putting down news paper inside, then IF she goes, at least she knows where. Then I could transfer that paper (fresh, of coarse) outside, so she knows that's where to go? Or am I over complicating it ..