I must be doing something wrong because we're not getting anywhere and today I ended up in tears in frustration and feeling like a failure at puppy parenthood!
So Max is 4 1/2 months. When I first got him I was told he was house trained to go on newspaper - yeah right!! Well, partly. Some times he'd go and sometimes he wouldnt. And he kept eating the soiled paper which of course was no good. I switched to the training pads and again, very hit and miss. It seems like he KNOWS what to do but just gets lazy. There's a couple of spots in the house he loves, beside and behind the couch and the carpet in my bedroom.
I started trying to train him to go outside. I'd take him out every couple of hours day and night. Despite my sleep deprived state, it was working fairly well until about a month 3 weeks ago.
He'd wake me up to go outside, I'd take him out and he'd just play for 10 minutes, I'd bring him back in and he'd wee on the floor. He would also poo everywhere inside which of course is great when you step on it in the middle of the night!
Today, I'd been home for 2 hours with about at least 45 mins of that time with him outside and he managed to wee 3 times on the floor - and would come and tell me about it afterwards!!
This week I have put up a barrier next to his bed so he cant wander around the house at night. Working in that he'd wake me up to go to outside but again, at least once a night he'd wake me up just to go outside to play.
I'm thinking of putting him in the laundry at night but not sure if its too late to start doing this.
He is also constantly nipping at my feet and legs when walking. He hangs on to the bottoms of my pant legs - my pj bottoms and trackies all have holes in them now. I've tried everything to get him to stop - lifting my leg, growling at him - no, stop, sit etc. nothing works.
I've gone through 2 bottles of cat and dog repellent since I've had him to try to stop him biting at me but it only works for a minute or so till the smell goes away.
He's outside during the day when I'm at work and has plenty of toys to keep him occupied. He gets VERY excited when I get home at night and we usually go for a walk as soon as I get in but the last week I've had a bad back and havent been able to do any walking. Walking doesnt tire him out though and he seems to get over excited very easily especially in the evenings when I'm home - its nearly impossible for me to do anything as he's jumping at me the whole time. He wont even let me talk on the phone!
Tonight, being so distressed over it all, I've put him outside - he's out there now happily playing away but I know as soon as he comes in he'll start up again.
He never listens to me except when we're donig our "training" play - he's mastered sit, shake, roll, stay perfectly except when he's being naughty.
We're going away for the weekend on Friday to my parents and the last thing I want is Max weeing/pooing all over their house and misbehaving.
I'm feeling like a total failure and dont know what to do. Would love some advice from the experts here!