I'm sorry to be one of those people who sign up and ask a question straight away but my husband and I are stuck on a problem.
We foster dogs that need work to go home with families as with older ones, they are more likely to get adopted if behavioural issues are stemmed and basic training is implemented. We usually get untrained adult dogs.
We have a staffy labby cross, about 3 years old and a problem I've never experienced before. My mates at the shelter are stumped too and suggested I come here.
The boy has been raised inside only, it appears through the training he was locked inside all day allowed to do what he wanted. Through the training, we have been able to fix most bad habits bar one. Through positive training he is now happy to go to the toilet outside and at night goes when we get up and encourage him to do so as he now understands outside is the good place to go. However if we are asleep, he goes inside. We are up every 1-2 hours as with a puppy,but it hasn't helped. It appears that he has been allowed to go inside at any time. Therefore his current understanding is that we are happy if he goes outside, but inside is second best. We are still to catch him doing it as he only does it when we are asleep so can't stop him and get him outside. If we are up during the night, he goes outside. How do we train him to go outside when we are asleep or wake us up to walk with him to the doggy door? He doesn't have problems using the doggy door anytime once we trained him to go through it. All day he pops through it when he needs to go, at night he goes through it with prompts and some of the time will go (as his bladder holds on for around 6-8 hours now.) Our trainer suggested just continuing what we are doing but it's been 6 weeks now. My husband and I are feeling exhausted from alternate wake ups all night.