I feel horrible.
When we got Pip, we had fully planned on the bathroom in the am, eat, then bathroom again. Repeating this after the rest of his meals. We had pads for him too that we was using pretty well if we didn't get him in time to take him out.
WELL the first problem was he wouldn't eat when we'd put his food out, he'd go an hour or so before taking any interest, other times it was longer. We also found out he was eating the cat food, and we were losing that battle. So, I would put his food out, keep a close eye on him and he'd eat then potty on the pad.
We were living in a house then, and have since moved into an apt. Plus, my back pain has been getting worse and I am so tired all of the time. I sleep until noon, and go straight to the couch b/c I am in so much pain, and still so tired. This caused me to stop taking him out and just letting him use his pads. This was going okay, I just left food out and he ate when he was hungry (he is very thin, I didn't want to starve him either). But, he was missing the pads and it was leaking on the carpet. He'd walk while pooping and go a bit away from the pads. I started cleaning the pads and changing them more frequently to see if that helped (he had three total, one in the bedroom and two side by side in the dining room). We did take him out more on the weekends, hubby would in the morning then I would in the afternoon. I am angry with myself b/c I don't have the patience, and many times he wouldn't go for me (plus, like above, I hurt so much that it is tiring for me to stand around), then if the grass is wet he won't go on it, or if it is cold, he just shakes and sits on my foot, or he gets sidetracked with all the other dog smells or any sounds he hears. Eventually, if you are out there with him long enough, he will go. But we just didn't do it regularly. Also, when I get up in the am, I go straight to the bathroom and he does it too. Usually on his pad, and when we were in the house, my hubby would feed him and take him out before he went to work. I would take him out first, but I don't wake up at night to go, so when I wake in the am (between nine and noon) my bladder and back hurt from not going for so long.'
SO, we got him a puppy litter box, the one for toys. I put his pads inside it and put him in there to sniff it. A bitlater, I caught himlifting his leg to the carpet where the pads USED to be, appx a foot away from the box I said "NO! BAD BOY! POTTY IN THE BOX" and put him in there, but he knew he was in trouble and just sat in there shaking and trying to crawl out to me to sit in my lap. He did the same thing later on, and I put him in his kennel to see if he'd catch on that eating cat poop and peeing on the carpet were BAD DOG. So far, that isn't working either. WE don't mind so much when he poops, but it is all the same. SO< we got him a bigger box and he wasn't scared of it anymore-a few times I saw him getting in it sniffing his pads, I truly thought he was catching on, but four days later and he is still going on the carpet. My husband is getting mad, I am upset and I am afraid my hubby will make me get rid of him. We are moving into a condo in a few months and we need him to be trained for good by then. We don't care so much about the apt floor (oh, cleaned it really good after I got the box too, hoping he'd then go to the pads in the box)
We have thought about putting him on the patio to go potty either on a pad or in the box. How do I get him to understand? I praise him for good things and punish him for bad, but he just doesn't get it. My mom's chis are older but do the same thing-I am begining to think I have a stupid dog, and that it isn't is fault, it is mine. It is like failing-how could I ever potty train a baby if I can't even potty train a dog? Doesn't help that I have a major back surgery in a week and WILL NOT be able to take him out (won't even be able to bend down to put his lead on to take him out), I can't feed him b/c I can't bend down, so his food will need to be out. I willnot be home for a bit, but we decided to put him in the kitchen when we aren't home (hubby works ten hour days, so the food needs to be in there and he needs to be able to potty, either on the pads, or goshforbid, the floor which is crappy old linolium anyway((they gave us new carpet but left the oldest linolium.) I am at my wits end. Doesn't help that he always goes for hubby-we wouldn't mind so much if he just didn't miss the pads-I am so upset. ANd hubby keeps bringing it up like" it stinks in here", or " look what your dumb dog did again" or "DAM*****! He SH** on the carpet again!" Then I start crying b/c I am upset that my dog is incapable oflearning this, but maybe it has nothing to do with him, it is just my fault. PLEASE, help me.