So we are, for the first time, trying to housetrain a dog. All three of our dogs that we had before Biko came along were adult dogs and already housetrained. Needless to say, it has been a learning experience.
We are trying to do all the things the training books say to do - taking him out often, copious praise when he goes outside, etc, but there are still a lot of accidents. Every rug in our house has been “baptized” and most of our floors. One of our biggest struggles is to get him not to go in his crate. Everyone says, “Oh, they won’t go in their crates” - not true. Part of the problem, more or likely, is that his crate is too big for him. I know you are supposed to get one only big enough for them to turn around in, but we are trying to avoid buying two crates (the one we currently have is a loaner). I know you can get them that have a divider, but we don’t know how big he is going to be.
So we’ve been getting up at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. to let him out at night, but he still usually doesn’t wake us up until he goes. Until last night - when he let us know BEFORE he went, and managed to go all night without going in his crate!
I’m sure we just need more patience - it has only been two weeks - but I will be glad when this part of puppyhood is over!