Originally Posted by dankoos
Our GSD is almost 6 mos old. She is mostly potty trained. She won't go in her crate. She won't go if we are in the room with her. She WILL go when she sneaks off to another room, or more often than not our upstairs hallway (where all the bedrooms are...bedroom doors are all shut to keep her out of mischief in them). We take her out on average every couple hours...she almost always urinates at least some. We take her out about 30 min after a meal. Some of the incidents have occurred less than an hour after her last potty break. If we catch her sneaking upstairs, we take her out and she goes. If she goes anywhere near the back door, we take her out. She has done #1 and #2 in this hallway. Sometimes when we catch her, she does one or the other outside.
We have tried feeding her in that hallway thinking maybe she feels it is her potty area. My wife just used the steam cleaner to clean the carpet in the hallway in an attempt to get rid of any remaining odor that may attract her to going there. I thought of maybe getting a carpet runner temporarily since she doesn't seem to ever go on hard surfaces (tile, laminate).
Any other advice?
It sounds like you have the right ideas. Accidents will happen with pups. It's just a fact of having one. I would say at 6 months she should have the idea down by now though.
I would keep a close eye on her, no matter how many time she wonders off, take her straight out to the same area or spot in the yard. Even if she doesn't go, take her out anyways. When you get to the backdoor, tell her potty verbaly several times then go outside to the potty zone tell her potty several times again while your waiting on her to go. I would not let her just wonder off in the house though. If you have to do something that requires your complete attention, kennel her until you can give a majority of your attention back to her.