Potty training nightmare. (Help! This dog is a terror)
I've had my GSD for about 4 months now, she is 8.5 months old.
We got her from a pet store, big no no, I know, but I couldn't help it, she was adorable and I fell in love with her.
Now four months later we cannot potty train her. We've tried everything. Potty pads, crating her for two hours after she eats then letting her out for an hour, we scold her when she has accidents, and we give her treats when she does her business outside.
We almost had it, but now it's right back to square one. She will pee outside, but for the life of us we cannot get her to poop outside. As soon as we look away after letting her inside she poops!
We can't buy her toys, because as soon as we leave her alone with them she rips them to shreds and eats them (even the tough rope toys!) She tears up everything she can find. When we try to play with her with them she has no interest what so ever!
Her chewing has gotten so out of hand that we had to set up a make-shift door in the kitchen so that's the only room she has access to.
We don't want to have to find her a new home, but she is an absolute terror, she doesn't respond to training no matter how much we work with her or what methods we try, we're at our wits end and we can't afford a professional trainer.