Training dog where to go potty...
I rescued a GSD last month. She did pretty good the first week there was an accident or two when I was not home. She's an in door dog and for the first couple of weeks she did great.
The problem that I am having now is I take her out to go potty every hour on the hour while I'm home. She doesn't stay inside any more while I'm not home because even when I left for 5 minutes she would go potty in the house. My yard isn't fenced in at the moment so when I do take her outside to go potty she refuses to go. I've noticed the only time she will go now is when I have her on the tie out.
I believe the problem is more me than the dog. I believe it was something I have done and not the dog.
What I would like to have happen is for my dog to alert me when she has to go. Also I'd like to teach her to go when I take her outside.
What's the easiest way to achieve this?
Also when she does have an accident I don't make a big deal about it because I've never caught her in the act. From what I have read if I scolded the dog after the fact she wouldn't associate it with the going potty in the house because it's long after she has.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Like I said I feel it's more my fault than the dog. It's just becoming more of a problem because it's not like I don't take her out to go. One time she went in the house not more than 5 minutes after I took her outside...
forgot to mention when she does go potty outside I am rewarding her and giving her praise. I understand it takes time. Just wondering if I'm going about it the right way.
Lucy - GSD - Born June 2009. Rescued 9/2010