I've been a silent reader of this forum. We've had our baby girl since 7 weeks, been through obedience classes, canine good citizen..the one thing we are still struggling with is potty training. She won't go in her crate, which is good, but out if the crate..
We don't give food or water past 9pm.
She is 14 months old, we started letting her have the privilege of sleeping outside her crate. If she sleeps the night, she won't have an accident. If our mischievous cats wake her during late night play, we will find poop and pee in the front room. Also, she will still have an occasional accident in the house. If I scold her in the act, then she will run to the door. We work 8 hours a day, but we have pet sitters come to walk and play with her. I used to leash her in the house, she did well with that so I thought it wasn't needed anymore. The accidents aren't everyday, when that happened a few months ago she did have a uti, so I know it's not the issue this time.
Some recent things that have happened- it has rained here 17 of the last 21 days this month, including today, she hates going in the rain, thus weather is making us all miserable.
I can't take her on long walks because of her hip dysplasia
she will walk 30 minutes usually, then wants to go home. she is awaiting a tpo from a board certified veterinary orthopedic surgeon, but can't have the surgery until she is full grown, so we are managing her on glucosamine supplements and Rimadel from her regular vet until the surgeon says her growth plates have closed.
I would eventually like her to have full range in the house, she does well out of the crate at night, but I can't tell the cats not to her wake her up. And if she wakes up, she'll pee. I also can't keep her in our room, because the cats will scratch at the door and still wake her up.
Where did we go wrong potty training? I've read in here about puppies being fully trained by 4 months, why is our girl still not trained after everything we've done? I know some people are going to suggest square 1 again, but unlike the little puppies, she doesn't need to go right after meals or drinking water, and leashing a 65 lb dog constantly in the house now is not going to be easy.
Please tell me what I'm missing. I realize the weather and hip dysplasia may not be helping, but at her age, I feel she shouldn't be having accidents, and worry it's too late. Thank you