I have trained dogs for years. BIg dogs, little dogs. Smart dogs, dumb dogs. But NEVER have I encountered a Genali. For the first time in my life I am having house breaking woes. Now, let's get this clear right off the bat......you may not laugh at me. I have been outsmarted by an 8 week old pup.
Routine: SHe is taken out about every hour during the day when I am off. On the days that I work, she is taken out every 3 hours. If she pottys outside, we have lots of joy, praise and a kibble. If she does not potty, she goes into the crate until she is able to potty outside. We do not play outside until she has done her business.
Before our vet visit, she was "getting it" and was starting to ask to go out. But, she was a little lethargic after her vaccination, AND it was cold and rainy. So, she didn't have a lot of motivation to go out. When I did force her to go outside, she would pull back to the house, and it took FOREVER to potty because all she wanted was to go back in.
Easy fix. I used a high value treat when she succeeded, and for the rest of the day, she went right out and did her business quickly so that she could have that treat. I was working so well, that I just continued the small bite of cheese every time she went potty outside.
Sounds great, right? Yeah. You haven't met my pup.
So we went out this morning, and she peed right off, and got her cheese and praise. Then, she pooped, and got more cheese and praise.
THEN, she squatted and pretended to pee, and asked for her treat. She didn't get one. (She is truly faking, no troubles with urination). Now, everytime we go out, she will potty get her treat and try to trick me into giving her another one.
The little snot.
I have never had a dog do this. I am a little freaked out at her intelligence, she does some other things that just amaze me. Anyway, long story short, my little angel is a lying snot! Have any of you encountered this type of behavior before? Good grief, I have resorted to checking to make sure that the grass is wet before she gets her treat, which of course delays the giving of the treat, which in turn minimizes its effect. Suggestions?