|Barked: Thu Oct 18, '07 11:09am PST |
|Unfortunately I think the answer is - yes, you have to start over. Not completely over but go back to some of the basics. Jack is almost 10 months old and as we've found out on two occasions recently, he has no qualms about going in the house if we don't stick to a very strict schedule. So we went back to making a big deal about him pottying outside (praise and occasional treats). While most dogs just seem to "get it" and go outside by a certain point, I think that others (particulularly lazy ones, like Jack!) start to question "why should I go outside, nothing bad happens if I go inside?!?!". Since most people know and agree that you shouldn't punish your dog after the fact for going inside there is really no negative consequence for it, so you have to make the alternative - going outside - have such a positive consequence that it's worth the extra effort by the dog.
So reinstate the "potty party" when they go outside and if you don't already, I would keep a strict food/water/potty schedule so your dog knows what to expect and you know when you dog will have to go. Good luck!
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