|Barked: Wed Jul 17, '13 12:14pm PST |
|Without seeing the behavior, based on your description, your dog either has very mild separation anxiety or he's just spoiled. He needs to be properly crate trained AND house trained. Unless there is some medical issue? There is no earthly reason for a 4 year old dog to be going to the bathroom in the house. I like the plan you are using with putting him in a separate room.
For house training Keep him tethered to you or in his crate, take him outside every couple of hours to go pee, clean accidents promptly with an appropriate cleaning solution.
For the crating, keep doing what you are doing and expand on it. Make sure you don't talk to him in his crate. Start desensitizing him to you leaving. Put him in his crate, and get ready to leave, walk out the door and then come back in put your stuff down and watch TV. In a short while do it again.
When you do actually leave, crate him and just go. No fuss, no talking, no goodbye, just get your stuff and leave. Same when you return. Walk in, put your stuff down, hang up your coat, then let him out. No big production, just 'hey, how are ya.' then straight out for a pee.
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