|Barked: Tue Feb 28, '12 11:31am PST |
|Dogs are not typically developmentally disabled unless there was a problem with the pregnancy, birth, or first weeks of life. Something like the bitch not receiving proper nutrition during the pregnancy, the puppy getting stuck in the birth canal and deprived of oxygen, or being otherwise injured/neglected early on.
The problems you're having are all fairly typical. Just because most Huskies are fastidious does not mean they all will be. You have one who isn't - and she's smart enough to figure out that once you return from outside, you'll let her free to go to the bathroom where ever she pleases. That's one of your biggest issues. Dogs who are not potty trained should not be unsupervised in the house, at all. They must earn every bit of their freedom. For many dogs, tethering (staying on leash with you) is a great option that stops them from sneaking off to go.
Coupled with that, you -have- to make sure she goes outside. Yeah, you're going to have to wait for a long time at first. Once she does go, reward her heavily.
Put her on a food/drink schedule, so you know when she will need to go. Since she never has held it, she still needs to learn how, so make trips out frequent.
When she does have an accident, clean up with an enzymatic cleaner (Nature's Miracle is popular). You have to use something that will break down the smell, because dogs like to go where they've gone before. Never use vinegar or ammonia products. Similarly, putting the poop and pee-soaked rags outside will encourage her to go outside.
As to her crate - make sure it's not big enough for her to potty and then avoid lying in it. If she's using beds or blankets to bury the mess and avoid it, remove them.
It's going to take time and work. FWIW, I've never known an anti-pee spray to work. Spaying has no effect on house training either, although it can cause set backs with spay incontinence - dogs with incontinence do not know they're urinating, though. It's all about training and time.
I would also bring a clean urine sample to the vet for testing, just to be certain this is not a health problem. Dogs with UTIs or problems that cause increased thirst can appear un-house trained when it's really their health that is to blame. But if this has been going on from day one with both poop and pee, it really sounds more behavioral.
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