Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Kim, firstly make sure you clean any areas soiled with a mixture of 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 water or a urine product from the vet. Household products often contain ammonia etc which actually makes the place smell even more like a public loo! What i would also do is put down some pure Citronella oil on areas previously soiled. Dogs, on average dont like this smell and it may help to discourange repeat behaviour.
I would honestly suggest you invest in crates and crate train the dogs. There is a article on this on the friendsofthedog site which will give you more info. Dogs are naturally den animals and i find this the easiest way of stopping the behaviour as very few dogs will eliminate where they sleep.
What you could also try if you dont want to go the crate route, is make supper time later, at say 7p.m. The extra 2 hours may help in them waiting that bit longer. Also go back to basic toilet training and reward them with a treat when they do eliminate outside - a dog always works for what is rewarding and this will help to reinforce the behaviour of eliminating outside. Good luck and do let me know how you go. thks Scotty
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