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Dog Behaviour Expert
Hello there Shnoodle - lovely to hear from you again and so pleased things are getting sorted out.
This is not an uncommon problem with little dogs, especially when it is cold - and it has been cold this year! As it is happening at night, I agree, difficult to control. What I would suggest you try is to wash the whole floor (several times) with a mixture of 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 water and use paper towels to soak up any excess. The in the areas she is normally using, put down some pure Citronella oil - the majority of dogs hate the smell of this.
As this is a situation that is hard to manage, you can either crate train her (wonderful things crates) as a dog seldom dirties where it sleeps or consider having an inside toilet for her. As she prefers the bricks, then put about 6/8 bricks in the corner of the room with some newspapers underneath and train her to go to the toilet there. What I find helpful in a situation like this is to get some 'samples' (other dogs stools or wee) and place it on top of the new toilet. A dog normally always eliminates where another dog has been and this makes it so much easier for you. Use a fresh 'sample' daily for about 5 days. These can be kept, wrapped in plastic and inside another plastic for hygiene, in the freezer, but do allow the 'sample' to reach room temperature before placing. Heck, the things we do for our dog! Take care and do give me an update when you can, thanks Scotty
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