Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Danielle, the first thing i would suggest is a through check up with the vet. If there are any medical reason as to why this occurring, little or nothing you do from a medical point of view will assist. It could be that this behaviour has started due to stress such as new neighbours, one unfortunate incident where he had a 'mistake' and received extra attention by way of being shouted at etc - to a dog attention is attention whether negative or positive.
Next thing is to clean all surfaces soiled with a mixture of 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 water or a similar mixture you can buy at the vet, and clean all these surfaces throughly with this. After that put down some drops of pure citronella oil - most dogs dislike this scent and it tends to discourange them from going there again. The majority of household cleaners contain amonia and similar substances which actually make the area smell more like a toilet.
Lastly, go right back to the beginning with house training, really rewarding when the dog eliminates outside. I have pasted a link below to give you step by step instructions how to do this. Good luck, thanks Scotty
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