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Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Angela, gosh you do have your hands full! Never mind there are things you can do.
Firstly you need to go right back to the beginning and retrain. I have put a link at the bottom of this to an article that is on toilet training which will help you, so do read this and start again. It also tells you how to train a dog to go to the toilet in one place. What i would do additionally is get some friends to give you some 'sample poo's', freeze them in a plastic bag and then inside an old Tupperware and you can then have several days worth of 'samples' on hand. Defrost one at a time and put it where you want your dog to eliminate - it must be defrosted or the 'aroma' does not work!. This helps a lot in breaking the habit as a dog will start to 'mark' where the other dog has eliminated, making your job easier. Reward when the dog performs as in the notes.
Additionally, your dog does not know that the behaviour is wrong, what it is reacting too is your body language and perhaps past expereiences of being punished. If a dog is punished either by being shouted at, smacked etc for inappropriate elimination it will just start doing its business when you are not around!
In the notes you will see that there is a different way to clean the mess up which will be helpful. Also i would spray some pure Citronella oil in the places the dog normally eliminates. Most dogs dont like this smell and it acts as a deterrant. Start this work over the weekend and dont allow the dog access to areas it has been eliminating in unless fully supervised.
With regard to jumping out the window you leave open for the cat, just use management and put something against the wall so that she cant jump up, or on the windowsill.
Barking is very often a sign of stress,attention seeking, boredom or frustration. I am thrilled that you are taking her for walks in the evening which will help, so try to leave her a really nice chewy rawhide bone (or 2) with some peanut butter inside and jam in some pieces of biltong or similar. This will keep her occupied. Close the curtains so she cant see her reflection and also check is she is cold at night and perhaps put a jacket on her or give her a warm place to snuggle up in.
With regard to not coming when called, have a look at 2 articles on the www.friendsofthedog.co.za website. One is on Adopting a Rescue dog which will give you basic House Rules to raise you in the combined canine/human hierarchy and also one called Real Reliable Recall. Hope this all helps, if you are still having problems please do contact me again. The link to toilet training article follows. Thanks Scotty
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