Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Bella, lovely to hear from you. First thing to do is to clean all the areas that have been marked with a product such as 'Pee off' or similar that you can get from the vet. Another alternative is to use 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water and clean throughly. Unfortunately as good as some household cleaners can smell to us, the majority contain amonia and that makes it smell even more like a toilet to a dog! Additionally, unless you actually catch the dog in the 'act' any attention given to this at all will only make the behaviour worse! Attention is attention to a dog whether negative or positive. Additionally a dog really doesnt know it has done wrong, what is happening is it is picking up on your body language and realizes its in trouble but really does not associate why.
Rather go right back to the beginning like when you got her and retrain. To make it more rewarding to the dog, reward with a treat when she eliminates and verbal praise such as 'good weewee's'. The dog will always work for what is in its best interests and anything that is rewarded tends to be performed more. Have a look at the 'Friends' website which you will see on my CV with Health 24 and go to the section under Puppies, toilet training and it will give you a lot of help. If you are still battling, please dont hesitate to contact me - good luck! Scotty
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