23 May 2011
My dog will be a year old on August 28th. He’s a mini daschund.
Up until around 3 weeks ago, we’ve lived in an apartment, or a townhouse, with no back yard. So, when we trained him as a puppy, we trained him to go on pee-pee pads, instead of training him to pee outside. Which worked out well.
He caught on quick, and only peed and pooped on his pad. Even on walks he would hold it til he got back to his pad. But, as soon as we moved into this new place he started peeing and pooping on the floors.
I know he needs time to get used to the new place, but it’s been like 3 weeks and he hasn’t made much progress. I’ve gone back to the pad training basics… but nothing has changed.
Another difference is that this place has all hardwood floors. You can tell that he doesn’t like it much, since has always had a carpeted home.
Example: He won’t lay on the flooring or do his tricks on the hard floor. The only place he will lay now is on furniture or area rugs.
That is very funny to read, because I am going through the same thing. I too lived in an apartment and trained my (now) 1 year old pug mix to go on the pads. I moved 3 weeks ago to a house, and he did excellent mastering the doggie door, and going outside to go potty. 3 days ago, he pees on my bed, and then it was downhill from here. Aside from setting an appointment to get him neutered, I really don’t know what else to do. Now that he is older, he has been growling at me when he pees in the house, when I even look at him! Hopefully getting him neutered will help a bit. Maybe try a couple of rugs, hopefully ones that aren’t that valuable, and praise him like crazy when he goes outside. Start moving the pad closer to the door and eventually outside if he can’t seem to break him of his habitual pad habits..Hope it helps! And good luck!