Stop with the free feeding... this is a dog that needs to be on a schedule. And a cup and a half might be too much for a 20lb dog. Try reducing it to a cup. I have also found that feeding 2x's a dog is better than once a day. I have never let my dogs free feed. Once he is on a schedule you can mostly determine when he should have to go... and then you take him out and stay out till he goes. A trick you can use (many don't like this but I will put it out there) is what people that show use. Insert a match in his bum half way.... This will stimulate him to go, when he does praise/treat him. And until he gets the idea, you will need to keep him crated or on leash. You can search the forum for other conversations about using a match to stimulate. Search for match trick
HI! I am new to this forum and stumbled upon it by accident looking for help with my 8 month old Basenji named Rosco. We adopted him from the local rescue league when he was 6 months old. We had no idea what we were getting into haha! The problem that i am having is one the boundless energy woohoo he can just go and go!! The biggest problem is at first we thought he might be house broken with just a few accidents but the first snow came and he was not happy about it and since then (about a month ago) he has started to pee and poo in the house. Not all the time and never in his crate. How do we teach him not to go in the house and go outside only? We are new to this our last rescue was already house trained. We do also have the problem he likes to chew and take things and run around the house. We realize this is puppy behavior, he sure does keep us busy. We always say how can something so cute be so bad!