My Squiggy is wonderful and I love him to death!
BUT, his origional home was not so great and it has left him with one outstanding behavior that I just hate.
He will pee/poop on the floor if I am not home. He is fine when I am home and lets me know (kinda) that it is time to go potty. But I can not let him have run of the house when I am away. He also shows no "guilt" when he does have accidents while I am away.
Here is some back ground:
-He was never housetrained and I got him when he was 3.
-He was left alone (weekends? weeks?) at his previous home.
-He was never crated and HATES the crate now. So I have him confined to "his rooms" when I am gone. This is a sitting room and kitchen, I use walk through gates.
-He is fine being told, when I am leaving, to "go to his room".
-He is no more distructive (not much) than normal in his room.
-I tried, over a period of time, to crate him. And he would get so worked up he would explode (#1 EVERYWHERE) in the crate and chew on the bars and make his teeth bleed.
-He was probably abused (pretty darn positive) at his former home. So, I have a hard time justifying coming home to "beat him" when I see pee or poop. That is just not right when he has no clue what he did wrong.
-He does not pee and poop all the time when i am gone.
-I am only gone a maximum of 4-5 hrs at a time.
-I have had him 2 yrs this November 2nd
My question is, what can I try? We are managing now, but I would love crate train him (it would make finding a dog sitter easier)
Has anyone crate trained a "tasmanian devil"?
Has anyone had experience in training an older dog?
**Dont worry, if we fail, I would never get rid of him. And he is amazingly good considering his upbringing. He is still a bit of a nervous dog, but he gets better every day.
And if you cant tell…I love his little quirky skinny self.:p