I have had this dog over four months now.I cannot get her housebroken.I'm about to lose my mind. I have tried everything I have heard of and nothing works.
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I have had this dog over four months now.I cannot get her housebroken.I'm about to lose my mind. I have tried everything I have heard of and nothing works.

Have you tried The Evans Guide for Housetraining Your Dog Job Michael Evans
ISBN: 0-87605-542-0
I have had this dog over four months now.I cannot get her housebroken.I'm about to lose my mind. I have tried everything I have heard of and nothing works.

Describe "everything I have heard of," please.

Mark Shaw (And Baron) moc TOD liamg TA wahsnm == "Things that upset a terrier may pass
virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane." -Smiley Blanton
I found this dog out in the desert when she was maybe 7 weeks old.I think she is Aussie/mix maybe Catahoula with a little Sharpei(fat wrinkles on face). I tried crate training (when she was small now 6 mo.& over 50#),scoulding,praising,sticking her nose in it,taking her outside 1oo a day,taking her out first thing in the morning(before anything else)& very last thing at night,I bought the Dean Rankin dog traing course(didn't tell me anything I didn't already know or tried),and I make over her like the greatest thing on earth just happened when she does it outside.I have had jillions of dogs in the past and never ever had any problem housebreaking them. I just do not understand this situation but I sure am tired of my house stinking like a kennel.
I found this dog out in the desert when she was maybe 7 weeks old.I think she is Aussie/mix maybe Catahoula with a little Sharpei(fat wrinkles on face). I tried crate training (when she was small now 6 mo.& over 50#),

Good. Does she mess in her crate?
scoulding,

Not good.
praising,

Good.
sticking her nose in it,

NO! Do NOT EVER do this! It's worthless, and may actually have the opposite effect from that which you intend.
taking her outside 1oo a day,

What's "1oo?"
taking her out first thing in the morning(before anything else)& very last thing at night,

Good.
I bought the Dean Rankin dog traing course(didn't tell me anything I didn't already know or tried),and I make over her like the greatest thing on earth just happened when she does it outside.

Good.
I have had jillions of dogs in the past and never ever had any problem housebreaking them. I just do not understand this situation but I sure am tired of my house stinking like a kennel.

Patience. Assuming she does not mess in her crate, continue with the crate training. Take her out often, particularly after play or meals. Watch her closely; if she begins to squat in the house, quickly but calmly take her outside. No scolding, just whisk her right out. Keep up the praise when she goes outside.
The important thing at this point is to deny her the opportunity to urinate or defecate indoors. If you can't watch her at any time, crate her. At other times you should keep her close so you can act quickly if need be; perhaps even keeping her tethered to you.
Clean up any messes with Nature's Miracle or some other smell- neutralizing cleaner so she won't smell where she's gone before.

Mark Shaw (And Baron) moc TOD liamg TA wahsnm == "In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." -Dereke Bruce
I said I tried crate training when she was small.I can't lug a crate in my house big enough to accommodate a dog her size now.Yes she relieved herself in the crate back then.She got all yucky and stinky.Maybe sticking her nose in it wasn't what a person should normally do but when all else has failed you try anything you can think of.It didn't work anyway.By taking her out a 100 times a day I mean like every 1/2 hour.You have any idea how time consuming that is?You think taking the Dean Rankin course was a good idea?Well, I don't since it didn't work.He personally emailed me up the ying-yang and couldn't come up with a solution so he ended up giving me a refund.
I said I tried crate training when she was small.I can't lug a crate in my house big enough to accommodate a dog her size now.

Why not? She's only 50 lbs, right?
Yes she relieved herself in the crate back then.She got all yucky and stinky.Maybe sticking her nose in it wasn't what a person should normally do but when all else has failed you try anything you can think of.

Well, don't do that again, please. It's precisely the WRONG thing to do.
It didn't work anyway.

It never does.
By taking her out a 100 times a day I mean like every 1/2 hour.

Oh, that's what you meant by "taking her outside 1oo a day." Every half hour is less than 50x a day, even if you don't sleep.
You have any idea how time consuming that is?

Yes. That's what it takes sometimes.
You think taking the Dean Rankin course was a good idea?Well, I don't since it didn't work.

Look, "Knucklehead," I don't really care for your tone here. You asked for advice, and now you're getting it. If you don't like it, I'm sorry, but you didn't ask only for advice that matches whatever your preconceived notions are.
The fact that your *** has become accustomed to soiling her crate is worrisome; it means you've got a harder road to success than most. But keep at it, and have some patience. Get a larger crate, make sure it's spotlessly clean, and follow the recommendations I gave previously: take her out often (yes, every half hour if needed), praise like crazy when she eliminates outside, and never give her the opportunity to eliminate indoors - particularly in the crate.

One thing you should keep in mind is that if she hasn't eliminated in a while, you need to stay with her while she's outside until she does. And expose her to a variety of surfaces - some dogs simply won't eliminate unless the texture of whatever they're standing on is exactly right. So try her on grass, dirt, sand, etc.

Good luck.

Mark Shaw (And Baron) moc TOD liamg TA wahsnm == "Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones
never give her the opportunity to eliminate indoors

An even better way to say that is...
NEVER GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO ELIMINATE INDOORS!!

or maybe even...
N-E-V-E-R G-I-V-E H-E-R T-H-E O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y T-O E-L-I-M-I-N-A-T-E I-N-D-O-O-R-S-!-!-!-!-!

Handsome Jack Morrison
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