I am probably setting myself up for criticism, but I need advice. A you know I have posted here before about my mini-doxie Wilbur. Well H is perfectly crate trained and I have no issue there at all. He love his crate and I do too. But I worked with him almost 3 years t housebreak him and finally gave up. He became an ouside dog as I coul not get him to cooperate on housebreaking. Well, as you know he is no HW positive and is undergoing the slow treatment and is doin absolutely fantastic, and is improving almost daily, but now he is bac in the house of course, and still not housebroken. So what do I do now
I cannot and do not want to keep him crated 18 hours a day and canno have him going over the house doing his business either. So how do get this almost 7 year old dog housebroken? I have thought o tethering him to me, but he will think he is constantly going on walk, which he loves better than life itself. Plus he loves to chas and bark at the cats which drive me bonkers. I sit and type all day a a Medical Transcriptionist and the pull on the tether would b unbearable I would think.
No, getting rid of him is not an option. He has had 4 homes before w received him and I will not do that to him again, but would like him t be a good house dog if at all possible.
Any suggestions???
Micke

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I have thought of tethering him to me, but he will think he is constantly going on a walk, which ... and type all day as a Medical Transcriptionist and the pull on the tether would be unbearable I would think.

He will quickly learn that he is not going for a walk. Cat chasing needs to be corrected for, not allowed. He will not pull on the tether all day if you teach him not to. He WILL give up on his own, but it may be a matter of how soon.
An alternative is an exercise pen. Much larger than a crate, more open, and can be right next to you. As he respects that area, he can graduate to the room (gate or door closed). There's no particular reason he needs to be in another room from you, so expanding beyond that would be while he's with you, and eventually, even when you are not home.
No, getting rid of him is not an option. He has had 4 homes before we received him and I will not do that to him again, but would like him to be a good house dog if at all possible.

Good to hear. Leashes, gates and pens can transition him from a crate.

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The tethering to the ankle seems like a good idea... it may be slightly dissapointing at first for him, but then you can see when hes going to do his business, and take him out.. also being that you are at home, make frequent trips outside with the leash on him to go do his business... perhaps you can get him trained to go at certain times... dogs can easily become creatures of habit!! He may also love the extra attention of being near you all the time... and always remember to give him a treat when he goes outside!
sounds like hes lucky to have a good home!!
perhaps by having him with you tethered, you'll start to notice when he does have to go more often and then train him to ring a bell... regardless if he's still going inside or not, you'll know when he is going if you wanted to start the step of weaning him from being tethered...

He might also like going for a 'walk' in the backyard...

He's not too old to teach new things to... So he doesn't go inside his crate at all?... thats always a good thing...
perhaps you can use that to your advantage... perhaps an enclosed area around his crate? extending the area that he thinks is home? I'm sure someone else on this board may have more experience with this aspect...

I remember we had a dog when I was little who would go inside the house when someone was there that she didn't like... which was a lot of people*, so we had to confine her to the linoleum part of the house which was the kitchen and porch... not allowed on the rugs, so that worked for her... she was mainly outside most of the days anyway... the porch was her doghouse underneath... and we were always outside back in the day playing with her as there were no such things as videogames, and no chance of having more than two channels of t.v. in our house at all... yes I'm a child from the 70's... how can you tell... *G
Good luck and hope to hear how the training goes!
The tethering to the ankle seems like a good idea...

Ankle???!?? Does somebody actually tether to the ankle? I'll bet negotiating stairs is a hoot. Not to mention those of us with larger dogs ending up on our *** when the dog decides to head in a different direction.
I've always tethered to my waist.

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The tethering to the ankle

I tether dogs to a belt loop on my pants. Tethering a dog to my ankle would mean that I would probably fall on the dog. For my personal safety and that of the dog and any home furnishings, I would not tether to my ankle!

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I tethered to the ankle...
with a lab as well...
the lab also knew I had food in my pocket and she was mainly lying down watching me... and walking up the stairs is really a non issue for me as my son can't negotiate stairs properly all the time, I also live in a one floor bungalow... she was my shadow for a few months during all of her training... very dominant dog... took a while if she felt like being stubborn, but its a trait thats worked wonderfully as a working dog... I trained the dog otherwise for walking up the stairs right beside taking steps as you take steps... for that I'd have just reached down , grabbed the leash and held it so the dog coudln't get ahead of me... she learned quickly...

it works alright... and would work for smaller dogs just as well...

I also found it was a good workout for my legs as well if the dog wanted to go one way and I another. doesn't take long for that arguement to end... *G*
I still do the ankle thing when Im out in public and want my hands free for something... she's tried to run after things but its easier than stepping on the leash which I find more hazardous... I suppose its just more comfortable for me as I have decent counter balance... she rarely chases though unless shes encouraged by the dogs whos owners don't leash at all.. *those people annoy me...*... there are laws... didn't you see the sign when you came into the park??? ** grr...*** I digress...
I tethered to the ankle... with a lab as well...

That's not the unsafest thing I've ever heard of but it's pretty freakin' unsafe. Aside from questions of control and balance around the house, if you do it when you're out in public you make the outcome of someone becoming between you and the dog a lot more questionable.

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I would be more concerned about doing the splits than falling on the dog... *G*...
it just worked really well for me... for inside the house training mainly... the odd rare occassion outside if I need both hands, I have yet to be pulled hard enough to actually fall though... so perhaps when it happens I'll post the embarrassing incident here... and everyone can say I told you so and I'll accept it with an embarrased grin... *G*
I've also got the strength to use my legs more than my waist... I also don't have belt loops on a lot of my stuff... and I'm sure it would just rip off... dogs also have a hard time getting grip on linoleum... *G*...
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