He is four years old, East German and Czechoslovakian bred. He has all his original equipment.
He normally has the run of the basement.
when we get home he can come upstairs.
He will not stop doing his business in the basement. For example I took him out three times last night and he squeezed out a small pee out doors.
Later I went down to the basement. a large puddle of urine and a large turd. Is he retarded ?
I have tried everything I can think of.
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He is four years old, East German and Czechoslovakian bred. He has all his original equipment. He normally has the ... large puddle of urine and a large turd. Is he retarded ? I have tried everything I can think of.

What have you done to teach him not to go in the basement? If your parents hadn't taught you to go in the toilet, you'd be pooping and peeing wherever you happened to be when the urge hit, too, and people would be thinking you were retarded when actually you just were never taught.He has learned, probably from having to pee or poop in the basement because that is where he is when you are not home, that there is a spot down there that is a potty spot. Take him outside more regularly (he must need to go more than just at night) and praise/treat him when he goes outside. Use an enzymatic cleaner to clean up all of the spots he has gone in the basement. If you don't use an enzymatic cleaner, you may not see or smell it any more, but he will.

The enzymes eat up the pee and poop so it isn't there any more and doesn't mark a potty spot. Then keep him with you all of the time, watching for any signs that he is looking for a spot to go, interrupt him and take him outside and tell him to go potty (or whatever phrase you want to use) and praise/treat him for doing so outside as you asked. When you can't be with him, don't give him the run of the whole basement. Crate him or put him in a smaller room.

A dog will avoid soiling his den, but if the area is big enough, the dog can divide part of it as being his den and another part as a potty spot outside of where he normally hangs out in the basement.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
My other two dogs have had no problem learning.
A one year old female German Shepherd and a eight year old Golden Retriever. they go out in the morning as he does and then again when I come home from work.
The other two stay in the regular part of the house because they have not had a problem.
I will try the smaller area and the enzyme cleaner.
Is there a particular enzyme cleaner that works well ?
Is there a particular enzyme cleaner that works well ?

There are several brands. If you go to the pet store and ask for them, they have a bunch on an aisle. Probably the best known is Nature's Miracle. Simple Solutions has also worked for me in the past. I think just about any of them on the shelf work. You can use a blacklight to make sure the urine is gone if you aren't sure.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
He is four years old, East German and Czechoslovakian bred. He has all his original equipment. He normally has the ... large puddle of urine and a large turd. Is he retarded ? I have tried everything I can think of.[/nq]So, what is the "everything" you have tried? Dogs who are left unsupervised and unhousetrained do their "buisness" wherever they happen to be and walk away from it. If you don't see him do it, you can't teach him not to. If he is managed or supervised, you can . Since you say you can't get him to stop doing his business, I have to think this has been an ongoing issue? In otherwords, he's never actually been properly housetrained. I imagine by this time your basement smells like a bathroom to him (and possibly you too) He needs to come upstairs.

I would crate or confine him to a fairly small area when unsupervised, and limit his freedom until you have accomplished your goal. Which means watching him, not letting him into far reaches of the house and possibly even tethering him to you. You are going to have to go back and housetrain him just like you should have when he was a puppy.
My other two dogs have had no problem learning.

Every dog is different.
He is four years old, East German and Czechoslovakian bred. He has all his original equipment. He normally has the ... large puddle of urine and a large turd. Is he retarded ? I have tried everything I can think of.

What breed did you say he is?
First let me say I take offense at your use of the word "retarted"! Not something an intelligent person would say.
Second his breeding alone ( East German and Czech) are usually very intelligent working lines. 2 of my previous GSD bitches were bred of East German and Czech lines and were awesome schH dogs..sounds to me like you have this boy locked in the basement and he isn't getting the stimulation he needs. Crate train him and bring him upstairs with the family. His intelligence and working ability are not being used to their potential. Housetraining does not happen by sticking him in the basement and expect him to housetrain himself..Bring him in the house and make him a part of the family!
May I asked why you chose a working line dog if you were just going to stick him in the basement?
Rehome him to someone that can give him a proper working home, stimulate his mind, work his body and make him a full member of the family...and think twice before you refer to the word retarted it is clearly a word you know nothing about!
For a second, I thought maybe I wrote this while sleepwalking or something. But the first paragraph is something I would never write, so that cleared things up for me :-)
FWIW, I agree with everything else besides the language issue. Having had a Czech working line GSD, they are dogs that need to be stimulated and worked with, and definitely need guidance and incorporation into the household..at the very least.
I do call my pets "retardos" almost daily though.
Tara
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