He was difficult to train at first. We actually locked him up in our kitchen with our other dog Fritz (cocker spaniel
). So, we had a litter pan with newspaper that copper would pee on. It became a problem while we were at work. What would happen is Copper wouldn't pee and poop on the "dirty pan". So once he went in the litter box 1x, then he just would go anywhere in the kitchen. When Copper got more settled down, him and Fritz figured out how to open the sliding pocket door (so then they had the run of the house). I guess when we were litter training
there were times when if the box was used, he would go off and pee somewhere else in the kitchen or on a rug. But never on the carpet or sofa. So then we started kenneling him only when we were gone. It seemed like after that, he would start peeing all over every once in a while. What was frustrating is that we knew he can hold his urine for a good 9 hours during the night. He to this day doesn't let us know he needs to go outside. Our other dog will scratch at the door and whine. Copper once outside, will bark when he is ready to come back inside. Once he is settled down for the night, he doesn't move until we open the door to let him out in the am. We tried giving him treats
about a month ago everytime he peed outside. Then that seemed to help some. He knows he had been bad because after he pees somewhere he comes to hide by me with his tail tucked b/t his legs
. It has been about 3 months since he pooped in the house, he used to do this daily, like he was afraid to poop outside. And he always did that in hiding. It also seems if Fritz doesn't go outside with Copper, Copper will not eliminate. SO all in all, no, he probably really has not been fully trained.
Fritz and copper get along quite well. They play
together and sleep together. Occassionally they fight (growl at each other to move over or off their spot on the sofa), but all in all they do well. Fritz is old 13 years old-human yrs.
Hope this all helps, Karen