So we have a three year old pug named Wilco. Since we live in an apartment, we originally trained Wilco to use puppy pads and we also took him outside occasionally. We were basically too lazy to take him out regularly and used the pads as a crutch.
Things were good except that he’d miss his pad half the time (or he’d pee so much that it would flow off of the pad before it could be absorbed) causing an annoying amount of cleanup. This past spring, we decided to stop being lazy and do away w/ the pads completely. We now take him out every time he has to go. Usually first thing in the morning, first thing when we get home from work and then right before bed late at night. Again, everything was going well.
A few weeks back, Wilco started having weird accidents. We wouldn’t see it happen but we’d discover these pee trails all over the apartment (thankfully we have hardwood floors). It was as if his pee released for some reason and he ran around the place freaked out, causing quite the mess. Sometimes this would happen not long after we’d already taken him out, which we thought was odd. We chalked it up to him getting excited over something and losing control.
More recently however, he’s decided to just go ahead and go wherever and whenever he pleases. We still take him out on schedule but if he decides he has to go NOW and we’re in the bathroom or taking a shower - he’ll just go on the floor. This morning he went on our living room rug (discovered that the fun way) and two nights ago he created a massive puddle in our hallway.
Basically, it seems that when he has to go - he doesn’t feel the need to hold it until we can take him out. Unfortunately, we never catch him in the act and since you can’t really scold a dog for something that’s already happened; we’re not sure what to do.
He has a crate which we’ve begun using more to keep him locked up while we’re out. But sometimes this happens when we’re in the kitchen cooking or doing something else in the house. He decides he has to go, and goes.
What can we do? Should I put pads back out and start over? I’m not in love w/ that idea because he needs to re-learn that it’s not ok to go in the house. Do we just need to take him out more often? That doesn’t really fix the real problem either does it? Anyone have some advice on how to retrain our pug.
I should note that as far as animals go, and even as far as pugs go, he’s not that bright. You know how they say that you can test a dog’s intelligence by throwing a blanket on him and seeing how long it takes them to get out? Well, he doesn’t usually find his way out.