I am a single mom of a 13 year old son; we have a 2 year old female greyhound, Daphne. On our way home one night we found an un-neutered, non-chipped, no collar, small brown Chihuahua terrier mix running in the street, we tried for a couple months to find his owner with no luck so we decided to keep him, we had him neutered, shots, full vet care, the vet said he was about 2 years old by the look of his teeth.
We wanted to eventually get another greyhound and not a little mutt dog; but he, Buster [what we named him] and Daphne have so much fun playing so I gave into the idea that he would be our 2nd dog.
It has been 6 months now and I am still unable to potty train him. We live in a townhome without a yard, and when we got Daphne I had a doggie door put in that goes from the kitchen to the garage so that is where I have trained her to go.
Buster will go out the doggie door to go potty but he also pees on my dining room table legs and poops next to the dining room table, he also poops at the top of the stairs and pees near there on the door frame. I am at my wits end. I have tried everything, keeping him tethered to me constantly and crating him when I can’t. I take him running on the bike for a mile in the morning and a mile in the evening and take him out to go potty every hour and praise him after he goes. I want to train him to mainly go out the doggy door to go so I started taking him on the leash into the garage so he would know that is where I wanted him to go but he would never go in front of me so I would block the doggy door and leave him out there for about a half and hour and he would go, so I would take the block off the doggie door and I would praise him and let him back in. After a couple weeks of this then I would start to trust him and then he would go right back to peeing and pooping in the dining room and at the top of the stairs so I would go back to the tethering and in the garage for a half an hour and praise routine for another week to 2 weeks and same thing back to pooping and peeing. I have been doing this for 6 months now and am growing resentful towards this dog and really do not know what to do.
I have spent hundreds on enzyme cleaners to remove the smell I have turned my table upside down and wiped the table legs off with bleach, I have steamed cleaned my carpet over and over and over and I am so frustrated I don’t know what to do. This dog is ruining my life we want to succeed in ending this behavior in Buster but starting to feel there is no answer.
Please help.