Hello & welcome you & your puppers to BPO!!...It sounds as if you are doing the right thing with Milo when he does potty in the house but I'd advise that you go back to crating until he gets it completely...H
ow much to use the crate?....As often as you can't be with him if you are using it for housebreaking purposes...Or, if you prefer, give him a much smaller area like a bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen & baby gate him...He might have too much area if he gets to roam the whole house & might not realize that ALL that is his area & he shouldn't "go" there...both trainers we have used said you have to literally keep the pup with you at all times to successfully housebreak...B
oth said to literally leash the dog to you to ensure you can catch them int he act & then Milo must be corrected during the act of innappropriate elimination orwithin a few seconds after or he will not know why he is being reprimanded & the, as you are doing, take him out & use whatever potty words you like...We always used potty outside...When Milo does relieve himself outside then you can say "potty outside...Good boy!...potty outside!" & he should learn to equate the words with the action.
I am wondering if Milo is at a disadvantage because he had to leave his mother too early...Mama dog does the first "housebreaking" by pushing the pups out of the whelping area when they are old enough after they eat, sleep, or play...Same as we do when we housebreak...W
e are just following what Mama Dog has already started.
If Milo was reliable to potty outside & then really regressed in his housebreaking I might take him in for a vet checkup to make sure there isn't an underlying health issue such as a UTI...Good luck & keep us posted!
Now I'll introduce myself & my BIG paws...I'm Chelle & I live in Iowa with my hubby, 2 skin, kids, 8 cats, (& one 6 week old foster kitten who might be staying) 2 house bunnies, a guinea pig princess, & my puppers...Sams
on is 2 today & Pippin was 1 & 1/2 this past Wed...They are both Great Pyrenees...Rec
ently we lost our rescue Kuvasz mix girl...Her name was Rosie & she was probably around 3 yrs. old.
I hope you'll enjoy your time here with us & that Milo "gets it" soon!