Pit/Heeler Weird House Training Issue
Hello fellow pit lovers,
I recently adopted a Bully/Blue Heeler mix dog and am having a very strange issue with getting him house broken.
First some back ground:
I got him when he was 6 months old, he is now close to 9 months of age.
He was found abandoned at roughly 8 to 10 weeks by a dog lover, and fostered by a woman until he was about 6 months when I adopted him.
I have two other dogs in the house; a champion breed enlgish bull dog, and a red nosed am. staff terrier pit. The english bull dog is a temporary stay for my room mates sister. The Am. Staff Terrier is about 4 years old, very well trained and behaved. He does not bark, does not jump on house guests, etc.
Back to my dog; the Bully/Heeler. For the first two weeks he was in the house he would not poop or pee inside. About the third or fourth week he started to poop inside, and now he does both.
I let him out every 30 to 45 minutes. When I wake up in the morning I let him out for about 30 minutes while I shower and get ready for work. He will be out for this time, then I will let him back inside and usually about 15 minutes after I have left for work, my room mate will msg me that he has pooped and peed.
It's the craziest thing. I will watch him pee when I let him out, then I will let him back in the house and he will pee again and poop. It's like he is doing it on purpose!
When I catch him doing it I will tell him no, then take the poop outside to the area where I want him to go and put the poop there, let him sniff it, and praise him for being in that area.
He had been using the restroom in the same area of the living room. So to help protect the carpets I got a training pad and the spray that encourages dogs to go on the training pad. Well, now he poops and pees on the opposite side of the living room.
I've read that pitbulls have a period of time where they are rebellious and challenging. Is that what I am experiencing with this?
I've tried crating him but he really hates it, I've done the training with the crate to, where I ignore him when he freaks out, but it continues for hours. I am getting frustrated with it. Has anyone else had a similar issue?