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  1. Hello, welcome to the forum. First step might be a vet check to make sure nothing medical is causing it. Castrated males will still scent mark so make sure your cleaner is biological (I'm not familiar with it). You said he does it even being out in the garden; does he have free access? That can actually be counterproductive to house training because it blurs the boundaries between indoors and out. If any of that sounds possible, then back to basics with house trianing. It's not uncommon for a dog to regress. So set him up to succeed by taking him out even more than he needs. When he toilets outdoors make a huge fuss (never mind the neighbours, act like outdoor toileting is the best thing you have ever seen) and reward him with a high value treat. Do that immediately, don't make him come to you for the treat so he is clear that it's for toileting and not for coming to you. The idea is that he eventually wants to earn the treat enough to hold the toilet until he is outside. If he has an accident inside don't react at all. If you get annoyed he may learn to fear your reaction and avoid you if he needs to toilet - the opposite of what you want. Indoors if you see him circling or scratching the floor, that can sometimes precede toileting so get him out fast.
  2. The problem with a cross is that the puppies could inherit the coat traits from either parent. There can even be variations between siblings within the litter. So it's very hard to say!
  3. The 37 i referred to were from the link you posted in your previous reply. So maybe not quite so helpfulafter all. The OP could, of course, do a similar search on the APBC or COAPE websites. Obviously it would be far better to have a behaviourist work directly with you than third hand through a locum vet. LFL, I'm really not sure why you are so resistant to these; particularly as you are in the USA so don't actually have direct experience of them. Or is it just that you are trying to make some sort of a point?
  4. No, that is expressly not what I am saying. What I am saying is that my 90 year old neighbour who has never owned a dog could, should she choose, set herself up as a canine behaviourist. Further; it might be different in the US but in the UK our vets normally are medical rather than behavioural experts. While finding someone qualified in both disciplines might be desirable they are rarer than hens' teeth. 37 in the UK according to your link.
  5. @SamR, the canine behaviour industry in the U.K. is unregulated, which means that anyone can set themselves up as a pet behaviourist. However the two organisations that we recommend in the U.K., because they require their members to meet stringent standards, are the APBC and COAPE. If your dog is insured, you may be covered.
  6. It definitely sounds like Gipsysmum is right and it's not going to be a quick fix like I suggested. Gipsysmum may have more thoughts based on the additional information. He's a lovely looking boy though!
  7. Assuming there is nothing he is afraid of outside, two things come to mind. First it might be simple discomfort. If you use the lead in a collar, can you try a harness? If you already use a harness, have you considered a different style? Some harnesses, particularly the kind with a strap across the chest (like the shape H rather than the shape V or Y) restrict movemmovement. Also watch for rubbing or pinching around the 'armpits'. If you think it's not that, you might need to train him to the lead. Start with a ribbon or piece of string attached to his harness (I always prefer a harness on a dog, it reduces the risk of damage to the throat or neck) and just let him wander round the house with it. Progress to something heavier and then to a lead, preferably with the handle cut off so he can't snag it. Work towards walking round the house and garden with him on lead and then short walks outside. Praise and reward calm walking with nice treats. It might take some time; and I realise you will still have the problem of walking him meantime. If there is any way you could avoid that (so he doesn't get to practice his unwanted behaviour) you should try - for example can you take him in a car to places he is safe to be off lead?
  8. A BIG word of warning - neufchatel cheese in France and the UK is a LOT higher in fat than the US version. So use very sparingly.
  9. I buy the little sandwich bags for treats in my pocket to try to prevent smells! And I make liver cake - A pack of liver (supermarket packs are usually about 500 grams) About 250 grams of flour - I use gluten free as some dogs are gluten intolerant 1 egg A slosh of olive oil or salmon oil for a glossy coat (optional) Cut the liver into pieces and use a hand blender to blitz it with the egg until it's a sloppy mess. Stir in the oil if using and the flour. It still should be a sloppy mess. Turn into a parchment lined baking tray measuring about 6"x9". It shold be about an inch deep. Bake at 170 degrees for about 15 minutes until a knife comes out clean. When it's cold, cut into kit kat finger sized pieces - half them again for a smaller dog - and freeze them in a freezer bag. They freeze in separate pieces so you can take out one at a time and break into smaller pieces for training. Dogs love it, it has no sugar, salt or other nasties and lasts for weeks. It also is cheap to make - a recent survey showed some dog treats to be more epensive, ounce for ounce, than fillet steak!
  10. Sorry Gypsysmum, crossposted!
  11. Glad to hear this Shaun and sorry your thread got derailed. Just one thing; leaving the door open so the dog has free access to the garden can be counterproductive to house training as the dog doesn't learn to wait. But it's early days; at the moment he is learning to settle so that can come later.
  12. Ok, the 'gory details' is just an expression, perhaps not in the US as much as here. But my point stands, if you believe the puppy has toileted (as you said you did) there is no need to take the thread off at an irrelevant tangent. Which, ironically, I now appear to be contributing to too.
  13. Wow Terry, if you are so sure the puppy has been eliminating (Obviously, this pup is voiding somewhere & sometime when U are not watching him) do we really need the gory details of Antarctic torture methods?
  14. There are people near us who do this - they call it Digs for Pigs
  15. What a gorgeous pup. And he may have had a poor start but at least he is safe now.