Potty Training: Part 2
June 20, 2012 7:31 AM Subscribe
I've posted previously about potty training my dogs. I picked up a book, "How to Housebreak Your Dog In 7 Days," which was quite helpful except one thing: our work schedules aren't compatible with a regular schedule.
The book recommends sticking to a schedule no matter what, and has evening/morning schedules for people who work all day. The problem is my partner and I might work mornings one day, nights the next, we might both work in the morning one day, etc. The book recommends not deviating from the schedule such as taking them out in the morning when you're working and then taking them out all throughout the day when you're home.
But our schedules vary so much that it's impossible to do that. Are there any other books, etc that will help with housebreaking a different way? I really want the dogs to have the run of the house, it breaks my heart taking them out on a schedule for 15 minute intervals because they might soil the house. I've tried diapers and wraps and they tear them off. I put no chew on the diapers, but my dogs are so small (Mini Dachshund, runt Papillion and Chihuahua) that the diapers just slide right off.
I don't like having to put them back in the cage until they use the bathroom outside. I feel that I'm not spending enough time with them outside of taking them outside, but if I leave them out in the hosue for too long they almost always have accidents.