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I can't stop my dogs from doing their business in the house at least once every 3-4 days sometimes more. I walk them 3-4 times a day but sometimes they will even go shortly after I have walked them. Because of this problem I have been forced to crate them at night and while I am work. My wife is really getting fed up and she says she wants to get rid of them although I would never let that happen.<br><br><br><br>
Any advice? They are Shih-Tzu's by the way.
 

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First make sure that you're cleaning up the areas that they've soiled thoroughly with an enzyme-based non-amonia cleaner because if they smell where they've gone in the past, they'll go there again.<br><br><br><br>
But supervision is the only solution. So, yes, crating them when you're at work. And keeping them in eye-sight when they're out. You need to watch for their signs, sniffing the ground or circling and pick them up and take them outside as soon as you think they're going to go. Then give them lots of praise when they potty outside. Don't scold them for going in the house, because that will generally confuse the dogs and make the problem much worse, especially if they're ever scolded after the fact. Make sure you're staying outside long enough that they've gotten everything out of their system as many dogs will need to go a few times before they're finished.<br><br><br><br>
Skip was a year old and not housebroken when I started fostering him, so I literally had to tie his leash to my waist at all hours of the day for the first several weeks so that he could never leave my sight and find somewhere to pee. I didn't crate him while I was sleeping, but he stayed in the room with me and I became a very light sleeper and would jump up at the first sound of a dog peeing and carry his big 70lb butt outside.
 

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Use potty pads. Small dogs have small bladders and it's nice for them when they can run to their pad instead of trying to hold it. My maltese uses pads most of the time and it works out well for her.
 

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Is your home zoned properly to conduct business? You might have to get a rezoning permit before continuing to conduct business in a residential area. Just a thought.
 

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Is your home zoned properly to conduct business? You might have to get a rezoning permit before continuing to conduct business in a residential area. Just a thought.</div>
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Nice try at a little humor, but nu-uh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:">
 

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I have 3 small dogs. I also needed to be able to leave them for 8 hours+ so that I could work. The dogs are also highly intolerent of winter weather. I chose to litter box train them instead of house train them. They still go outside when I take them out-- but when I am there they are free to use the litter box in the bathroom. All are trained to poop on a newspaper lined tray in the bathroom (a doggy litter box). Keeping a dog in a crate for 8-9 hours is not reccommended. Holding poop so long will effect them physically in the end. If they go in the crate, they will go anywhere, same as a pet store dog. Crating is only good if they are allowed to go out to go to the bathroom around every 3-4 hours. It is better to train them to use the litter box then to leave them in a crate. There are fancy litter boxes and fancy litter box material. I use a large washing machine drip pan found at a local home improvement place for around 12 $ and good old newspaper. To train them you need to keep them confined to an area near the litter box. (a bed room for where the litter box is within reach is an example). You can only allow them to run around if you are supervising. When they show they need to go, you need to bring them to the litter box. I must add it takes at least a few months of persistant training to train them. I choose a bedroom because they sleep on the bed, and they will voulentarialy just jump down from the bed, and go to the bathroom. When they are done, they jump back up. My older 3 year old dog took about a year to train. The new pup I had took only a few days. There were plenty of accidents, but with constant supervision and positive reenforcement the accidents are down to about a few per week. Dogs never soil their sleeping areas, and also, they wont poop in a messy pan. I clean the pan (remove old papers and put out in the trash) twice per day. Feeding the dogs a premium dog food with reduced filler also reduces poop volume. There are actually several good sites with info on litter-box training your dogs. Just google it. Most info is useable though you need to tailor it to your own situation. I believe it leads to helthier dogs who are not always forced to painfully "hold it" and you are right, small dogs have smaller bladders-- Anyone can train a dog of any size to use a litter box, so it is not just small dogs.
 
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