So, I have a five month old Great Dane. He is a super sweet and lovable boy, but I have been struggling with potty training him. He knows to go potty immediately when we go to “his spot” outside, but I am still struggling with getting him to not go potty inside.
I have been crate training him, but about a little over a month ago, I decided to let him sleep outside of the crate since he was proving to be able to hold it through the night. Every now and then, he will wake me up in the middle of the night to go outside (not a big deal). He has gotten so great at alerting me when I’m asleep that he doesn’t ever have accidents at night. However, I work 8-5, so he is in the crate during the day. We will go days with no accidents in the crate, then we will go days with accidents back to back. I have him on a strict schedule, so the inconsistencies with his accidents have left me baffled and, quite frankly, a bit annoyed. His crate is big enough for him to lay down but not big enough for him to avoid his “mess.”
Another thing that I’m struggling with is getting him to not poop in the house. I will take him out and he will poop outside, then 20-60 minutes later, he poops in the house (even if he hasn’t eaten anything) without a warning.
I always reprimand him when he has an accident, but I am starting to feel defeated. The inconsistencies with his accidents—in and out of the crate—are starting to take a toll on me. Will this get better? Does this have anything to do with his age? If so, what can I do to minimize/eliminate the accidents in the meantime?