Posted : 7/19/2008 3:59:25 PM
jojo the pogo
He is gone for 8 -9 hours during the work day.
This is the first thing that stood out to me. First of all I think you need to figure out if he is peeing because he CAN'T hold it, or is he peeing because it is linked to anxiety? (What is he like being left alone, what is he like when he is crated and you start leaving in the mornings?) OR has he been inadvertantly "taught" that the crate is the place to go - in other words, he feels stimulated to go just by being in the crate?
jojo the pogo
Still he pees in the house like it's no big deal. He gives no signal that he has to go out.
This is the next thing that stood out to me. The dog is being in the house like its no big deal, because, TO HIM, it ISN'T! Why SHOULD it be? I mean to US, yeah, yuk, pee on the floor, GROSS! Dogs don't think like that. Also, don't expect him to give you signals that he needs to go out. Some dogs never reach this stage and even the ones that do, the vast majority need to be TAUGHT to "tell" you.
If he is drinking and/or peeing A LOT then you should get him checked out by a vet to rule out a medical condition (like a UTI).
What are you cleaning up with? This is crucial!!!!
After you have had him vet checked and done a real thorough clean with an enzymatic cleaner, I would suggest taking a few days off and starting over to house train this dog. Tether him to you in the house so he CAN'T get away from your watchful eyes and take him out OFTEN. Often and often! More often! When he is outside and he starts to "go" give him a Magic Word ("go potty", "hurry up", "go squat", "be clean";). Say it ONCE. Immediately after he finishes, give him a HIGH VALUE TREAT. The BESTEST treat you can lay your hands on. His FAVOURITE. Have a stash of them near the door and take a couple with you when you go outside. Reserve these for good toileting ONLY. Good luck!