Holly’s toilet training problem: She is nearly 6 months old and is still not properly toilet trained (it is extremely frustrating because she is a smart dog). I know all dogs are different but Paris was very quick to toilet train and it was winter (I think it helped that she was bred in a home and we left her with her mother for an extra week before getting her) I think part of the problem is that she was is the petshop for a month and the petshop owner has since admitted that the Holly’s litter did not come from the best environment. So when we got her home we started straight away with the toilet training (taken outside every hour and given a treat for doing her business) and the back door was left open most of the time (on nice days) so she could take herself out or follow our other dog if she wanted to. When we got her she started sleeping in a large crate (the one that our two cavaliers slept in, but Paris doesn’t now because she needs to be able to get outside at night due to the diuretics). That was for about two weeks and she would purposely go in there during the day if she could to go toilet (in front of it if the door was shut) she never complained about being in the crate (possibly a hint to how she was kept by her breeder) she was let out of the crate at 6am to go to the toilet and she usually did a poo and a pee (last toileting was at about 11pm, she stays dry over night) and then put back in until 7am, during that hour she always did a pee or poop, so we changed to a smaller crate (a cat carry cage) after looking it up on the net. And we decreased the amount of space she was allowed in so she could no longer go into the room that her big crate was in (where she always liked to toilet). Still didn’t work, she still went to the toilet in there or on the carpet and would purposely go in there to go to the toilet. She had this small crate for about three weeks with no improvement, we always treated her if she went toilet outside and she was taken out every 1-1 ½ hours. She did not seem to mind sitting in her own mess (I know most dogs never toilet where they sleep and Paris is a very clean dog). So the dog trainer at her obedience class said put her back in the big crate but also feed her in there at meal times (she still has three meals per day). So we got the big crate out and put it in a different room to the one that it was in originally and started feeding her in it as well as putting her in it at night and when we go out (the trainer also suggested telling her off if we catch her toileting inside because she should be old enough and it should have been long enough for her to have figured out that it is only good to go outside and ignored if she goes inside, but we didn’t want to yell at her, we decided to keep being patient). And sometimes if we took her outside and stayed out there for ½ an hour waiting she would run inside and toilet. So we’re still in the big crate now and she has figured out how to use the cat door (we didn’t initially teach her this because we didn’t want her to run inside when she was taken out in the rain). She is usually clean and dry over night if she gets let out by 7:30am, BUT she still purposely goes in there during the day or on the carpet to pee/poo and when she gets put in the crate for 10 minutes at tea time (she has to be shut in because our other dog eats very slowly and has meds in her food) she nearly always pees or poos in there once she has finished eating! I don’t know how to stop her going to the toilet inside, she does know how to go outside and she does go outside more then she used to but she still has about 4-5 accidents inside on a bad day and 1-2 accidents inside on a good day. She knows how to go outside, she sometimes takes herself outside to toilet through the cat door on her own so she is not afraid to be outside or anything like that (in fact today after breakfast (she hadn’t toileted in the crate) she took herself out to do a poo, I watched her through the glass door and when she was done I opened the door and gave her a treat). I actually did try yelling at her a couple of times when I caught her toileting inside, she just looked up at me and laughed like “why are you yelling? I know you’re not serious” and continued doing her pee/poo. Another odd thing she does is that she will not toilet on walks or when we are off the property. So the positive reinforcement doesn’t seem to be working and telling her off obviously wont either. So...that was a long story. Can anyone offer any advice? Or do we just continue to be patient and hope that she eventually does figure it out?