Our new 3 year old corgi, Ein, is actually housebroken. We got her on June 21st. But I'm trying to train her to eliminate in the back yard---without much success. I think I accidentally trained her to think she's only supposed to potty on her walks. The first few days we had her, I took her on lots of walks because it really seemed to ground her and helped with her new-home nervousness. And she always happened to potty on her walks. I didn't think anything of it at first. We're going on 12 days with her, and she's only peed in the back yard 3 times. No poop in the yard. She saves it up for her 2 walks, and so far has demonstrated an ability to hold it for close to 17 hours. At first I thought it was an issue of her just not urinating often enough, but when I asked in the forum here and did some research online, I learned that it's not uncommon for newly adopted adult dogs to be unsure of where it's okay to eliminate.
I don't mind that she goes on the walks, but we want her to use the yard too. So, yesterday we said no AM walk until she pees in the yard. She held it for 16 hours before she went in the yard. I gave her lots of lots of praise right after she went.
Well, today it's going on 17 hours and nothing. I've been taking her out to the yard about every 15-20 minutes, and giving her enough time to sniff around but not so long that we're just dawdling. And all she does is either lay at my feet if I stand, or follow me around if I walk. It's so frustrating!! There is no way this is comfortable or healthy for her.
I have to leave for work at 2:30, and my husband will get home in the evening and will walk her, but I can't leave her that long with peeing. So, I'm giving it until 1:00 before I give in and walk her, although that's probably just going to reinforce the "hold it until the walk" problem. :(
Other than this, she's a great little dog! No chewing, no aggression, very little anxiety ( just whining when we leave the room), and no destructiveness. She's even great with our cats (even though the cats don't return the good will haha).
Any advice? PLEASE tell me this will get better!