Having a Very Hard Time Potty Training Australian Shepherd Pup to Go Outside
We have an adorable 12-week-old Mini Aussie puppy who loves his big sister a 3-year-old rescue dog (mixed breed but some Aussie) and they get along great.
I am having a very hard time potty training pup to go outside. I assumed he'd follow the older dog's lead. We do bring him out often, give him treats after he goes, etc. But often he goes out, won't go, comes inside and pee's in kitchen. He seems really distracted outside AND/OR he is just not connecting the praise (although he gets it) and importance of going outside.
We've had him for 3 weeks. And I'd say we are 50% outside, 50% going in kitchen. We crate train at night successfully - he does not soil his crate. He goes in his crate 2x per day at intervals. But there's just no way we can keep him in crate longer and he cries to play with his pal. We are in a cold climate but let him out at least 15x per day.
I'm a bit confused and perhaps this is not so terrible but seems like he should be getting it by now.
Any advise? Especially from dog owners who potty trained puppy with older dog in house?