I am happy to report that Leah is now 100% housebroken and accustomed to going to the bathroom outside only. I got her last September, and immediately set to work on crate training her, teaching her to use a pad by the kitchen trash can and to go outside. We didn’t use the pad much, except at night, and during the winter when it was often too cold for her to go out. And I admit, during the spring I got a bit lazy, and relied on Leah using the pad more than I should have.
But all along I have been dreaming of having her go outside only, just as my grandmother’s dogs would do, except during inclement weather or really cold weather. So for the past two weeks, I have not only continued with scheduled feeding (in the morning around 10am and in the evening around 8pm), but have been religious with getting her out first thing in the morning, then an hour after she eats, then once every 2-3 hours until again an hour after she gets her second meal, and then again before we go to bed for the night.
AND WE HAVE SUCCESS! Not one single accident. Not one! No more pads! I’m so happy. :D :D :D
My good dog: