I'm starting to get worried that my 6 mo. chihuahua will never be potty trained. I live in a townhouse and I take her out to the front yard to go since my only other option is a deck. She goes first thing in the morning and right when I come home after work. Sometimes she's take a small poop and then I feed her dinner. If I take her out too soon..she gets distracted and plays with the leaves. If I don't take her out in time...she'll go wherever she wants with no sign that she has to go. She doesn't bark, she doesn't sit by the door, she doesn't whine, nothing. She only circles 2 sec before going...and sniffing around...she does that all the time!!
Let me back up. When I first got her. We tried to train her on pads. Which was great at first. Then she started missing the pads by a few inches. Then she started eating her poo. So I took away the pads and put her on Deter (medicine to stop the poop eating). When she was using the pads, she would never have accidents downstairs (even on the carpet)...but upstairs was another story. She would have accidents all over the place. So now I take her outside at every chance. I'm starting to think it's too late, cuz now she thinks it's ok to go in the house. I tried all the positive reinforcement when she goes outside...but she still goes inside.
It gets worse...now I'm moving into a house with my siblings. Medium sized house with a backyard. The problem is that it's too far for me to go home for lunch and take her out. So what do I do? Confine her to her crate all day? I couldn't do that after she'd been in it all night long. So, I'm considering going back to the pads. But before I do that, I want to make sure I'm not making a big mistake. I'm sure I'll be confusing the hell out of her. The deter seems to be working, that's the main concern. But I don't want to have to feed that to her forever. If anyone has any suggestions...ANYTHING! Please help.