To all people experienced in dog training, I could really use some help with this floor wetter? Answered
I have two dogs. One is a mini poodle that behaves very well. My other dog is an estimated 7-8-ish mostly puggy mix that we got much more recently. She's the one we have trouble with.
I don't know what her life was like before we got her because she was found wandering the desert outside of the shelter we bought her from. I know that its likely she was well cared for because she had incredibly soft fur and pure white teeth. However, for the first couple months of having her she was extremely skittish. If someone entered the room she'd bolt outside. (dog door) Over the course of a several weeks I got her to trust me. Since then I have confirmed that while she is a bit skittish she is a very loving and good dog by the standard of she wants to please.
Now for the specific problem. She piddles on the floor, and quite often on anything cloth that has been left on the floor and most especially on anything soft in the rearmost areas of the house. She started shortly after she arrived but seemed to stop when she got more used to the place and learned the use of the dog door. Then she started again, just briefly, and stopped again. She seems to have started again but with bigger puddles. With previous dogs I always tried the traditional method of stick their nose in it swat them on the bum and take them outside to show them where they're supposed to do it and it always worked.
This is much more difficult with Ellen because of her reactions. If I grab her collar she loses her mind. She starts by dropping to the ground, giving me deadweight, and if I don't let go immediately she starts screaming like a banshee and twisting. She is a small dog, maybe 25 pounds, but it's all muscle. During one attempt to show her the site of her wrongdoing she twisted hard and managed to catch and break my finger. I hold no grudge for this but as I don't want to repeat this I am asking for advice here.
Ask any questions, I'll try to answer. I could really use some advice.