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I have a Northern Inuit (half Husky, half German Shepard) from the UK who is about 7 months old, I got her when she was 4 months old. I have had a very hard time potty training her because the breeder told me she kept the litter outside and they either went outside at random or on newspapers. I live in an apartment on the second floor. I tried crate training her, but it did not work because she would relieve herself in the cage and it was just a mess. I was however able to teach her to go on training pads on the balcony and for a while now, there are no more accidents in the house and she knows to go outside. Problem is, she is getting bigger, buying the pads are expensive and I would like her to go outside. I take her on walks with my boyfriends dog who is potty trained- and nothing. I have stayed outside with her for almost 2 hours- nothing. I tried bringing the pad outside with me- nothing.

For 2 days now I am back to the crate training method and because she is bigger and I finally found a formula that agrees with her, she no longer relieves herself in the kennel. Problem is I will walk her every 1-2 hours- nothing, so I put her back in the kennel and repeat the process. When I feed and give her water, I keep her on the leash and take her outside immediately because that's when she usually goes. I do not know how she does it but she holds it all day, and finally at night, I feel bad so I let her go as she usually does on the balcony before bed, and she sleeps with us. The past two mornings, she has gone #2 where the kennel is, and I can't help but feel she's trying to tell me something by doing that lol.

My concern is that I have used the kennel as a form of punishment. If she did something bad, I would rub her nose in it, and then put her in the kennel. So I do not want her to think she has done something bad but I do not know how else to potty train her and I am at an ends here! Do you have any suggestions?

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