So everybody knows my Arabella is a spastic crazy wild out naughty pup LOL. I debated posting this because I want to be sure my question comes out in the right tone!!! I'm not fustraighted with Arabella , I'm actually the only one who doesn't get worked up about this issue in my family. So Arabella will be a year old in about a week. We still have housebreaking issues with her, and I'm not sure why. My suspicion is she has always been one of those puppies that just takes a lot more to train in most areas, and this is just something that followes suit. She is still not solid at only going potty outside. Here is what our system is with her. We have never had a fence. So she has always been taken out potty on a leash, so we are for sure she does all her business. My kids get annoyed because if they take her out they know their gonna get asked if she pooped and if the answer is no, they have to take her back out until she does. I'm home during the day and about every two hours we go potty (give or take), more often if Bentley asks to go out in between (because he definitely couldn't be allowed to get an extra potty break and Arabella be content with not! LOL) but if I slack at all and get distracted she will go in the house. Sometimes by the door. Sometimes elsewhere. She is very well crate trained though. She has never pottied in her crate even as a new baby , never had that issue. She sleeps in our room, we shut our door at night, she sleeps on the bed so she isn't crated at night and we never have accidents at night. She doesn't wake up to potty during the night. At 6 am (like clockwork) she gets in my face and I can feel her breathing and I guess if that goes unnoticed I get licked LOL... Anyway... That is her "I gotta go potty now...get up!!" Usual routine. However if the kids come into our room at any point through the night and leave the door open when they leave, and Arabella roams the house without me knowing...I will find a poopy mess the next morning. Every time. It doesn't happen often the kids do that, but its sure to happen when they do. Arabella is one I think I will have to always treat as a very young puppy. I cant let her out of my sight, because she will get herself into trouble. Eat something, destroy something, potty somewhere, ect. We have moved more often then the average person so I often wondered if she just struggled to have a solid idea of where she's supposed to go ask to go potty... We always have used the same door no matter where we moved, but none the less...lots of moves. My question is, has anybody else ever had a one year old still struggle with housebreaking? Dh doesn't have much patience. He doesn't scold her or yell at her (he would be a dead man) but he just doesn't understand it...so I take on all that with her. Which I prefer it that way. I don't want her picking up on him being fustraighted. He loves her to pieces its just one area he doesn't have a lot of patience with... I will say admittedly as long as I'm on top of Arabella taking her out very often, we don't have accidents. But.I still have to be very diligent to remember to take her out. Its almost become second nature a little timer goes off in my mind because its been this way for so long, although when the kids get home from school its chaotic for a couple hours...homework , dinner, ect... Were having to set a better schedule of how we do things because accidents will happen during that time. I'm OK with continuing to take her out like we would a new puppy. I wish I didn't have to crate her when we leave (although its really not often) but I know without a doubt she would poop everywhere. We are currently in the process of getting our fence up and once that's complete I really want a doggie door. My hope is it will encourage her to go out on her own as needed. Not because I don't want to take her out, but that when she has the urge she will learn that's the outside portal for that Lol. Arabella loves outside and playing so I'm really hoping having that free roam to come in and out will help. Wishful thinking??? Sorry this is so long, I wanted to make sure I'm giving all info of the situation.... Im beginning to think I may be the only one who has a pup this age still having problems with this. I wouldn't say Arabella potties excessively, its really just exactly like a new puppy with the potty thing. Her vet is annoying me, I went in Friday and got some heart guard, and got to talking about Arabella in heat and her vet is all pushing to get her spayed (of course) which were not doing for awhile. I assured her were not breeding!!! But she is very "old school" so doeant get my point many time...anyway...i really do not even want to consider putting her through a spay when were still battling housebreaking at the least. Just curious for ideas... I feel like a bad moma that she's not fully housebroken :( I do put in a lot of effort with her. I do get distracted at times. I know that's where my fault lies. Just wondering if anybody ever had this situation with a fur baby at this age? And any advice on what I could do differently?