I think this is exactly what I'm going to implement starting today. I know know know...without a doubt, I need to gain some tough skin towards Arabella. She came pretty quickly after we lost Tyson and she filled a huge void, and the loss was so new when we got her, I think we probably let her get away with wayyyy to much.she has done so great with other things in the training dept. But I can completely see my role in this with the potty. Which I guess I didn't totally acknowledge until I started posting it into words . Tyson was a super easy pup to train. Almost every time we sat down to eat dinner there he would be...sitting by the door like "yep...I need to go" and most of the time he wanted out to play LOL, but thinking back I would LOVE Arabella to do that!!! Even if it is a false alarm!!! I really think Arabella from the beginning always was going to be a bit more of a challenge. Just because she is so easily distracted and spastic, LOL. It takes a lot to get her to focus...but bring out the treats and she won't look away from you and willing to do whatever you want .... So she CAN do it....I thought a lot this morning about it and there has been so much good advise. I definitely see some things that need to change, but ultimately going back to the basics , I think is the only way to go. Which all of the kids are back in school so it gives me a good chunk of the day to really work with this... And wow about Cajun , that sounds like she definitely had re learn everything...that's amazing you had her trained so quickly... I really hope this makes a difference for Arabella. We really were doing all these things when Arabella was younger... And at times it was like "yes!!!! She's got it!!!!" And then she would completely revert back... So I just really hope consistently is the key. I thought we had been, but I just need to make it my mission now LOL.... I agree about the crate thing when its chaos time, its not helping her any if its just setting her back.... I really do think with my heart with her.... Its bad LOL. Were pretty tough on our human kids of what we expect of them, and the rules but miss Bella.... Somehow squeezed in and took my heart.... And I have a really tough time with "tough love" with her....Bentley too!!!! He's on eye drops right now, and I hate to do it!!! Because he is such a sweetheart. He never gives us any trouble, ever. He's my big old angle dog that came to us a bit fearful but he's so perfect....but when we do the drops, he just sits there. Doesn't move, lets you do it...then afterwards acts like he's been punished !!! :( .. I'm such a softie with them!!!!! But Arabella definitely needs to get this potty thing down.... So hopefully soon we will have this under control!!!!!! Not much of anything with her is easy ... She's pretty headstrong, so I hope along with going back to the basics , and finding things that work with her, that she can get it..