wow this reminds me when my dalmatian is still a ppuppy, even at 3-4AM I have to take him out just to pee and even thought im soooo tired and sleepy I still have to exagerate expressing my happiness when he pee/poop outside. lol. puppies really like being praised XD
Calling the dog to the mess and pointing at it does indeed work; perhaps not for all dogs, but for every dog we've ever owned, it worked. How did we know? The second or third time it happened, we merely had to point at it and they did the 'ears down, tail between legs 'oh crap'' business.
I have potty trained all my dogs in nearly the same way. But as they are all large breeds I used dog crates instead of a box. It's normally called crate training and is the most used method by dog lovers. Also when I take my dogs out, I clearly tell them to "Go potty ___." (Dog's name.) and when they only do 1 or 2 I tell them to "Finish going potty ___."(Dog's name again.) Though they sometimes only need to pee so I often just say "Go potty ___." (Dog's name.) So now I have dogs that practically go potty on command. XD I didn't even realize I was training them to go on command til my mother pointed it out. LOL And it is harder for people to get little dogs trained as they have such small bladders they have to go potty more often then a large dog. Which often frustrates their owners something fierce. My dogs can go usually 4 or 5 hours between potty breaks. Sometimes even longer if we go out and leave them at home. Of course when we leave them at home they are either in a crate or outside in a kennel depending on weather. In the crate they will never go potty and will hold it till we get back. If in the kennel they just go when they like and we clean it up once we get home. Kennels should always be cleaned of poop (They make poop picker upers for this reason.) and if on concrete you can hose down the pee as well. Otherwise, with a dirty kennel you run the risk of worms.
This is the method my family has always used. We also combine it with this rule of thumb: Always take your puppy out directly after feeding time, nap time and play time. It worked like a charm for all of our puppies except one. She didn't become fully house broken until she was about 10 months old, no matter how hard we tried. All the others were house broken much faster. XD
I assumed this was common sense..... no? Or was I just raised with dogs....
Be forewarned - if the dog knows its a bad thing to pee/poop indoors, and you piss it off for WHATEVER reason, don't be surprized if your house broken dog decides to pee in a place where he isn't suppose to just to get back at you. =3=.... unless that's just my dog too....
Dogs do not have the mental capacity for reasoning in that way. They don't do things out of "spite" or to "get back at you". Those are purely human emotions. Dogs misbehave because of boredom, fear, stress/insecurity, or they're displaying dominance/marking territory over another animal (including you) but never spite.
So explain why the dog does something it KNOWS will piss me off, after purposefully getting my attention, as I'm looking at it? They aren't mindless. Some will do things they know will get them in trouble, just because you didn't give them a bit of your food. xD