Rex does have a doggy door that he is free to go out which leads to a box on the patio for him to go in and he has been for 6 days straight now. We were rewarding him by giving treats everytime he went out, but after about 3 weeks of it, I guess I figured he had it and we stopped rewarding him with treats and just started verbally praising him when we see him come in.
This evening, I started with just telling him no, but once I turned the steam cleaner on to try and save my couch he started flipping out, that is when I took him to the crate, I didnt say anything mean to him at that point and just told him to lay down. Usually he starts running around when he needs to pee, this time he was laying beside where I was sitting on the couch and just stood up and squatted where my husband usually sits (he had to work late and wasnt sitting there tonight!) Usually he only goes out to potty between 4 and 5 times a day, he is 9-1/2 months old.
I will try making a noise next time to get him to stop--once before I tried picking him up mid stream to take him to his door and he peed the whole way there! I would never rub his nose, I have read that was bad to do and I would never hit him like he was before we got him, he is scared to death if I pick up a magazine to read or a newspaper to read, he runs. He is a wonderful dog most of the time, but he does seem to have past emotional issues that we are trying to help him through.
Thank you all for your suggestions and I will use them, that is why I came to this message board was for help...this is my first dog and I don't know what to do. Thank you all!