My DSD is staying with us while she goes through a seperation. Actually she's staying with us part-time, as she goes to her mother's house whenever she senses that I'm about to climb the walls (me = obsessive housecleaner, her = slob, get the picture?). She brought with her the 4 year old grandson and her chihuahua Rudy, who is almost a year old. Rudy was a novelty for her and the novelty has worn off. I told her when she arrived that since Rudy was not housebroken (i.e., she lets him pee and poop wherever he wants in her house) that he would either have to stay under her direct control, in his crate or in the kitchen. His crate is a very large one, that we used when our GSDs were babies. Well, DSD doesn't want the hassle of keeping Rudy under her control and she doesn't like to hear him whine when he's in the kitchen, so he spends alot time in his crate. Rudy has had accidents in his crate many times. She feeds him and takes him out only when she thinks about it. The other day DSD went to stay with her mom for a few days and three hours later realized that she had left Rudy with us. She sent me a text message apologizing for leaving him behind and asked me to please take care of him and not be mad. I told her I would, no problem. So, DH and I talked about it and we are thinking of asking DSD to give us Rudy. Rudy and our older GSD are good friends, having been introduced when they were both puppies and our younger GSD Kane is learning to ignore Rudy. The problem is, I'm not sure I'm up to the work it would take to housebreak an adult dog; especially since Rudy's been allowed to mess in his crate, making crate training that much more difficult. The big problem is that Rudy is an unneutered male, so even if I do get him to poo and pee outside (which sometimes means waiting outside with him for an hour or better), he still reserves enough urine to come in the house and lift his leg on furniture. If we keep Rudy, we intend to take him to the vet to complete his shots - something else that was never done - and get him neutered. Is he too old for neutering to have an effect on his leg lifting? I'm not looking forward to housebreaking him. I was spoiled by Jax and Kane being so easy to crate train. Jax was crate trained immediately and Kane only took a week. Rudy should be DSD's problem, but she obviously won't and really can't afford to while she's getting on her feet.