We have a beautiful 6 month old golden cocker spaniel (show type)
She is very clever and has learnt lots of commands and is generally very well behaved. However she is still not toilet trained!
We take her out regularly (every 1-2 hours) and it's high fives all round when she goes, lots of praise etc. We don't shout at her when she goes inside, except if we catch her in the act and then we do a loud clap or NO and hurry her outside to finish off, and then lots of praise.
We say wee wees as a cue, and again while she is going so she associates the word. When we take her out we try to avoid playing so she can concentrate on just going to the toilet, and then some play afterwards if she goes. Sometimes I think she just gets distracted and would rather sniff around the garden than think about weeing even if she needs to! She will sometimes be outside for ages, do nothing and then come in and immediately wee on the floor.
We clean up with proper stuff to remove the odour to try and discourage her from going there again, although she doesn't seem to have a favourite spot. Although she will favour leaving the living room to go in the hallway or kitchen. We have tried keeping the living room door shut which in fairness does help as she will then sometimes go to the door, but also will sometimes just go in the living room regardless.
She sometimes gives us a clue she needs to go and we take her out, equally sometimes there is zero warning - especially for wees, she literally just drops to the floor and it's too late.
She sleeps fine through the night in a crate for 7+ hours with no accidents so she is capable of holding it.
I have googled and googled for more ideas, any suggestions or do we just need to be patient? Sometimes I feel a bit ashamed when people seem surprised she isn't toilet trained yet, what is a normal age??
Thanks for any help!