For training purposes cherios work fine. The treat can be a tiny piece of cheese, but you have to watch the fat content. Don't want to give a dog hardening of the arteries. Anything that is tiny.
It sounds like this dog needs an indoor toilet option. If you can convert an area for such a thing where the dog has a pee pad (they do sell them) you place it in a large tray and train them with that. But you can try both. The main thing is that if you adopt this pet, the vet gives it a clean bill of health and you keep it no matter what. There's nothing harder than to see a dog moved from family to family because they can't handle training it adequately. And remember, the dog whisperer might be called in. I don't think he's every had a case like this one.
Enjoy your new baby. I have a 5 year old pooch and love him to pieces. There's nothing like the bond between owner and dog. Lotsa' love and affection.
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