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|09-08-2005, 05:12 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2005
Another accident--back to square 1?
K so she did the same thing this morning and pooped in the living room--does this mean we are back to square 1 with the training? She didn't even come to me to let me know she needed to go out this time.
I know she always poops around thsi time, so I can blame some of it on me, and in fact I was asking her if she had to go out and potty AFTER she did it, and she was prancing around to me and the hallway and I thought she was telling me *yes I need to go potty*, and in fact she alrady went.
Sooo.. should I start back at the full force training again?
|09-08-2005, 06:16 AM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2005
not really. What i guess from your other posts is that since you saw she was doing good. you sorda got soft on the crate. continue to be strict about it for another month or so. Now you need to clean that floor really good so that she cant smell that accident.
|09-08-2005, 06:50 AM||#3|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
good advise about cleaning that spot on the floor or carpet. The best cleaning
products that we use for our household cleaning will not do the job. A store
like "petsmart" or another like it, has products made just for this type of clean
up. It's one of thee most important steps because their nose tells them where
to go and If they pick up the scent in the house, they will be totally confused.
If it's pee on the carpet, I have always found to have a dry sponge availabe is
good - step on the sponge for a full minute and it will absorb alot of the urine
and then clean. Good Luck!! It takes time.
|09-08-2005, 08:12 AM||#4|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Soddy Daisy, TN
I don't think you have to go back to square 1, but you have to be less liberal about her freedom. The #1 rule to follow: If you cannot monitor their activity, (making breakfast, getting ready for work, laundry, or any # of things that take your attention away from her) crate or confine them!
After I started giving mine some freedom, it was hard for me to go back to the crate/confine part, because she enjoyed being out so much. But after a couple of accidents, I had to decide to confine her or to watch her every step of the way. Sometimes I did choose to watch her continueously, because I did not want her to be confined due to my lazyiness, but it was hard because, I would have to get up from watching tv, follow her around or make sure she was with me when I went to the bathroom, ect.. (especially after a long day at work, all you want to do is relax!) But we are getting thru it and it is becoming easier everyday and she does not have to be watched that much anymore, but I still am very aware of when she needs to go potty and take her out regularly whether she asks to go or not. I will still confine (not crate) her, though, when I absolutely cannot give her any attention at all, like cooking dinner or taking a shower. (she has a penned area that she will not go potty in. this is a x-pened area that her crate is in and she has some how learned this is an extension of her crate)
I also believe there is something to be said about giving the puppy freedom to roam the house, while you are vigilintly watching them. (aside from the chewing and getting into everything in site issue) This gets them used to all areas of the house, they get their smells in these areas, they smell your smells in these areas, and they soon learn that all areas of the house is an extension of the "crate"/"den". But they have to live in these areas, play in these area and eat in these areas. So the sooner they get used to the entire house as their "den", the sooner they get housetrained. That is why it's so worth the effort to bite the bullet, be inconvenienced, watching them constantly, until they understand where the boundaries are. It is for a short time out of your life to have a great dog for the rest of your life.