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|04-03-2014, 10:11 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Orange County, CA
Gizmo is regressing...
For some reason he is missing the pee pad by a long shot and has pooped in the living room on Tuesday and Wednesday. Missing the pee pad is an every day thing. Itís seems like he doesn't want to take the extra steps to the pad when he enters the bathroom. He is also not listening as well as he used to. I tell him to stay and he doesn't, so as I put him back he is very squirmy and opens his mouth like he wants to bite me but doesn't even try. He doesn't show his teeth as if to threaten me, it more like a playful bite . It takes a few tries before he will stay and only stays for a second and then heís off again. Also when itís bedtime, I tell him to go to bed and he gets in his crate which is in my bedroom. He used to whimper a few times until I got into bed, but once I got in bed he would go to sleep, but lately thatís not the case. Now after I get in bed he will cry, sometimes loudly, for about 10 Ė 15 mins. I will tell him to be quiet and go to sleep a couple of times, but then I donít say anything and he eventually he stops and go to sleep. He has started to do a high pitch bark to get attention instead of his low grunt kind of bark. Iím not sure what happened, nothing has changed at home. Hope this makes sense. Any suggestions?
|04-03-2014, 11:23 AM||#2|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Boston MA
They regress kind of like kids. Jess was the perfect dog at first. I think they are just so scared of their new surroundings they kind of just obey. As the get more comfortable then the toddler stage takes over and they test the waters.
As to the peeing, I would restrict the pups area to just a bed and pee pad when you aren't around to watch every second. I ad to go back five steps to go forward...
|04-03-2014, 01:04 PM||#3|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: dearborn heights
I've went through the same thing with both of my boys. My first dog(10 years old) was not potty trained when I got him and he was piddling all over my house even though he had a fenced in back yard that he could go out in whenever he desired. He eventually got better and when I moved to a new house with new carpeting, he stopped piddling inside all together. He also started asking to go out.
So...I got my 2nd dog( 2 years old) who was supposed to be pee pad trained but he REFUSED to use the pee pad. It was spring time when I got him so I started to take him outside but he never asked to go out. He'd occasionally piddle in the house, but not much. This fall, when it got cold, he stopped going pee outside and started peeing on the floor in the house so I went and got pee pads and by gosh, he started using them. He wasn't very good at it though would often miss...sometimes by a few feet even. I thought about getting those "bullseye pee pads" like you see on TV because he was missing more than he was hitting the pad and I was desperate. He did get better though...in the mean time, my older dog took this as "well we can pee in the house now"....except my older dog doesn't understand the concept of pee pads and that Ricky is peeing in a designated area, not all over the house. He just smelled the pee and started peeing all over the house(my bed, trash can, fridge couch etc etc). It's gotten to the point where he now has to wear diapers. My 2 year old eventually got really good at using the pee pads for a while. His aim was good an I rarely had to clean up pee off the floor...I even posted about it....but since then, it's gotten worse again and he's missing.
I don't know why it seems like they go in phases....but it seems like the minute I think they are potty trained, they are back to having accidents. The minute I think Ricky's got the idea of the pee pad, he's peeing off the side of it. It's been a never ending battle. I am looking forward to the weather getting warm. I am going to start potty training all over with them again. I really want to get rid of the pee pads and the pee smell out of the house. I am sure the cat will appreciate it as well. She keeps trying to bury the pee pads and that makes a mess as well.