Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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Sandy, I just read your post. I too believe your pup was not completely house trained, they go through a time when they need constant reminders. I really feel for you, years ago I become the owner of two mill dogs (I still have one), not only were they not house trained, they were use to going in their crate and would go where they ate. It took a very long time, but along the way, I discovered the other members of the household, were not pulling their weight and were hiding it from me. I swear my DH would put newspapers all over the floor, turn on fox news and about 15 mins before I got home clean up!!!!! All the dogs needed at that point was someone to remind them to go out!!!! I was mad, upset, sad and at wits end. I had spent six months at home training and socializing these two dogs. In the end it took everyones effort, they had to understand it was no longer about the dogs, it was now about me!!!! Boy was I upset and mad at them all.
I told them how disapointed I was with all of them. We got a plan together that they all agreed they could live with. I did put tile throughout the downstairs, the carpet looked good but the pad could not be cleaned, the kitchen had hardwood it too was ruined, warped. I also put in a dog door to the patio. It took about a year until we felt they could be left on their own. My kids who are now in their 30's playful call it "The Year of The Mom Bitch" and it is a favorite holiday topic, I don't care, I call the year I discovered my perfect family had Cloven Feet.
I can tell you are really at wits end and overwhelmed. You need to get everyone on board. Keeping the dogs in an area where it is easy to clean is a must, just take baby steps and go slowly. Do not do more then anyone can handle at first, then increase what needs to be done. You need time to think and some rest, so you can make a fresh start. Dogs need to get it, sometimes we get lucky, and for some of us it takes lots of work. I hope you find a plan that you can live with soon.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.