Ugodog location change Take 2
When I initially trained Brody to the Ugodog I set it up near the front door of the apartment.
1. Because it was one of the few areas that was on lino
2. Because it was centrally located and within my line of sight.
Now that he's totally trained on it (and he has been for ages) I want to move it because:
A. It looks unattractve in the entranceway
B. If anyone walks down the hallway outside, or opens a door, or heaven forbid TALKS or make any noise, he WILL run off the Ugodog (mid whatever he is doing) in order to start barking
C. When he poops it smells up the place. Sure I have a bottle of vinegar-water to spray after, but still....
So a few months ago I tried moving his tray to my bathroom, since he does leave the toilet paper roll alone now. The bathroom is small and it is definitely in the way (I need to move it shower, for example), but it'd be out of general sight there and when he poops I can turn on the fan!
The first try of this did not go well. He refused to use it. After an entire day of him refusing to go to the bathroom I finally moved it back to its original location because I was frankly afraid he was going to explode all over the carpet rather than use his tray in the bathroom. I'm not sure what his problem was, but you'd think I was the beast-monster-from-hell the way he was looking at me!
I figured I could always try to move it again later and maybe he'd be more ok with it then. Maybe he wasn't just ready or whatever. It wasn't a battle I wanted to make a big issue over.
Yesterday, I decided to try moving it again. So far so good, and he's been using it with no problem. A couple of times he's gone to the old spot and then remembered after seeing the tray wasn't there and then trotted off to the bathroom.
Now *I* have to remember to stop shutting the bathroom door when I'm not in it! ha ha
Tracy and Brody
Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ~Roger Caras