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Strange Housetraining Problem
My Boogie is just over 8 months old. He has, over the past couple of weeks, developed a strange housetraining issue that I am struggling to understand.
For the last 2-3 months, Boogie has been very consistent with his housetraining. He rings a bell on the door to go outside. Sometimes he rings it because he just wants to chase birds or eat grass, but I can't remember the last time he had an accident in the house... with me there.
With my husband, on the other hand, it is a completely different story. Just in the past few weeks, he will ring the bell on the door and when my husband goes to let him out, he pees right on the floor. Just last night, Boogie was in his crate for the night and started crying to go out. My husband was still awake, so I took Boogie out of his crate and sent him to my husband who was going to let him out; as soon as he got to where my husband was he peed on the floor. He won't poop at all when my husband lets him out; he "saves" it for when I let him out.
If he is alone at home while we are at work (never more than 3-4 hours), when I come home to let him out he races to the door, waits for me to let him out, and then pees/poos outside. If my husband is the one to come home to let him out, he'll run to the door and just pee right there before my husband gets there to open the door.
He is very closely bonded to me - I feed him, walk him, take him to the vet, etc. whereas my husband is pretty much just a "play buddy."
I don't see it being a UTI, because if that was the case he would be peeing on the floor with me too. If he has recently been outside, we ignore him if he rings the bell again because we know he just wants to go out to play, and when he realizes we're not letting him out he will usually give up. If he doesn't give up then we know he has to go out again. Maybe my husband has ignored the bells too much so now Boogie just thinks he won't be let out at all if he's alone at home with him?
I told my husband that every time Boogie rings the bells, he should let him out even if he knows he is just going outside for fun, maybe so Boogie realizes that ringing the bell does work. I'm hoping that will help.
Any ideas for why this is happening and how we can fix it? Any advice, suggestions, comments, etc. are welcome!
Thank you in advance!