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Ricky is doing great - 2 yr old human child is regressing

So I have been MIA lately dealing with the new puppy and my three human children, but just wanted to give a quick heads up. Ricky is the best pup we could have hoped for. Great personality, and is the best friend to my 2 yr old daughter - they are inseparable. Ricky is doing a wonderful job on the leash, and loves going to his small puppy play dates. We have started basic agility in our back yard and he just loves it.

We are still tackling potty training. He prefers to go outside so we are making attempts to be better about a consistent schedule so he can get outside every time.

The other day I was looking at his potty pad and noticed that his pee spot was much larger than normal – 6-7 times the diameter than normal !! I watch the little guy while he is out of his crate and turned my back for just a minute so didn’t see him using his pad. I started racking my brain about water consumption, bladder infections....yada yada. I went over to inspect the soaked pad and my two year old watching me, promptly tells me, “Momma, I go pee pee like puppy!” with a big smile on her face and very proud of herself. Oy vey - my 2 yr old daughter has used the puppy's potty pad twice now!!! Looks like we are going back to a schedule for potty training my 2 yr old as well as Ricky. I have twin toddlers in the house !!! Had to share the craziness.
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Hilarious! If my three year old does that, all bets are off!
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That is hilarious. At least she's paying attention.

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Oh my goodness! Too funny! (your daughter and the potty pad) 'Alfalfa' is sure keeping Augie tired out! They run and wrestle off and on all day. We transitioned him to the UgoDog right away and he is doing pretty well with that, as long as I don't let him out of his ex-pen for longer than 30 minutes. With all the running around they are doing, that is the longest he is fairly 'safe' for - for not peeing on the carpet. Does Ricky howl? 'Alfalfa' (he still doesn't have his 'real' name) will sometimes howl when he wants to be let out of the ex-pen - it is the saddest, loneliest, most pathetic sounding howl I have ever heard!! We have a vet appointment on Thurs. Curious to see how big he has gotten. He is a solid little thing, and seems very agile and well coordinated. And very outgoing.

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What a cute story. I have 4 children(3 boys 24,21,17 and 1 girl 28). My youngest is now 17, they all crack up when we sit and tell stories of their youth but I have been horified when they tell me how they use to perform WWF moves on my 17 year old when I was at work( I worked 6p-6a). Thank God he survived!!!

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LOL Zoya, TOO funny!!! hey, at least you KNOW she can be TAUGHT to USE the potty... the HUMAN potty!! LOL
Glad to hear things are going well!
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What a riot! When my kids and their cousins were little, we had a similar (though messier!) incident. All the cousins except for one are boys. The niece is the youngest. When she was in the middle of potty training, we went on vacation together. Went into the bathroom to find that she had removed her pull-up, and was standing at the toilet, peeing "like the boys"!

Just a word about your back yard agility. Be aware that puppies should not jump or do weaves until they are at least 1 year old, and their growth plates are mature. You can do them serious, permanent damage with jumping too soon. Tunnels are great fun and won't hurt that, and you can be imaginative in terms of teaching your pup to climb onto, off of and over all sorts of obstacles. This will teach him great body awareness and where his feet are. But please avoid the jumps and weaves for now!


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So funny! Your daughter is a very good learner!



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Too funny!

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Yea - lucky for them (both Ricky and Sonia) they are pretty cute so they are keepers - but do I have my work cut out for me!! Thanks for commiserating with me everyone - I was only able to laugh when I finally figured it out....but I have to get on top of it. Sonia "was" potty trained prior to Ricky coming home. Could you imagine - we go over to someone else’s house that has potty pads and my daughter uses them - .

Linda - too cute about "Alfalfa's" howling! Ricky is pretty quiet, but will whine when he has to get out. He just recently found his bark - but only barks when he is really riled up. He is really quiet - almost too quiet......actually, I better be careful what I wish for in this house

Kim - oh boy. Sounds like they were having fun - so long as they didn't get horribly hurt. The things we (parents) never know until after the fact

Karen - thank you, thank you for the jumping reminder!! I didn't think about his little growth plates. Luckily my 6th sense has been saying no to jumping on anything so he only has access to tubes and navigating through holes in the bottom of a play structure. He also likes balancing on the "paver wall" in our garden- I always walk along side of him, and the wall is less than 9 inches high.

I am so thankful for this forum and the things I am learning and being reminded of! It's fun being able to share the experiences we are having with others

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