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Regressing?

I have a question - we have a 4 year old havanese (Kassy) and a 5 year old Havanese(Fipsy).

They are so potty trained that they would never have an accident in the house. Have never had an issue with this before.

Now all of a sudden when I get up in the morning (I get up around 8-9 am - hubby gets up at 5:30 - and feeds them and stays with them until he leaves for work then they come back to bed with me).
Anyway Kassy (who - it is my personal opinion is not as smart as Fipsy -but she is an extremely lovey dog - loves everyone and everyone loves her - including me) has started to regress with potty training - a few times last week and week before she had pooped in living room on area rug so I blocked area into living room with a gate and then she pooped and peed in kitchen. I find this in the morning when I get up and sometimes at night before I go to bed.

What am I doing wrong? or maybe a better question is there something wrong? Could she be stressed? There have been no changes in her environment or food.

Also,one more thing - Kassy hates going for a walk if she is on a collar and leash or a harness and leash. If we take her somewhere where she can run free she loves it, but... if we go to walk her on a collar/leash or harness/leash, she actually lays down and doesn't want to come with us. I always pick her up, take her outside and put her on the sidewalk and then we go for our walk - Fipsy on the other hand, loves her walk always. I even had my husband take our other havanese for a walk by herself and leave Kassy at home with me, and Kassy cried the whole time. So we didn't do that again, but I am honestly almost feeling cruel taking her for a walk when she hates it so much- her tail is down for about half of the walk and then it goes up when we are about a block from home. What could be wrong?

What am I doing wrong - both with the pottying and the walks?
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Also forgot to mention that my hubby lets them out in the morning both before and after we feed them, so it is not a question of her having to go to the bathroom and not being taken out.
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Sandi, I've read that regression beyond a year usually indicates a health issue. I would take her to the vet to be sure. As for the training, could you take her to a trainer and get her some one-on-one leash training so she learns to enjoy it again?

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I agree with Traci - take the pup to the vet - it sounds like there could be an issue which is causing the behavior!

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I'm sure the advice to check it out with a vet is really sound; I was wondering if even the antipathy to collar and leash might be a health issue - some pain somewhere? Skin? If not, you might enjoy a small book by a brilliant Norwegian trainer, Turid Rugaas; it's called "My Dog Pulls, What do I Do?" and Amazon.com has it; it might not specifically talk about dogs who don't like lead-walking (I can't remember, it's a long time since I read it), but it will certainly have lots of useful advice generally and might help? I've just looked it up and it's $8.23 new, or there are used copies from $4.22. Worth every cent!!
If it is really some kind of phobia problem you should perhaps consider talking to an animal behaviourist? I'm sure your vet could refer you if it's not an issue with which he/she can help.
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