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Since Kodi was my first puppy, I would get all nervous each time he had a slip-up that we were in for a major problem or I was doing something wrong, since he had been doing so well up until the slip up. Each time, we just went back to less freedom and watching him more closely, and were soon back on track. The nice thing is that looking back, I can see that each set-back was shorter than the one before.
USUALLY we could pinpoint what had caused the set-back, (though often it was after the fact) but I have to say that there have been a couple of times that we just couldn't figure out.
For many months he had been totally reliable downstairs, so we started allowing him upstairs. He immediately started having accidents upstairs. My THEORY is that the upstairs didn't feel like part of "his house", so he felt it was fair game. Since then, even though it has been 6 months, we only allow him upstairs when we can be up there with him. WE hope that that will make it feel like part of ""home" too. But since it's an area where we really can't supervise him at all, we are still reluctant to give him unlimited access after having had a problem up there before. I'm sure we will be able to eventually, but even at almost 20 months, and even though he's TOTALLY reliable otherwise, I believe in "better safe than sorry".
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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