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Potty setback at 7 months


Luigi is a little over 7 months and has been doing very well ringing the bell to go outside. He went to the groomer 2 days ago and has been having tons of accidents ever since. Sometimes he is looking right at us just a few feet from his bell and pees! SO frustrating. He has a LOT of freedom and from reading other post is this the problem? We have gated of the room again to give less freedom. Is this setback normal? It was raining for a few days which he does not like but even so it seems hit or miss as to why he is going inside.
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Yes, the setback is really quite normal, regression...whatever you want to call it. It appears to happen during major changes (moving, not seeing you for a few days, scary vet visits, thunderstorms, bad storms, etc) or atleast so for me, there was always something I could point to to trigger it....which usually came down to anxiety, that might be the case (?) Not that the groomer did anything wrong, but maybe he just really missed you..

You can go back to the basics, limit the space, put the gates back up and water on a schedule, etc. until he's back to the routine.

We had 'setbacks' until around 1.5 yo.

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You can go back to the basics, limit the space, put the gates back up and water on a schedule, etc. until he's back to the routine.

We had 'setbacks' until around 1.5 yo.

I would agree with Kara. Just start over...it won't take nearly so long. It happens!
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Thank you! So far no accidents since the gates went back up! Fingers crossed!
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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".

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Your kid is just entering adolescent stage and such setbacks during that stage are normal. Roki was eight months old when he started to pee around the house. We came back from summer vacation and his favourite place to pee became armchair in the living room. I was completely shocked because he has never peed in living room even when he was small pup. I did all retraining, but in vain. The "pee pee battle" came to an end just month ago - he stopped doing it by himself as if he decided not to do it any longer. That coincided with his best friend Gea coming into heat. We are joking that Roki was afraid thet we are going to tell his girlfriend that he (the lover boy) is peeing around the house. What a shame!
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