Join Date: Jul 2007
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Although Biscuit has been totally reliable for several mos. (now 10 mos of age), I do remember several shocking regressions, like at around 4 mos and 7 mos. Which made me CRAZY. . .just when I thought he had "got it". It seemed like a little boy rebellion.
The following system worked well for me: no crate during the day, but an
ex-pen, with a little bed inside, a wee-wee pad, and water dish and some toys. He was so happy to be in the ex-pen, rather than in a dark little crate, when we were out, or when I was busy somewhere else in the house, and happily used the wee-wee pad pretty consistenly. Crate only at night, with no pad or water.
When he messes up (literally) FEED him a treat wherever he has defecated: in his bed, on a rug, in the crate, on the sofa (yes, Biscuit did it on my sofa! arghhh) etc. This works like a charm. They don't want to
sh-t where they eat! Yes, you are right, use that odor remover every time he messes where he shouldn't.
Whenever you are home, of course, take outside to potty. Eventually, no wee-wee pad is left in ex-pen when he is big enough to hold it for several hours (like at 6 mos) and the transition to pottying outside only and never in the house does happen.
But Winston is only 12 wks, right, so you've got to expect regressions. Over time, he will get it. Try to be calm, because he'll pick up on your emotion and then the whole toileting thing becomes an issue between you. Remember how that worked with little kids? Same with dogs. Good luck, I know it's frustrating.
HAV A GREAT DAY ! ~~AMY & BISCUIT~~
and HEATH-Y, TOO !
Last edited by Amy R.; 07-26-2007 at 12:36 AM.