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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-16-2011, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Patience-testing days

What days have you had with your puppy that are building your character? Mine was yesterday. At nearly 8 months, we still have a lot of housetraining issues, leading to a labyrinth of fences and gates with Abby doing pretty well enclosed in her every-enlarging area of doggie door access study leading out to the hallway. Yesterday I installed my new 48" Regalo step through gate, which would give her a little more access without allowing her in the newly carpeted master bedroom.

I must have been hasty in tightening the springs though. I returned home from teaching a knitting class in the evening to find that Abby had knocked over the new gate and was happily eating the styrofoam packing material I had left on the other side. While I was then attempting the reinstall and tighten down the springs, she ran into the bedroom and proceeded to throw up on the new carpet. Seeing that, I put her on the bed, where she has always in the past been safe reliable. Clean up proceeded, gate more or less secured, tea poured, time to settle down.

I got into bed, slid my feet under the covers and. . . .found the huge wet spot.

In all of the coming-home confusion, I had forgotten to walk her outside.

I adore my little Abby, but some days are easier than others.
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No worries. Roshi is almost 10 months and I still keep my hawkeye on him. I have absolutely no trust in him when it comes to his 'waste movements'. He does go to the door when he needs out, but I know hwne I'm not looking he will probably dash somewhere to do his business.


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I remember those days! One of the worst for me was when I had just come home from the dry cleaners with my comforter. I put it on the floor in the bedroom and Piper hopped on top and I remember thinking how cute she looked until she peed on it, while I was standing there watching her! I was so mad but realized it was my fault as usual. Good thing they are so cute.

She'll get the hang of it eventually. Btw, I love your avatar pic!

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Momo is housebroken, but, has taken a liking for my shoes and toilet paper. I try to keep the closet door closed because of the shoes, but, my husband insists that it affects the air circulation in the house. Well, he caught her eating one of my favorite pairs of shoes to ruination. Momo shoe.JPG He was quite contrite and tries to keep the closet door closed now, although I still find it open on occasion.

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House breaking is the reason I have never had an inside large dog. The last and only one was a Great Prynees, ccutest thing you have ever seen. Like a little white bear cub. Then the accidents happened. Do you know how big a pile of poop a large dog can make? And the pee, it goes on forever. Well Slew got to live outside pretty quick.
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I learned lots more patience and not to respond to accidents. I learned, just clean it up, it is no big deal. And, I learned how to get up to take my boys outside 50 million times.

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I had one of those days not too long ago (a few weeks ago, I think). I posted about it because I was so frustrated with him and needed to vent. I don't even remember any more (without going back to look up the post) all that he did, but it was just basically a weekend from hell with him doing one naughty thing after another and driving me nuts! Sometimes it's just a real good thing that they are so darn cute!

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Just when I thought McGee was over his shoe fetish he chewed the back of my new clogs the other day! I could probably come up with many more examples but I try my best to forget them......haha

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Yes, we have had some character building going on around here. It has been going on for a couple of weeks. That is all I am going to say...., because I am afraid I would come off as a major whiner. I may tell you all about it later - if we make it through to the other side....and if computers are allowed in the mental ward. Right now, it is something of a struggle.

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I've gotten the impression that Finn is already quite a character. If he does much more "character building, you're in for it. Oh, wait... you mean YOU are doing some character building. LUCKY YOU!!!

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