Join Date: May 2013
Location: New York City
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Introducing Bunsen Honeydew
Hi Everyone! After lurking around here for months I thought I'd finally say hello and introduce you all to Bunsen Honeydew! He's 14 weeks now and is an absolute joy. He's a cheeky smart thing—since he was 8.5 weeks he's been able to sit, watch me (solid eye contact) and poop on his wee wee pad 100% of the time (yay!). He's met a ton of new people and had several successful puppy playtimes and interactions with older dogs. He also seems to love the camera and knows how to pose!
I love his beautiful brown color (everyone thinks he's a teddy bear!), but his roots are looking pretty light, so I have a feeling he's going to be more cream colored soon...
We've been training him to use the wee wee pad as we live in NYC and its just easier overall with our lifestyle. Even though he has never made a mistake with #2's, for some reason his peeing is a bit all over the place. Since we got him there has been an obvious shift in his thought process: now instead of just stopping and going wherever he is, he will consciously walk over to the end of the ex-pen that the pee pad (in a holder) is in, and do his business over there. Problem is 50 percent of the time he ends up peeing on the floor because only his front two legs are on the pad. It's super frustrating because there has been obvious progress (something clicked in his head!), but its not quite right.
There are occasional mistakes (rare, and really, not his fault) when he's out of the pen, but for the most part I'm concerned about how to fix this current situation. Any thoughts? As of now he gets a treat only when he pees successfully on the pad, but part of me thinks he enjoys seeing a white paper towel move about when I clean up the mess (he's a big fan of anything white and fluffy)!
Also, if anyone out there has successfully trained their dog to reliably use the pee pad no matter where it is/where they are, please let me know... I'd love to trade tips and stories!
Thanks so much!