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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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They grow up

I thought I would share our breakthrough day. Lola is 10 mos old and has never been housebroken. It seemed like we had an accident every time I left the room. I was feeding her a grain-free diet of Nature's Variety medallions and kibble, and the kid pooped ALOT. So I changed her to a mix of kibble with more non-wheat or soy grains - Salmon and Oatmeal. That, coupled with her growing up, has gotten us to two accident free weeks! And today I went to work from 8am to 8pm, leaving Lola home with two rooms access. She has a dog walker who comes takes her out for 2 hour rowdy walks midday.

When I got home at 8pm, there was baby Lola asleep on the sofa, happy and accident-free. Not one "present" left in the house, and no signs of a "hidden or eaten" present any where. Not one pillow chewed, no magazines shredded, just a few toys played with and that was it! I worried about leaving her for so long because I had never been out with her alone for that many hours. Usually I only leave for 3 hours max at a time. But the dog walker really gives her a great work out and she is one happy puppy now.

It feels like a HUGE breakthrough. I guess these kids do grow up after all.
Kinda bittersweet...

---Little Lola a.k.a. Princess Pee and Poop and her humom Anne

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you must be soooo happy and proud! what an accomplishment!

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Wow, that's great!! That's a long time to have that much freedom, so she did a wonderful job!

Doc still gets the expen when we are gone.....he knows to go outside, but will also use the carpet as his personal toilet. grrrrrr....but, at 7 months, he is getting better, so hopefully we can one day take this contraption down!

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Wow . . . so it's actually possible . . . know you are relieved. We're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel too (or the lack of something on the floor) . . . thought it would never happen!

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Oh Anne, I know exactly how you feel. Bittersweet. So proud and happy-- and yet a true sign that they are becoming "dogs" luckily havs look like puppies their entire lives. Way to go Lola.

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That sounds like great news to me!

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Do you think the raw diet was contributing to the accidents? Like things going through faster, with no grains to bind or slow down the transit time? I don't have a Hav yet, but my Yorkie was switched to raw at age 4 and it cleared up a lot of her health issues (hot spots, allergies, vomiting, etc.), but in retrospect I think she was short on minerals because I was not giving her things like bones, tripe, etc. We kept her paper trained - different house and there was room for it, so she could go at will, and she pooped at least three times a day, sometimes more, and there were plenty of puddles, too.
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Now me, I was just reminded last night that Tessa is still a puppy

I feed the NV medallions and either Origen or EVO so at least it's a poop twice/day and firm
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Yay, Lola! That's just great, Anne. I'm so glad you posted. We're still struggling with this issue. (10 months old too) Your post gives me hope!


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