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We understand. Everything was looking really good for training Stella to the piddle pad in her xpen. Then, it was as if she decided she forgot, or didn't want to, or was checking out the rules. What we found, is that we thought she was trained to the pad but that didn't make it necessarily so... in anycase we had forgotten about the treats as she had seemed to be doing so well. So, after an accident we went back to treating her when she did use the piddle pad, and so far all is good again. We've also started clicking our clickers when she does something we want her to do, followed by treats. Consistency doesn't mean you give up even when you think she understands.
We would be nutty mommas had we not had an xpen. She gets to come out of the xpen for 10 minutes of RLH and 10-5 minutes of training, and some cuddle time on the couch, and then it's back in the xpen. We do this at least 6 times a day, when she is awake.
HOWEVER, here is an xpen warning ... this afternoon we all came home from shopping, Stella was in her xpen in the family room, we were in the kitchen putting away groceries and making lunch. Suddenly, our little baby started screaming at the top of her lungs. She had tried to get out of the xpen, managed to squeeze her head through the opening she made between the two pieces, but now the metal bars started squeezing her neck and she couldn't go forward or backward. We were only steps away so the situation was resolved quickly and no harm done. But, this is a warning to always use both latches/clips, not just one, when using an xpen.
My heart is still beating way too fast. If we hadn't been home and had left the pen with only one latch on... <egads>