|Barked: Sat Nov 12, '11 6:46am PST |
|Hi, well she has begun taking her out frequently and maintaining a she dual and the puppy is responding well. I had encouraged her to begin leash training at once, as this is what I’ve always done with the Shepherds I’ve trained although she has responded very well. It took about 4 days but shes walking fine and loving every moment. I don’t however go for a stringent routine, but keep it basic. So many places these days including vets require dogs and puppies to be leashed I just think it’s a good idea.
Anyway the puppy still wants to use the pads every now and again; we found that when they were removed completely she occasionally will have an accident where it was located, usually during the night, so I figured it maybe better to simply phase it out. However, one new problem that has arisen since she began pottying outside and that is she, on occasion will potty in her bed. This is something I’ve never seen or even heard of before without some external reason such as illness.
She is a happy well cared for puppy and no one is shouting or raising their voices to or around her, and there is no signs of any form of separation anxiety or any obvious stress. In fact today she was playing with her ball and just went to her bed, urinated and then continued playing.
Now I’ve spoken to a trainer friend here, although she specialises in large breeds, in particular larger and older rescued dogs and admits she has never had any experience with small breeds, but even she was at a loss. We’ve covered all the usual things like infection and dominance etc. But none of these appear to fit. She’s been checked by a vet who simply thinks it’s a phase and she’ll grow out of it, the puppy is about 3 months old.
I’d even wondered if it was a fear brought on by the outdoors but again she appears eager to go out and not afraid at all. Everywhere we’ve looked we have not been able to find any information on why she would suddenly do this.
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