|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Mon Jan 21, '13 7:41am PST |
He had a check up and there's nothing wrong physically. He HAS had a history of the furniture-wetting before, but that was back when he was a puppy and still getting accustomed to house training and not being locked up so that he had no choice. When I got him, he'd been so neglected and kenneled so much, he would just pee wherever he was and lay in it because he wasn't really given any other choice and it turned into a realllyyyy bad habit that it took YEARS to curb even a little. It literally took me until he was four years old before I could give him free roam out of his kennel and trust him - with of course, only the rare accident if a seizure came up or something similar. Now, however, it's almost like he's reverted back into his bad habits, if you know what I mean.
Titus - He is crate trained. In fact, I've been working diligently to get him liking his crate again, because after he began having a seizure in his crate one night, he got scared of it and I had to do some crate games and teach him it was okay again. Every time he goes in there, he gets a reward of some kind - if I'm leaving, it'll be an RMB, or a stuffed frozen Kong. If I'm staying home, I vary it as much as possible to try to keep it interesting. The stuffing in the Kong is ALWAYS changed up too - one day it could be the leftovers from last nights dinner(dependent on canine safety of course), peanut butter, soft canned food, or anything else, really. If anyone has any other suggestions for getting him liking his crate more too, that would be great.
Opheila - It IS in fact my first pregnancy and man can it get stressful! All the doctor appointments, and the nausea(although that's finally subsiding), and various other symptoms that just plain suck, lol. But I'm super excited. I actually plan to start setting up baby furniture around my house soon to get the dogs used to it NOW before the baby even comes. I have things like baby wipes and baby powder(don't intend to use it on baby) that smell baby-ish that I can start getting the dogs used to too, and Trigger suggested a little bit ago to start a game with the dogs having to avoid touching baby blankets that are on the floor. I'm going to have fun with that stuff, haha.
I will admit that it's hard not to get frustrated with him, but I try to walk away, calm myself down away from him before I go back to the same room again. I've ended up in tears before, from sheer frustration over this.
Sanka - Charlie's had those off days too and I usually have a ton of patience when it comes to that because it's USUALLY caused by him picking things up from me. But this is more like an off two months, lol.
JT - Omd, I couldn't imagine that kind of drama! They're not out to get us! I definitely wouldn't rehome my dog over something like this. I'm of the mind-set that pets are for life and I've already had him for just under five years, so I'm not giving up now - he's had worse moments. I'm not sure I'd rehome my dog over anything, really.. I'm more inclined to work through the issues myself to the best of my ability, seek help where I need it and if worse came to worse, see my dog out to the very end. I CAN see Charlie getting jealous when the baby is actually HERE but that's because he has that tendency to try to place himself in my lap or between me and any babies I babysit. Any child under two and he can get jealous pretty quickly. But I make a huge effort to show him there's no reason to be.
Tiaki - Thank you for the input!
Smokey - I can probably establish a new schedule for him, yes. My schedule TENDS to be more towards me working the 9-3 shift on Mondays and Tuesdays, sometimes with a Wednesday off, and working Thursday 4-9, so it's pretty consistent overall. My fiance is always home for lunch to let the dogs out between 2 and 3 in the afternoon too. I think my walking him in the morning before I even start getting ready for the day, and then walking him when I get home may help too, as well as doing training sessions on my days off. I only work about three-four days a week maximum, so it's not like I'm gone a lot. It'd be hard to smother this guy, bol! He's the dog that will snuggle in and NOT leave if he has that option. If I was sick in bed all day, he'd be right there with me, cuddled up against me under the covers the entire time and wouldn't move unless I forced him to go away, haha. It's happened before, where my fiance has called him to go outside for a potty break and he's refused to budge til I kicked him out of bed to go. He's a very very clingy, velcro hound dog.
I do think the key is starting over, and getting a more consistent schedule - particularly with walking him.
OH.. Forgot to add. My fiance and I had to go out for about an hour and a half the other day, so we decided to give it a go with him loose after the past two weeks of kenneling him. We shut the bedroom doors, made sure no blankets or anything was on the couch(makes him ten times more likely to pee on it), left the dogs with food and RMB's, and left. We got home and NADDA! No pee. I'm not getting my hopes up yet, but I'm hopeful that I can build up to him being loose again eventually.
I may also take him into work on my days off to try and get him more used to the smells that come home on me. I do know he'd love it and my co-workers have been begging me to bring the pooches in to meet them, so I'm hopeful that maybe that might help a little bit. I do realize however, that it COULD make his behavior regress. Just won't know til I try it.
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