|Barked: Sun Jun 23, '13 8:47pm PST |
|He doesn't have a solid cue quite yet but I noticed that right before we go out for our scheduled walks (when I am getting everything together), he will sit by the door and stare at me expectantly. This is usually 3-4 times a day. He gets around 6 hours of exercise per day. Luckily, I am home all the time because of a disability. So, I am fortunate enough to take him almost everywhere I go.
The first time he peed in the house was because of the rain and floods that have been happening here. We have been stuck inside most of the time and he was unwilling to go out into the rain. I had to pick him up and take him outside, I got soaked quite often and very quickly in the last 4 days. So out walk schedule was thrown off.
Today, we were out for a very long walk (3 hours) and then I had yard work to do. We have no fence to speak of so I have a tie out for him. He has not gone to the bathroom once in the yard since I got him and seems to have no interest in it. So it's my fault that I wasn't paying attention while I was doing yard work to notice that he didn't go to the bathroom while we were out there. And when we got back inside, I started cleaning, so I probably didn't notice a sign if he did give one.
So we do have scheduled walks. The weather is finally looking better today so our scheduled walks are back on. Other than those 2 accidents he's very good. I am training him myself and do have experience with training dogs (mainly Rotties, who was a champion in obedience and 1 Border Collie cross), the housebreaking thing is just a bit new to me.
Roman is a pleaser, he will get something very quickly if he is praised highly. He knows sit, stay, come, no bark, no bite, enough and to wait (sit until I say okay) for his food until I am ready to give it to him. A lot of things are still in progress. He does not know the command "down" yet and we are working hard on that one. He sits on street corners when we are waiting for the light to change and sits (most of the time) when we stop anywhere. and as a bonus, he fetches and knows the "out" command. I have been working on him since a couple days after my mother started fostering him (no, I do not live with my mother, I just went there every day to take care of him when my mother was at work). All in all, he's better behaved than my 6 year old. lol
Training a small dog is a bit new to me and I have to use a gentler touch than when I trained the Rotties (1 was mine and my mothers, the rest were foster Rotties). Again, I am with him all day every day, so finding time to train is not an issue. Money is a bit tight though, so going to obedience class right now is not going to happen.
I think that maybe the issue is that I need to pay more attention to see if he does have any cues except for the expectant look on his face when he knows we're going out for a walk. Other than those 2 times he has gone pee in the house, he doesn't do it. I don't pay attention to him constantly either and he wanders the house. All the doors are closed and we only have one floor with a short hallway, so pee spots, especially hidden ones, are hard to find... even for a dog. We have our scheduled walks and if that schedule has the chance of being thrown off, I need to watch more carefully for signs.
As for the enzyme spray, I do have some, he still peed in the same spot... in the middle of the carpet as if to say HA! YOU DIDN'T TAKE ME OUT ON TIME HERE'S SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO CLEAN NOW! I'm glad I have a little green machine (spot steam cleaner). lol
P.S. I just got him a rain coat today so maybe walks in the rain will be a little longer and tolerable for him.
Edited by author Sun Jun 23, '13 8:48pm PST
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