|Barked: Mon Jul 29, '13 5:26pm PST |
|Agreed with everything above. Treat her like an 8 week old puppy!
In addition, check with a vet. You say you "only" stop three times on a 45-minute walk. That is a LOT! I would give the command and have her go before you start your walk, and then again after. If she cannot hold it for 45 minutes, you either have a serious medical issue, a serious training issue, or a dog unsuitable to be a SD (maybe just a really tiny bladder?) because a SD needs to be able to hold it for hours!
Or, your dog could be playing you. I've had dogs act like they have to go when really they just want a chance to pull over and sniff! Maybe this is what is happening for you because I cannot imagine why else a dog would indicate she needs to relieve herself 3 times in 45 minutes...
I never let my dogs relieve themselves on a walk, ever. I give them the command before we start the walk, and then they don't go again until we're finished. Walking is working, and it is inappropriate to relieve while working. If they are playing around in the back yard, they can go whenever they want. If they are on leash and I command them to go, then they can go. Otherwise they aren't allowed.
Of course, this does mean that you have to ensure that you're giving ample opportunities to go (i.e. not leaving the dog by herself for 10 hours). However, in your case, it seems as though you may be giving too many opportunities if you think that 3 times in 45 mins is normal.
Another thing is that having accidents at 6-7 months old also isn't normal at all for a dog raised the way a SD should have been raised. Maybe she was a rescue, which is fine, but that's definitely not normal. Just wanted to let you know so you know for the future.
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