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OK, I have to ask...(housetraining trouble!)
I have been debating on whether to ask this kind-of question about my pup, but I am going to, because I want to hear your thoughts and get some help...
In short, (and some of you may know) I have a Corgi, she is now 8 months old and female. Mazy is very intelligent (like a Corgi should be of course), listens well, minds most of the time, is very inquisitive and loves to learn. You can tell she generally wants to make her owners happy...
However, the problem is that she is still not completely housetrained! She learned to sit at the door when she needed to go at about 3 months old, and will go weeks without any problem. BUT, lately, she has been having #2 accidents (not pee-pee) in the house..and it seems like she just can't control it at all! I read that at 6 months they should have control over their "potty parts"....I'm worried about her now that she's 8 mths and still going in the house at least once a week!
She immediately feels guilty for it too, and she is punished when she goes in the house and always taken outside at certain intervals of the day to potty....so why is this happening? and at what age do you all think she should be done with accidents?? what about your pups, when were they housetrained??
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Lets clear up the basics.
Does she have the runs?
Is it always in the same place and therefore is she still getting a scent cue to go there?
Is there anything that is a precursor to her going? eg being left alone, a change on routine, someone visiting.
You say that she feels guilty, how do you know?
How do you punish her ?(please please tell me that you don't rub her nose in it)
Does she always go at the same time?
Are you taking her out of the house often enough and at the right times?
Is she wormed regularly?
OK... I see what you mean woofgang... here's the skinny....
No, it's just regular poo
its not ever in the same place, unless she does it right at the door!
there is no precursor or reoccuring theme to when/why she goes, and she will do it right in front of us!
she always hangs her head and has the "i did something bad" look on her face, or hides and acts funny
no, I know that rubbing their nose in it doesn't help...(I've read the books). I simply catch her in the act, yell NO! and put her in her crate for some time alone and ignore her
she does go out at certain intervals everyday, so she has a routine bathroom schedule
yes, she sees the vet regularly and on time for all the needed vaccinations
Now you see why it is so odd and hard for me to figure why the heck she's still having accidents?
Thank you shaneystar, maggie & linda...
I have read so many books that contradict each other on the subject of crates and punishment...I have read some that agree with them being a place that the pup goes when he/she is to understand that they have done something bad and will be ignored...and also they are highly recommended by most trainers I have spoken with, as weel as my uncles and friends of the family that are vets. (I have quite a few close vets)...
so, I believe I may just consult one of my "personal vets" and ask them what they would suggest...It's so sad and embarassing for her, poor thing...I do hope we can get this sorted out!