Mar 25, 2005, 8:05 AM
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Re: [bilbo6209] frustrating house training issue
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You assessment sounds spot on ... Chances are high that Finny eliminates in the bathroom because he was housetrained that way (when he lived in an apartment) ...
What to do next?
Well, trying to undo previous housetraining and retraining can be a long tedious process ... and if not done correctly, it can confuse the dog ... causing him to make mistakes (which mean lots of cleaning after).
May I suggest the following:
(A) If Finny using the bathroom to eliminate is not too much of an issue ... then just let things be ... Afterall, cleaning a bathroom is not too difficult ... and many people (with landed property) do housetrain their dog to use the bathroom ... It can be convenient - especially when its raining outside or cold, or both ...
(B) And what you can try is this ... just watch and time his eliminations ... (Most doggies are quite regular, and most will have urge to pee & poop after meals) ...
Just when it's about time for Finny to do his business - take him into the garden & play with him, or take him for a short walk (Beagles love walks!!!) ...
And when Finny eliminates in the garden or during the walk - praise & treat generously ...
So, instead of specifically trying to re-train Finny ... you are re-training but in a very low-key, low-stress manner ... and I suspect, before long ... Finny will start going outside for his business all by himself ...
This way - if for some reason, it's not convenient to let Finny out - Finny will still have his bathroom ... best of both worlds ...
(This post was edited by surchinmy on Mar 25, 2005, 8:08 AM)