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Happy training!

Barbara Shumannfang, CPDT
Email: barbara[at]veryfetching.com

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5 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Question: Our golden retriever puppy, now 4 months old, has been doing very well with his house training, to the point where we’ve had few accidents, and none for a week or more. Suddenly, twice in the last two days, he went for a half hour walk without peeing and then, immediately upon returning to our apartment building, peed on the floor of the lobby, and I can’t figure out why. It’s very out of character for him. Can you help?

  2. Hello. Tull again. Just read your advice on the blog about this situation. Will try the 10 foot pace/5 minute try again method. How do I “whisk away” my dog from the fourth floor of a New York apartment [where he inadvertently peed just a while ago]? I’m bewildered.
    T

  3. Hi Eric! Thanks for your question. One of the things about training a puppy is that just as soon as it seems things are smooth sailing, something comes along to rock the boat. Much like life! Your pup is changing rapidly at this age, so one week is unlikely to be exactly like the next. Maybe this was the week pigeons on the street became so fascinating to him he forgot to pee on the walk. I know it’s hard (I find it hard myself), but if you assume and expect things will change, it won’t be so discombobulating when they do. The good work you’ve clearly put into house training will prevail, even if you have a few bloopers here and there.

    You are right, it is really not possible to “whisk” a puppy outside if you have to travel down four floors first! Just do the best you can to make sure he’s done his business before coming back inside. It requires a little planning ahead some days, no doubt, but it’s worth it. And of course be sure to reward with a treat the very moment he’s done peeing. (Keep this up for a looong time, no matter how goofy it seems.)

    The most up-to-date info and troubleshooting tips are in Puppy Savvy. But if you don’t (or your library doesn’t) have a copy, here is a chart that I’ve not seen fail to help diagnose a house training issue: https://veryfetching.com/puppy-dog-tips/ If you get stuck for a few days in a row, or things seem to be getting rapidly worse, it’s best to get in-person advice from a local CCPDT trainer.

  4. Thanks for the advice. He seems to be back on track again, at least for the moment. [By the way, he is, in fact, a definite bird watcher.]
    Ive been reading your book avidly, and we’re looking into professional trainers as well.
    Thanks again.
    Tull

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