Hi everyone. My husband and I are having an issue with Jaxx (13 weeks old).
He was doing great with house training (he'd run to the door) but he would often times have accidents in his crate no matter how often I took him out.
Then for my birthday my husband decided to buy me a cocker spaniel puppy. I adore her, but I think it has set Jaxx back.
Now he pees around the outside of her crate whenever he can and lately, after he eats his food, he will pee in his food bowl.
I've raised cocker spaniel puppies before but never a lab and I feel like in some ways there is a night and day difference and I'm feeling a bit dumb!
Does anyone have any suggestions? I've been restricting water intake, I gave up on a bed in the crate because he pees on it. I COULD put a divider in the crate to make it smaller. He had one at one time, but was doing better so I removed it.
I'm assuming it's a territorial thing, and in that case, would moving their crates to different rooms help?
I'd appreciate any help you can give...sorry for always peppering you guys with questions.
Last edited by Crystal87; 03-11-2013 at 07:58 AM.
Pick the food bowl up when it's empty? I did this anyway since pup would play with it if I didn't and the noise drove me batty. He might then pee somewhere else but you'd have to see.
Up the vigilance on his potty needs. Just as when you introduce any advancement to training you back up some steps in what you expect and ask for. Ie, a 30 second sit learned in your kitchen backs up to a 5 second sit in your living room when you move it there. Back up as you've added a new distraction in the new puppy.
Wow, so now you have a 13 week old and an 8 week old puppy? You are a brave soul.
Ha ha. Yes it's a lot of hard work but totally worth it. Although I probably would have been content with just Jaxx, he's such a sweetie and lots of fun, but my hubby knew that I love cocker spaniels so he wanted to give me something special. He probably should have waited longer though.
I'll take the bowl out once he's done.
wow - so you have two puppies? good luck! remember to train them seperate, seperate crates and seperate socialisation/outings (even if they are nto littermates, you can still have issues you would get with littermates).
remove the food bowl when they are done. I just brought in a foster that did this so as soon as they are done eating, bowls are put away (and I have started taking them out to pee after they eat). Issues seems resolved.
At 13 weeks your first puppy was by no means potty trained. Is it possible that with two puppies you are not able to superivse the 13 week old as much leading to accidents?).
Also, when a young dog is exited, they will need to pee more and yes, be more likely to have accidents. I fostered a 5 month old pup and he was doing great but I had a friend over and her pup was playing with my cre and the puppy had not one but two accidents - my fault as i even said to myself I shoudl take him out but I did not.
In other words, the exitement of having another puppy around WILL impact the puppie's house training.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Thanks Tanya! Yeah, they have separate crates, get trained separately, etc. Fortunately they each have their 'favorite' person so at least they don't seem to compete. They each get to play with both my husband and I separately. Which they seem to enjoy immensely! Jaxx has can sit, lay down, shake, roll over, and speak. Sometimes it takes him a try or two, but he's getting there! He really enjoys it!
Ha ha yeah, I knew at 13 weeks he wasn't completely house trained, but he seemed to be getting the general idea, but lately I feel like he's forgotten, probably due to the excitement of the puppy. But you make a very good point, maybe I need to make a greater effort. Maybe I feel like I have been just as vigilant and consistant, but haven't. It's also possible I was looking at things through rose colored glasses and now that I have twice the accidents...
Mostly I was feeling very discouraged and wanted to make sure I wasn't doing anything majorly wrong!
Some people told me when my husband gave me the other puppy it wouldn't be twice as much work, but it definitely is! Ha ha. It's worth it, but I wish I had an extra pair of hands sometimes!
Thank you for your tips, I will do some of these things.
I'll definitely squeeze out time to take them out an additional time at night and before I leave. I always come home on my lunch break to let them out.
actually, they say two puppies is not twice the work but TEN TIMES the work. It really is more work to have two new puppies needing training at once. Is it do-able? ABSOLUTELY! But it will require TONS and TONS more time from family members and tons more patience.
Last edited by Tanya; 03-11-2013 at 01:16 PM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
You can say that again! Ha ha.
I will say though I took the advice given here by both of you. I kind of went back a couple steps and took him out more often. No accidents and he made it through the night.
I also spent a lot of one-on-one time with him yesterday and I feel like that helped. I've been so busy cleaning crates and taking them out for potty breaks I hadn't spent a lot of play and cuddle time with either pup. My husband has been the lucky guy getting most of the play and snuggle time.