I just wanted to give you guys a very happy update.
Jaxx was getting into that habit of peeing in his crate and (empty) and food bowl. To make a really long (and boring) post shorter... with the assistance and tips from here, we identified that his age and the addition of the 2nd puppy were the culprits so I had to go back to basics. At one point he was peeing if I gave the other puppy attention. I went all the way back to square one with the crate.
I won't get in the ins and outs. Suffice to say, my husband wanted no part of this 'training'. But I spent hours with Jaxx throwing every scenario I could. In the crate for a few minutes. In the crate for a few minutes, but taking the other puppy out. In the crate, but taking no puppy out, etc. Again I could ramble for hours, but I won't. :P
Anyway, my break through is yesterday he did not pee at all in the crate or in the house. (He used to pee if I took the other puppy out, whether he got taken out first or not). He was attentive, patient, sweet, etc. I think taking that time to spend focusing on him and our bond has really helped.
It's early so I hope I conveyed what I was trying to say well enough. As always thank you so much for your wonderful tips and support!
Of course now that we had this triumph, my husband said we can get dog #3 whenever I feel like it. (He says this because I wind up doing 99.9% of the work...) I'm thinking I'm good for a few years. :P Particularly since Jaxx is far from perfectly trained ha ha, if there even is such a thing.
Congratulations to you and Jaxx! I hope your success continues!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Congratulations! Always little steps at the beginning.
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!