Sandy was 99.9% house broken, until this week. The .01% was when her aim was off by a little.
We thought she was the smartest dog. Within a week of getting her home, she was house broken. She has an area in the house that is easy to get to, easy to use and easy for us to clean up. This is her spot to do her business since it is difficult to send her outside due to the area we live in.
Anyways, she has used this spot perfectly up until this last week. She has had several accidents in different parts of the house. Mostly with number 1 and once with number 2.
Is this a stage? How can I reinforce her earlier training? We still praise her when she goes in the right spot and try to catch her quickly and send her to her spot when she makes a mistake.
I just can't believe this is happening because she had a spotless record for several months now.
No I haven't. Never thought that might be the case. Maybe a trip to the vet is needed? When I see her it seems like she is well aware of what she is doing and not an "oops it's coming and can't stop it".
That was Lacie's issue when we first got her. She was house broken rather quickly...then she started urinating in the house in different spots. She would just squat and pee. So we brought her to the vet, had a urine sample tested, and....she did indeed have a urinary tract infection. When it cleared up, so did the accidents.
Here's the update, but again I find myself puzzled. Vet says nothing wrong. O.k., that's great but why is she making mistakes? The answer: Sandy didn't like the spot anymore!
I run a small business out of my home, so we have people coming in and out all day and we are just off a busy street so I didn't train her to go outside. It wasn't safe or easy. But I don't think she cares, after a few mistakes and getting into trouble she stopped going inside all together. She would wait for her walks or until she could run in the yard. She trained herself!
Now, because I don't want her holding it too long we will close all of the gates (4 large heavy accordion gates) when she signals it is time for her to go. She sits at the back door and will wait patiently if we have customers or if we need to close the gates.
I am puzzled as to how she trained herself. Am I just lucky, or is this something a GR will normally does at this age?
Whatever the reason, I am happy that she doesn't have anything medically wrong and even happier that she wants to go outside even though the extra work of closing things off safely for her each time.