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Nope, not talking about the hundreds of circles before they finally stop to take care of business. Peanut's and my little potty dance is two steps forward, three steps back.

From about Saturday to Tuesday, Peanut did fabulous--using only the potty box, no accidents whatsoever. Yesterday I lost count of how many times I cleaned up pee AND poop. Little monster has always pooped in the potty box, but he's on a poop-on-the-floor streak right now. This morning I got up around 3:30 to find that he'd pooped in the box last night, but peed an ocean on the floor. (Found it by stepping in it, which is such a lovely way to start my day.

I'm beginning to wonder if this is an adolescent thing (is there even such a thing with puppies?), or if Peanut truly just doesn't understand what he's doing. I'm more inclined to believe it's pure craziness b/c I don't even have to say anything and he crouches down, looking all pitiful, because HE KNOWS he messed up. If he just trotted around, tail wagging, without a care in the world, I would think maybe he just didn't understand the difference yet, but you can tell he knows he did wrong.

So frustrating. We were on such a roll, I was hoping the bigger part of the boo-boos were done. I can handle an accident every now and then....if I know it was truly an accident.

Just needed to blow off some of this steam...
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Sometimes Rico--because he is such a leg lifter--will get the floor or the side of the potty box--instead of in it !! Even though he is great with his training--I still have to clean the extra spray of wee off the floor besdie the piddle pad box...
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Jazz has been going through the same thing. I've been told it's just adolescent behavior, except in Jazz's case, she doesn't seem to have a clue that she did wrong. Maybe that's because I've about bitten through my tongue a time or two so as not to discipline her for something I didn't catch her doing? I'll be cleaning up a piddle puddle and she'll be bouncing around next to me, trying to jump on my lap while I'm squatting down! If I were able to catch her in the act, it might be easier, but she's pretty ninja about it lol! It seems I can turn my head for an instant, and then when I turn back there's a puddle at one end of the hall and Jazz is at the other.

I was advised to just take her back to puppyhood for a bit, crate, supervise, not give her the opportunity to have an accident etc.

I've been doing that for about a week now. Honestly I don't know if it's working or not, because she spends more time in her crate than out of it currently, so she hasn't gotten much of an opportunity to have an accident. I'll give it another week and then she how she does with more freedom. Hopefully that strategy has worked....we'll see.
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Sometimes Rico--because he is such a leg lifter--will get the floor or the side of the potty box--instead of in it !! Even though he is great with his training--I still have to clean the extra spray of wee off the floor besdie the piddle pad box...
Same with Peanut, but this wasn't that sort of accident. It was downright pee in the floor.
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Jazz has been going through the same thing. I've been told it's just adolescent behavior, except in Jazz's case, she doesn't seem to have a clue that she did wrong. Maybe that's because I've about bitten through my tongue a time or two so as not to discipline her for something I didn't catch her doing? I'll be cleaning up a piddle puddle and she'll be bouncing around next to me, trying to jump on my lap while I'm squatting down! If I were able to catch her in the act, it might be easier, but she's pretty ninja about it lol! It seems I can turn my head for an instant, and then when I turn back there's a puddle at one end of the hall and Jazz is at the other.

I was advised to just take her back to puppyhood for a bit, crate, supervise, not give her the opportunity to have an accident etc.

I've been doing that for about a week now. Honestly I don't know if it's working or not, because she spends more time in her crate than out of it currently, so she hasn't gotten much of an opportunity to have an accident. I'll give it another week and then she how she does with more freedom. Hopefully that strategy has worked....we'll see.
Good luck with that. Crate training does not work on Peanut. He'll pee and poop in there, then sit or lay down in it. VERY nasty. That aggravates me almost more than him just flat out peeing on the floor. Hopefully this will pass.

As long as I stay on top of him and make him go about every 2 hours, we do great. BUT...I can't realistically do that every single day. I have a life, too. Hopefully at some point he will finally come to the conclusion that he MUST go in the potty box.
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