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Old 09-14-2014, 11:21 PM

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I'm puzzled. Mickey has been nicely house broken for the last year with only occasional mishaps. I also got him using potty pads indoors for a back up. He prefers not to pee on them, but will in a pinch. Poops on them almost daily. When I had surgery in Aug. he stayed by my side 24/7 except to go on the pads. Evidence showed he was really using the pads, not the carpet. When school started (I'm a teacher) he started using the carpet sometime during the day!
The weird thing is that all summer he didn't go during the day (and I'm sure he wasn't sneaking off). When hubby takes him out in the yard he doesn't go. I'm planning to take up the carpet runner that I think he's using, though hubby's protesting. He wants to crate, but I won't crate him for 5 hours, much less 8. Sorry, so long. Do others have potty regression? Ideas, advice, suggestions, or what I did wrong.

Worst part, I had hubby talked into letting me get no.2, but this may change that. Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:47 AM
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When Chewy does this, we clean the area he urinated/defecated on with a cleaner that takes away their scent. Then when we leave the house we put a pad where he had accident. Then he normally goes back to using pad. Anytime our schedules change Chewy will have accidents.
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If he won't go outside, sounds like he's confused where you want him to go exactly. He thinks any place is game. You could try walking him in a different area of the yard that he normally doesn't walk. Other animal scents sometimes encourage them to go. I would confine him to one room when you go out until he starts going where you want him to go.
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Thanks for the good ideas. It's good to know it happens to others. It's got to have to do with the schedule. He still potties on command when we are outdoors except for middle of the day if I just put him in the yard. Thinking he holds out to get a walk. I'm setting up the room where we keep the pads for him when we aren't around. Even that's not ideal since it is carpeted. We'll see how it goes.
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Hello Zell!

Sorry to hear about Mickey's "supposed" regression.

In my experience, with our little chis being so small, it's more about not giving them the opportunity. Their world, their idea of the world is so much different from ours that, in the end, I think they perhaps default to pottying in the house because (let's be honest) the potty is so small, sometimes we don't catch it. I'm almost convinced that, despite my hawk-like vigilance, Ponyo has used certain areas for potty that I just haven't noticed.

Not to say anything mean about out beloved chis, but I don't think I'll ever trust my little girl fully in the house because... well... her bladder is just so small! And our "home" is different to them because it's so large. Whenever I can't keep 100% eye on her, I put her up. End of story.

Perhaps you started teaching again and he knows that you aren't watching? Hell, I'm a stay at home wife and sometimes I think Ponyo can sneak off.

With our dogs so tiny, I wouldn't take it as a regression. Any time I have troubles with my kids, I just go back to 101. It's really all we can do.

And kenneling for long periods of time isn't as bad as most people would have you believe... as long as you fulfill them when you get home and give them plenty of exercise and stimulation otherwise, 8 hours isn't unreasonable. If your kenneling at night as well, though, well... maybe that may be a bit much?

All I'm trying to say is that I train 100% of the time and every know and again I still find a suspicious stain... and I'm the only one to blame. But luckily Ponyo is comfortable enough in her kennel (and I shower her with kibble every time she goes in ) that just putting her in there when I can't watch her works best.
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Thanks! I really agree about it being so hard to catch. Thank goodness it doesn't smell, either. I'm thinking of going to a litter box with wood pellets after hearing everyone hear that has tried it, loves it. Going to pen him with the new litter box and his comfy bed while I'm at work. This will work well with the little sister we are hoping to get soon. She is a novice with potty training so I can just try the litter box with both. I think I remember that Ponyo uses litter, am I right?
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Yup!

Ponyo is a outside/litter box girl.
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