November 9, 2010 -
We are having massive problems housebreaking this dog. We have had her for 2 weeks and one day now.
I work on the weekends (all weekend, I am not home from Friday night through Monday morning) and Nathan works 8-10 hours shifts those days. We knew this would be a problem, so we arranged for his sister to dogsit then. What we didn't realize is she wouldn't do it right.
At the end of the first week, we felt pretty confident she was almost completely housebroken. She had an accident her first night home and then once the next day, and then no more that week. She didn't poop at all in the house. We handed her over to Rachel Friday night and assumed nothing would change.
Nathan picked her up every night but she wasn't home long enough for him to realize the problems that started to arise. However, Monday morning when I came home, I figured out fairly quick that something wasn't right. I took her out when she woke up, and she didn't go at all. Waited a bit, took her back out, still nothing. Because of this, she got to spend a fair amount of time in her crate because I had homework/school and couldn't keep an eye on her all the time (don't worry, it wasn't all day in the crate). The more I took her out and she didn't go to the bathroom, the more suspicious I got. I finally got down to look closely at her bed in the crate and found out it was wet...she had been peeing in it and not even caring!
After some struggling, we got her back to decently housebroken by Friday. That Saturday morning Nathan dropped her off with Rachel again. And again, when I came home Monday morning and spent the day with her, I found we had backtracked. This time worse...she was now pooping in the house.
I am so frustrated. I could probably take her to work with me, but I can't keep her that long and devote that much attention to her in my line of work. We decided we need to look around to find someone else (a friend, maybe) and offer them money to watch her on the weekends and stress to them how important this housebreaking thing is.
Even though I emphasized to Rachel about the importance of it, she doesn't care enough to follow through. We also found out why Belle acts so badly when we put her in her crate- if she cries at Rachel's, she is out immediately.
Oy. Hopefully we can conquer this, because I am really frustrated with moving forward 3 steps and back 5.