“… partially housetrained… but will eliminate in the house if it is excessively cold outside.”
This is pretty much verbatim what we were told was on the record for Lulu when we adopted her from the Cleveland APL back in November. We had hoped for the best and treated her like she was learning housetraining for the first time. We had a few accidents during the first two weeks, which I read was to be expected as the dog adjusts to new surroundings.
Lulu settled in and was really good until about mid-January. Then we had an accident. I blamed myself in part for letting her roam our living quarters unattended… for all of 20-minutes. We cut her some slack. Then it happened again. Different circumstances… I left her for 5-minutes while I put makeup on… we cut her a little more slack. Well now it’s happened four times since mid-January. Ugh!
We’ve read all the books. We watch Cesar Milan. We took her to obedience school. We practice exercise, discipline, affection. She gets regular breaks outside. She is rarely left unattended, and when she is, she is confined to a small area. But somehow we are not at 100% accuracy yet. I try to look at everything she does right, but it’s frustrating! I realize we’ve only had her since… November… since… it’s been cold out… but darn it, I don’t want another accident.
I’m sure many of you have been in this position before and can relate. Even an adult dog has to re-learn the ropes when entering a new home. An adult dog that got away with going inside when it’s cold out: even more the challenge. We are hoping to teach her to ring a bell when she has to go, which I think will help. Until then…
It’s just really hard to stay angry at this face.