Re: Not fully house brokenPosted by: Leslie Hemsing
Posted on: March 27, 2003 at 21:57:33
In Reply to: Not fully house broken
Happy Birthday to Dewey! Our terriers celebrated their birthdays this past weekend too -- the big TEN-OH as in "OH my goodness they are now into double digits!" :-)
First rule of house training -- a terrier who is not FULLY house broken does not get the run of the house. The definition of FULLY house broken is when the dog knows that he/she MUST "hold it" until he/she is let outside.
I understand how wonderful it is to make it through one day without having to clean up an "oops" on the carpet. After two or three days, we can hardly contain ourselves (LOL!) and after a week, we start to RELAX. Which is usually when, and why, we have to clean the carpet again. :-)
I recommend that you stop letting Dewey have the run of the house even when you're home; even though he's 12 months old, you should treat him like he's a 12 WEEK old terrier. This may resolve the problem of Dewey recently going #2 in the house though I suggest you should also consider any change to his diet, routine, environment as a possible cause for him pooping in the house.
Hang in there, Ben; I'm sure you can teach Dewey what he needs to know to earn him that last 5%. :-)
Best of luck,