Once again it feels like forever since the last post about Wellie. This month has been full I tell you.
First up, almost immediately following the last post was Westfest. It was a blast and we had a great time. On Saturday (the longer day) I brought Corduroy and she just loves it – she laps up the attention and still wants more. On Sunday I brought Wellie and she did really well for her first big festival. She was very well behaved and went on two long walks with Rolph, the dog walker for Bark & Fitz. The only thing was that she was a bit overwhelmed with all the people. I’ll probably just stick to bringing Corduroy next year, but it was nice for Wellie to go once just to experience it.
One thing I did find out during Westfest is that Wellie really hates skateboards. She actually went crazy nuts barking and trying to get to the skateboards when some kids were skating around at one point on Sunday. I’m not sure where that is coming from, but I’ll be sure to watch for the next time we see a skateboard and we’re not around a bajillion people, to really see what is setting her off about them. The sound? the fast pace?
Once again I wish I could report more success in housetraining, but I am sad to report it’s actually gotten a lot worse. Ugh. While we seem to have the pooing under control, as long as we make her go at her “usual” times (6am and 4pm), but it’s just the peeing now. Well to be honest, I don’t fully trust her not to poop inside yet either, but I’m sure she’ll earn that in time.
So the peeing. It’s not a physical issue, because she holds it every single night. It’s a choice – she’s choosing not to hold it and going all over the house. We haven’t been able to catch her (aside from last Saturday, which I’ll get to in a moment). And the funny thing is that she does it mostly while we are home. I am wondering if it’s something to do with attention seeking? What is working in the mornings is taking her out on a leash, I just don’t know how long I should keep this up for – taking her out on leash every morning. Every once and a while at 4pm if she’s not going poo and just wandering or wanting to go in the house, we’ll put her on leash again and walk her around the yard. I just don’t understand why she would rather always be inside than out – but then tries to dart out the front door every chance she gets. Ack! I think she is singlehandedly keeping the “pee stain remover” industry in business! haha.
What I previously thought was a fear of our back yard grass isn’t – it’s actually a strong dislike of the grass being wet. Any time it rains or is dewy in the morning, she doesn’t want to go out. I remember Corduroy being fussy like this as a pup but she’s fine now so hopefully Wellie will get over it.
The peeing inside is getting to be quite the problem. At the three month mark, we were getting up to four days sometimes with no accidents but this month (aside from the past two days – yay!), she’s had accidents almost every single day. This past Saturday was a HUGE setback and she peed on our bed, while Thomas was in it reading. Not good. She had just been outside and didn’t go.
It’s quite emotionally draining and takes a lot out of both Thomas and I. It’s really hard to think you’re making progress and then you’re right back at square one. It’s not that she doesn’t understand and we are very frustrated. So much so that we have a behavourist coming in this weekend to help us out. Gwen, who runs Birch Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation, is a wonderful trainer and will hopefully be able to give us some insight into Wellie’s behaviour, and give us a plan of action that we should be taking to help Wellie to stop having accidents in the house.
Wellie has also begun talking back to us, mostly me, and I’d like to have Gwen’s insight into this as well. I’m not sure if she’s going through her own little “teenage phase” or if she just doesn’t respect me, but she’s been barking at me and biting at my feet and hands when she wants something (like her breakfast). How I’ve been dealing with it is while preparing her food, I keep the little squirt water gun right there and simply squirt her if she jumps up. It seems to be working. Previously I had tried to growl at her, verbally telling her to stop and that just got her going more so I don’t even say a word when I squirt her now.
It’s funny to compare Wellie to Corduroy and Paddington. Sometimes she is so much like Paddington it’s crazy. Paddington never used to let us pick her up – she would back up if we made the motion to pick her up. Wellie does the same thing (now Paddy will let us, but only in the past year or so). She’s also much like Corduroy in that she likes to be near you, or at least know exactly where you are.
Some major things will be happening in our lives in the next few weeks. I’ve made the decision to leave my day job and become a full time photographer (exciting!!) so I’ll be home much more with the dogs. I am hoping that I’ll be able to help Wellie along with her housetraining by being around the house a bit more. Because of this, I am also not being very good about updating the blog so you’ll have to put up with me not updating this blog as much as I should be. Soon I hope to sit down and work an entire full day updating it! But back to Wellington.
All in all, Wellington is such a sweet little girl and I know we can beat this housetraining thing (even if it does seem hopeless sometimes…). I just love her to bits.
ps. Update at 9pm – so our almost 3 days of no accidents has been broken. She peed on the living room carpet sometime today.
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