Hello, Im new here and have loved the breed since my mother bought a blenheim cav when I was little, since then our family has always had cavs, now I have my own cav (before him I had a cocker spaniel for 12 years) and love him dearly but he has developed an EXTREEMLY annoying habit I was hoping the good people here could help with.
Toilet training....grrrrr! When I bought him home as a pup he was 12weeks, I gently crate trained him and he was perfect (a few slips but over all perfect) I was at home with my baby, so home full time and really concerntrated on this for 2 months, he was perfect, as an inside dog with little kids this is really important.
I went to work, we had a regression - we worked on that and again he was perfect. A few months went by then we went on holidays, I couldnt take him so rather than put him in a kennel I left him with my sister, she has other dogs of whom he has met and played with on several occasions prior to leaving him there for a few weeks. There too he was an inside dog, my sister reported in the seccond week he started peeing/pooping on their bed.
NOT HAPPY! When I came and bought him home he did it at home too, caught him in the act and bought him back to basics - crating. Ok now he is good inside in the day time but at night poops if not locked up, even with toileting at 3-4 hour intervals.
this has been going on for a month now and I am getting tired of toileting a dog at 3-4 hour intervals at night. Any suggestions? I have tried the positive reinforcement, rewarding for going in the right place ect.. but tried to leave him free last night and he is still pooping/peeing at night. I tried puting him on the verandah and this still happens (even with light on /off) what do I do, surely I dont have to keep him locked up at night forever. Any hints ideas please!