You might remember me you might not.
about 3 months ago I got a lil pup, who is now I guess not really a pup anymore, he's 5 1/2 months old..
I am in a situation where I had my partner leave and work full time so pup was on his own (still is) all day long..
Things have been up and down but at the end of the day I love him heaps and we are doing very well.
He gets so much love when i'm home and he gets 2 big walks every day without fail, he's a very good natured sweet boy and he never barks or makes noise for the neighbours.
As far as i've come, I still have some major frustrations..
Because he's inside so much (apartment) I was using news paper all over the floors for a long time..and let me tell you I got SICK SICK SICK of my house smelling like pee and poop, I can still even faintly smell it now sometimes.. YUCK.
So I had enough of that and removed all the paper except for a small spot in the laundry for him to go during the day when i'm at work.
And I started (when i'm home) repeditively taking him out every 15 minutes to the grassy patch outside.
He's been going there pretty well for about a month now although he still has accidents, and it's incrediblely frustrating because I have to CONSTANTLY watch him/his behavior.
NOW I know my situation is not ideal, but I am trying as hard as I can..
And yes sometimes when he has an accident it's my fault because I didn't catch him before hand.
For example this morning I let him out of his crate and because I was very tired (up all night for work) I just let him play with his toys next to my bed while I tried to snooze *never happens* because he won't leave me alone(another problem I have but i'll get to that)
Before I know it he trots into the bathroom and starts peeing on the bathroom mat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I know I should have gotten up straight away after letting him out and taken him outside.
BUT, he always goes on the paper in the bathroom, and all of a sudden randomly every now and then he'll just go randomly on the rug, or on the carpet.....it's so frustrating, it only happens around 5% of the time but it means I have to constantly watch him just to make sure he doesn't go in the house/where I don't want him to.
Not to mention if I take him to a friends house, he'll just go wherever because he's not used to it there, and if I put a load of paper down in their house it'll take him forever to start using it..
Needless to say it's a CONSTANT battle.
This ties in with my other problem,
Because of toilet training/him being left alone/chewing.. I have to watch him every second i'm around.
And I mean every second..
I can't let him roam free in the mornings if I want to sleep in because he's constantly jumping up on my bed wanting my attention, bringing his chew toys onto my bed (yuck) and or wanting me to constantly hold the chew toy for him while he chews it......(literally nearly all the time).
If I don't attend to him constantly or do this he'll either..
Pee in the wrong place
Chew something or jump to chew something or bug me until I play with him.
What am I doing wrong??????????????????????????????
I know that the fact i'm attending to him constantly is part of the problem, because he expects that I will....but I don't really have a choice.
If I want to sleep in I basically have to lock him in the laundry and go to the spare bedroom for an hour or two..
If not he'll whine and carry on (I don't let him out if he does this but he doesn't seem to learn that whining wont get him let out...he still does it regardless)
While I know he's still young and our situation isn't ideal and he IS doing well.. these few things are driving me somewhat nuts..
Normally i'm fine but if i'm tired or depressed it makes it very stressful when he behaves that way.