Potty Training Challenge??
We have a beautiful 3.5 month old Chihuahua puppy named Gumdrop. We brought her home at 2 months of age.
We started very diligently potty training just as the top trainers suggest. We have schedules on the fridge and are impeccably devoted to taking her outside to her special place after meals, after naps, first thing in the morning, and even during the night. She is doing wonderfully - but that is also because we never give her the chance to have an accident. They say prevention is the key - but some also say that a few accidents are necessary so that interruption during the stream and relocation to her area outside is helpful. She has had a few pee accidents, two just this past Friday which surprised me greatly - she had gone a half hour before so I didn't expect her to need to go for at least another half hour (she doesn't have a UTI - is going to her vet regularly for her shots and check ups and is in perfect health) - it was on a freshly laundered comforter on the floor - our other dog's relaxation area. I got her out and she finished outside. I sprayed to saturation the comforter with Nature's Miracle, let it sit, then laundered in hot water. I put the comforter back down and within a few minutes, Gumdrop was whizzing on it again!! She haden't had any accidents for two weeks and all of a sudden...
And this comforter had never been peed on before ever, until Gumdrop.
She has had only 1 #2 accident the day she got home and again, I have a schedule and know within 10 minutes when she is going to need to poop ... but this morning - an hour early, I was making my coffee and looked away from her for 3 seconds - and VOILA she pooped on the blanket that is on the floor where that comforter used to be. Everything in that area is squeaky clean - so why is this happening?
I don't scold or yell or anything when there is an accident - if I can get her in stream and interrupt to bring her out - that is what I do ... and then I give her praise for going outside. For poop - I simply bring her out, remind by asking her to go CA CA - and PEE - she will pee and I praise her. I clean everything x3 with Nature's Miracle.
Am I doing something wrong? Every other dog I've ever had were completely and 100% potty trained by 4 months - none of them ever had as many accidents as this little girl. And I am being so so so very attentive and considering her smaller bladder. I'm not upset or angry - heaven's no!!! I just want to help my sweet little girl to "get it". Can any of you help me, help her?