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Old December 29th, 2008, 12:11 PM
roadman roadman is offline
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Help with Potty Training Regression

I've tried to search other threads, but being a newbie, I couldn't find anything specific.

We have a 5 month English Springer Spaniel and just last night and this morning she started going #2 on the dining room carpet.

I took her out this morning and she went #1, but quickly came back to me to come back inside.

I've heard some dogs do this from time to time, even after puppy stages.

My only guess is that she is mixed up with her schedule during Christmas break.

I work out of the home and have been able to crate train her pretty well. She is awake for a few hours in the morning and when I start work, she goes into the crate. After three or so, I take her out of the crate , go potty duties and take her for a walk. She is usually around for an hour before I put her back in the crate.

For Christmas Eve, she came with us for a snowy car ride to my folks house. The car ride took longer than expected because of the roads. Anyway, Puzzle didn't go #2 for close to 24 hrs until she went for a walk with my wife.

Since being home, my wife has had off work and we would take Puzzle out of the crate in the morning and she would stay with my wife for long periods of time. My wife felt Puzzle was resting with her and it was fine. This has happened over the last few days.

So, going back to the beginning, is the reason why she went #2 because of her schedule and timing being off? She just went #2 outside and I rewarded her with a small treat.

I should also say lately that she seems to be a bit more assertive the last three nights. She's been barking a bit more and wanting to bite for no reason more lately. I'm hoping it's her teething.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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