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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Urgent Cry for Help!

Remember when I said I was toying with the idea of getting a foster dog? No? Don't care - too frantic to link to it.

Anyway, foster fella - let's call him Bugger - is here. In the past 24 hours, he and my biting Wonderdog have gotten along okay - not great, but okay - except for ONE thing. It has been a poop/pee fest and really only in the last 3 hours. But DAMN if these two dogs aren't determined to mark up this whole rental unit. Other than taking them out compulsively (which I'm happy to do if it will prevent more little presents), is there anything else I can do?

Those of you who have multiple dog households and/or foster dogs: Does this subside? Minnie has been the culprit in 2 of the 3 recent marking episodes and I honestly can't blame her. This is HER house and I guess nobody really likes to share. And she is the only female dog I've ever seen who leg lifts (outside, on trees, but still. A leg lift's a leg lift.) So perhaps I should have expected this.

Sorry so short and perhaps badly written - must dash off to store for more carpet cleaning supplies!!!!



Blogger ProfessorDog said...

You're totally right that it's not unusual for the resident dog to start marking inside the house when a poorly-housebroken stranger comes to stay. As far as the problem subsiding in the near future, it might, might not. Minnie will probably stop going in the house when the foster dog stops--which could be soon, or could take some time.

Do you crate at all? Some people with non-housebroken dogs make it a rule that the dog is either in a crate or on a leash attached to a person's belt at all times--which is a pain in the butt, but a very effective way of preventing accidents. Once the habit of peeing outside and not inside is established, you can start giving him more freedom.

If Bugger isn't neutered, try to get that done ASAP--it helps a lot with housebreaking full-grown males. If the rescue place wants you to pay and get reimbursed once he's adopted, IMHO it's totally worth it for the hassle it will save.

January 10, 2007 8:21 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Ahhhh! Lil' bugger looks like a baby Ewok! Look at that face! Since it's national delurking week and I've been enjoying your blog for some time (via Desiree), I'd like to say thank you for all the laughs.

January 10, 2007 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to suggest crating, too.

That and having Minnie checked for a set of balls. LOL! Sorry, had to throw that in there.

January 10, 2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

what a sweet pup!
I'm a multi CAT owner, but they've done the same thing when they've felt their territory is being intruded upon.

So glad humans don't adopt the same method.

January 10, 2007 9:40 PM  
Blogger Kimmy753 said...

Ahhh yes, it happens. I have 4 dogs, 3 male and 1 eventually subsided with mine. Crate training helps a ton. They usually do not *go* where there sleep or eat, so when you have to leave them alone, I'd crate or put them up in either of those areas.

Dang..Bugger is cute!!!! What is he? Lhasa? Shihtzu? (heh..I said Shihtzu..ok I haven't had coffee yet this morning)

January 11, 2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger mex (aka Syb) said...

Put their noses in it AND then.. the trick is to give them a Listerine Breath strip. It won't make them sick, but it's stop the crap.


January 11, 2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger DeAnna said...

Yes, I've always found that rubbing my new pets face in some biohazards and then feeding him a little strip of toxic chemicals always works as an effective training method. Also great for building up that trust relationship too. Also great for potty-training kids, if you ever change your mind about getting one of those.

January 11, 2007 10:01 AM  
Blogger Art Nerd Lauren said...

Just a siggestion for the aftermath (never have I owned a dog!) Nature's Miracle. Completely removes the pee-smell. Also pretty good on the stain.

Perhaps when you move into your house it'll subside? I am no pet psychologist, but neutral ground helped my cats to get along. Good luck!

January 11, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger Shawnee said...

As a cat owner, I have no helpful advice whatsoever. I just had to tell you that there is no way you are going to be able to give up this dog. Look at that face! Too cute.

January 11, 2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger Audrey said...

I don't have any advice, but I think it's funny that your female dog lifts her leg -- my male dog squats when he pees. Sometimes he'll "man-up" and lift his leg if he's marking, but usually he just squats like a girly-boy. It's too funny!

January 11, 2007 11:43 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Still a cute dog though! LOL

January 11, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Teacher lady said...

Thanks for the tips and compliments. Bugger is a full-bred Pekingese; he even has his fancy-dancy AKC papers. (Like I care.) I'm trying to shower Minnie with attention so she knows she's still queen of my heart. How people have more than 1 child, I will NEVER know!

January 11, 2007 4:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

This is normal, and it does subside. Each time I've gotten a new dog or a foster dog, there's been a period where everyone forgets their housetraining.

I second the suggestion of strict management - dog in crate or at your side at all times. Also be diligent about establishing a potty routine.

Rubbing their nose in it, or even scolding them, is useless unless you catch them in the act (in which case I suggest scaring the fur off of them). If you scold/punish after the fact, they have a hard time connecting the action with the punishment.

Good luck with it! I have and foster research dogs, for whom life in a cage tends to erase all denning instinct, so it is hard as heck to teach them that the house is not their potty.

And he is a cute little ewok!

January 11, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

No advice to give, just have to have a Cute Overload moment and go SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE! Bugger is ADORABLE! Pekes are soooo cute; cuter, I think, when they're trimmed up than when they're all grown out, probably because then they look like fuzzy pugs and I'm a pug person.

What's Bugger's story? Why is he in foster care? Is it an Animal Cops sort of story of anger-inducing neglect or something else?

January 12, 2007 1:34 AM  
Blogger desiree said...

I agree with Maya, you have a twee ewolk on your hands. Adorable.

I have never owned a dog so I don't know how to stop the peeing other than to wrap 'em in diapers.

January 12, 2007 1:00 PM  

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