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  1. That I know! We clean with enzyme cleaners, but she is sooo good about telling me she needs to go out. It's not like you can ignore her pleas when she wants to go. So I am confused. Rings a bell and everything. And, these were two different beds. Just when I thought I was in the clear. This one was not easy to house train. But this has me baffled because she Iikes to hang in bed in the morning (but sleeps in the crate). Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks--wendy
  2. Hi, I am hoping someone can answer a question. About 4 weeks ago, I went to change bedding in the guest room for some friends who were arriving, I found a big pee spot on the bed. We had recently had some work done on our smoke alarms, so I assumed it was out Golden, who was terrified of the smoke alarms. Today, our border collie was upstairs (and the Golden wasn't). When my husband went to bed, he noticed a big wet spot on our bed. The border had peed on OUR bed. We let her hang up there with us, but she sleeps In a crate in our room. She turned 1 two weeks ago. So, then I remembered the other bed and it may have been the border then, too. She has not had any other accidents in the house since then, so I doubt it is a UTI. I have seen that in other dogs, so I know what it is. Why would a 1 year border start this now? And what do I do about it? Thanks--wendy
  3. Thanks. I forgot to mention that Maisey DoeS ring bells to go outside. Has since about 10 weeks old. And, we make it all businesss because sometimes she does it when she is bored and just wants to go out and just rings constantly, I am in Boston, but this dog is LOvInG this weather (50 inches of snow and very cold)!
  4. Hi, My adorable BC Maisey is about 8 months now. She is fabulous and full of energy and personality and sometimes mischief! Love her! However, even at 8 months, she is still not reliably house trained. A couple of times a week, she will randomly pee in the house, even after she has been out. I take her out every 2-3 hours. She always pees when she goes outside (I tell her "go potty"). 2 weeks ago, she snuck into the basement (she rarely goes downstairs) and pooped there. Since she was 6 weeks old, she has hardly ever pooped indoors. That, she prefers to do outside, she poops about 5 times a day! However, she really has no preference for where she pees and will go anywhere. She has been crate trained and holds it all night since about 7 weeks old! She will never go in her crate. But, it could be an hour or two after she goes out and and she may just pee indors! Right in front of Mel. Not sure what else to do at this point, I clean with enzyme cleaner (but it is never the same spot), I crate her when i can't watch her or gate her in the mudroom with our golden. And she does not have a UTi. This is no t even every day, but maybe a few times a week. Suggestions?thanks--wendy
  5. Hi everyone, Just wanted to get some opinions on house training. Our BC Maisey is 17 weeks today. We got her when she as 6 weeks, 1 day. She "got" the crate immediately and never had accidents (well, on e, but she was so freaked t, I doubt it will ever happen again.). But, she will stop , drop and pee anywhere, even at 17 weeks. Of course, it's not every 20 minutes now, but still.. She is out almost every hour at a minimum. She gets the going outside part. But, she does not totally get the NOT going inside the house part. She is confined to the mudroom (tile, no carpets) for most of her time, but comes out to play and go outside. And I play with her in that room, to. It's a good sized room, but not huge.She gets lots of exercise --at least an hour in the morning with our golden off leash and smaller play sessions during the day). She is rarely all alone). So, she goes out often during the day--even rings the bells To go outside. But, without warning, she will just pee 3 feet from me. I can rarely have a day with NO accidents. What am I doing wrong? I don't know what else to do. Anyone have insights? Thanks-- wendy
  6. Hi everyone, Just wanted to get some opinions on house training. Our BC Maisey is 17 weeks today. We got her when she as 6 weeks, 1 day. She "got" the crate immediately and never had accidents (well, on e, but she was so freaked t, I doubt it will ever happen again.). But, she will stop , drop and pee anywhere, even at 17 weeks. Of course, it's not every 20 minutes now, but still.. She is out almost every hour at a minimum. She gets the going outside part. But, she does not totally get the NOT going inside the house part. She is confined to the mudroom (tile, no carpets) for most of her time, but comes out to play and go outside. And I play with her in that room, to. It's a good sized room, but not huge.She gets lots of exercise --at least an hour in the morning with our golden off leash and smaller play sessions during the day). She is rarely all alone). So, she goes out often during the day--even rings the bells To go outside. But, without warning, she will just pee 3 feet from me. I can rarely have a day with NO accidents. What am I doing wrong? I don't know what else to do. Anyone have insights? Thanks-- wendy
  7. Hi everyone, Just wanted to get some opinions on house training. Our BC Maisey is 17 weeks today. We got her when she as 6 weeks, 1 day. She "got" the crate immediately and never had accidents (well, on e, but she was so freaked t, I doubt it will ever happen again.). But, she will stop , drop and pee anywhere, even at 17 weeks. Of course, it's not every 20 minutes now, but still.. She is out almost every hour at a minimum. She gets the going outside part. But, she does not totally get the NOT going inside the house part. She is confined to the mudroom (tile, no carpets) for most of her time, but comes out to play and go outside. And I play with her in that room, to. It's a good sized room, but not huge.She gets lots of exercise --at least an hour in the morning with our golden off leash and smaller play sessions during the day). She is rarely all alone). So, she goes out often during the day--even rings the bells To go outside. But, without warning, she will just pee 3 feet from me. I can rarely have a day with NO accidents. What am I doing wrong? I don't know what else to do. Anyone have insights? Thanks-- wendy
  8. My pup is 17 weeks today and she is 20 pounds on the dot. She was a little small for her age when we got her (early--at about 6 weeks and 4 pounds). I would guess mine s on the small side, but not too small. She makes up for it in personality Wendy
  9. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was about 6. I hugged my neighbors German Shepherd, (which I did know to be an aggressive dog, even as a young child) and had a bunch of stitched along my jaw line and almost lost an eardrum from the bite. He certainly didn't like it and let me know. I would hug my own dogs (if they liked it), but never someone else's. My new border pup so far does not like it, but my golden would be happy if I had her in a head lock all day! You have to know your dog, but never cross certain boundaries with someone else's dog, even if you know them well.
  10. Thanks. Was not getting hung up on benchmarks. But she came to is early--6 weeks. I have been working so Much with her and some things were just not getting better after 8 weeks and I was getting frustrated with lack of progress in those areas. But, I guess some things can't get better until They are developmentally ready for it. She is a sweet dog, though! We are both very attached to each other already! Thanks again, Wendy
  11. Thanks, Everyone. In just a few days, everything has gotten drastically better! Like a light Switch! As for the peeing, on Thursday, suddenly things seemed to click and she has not had an accident since Then. She rings bells to go out and poop (as I said, she has never pooped in the house and would go nuts to let us know!). But, suddenly on Thursday, she started ringing the bells to go out and pee too! Was stunned. has not had one accident since!! And I did nothing different. She just figured this out all on her own. And, the biting was making me so mad. I was doing everything the trainer told me and did a ton of reading and it wasn't working. In two days, she ripped three pairs of my pants! So, I started getting a little more clear about my displeasure. Not only would I go still and turn away, I would walk just outside her gate so she could see me and I would turn my head and ignore her. In about 30 seconds, I would walk back in and give her one command and if she kept doing it, I would walk away again and repeat. I had to do it about 6-7 times, but she seems better about the biting now and listening to me faster, so I don't leave the room! But, this little bugger is so smart and funny! She was pretty hesitant about the water and learned to swim this week, diving right in to play with the Golden! I was very proud and happy to have two water lovers. Also--We keeps a crate downstairs and upstairs. They have two different latches and she has learned to open both of them! So, the night before last, she got out sometime at night or early morning, my husband got up at around 6:30 and she was not in her crate--door wide open! He jumped up to find her and I called her and swung my feet off my side of the bed and there she was --on my side of the bed sitting up and looking at me! My accidents, no chewing. Just sitting there. And, in her funnier moments--she tries to hide her bully sticks because the Golden loves them and tries to steal them. So, the other day, she put one in a corner and was brushing her nose on the floor trying to brush "dirt" over it (in my mushroom on a tile floor!). I am happy to say there was no dirt, so she finally grabbed a soft toy over and worked to position it just right so it was over the stick all the way so you couldn't't see it. Yesterday, she did the same thing, but grabbed the towel we use for her paws to cover it up to hide it. I thought it was hilarious and very clever! Am just in love with this little girl! Thanks for the advice. I guess so me puppy problems you just have to wait out! Thanks--wendy
  12. Hi everyone, I am glad to have found this forum. We have an 8 year old Golden female and after two years of pleading my case, I finally got my border collie! I had one in the past when I was much younger and not very experienced and thus had a quirky border collie named Wally ( who bore the scars of so many of my mistakes--separation anxiety being one of the,) who was my best bud for almost 16 years. So, we welcomed a tiny 6 week old puppy named Maisey this summer. I will attach a couple of pictures. Maisey is pretty high energy, which I don't mind. I am a stay at home mom and we have a big yard and lots of trails nearby. I am learning to give her some forced downtime because she doesn't like to stop! At first, I would just play with her until she dropped and I spent a summer with kids who ate cereal and a house that was a mess! LOL! Now the pup has to enter the pecking order. My two issues, which it know are pure puppy issues and everyone has them, but I would like to continue to make progress and I thing we are stalled on these two fronts (and our trainer is on vacation for 2 weeks!). She is very mouthy. I think she came to us a little too early at 6 weeks (several reasons, but too late to fix that problem now) and has poor bite inhibition. We have tried so many things and nothing is working. She is around my other dog, who does not like the biting and acts accordingly. She spent a good part of the summer with My sister in law's two dogs, too. They were more tolerant that our Golden, but still corrected her when then needed to. But, my kids are an easy target. She ripped my pants last night and another pair this morning! We yelp and ignore. She knows drop and leave it, which works when she wants to respond. Sometimes she won't even let you pet her without gnawing on your arms or hands, let alone changing and jumping up to grab clothing, if you get your face close, you may get a nip. What else can we try. I don't want to use the crate as punishment, but I suspect some of this is when she is over tired. Any thoughts on what else to try? Also, this pup, even as a 6 week old, never pooped in the house. She practically stands on her head to let us know she needs to go outside to poop! She even rings bells. But, she will pee without warning. Even if I have her out ever hour on the hour, she will still pee in between A few times a day. When I take her outside, she will pee immediately, so she knows why she's out there. We have a command, too. No problem. But we're not making progress on the time in between. I have her gated in our mudroom because I can't make her world any bigger until she makes more progress here. She is crated when I leave the house, BTW. And, I am directly supervising her about 95percent of the time when she is not crated. She doesn't walk away and sniff. She'll stand up and just go right next to me, for example. She is still young --only almost 14 weeks, but I was hoping for better progress by now ( since she has been with us for 8 weeks now) Any thoughts are appreciated! Thanks--wendy The first picture is the day she arrived home and the second is of Lilah, our golden and Maisey (slooowwly becoming buds)
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