erin_ohagan Posted January 13, 2014 Report Share Posted January 13, 2014 Dublin will turn 1 at the end of the month. Yesterday, I gave her a new bone at about 3:15PM. She chewed away on it for almost 2 hours, taking breaks to drink some water. This is pretty common for her when she gets a new bone. She gets REALLY into it and it makes her pretty thirsty. At about 5:30 I let her out to potty and then she fell asleep. I work from home a couple of evenings a week and last night I had a shift from 6:30 until 10PM. I let her out again at 10PM. When I woke up this morning there was a large puddle in the kitchen. I'm not sure when she had the accident. It could have been last evening or even last night. Dublin's potty alert is really subtle. She just goes over and stands by the door. It can be easy to miss, which apparently I did last night/evening. How normal is it for an almost 1-year-old dog who has been potty trained to have an accident again? Or, am I making a bigger deal out of this than I need to (pretty common thing for me ((smile))). Because of Dublin's history (she was rescued at 5 months from a dog hoarder who kept her in an outdoor kennel with 18 other dogs), when I first adopted her at 6 months we worked really hard at potty training and I would let her out almost every time she alerted. As a result she has not had an accident in the house since September. However, I have been weaning her off of this because many times when she alerted to go out, what she really wanted to do was a perimeter check of the yard, or to sniff around or something else other than going potty. I have been trying to train her that alerting is for potty only. Additionally, on days when I have to go into work, I have been having a friend let her out in the middle of the day. Is the fact that she's not been asked to hold it longer than 5-6 hours other than overnight backfiring on me? That is, should I be weaning her off of mid-day potty break so that she can learn to hold it longer? How can I start to do this? Thanks for the input everyone. She's my first dog as an adult and sometimes I feel like I REALLY big rookie!! She sure is fun though....here's a picture of Dublin, aka Double Stuff, Double Stuff Oreo Cookie, Double Trouble, Dubs, Double Mint Gum, Double Dutch and finally Sweet Pea. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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