Sunday, October 12, 2008
3.9 pounds
That is how much out little dog Jo Jo now weighs. I had to take her to the vet on Friday for some shots and he was thrilled to see that she actually had a little belly. The last time she was at the doctor she was only 9 oz's. Not even a pound.
She is five months old now and still not potty trained.

Did any of you ever have a newborn baby come home from the hospital with his/her daytime and nighttime turned around?

That is what I feel like with this dog. Except it is her pooping schedule that is backward.

She will go to the bathroom five or six times at night and not go at all during the daylight hours. We take her outside all day long and she does pee out there but seems to save the poop part for night time.

We leave her gated in our family room at night and put papers down for her to go on. She will go to the bathroom the first or second time on the papers but then she feels like they are dirty and she goes and finds another spot. Like the bricks on the fireplace or in the corner all over my nice white crown molding.

Part of me knows this is a problem we have created. When she was sick for those first few months I was more concerned with keeping her alive and less with making sure she learned where to go to the potty.

We can't leave her outside unattended because a hawk or coyote will grab her. I already told you about listening to the cat next door getting eaten by a coyote. I have no desire to repeat that experience.

So, all you dog experts out there. What advice do you have for this failure of a pet owner? Did any of you have this problem with one of your animals?

We all love this little dog to pieces, if she would just get her #@*# together she would be the perfect little addition to our family.


  posted at 9:13 PM  

At 6:35 AM, Blogger Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

OMG... what a little love bug!!!

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

I highly recommend kennel/crate training for at night. Most dogs will not poop in the kennel they are sleeping in. I did this with some puppies I was fostering and they only had one accident in over two weeks. Also, if you are free feeding or feeding a late dinner I would pick up the food by 6 pm or so. I actually feed our dogs at 4 pm so they don't have to go at night. Good luck!

At 8:51 AM, Blogger missy said...

I agree with everything Stephanie said wholeheartedly. Feeding only in the early part of the day will help tremendously!

If you decide to crate at night, get a small crate. If the dog has too much extra room in there, they'll use it as a restroom!

Also, when we first got our dog, we took him out on a leash to the same little area of our yard to go potty. Now, he goes there every single time to we always know exactly where to clean up the poop in the yard and no stepping in yuckies by accident!!

Take him out OFTEN. More than you think is necessary for the first couple of weeks till he gets the hang of it. And praise the fruitful trips!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger ~Sara~ said...

I also agree with Stephanie. I would use a crate at night and right away in the morning take her outside.

If you put a blanket in the crate with her she will not want to mess on it.

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Sandy said...

That has to be the cutest puppy ever!!!!

At 3:15 PM, Blogger julie said...

Thanks so much for the great ideas. I did try and crate her at night but she cried and cried and we could not stand it!! I am going to try not feeding her after 4:00 p.m., I think that will help a lot. So far she hasn't had any accidents today so we are making progress!!

Thanks again,

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Meg DeZutti said...

I agree w/ Stephanie 100%. Crate training is the key. they will not (unless they are sick) go where they sleep. Doesn't matter that Jo Jo's older. We got, and started training Lola at 4+ mos. She is now 15 mos. She only pees inside (kitchen) if it's an emergency (ie: we are gone more than 10 hours -- this has happened 2x.)
Also -- for nighttime pee, no water after about 8 pm. While potty training, don't free-feed, but have set meal times. Also, watch the treats at night.
Jo Jo will come around in no time at all & will love the crate. We now have an open crate in the kitchen and Lola will nap/sleep in there, because that's her bedroom & she loves it. Best of luck!!


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