Wheaton does not ask to go out for a bathroom break. He will still stop and pop a squat right in the middle of the rug if I don’t read his signals properly. He does not go to the door when he has to pee….but he will get fidgety.
If we’re home on the couch, or in bed, it starts as a lie down-get up thing. If he doesn’t settle after a few digs of the pillow, and a few turns, then I watch him. Next it’s get up and turn around. Then he just stands up and looks at me. No bark, no whimper, no huff. That look basically means “Hey Momma, drop your (knitting, your tea, your remote, your phone) whatever cause I think I gotta pee. Now!”
Daisy is the same, she just stares at me…if I ask her “Do you have to go outside?” She’ll huff. The difference in their stares of course is that Wheaton has no qualms about just peeing if I’m not fast enough, and Daisy would explode before she peed on the floor! She’d be so embarrassed! Wheatie is still unpredictable. And it’s difficult to break that because he learned that from 4 years in a puppy mill cage, in a cage it’s a just go environment. I don’t ever get mad or scold him for having an accident, if anything I apologize for not catching his signs quick enough. I’m trying to retrain a habit that was ingrained since puppy-dom. We have come a LONG way in the last 3 1/2 years so if this is the best we can do, I’m ok with it. I know he CAN hold it! He just doesn’t control his impulses…if he has to go…he GOES!
I do my best to stick to routine. That does help. If it’s a busy day at work I take him for a lunch time pee break. At home I let him out for an early evening pee break. Sometimes with my insomnia I’m up in the wee hours…so he gets a wee break!
He does pretty well with me paying attention, he does however still have his separation anxiety pees…those are the ones where I have taken him out for a pee…all is done…then I have to leave them and I come back an hour or more later…or 15 minutes later…and there’s a puddle (not always ON the peed pad…but just a few inches over from the pad). What is cute is that he brings his favourite toy to the scene of the pee crime. Like as if to say, “I know I peed, but I’m sorry…he’s my pinky“.
It is what it is. I have just learned to keep a roll of paper towels and a good stain & odor remover spray on hand!
Look at that face…..how could you ever be mad at that faaaaaaace!!!!!
When you have rescue dogs, or dogs in general, accidents happen.
Roll with it!!