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My older dog is regressing
Mrscoffeycake posted:
We share a home with my mother in law who has a PBGV (the dog from the beneful commercials) who is 7 yrs old. She adopted her about 2 years ago and she had a hard time house training. Eventually she was kind of paper trained and life went on. Well about two months ago my wife and I got a puppy who was 3 months and we have been crate training. She has had accidents in the house (because we trusted her too soon) and so we have limited he to the kitchen until she earns her way around the house. However the older dog has started going in the house again in the multiple places including areas where the pup went, and my mother in law is faulting the pup for this change in behavior(stating that if our pup didn't do on the floor the older dog wouldn't think its okay). Is it possible that my dog is causing this change in behavior and if so what can I do to fix this?
rohvannyn responded:
The older dog probably does think it's okay because the pup went on the floor. The smell left behind is probably indicating that this is an "okay" place to excrete, or at least a good place to leave a nice territory mark.

The best thing to do is reinforce the training in the older dog, let them know that it's not okay to eliminate in the house. Thoroughly clean any areas that have had urine or feces on them. If you can get an enzymatic cleaner (fairly cheap to buy at hardware stores or pet stores) use that, as well as anything you have that neutralizes scent rather than covering it up.

It may help to treat both dogs like puppies, since it doesn't sound like the older dog took too well to house training in the first place. Maybe training the puppy wil even help reinforce things. Either way, good luck!


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