Friday, September 3rd, 2010 | Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy

Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned that Ozzy was doing really well. Did I jinx myself?

Probably not. I’m going to assume his “actions” are normal. I remember Indy going through these phases, but I’ll admit I can’t remember Gryffin going through this so early.

As I mentioned the other day, Ozzy is four months old. He’s been doing freakishly well on the house training…until Wednesday. I think he actually went about a week without any accident, but since I was out of town last week and the other human in the house can’t tell me when the last accident occurred, it’s really a guess. Most of his recent accidents have been swizzles until last night. He was supposed to be under the watchful eye of someone who is not me as I was working out. He and Indy were playing like crazy in the hall which means he’s going to need to go any second. All of the sudden, I heard that lovely sound of liquid hitting the carpet at a decently high pressure. Yup – he let it rip in the hall.

To be honest, the pee stuff doesn’t bother me that much. It’s part of having a Swissy puppy, and we clearly missed the signal there. What is kind of annoying is that he’s hitting a rather stubborn and obstinate phase a bit early. He doesn’t want to do any of his normal puppy pushup stuff (sit, down, stay, etc) without treats, when he previously was a champ. And not only does he expect treats, but now it needs to be the really good stuff. It can’t just be a piece of kibble or the normal training treats we use – it needs to be a chunk of bread or the dehydrated beef heart treats. But on the bright side, the use of said special treats got him to learn two tricks – paw and sit pretty – within five minutes. And he’s consistent with those tricks now, so we’re going to work on other paw, roll over, and probably an army crawl.

So I say we’re having setbacks, but that’s probably not a fair assessment. We have a puppy. It’s normal.

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3 Comments to Setbacks

Gina H.
September 3, 2010

yyyep sounds normal to me. Boys, man they do not give ANY sign really…they just GO. I mean they are halfway in the peeing position just standing there. Not fair.

Sully is about the same age…he was born May 3rd. He has been doing really well on the free stacking and leash walking…the table? not so much.

With Beagles, food tends to ESCALATE focus problems not help LMAO!

September 3, 2010

Ozzy IS a Swissy. Totally normal and so is the testing. Your sweet little boy is still in there somewhere. YOu will find hi again eventually ;-)

Breanne and Bennet
September 7, 2010

Peeing in the hallway…yep sounds familiar! Bennet doesn’t even squat, he just walks around peeing, making a pretty zigzag pattern wherever he goes :)



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