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November 20, 2006



I have absolutely nothing constructive to say, but I'm so sorry. I can only imagine how frustrating this must be, and I hope that things somehow get better!

The Old Warrior

Some dogs just cannot be inside. Some dogs are also a bit psychotic and not trainable to qualify as domesticated.

Some children can be the same way and the authorities take a dim view of you leaving them on the side of the road or taking them to the pound. However, that's what you will eventually have to do with her. The question is only how much sanity you have left and what cost capitulation.

We eventually had to either take you or Lucky to the pound and for some reason the incubator decided you were the not only the cutest but most trainable. I was going to Saudi Arabia so I let her make the final decision.


LOL. Well, for what it's worth, Ace was known as "Ace the Wonderpuppy," and Roxy is generally referred to as "Roxy the Retard." She is also a nutso spastic submissive pee-er. I leave the kitchen door open for her whenever I'm home... which is fine, since we live in a tropical paradise, except for the mosquitos which are eating me alive. (Working on getting a screen door with doggy flap.) Granted, she sleeps peacefully at the foot of my bed or in her crate with the door open, and she's gotten much better. (Won't go inside if she has a readily available choice.) But I know what you mean with looking you in the eyeballs and peeing in the house. Roxy's favorite spot was the dining room. UGH!!! (I did replace the carpeting entirely!)

Think maybe a doggy door at the new house and not letting her in all the rooms might help? Dogs ARE pretty adaptable to inclement weather. Maybe she should be an outdoor dog. You could put her in the garage when it gets really cold. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, but there is NO way I could've dealt with unhousebroken puppy and baby at the same time.


PS, don't be a sucker like me and fall for Bark Busters. WASTE of MONEY!!!


Ang, I have NOTHING constructive to say. Our dog was already housebroken by the time we got him, and he's had MAYBE two accidents in the eight years that we've had him. And one of those was because the person taking care of him thought we were coming hom a day earlier than we actually were (he is the reason we employ the doggy hotel now). But I think M might have a point about Ellie; maybe she should be an outside dog, even if it's painful at first.


I agree that when you move into the house, the dog door might be the key to helping the problem. My dachsund, Kona, will always have accidents because they have smaller bladders and I also think he's worse from his fall (the vets say he might have a spinal compression that interrupts his neurological flow).

I used to get pissed but I think it's a little different in that I don't think Kona can help it b/c I'm just not at home to take him out every 4 - 5 hours, nor do I want to do it at midnight.

A very long comment without any helpful advice -- I'm sorry:(


The one thing that saved the dog that an ex and I adopted was the book, "How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days." It had really strict scheduling examples for working dog moms and stay at home dog moms. Given that my ex and I worked the weirdest schedule combination possible--he left the house at 3am and I left at 6am, I had to get creative and make out a schedule that fit our screwed up one. Now, it took more than the advertised 7 days, and it required that I get up THIRTY minutes earlier in the morning, but it did work. I really thought I was going to have to break up with that boyfriend over the damned dog (ended up having to do it for far more unacceptable behaviors).

Good luck!


you might just have to leave her outside. it's not worth ruining your new house. or do what belle and tisha used to do: stay confined to one or two rooms.

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