Moving; Why It Can Devastate Your Potty Training
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I hate moving.
Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate moving!
For those of you thinking that my usage of HATE seems extreme and perhaps I don’t hate it that much… you are WRONG, I do! Actually, I may have been holding in some more “hates” but it seemed to be getting a bit redundant.
Not only do I hate the packing up, and the cleaning the old place, and then the cleaning of the new place (after all who wants to move into someone else’s filth) and the painting, and then the unpacking; I also hate the trauma on all my furry family members.
I am a creature of habit for sure!
But my animals are even more creatures of habit.
After all, I have some reasoning skills that they lack.
So I Just Moved
Long story short my landlord died and his kids wanted to sell the house.
So here I am in a new house, with new problems.
New pet problems that is…
Everyone was potty trained till we moved and now their potty training has gone to well… crap.
Even the cats have been problematic.
The Truth Is…
The truth is, even we “professionals” have the same problems everyone else suffers from when we let our guard down or don’t plan for it.
And, let’s face it; I have never been one to pretend that my dogs are perfect or that I never have a hiccup in my dog training.
Ironically, making time to unpack my house and answer dog training questions on the various websites I monitor the same question was asked of me.
That is usually when I have that “ah HA!” moment and realize it would make the perfect time for a well-timed post.
It Was the 3rd Turd…
It was the 3rd “happened upon” turd that convinced me I needed to rethink my status of “potty trained” at the new house.
1 or 2 is an accident… 3 is a problem.
Why? Why Does Moving Make a Difference?
• New yard
• New house
• New routine
Have you ever thought about this from your dog’s perspective?
As humans we know to look for a toilet… but your dog doesn’t always come with deductive reasoning.
He is so busy sniffing in a new place (remember at first he doesn’t know this is HIS new yard) that he may forget to take care of business.
Your house may also have been marked in, peed in, or pooped in by a previous dog.
Your dog may feel the need to mark his new territory.
Have you taken the time to teach him where the new doors are in the house?
Have you gone outside to make certain he is “taking care of business?”
I wasn’t going outside to check up after my dog, and I don’t think I was giving him enough time.
2 out of 3 dogs were fine but the third was having adjustment problems.
Also my schedule had changed, how could it not?
I mean I had unpacking AND work to worry about so nothing was my typical norm at least for those first few days.
I had to take a step back and think about what he needed.
AND I Had to Remember it Was All About ME
It is about what I am doing and not doing to make sure my pets are all successful.
My cats needed a cat box on every level (we moved from a one level home to a 3 level home).
And my dogs needed some teaching and maintenance.
Just Like Having a Puppy
It was all about following them around and making sure they were doing their business outside and not sneaking off to find a hint of carpet in my workout room :-/
So next time you move, vacation, or go visit family remember that just because you think your dog is “potty trained” it may only be conditional in one space!
Which is why it is nearly impossible for one person to potty train another person’s dog, they may be able to do the ground work, but potty training is more about YOU than it is anyone else in the relationship.
As angry as I was to find the three surprise turds… it was my fault for not training and then following up by following them around!
Problem solved and 3 weeks later everyone is back to pristine potty training!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.