I have a 4 month old Vizsla who is probably one of the brightest dogs I have ever owned. She has picked up on everything we've worked on with our trainer. I recently moved though and ever since it seems she's regressing in house breaking. At first it was just accidents here and there. But now it seems she's getting more bold. Last she practically peed on me in the bed, and the previous night it was right in between me and my boyfriend on the couch. I've read that it could be a sign of dominance, but she is really a very submissive dog (we've worked on her submissive urination with our trainer). Any other thoughts as to the cause of such behavior? We have really tried to be very firm and consistent with her, but clearly there is something that we are doing wrong. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
Well, for starters I would stop letting her up on the bed and the couch. If she's just going... not squatting but dribbling or whatnot, she may actually have a UTI, and a vet visit might be in order. A UTI would maek it difficult for her to 'hold it' as well.
A lot of dogs at that age will regress a bit, blame it on the terrible teens or whatever.
I say take her back to boot camp. I'm not sure if you are crating her, but crate her when you aren't home (or at least keep her confined) and at night if she's going at night. How exactly did you go about housetraining her? Puppy pads? Just taking her outside?
The most effective way of housetraining is to catch her in the act. When she goes in the house and you catch her in the act, say "NO!" sharply, take her outside immediately (even if she is going), keep her outside on the leash until she goes, then praise and reward her immediately after she finishes with a treat and play time.
If she is going in the house and you aren't catching her, then you need to give her more close supervision. Close bedroom doors, block off hallways with child gates, etc. If you go to the restroom or turn your back, and you turn around and she's left a wet spot and has already walked away, it's too late to correct her, don't even bother. Don't yell at her or make a fuss, it's not her fault you werne't watching her closely enough. Whack yourself in the head with a rolled-up newspaper for not watching her closely enough, clean it up with an enzymatic cleaner like Natures Miracle and vow to keep a closer eye on her.
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