First of all, let me everyone in this photo wants the best for me & Petey, and also that everyone in this photo knows a lot about training dogs. Ain’t no war, but this is a fun image for this post, so just go with it.
On the left side, are my mom and our friend Betsy. Betsy is also the owner of The Bone Appetite pet store in Chestnut Hill, PA. Combined, they have, like, 1.4 million dogs. Seriously – my mom’s had five in her lifetime, and Betsy has five right now! (for realz).
On the right is Yoda Jeremy, my friend in Israel and owner of both a goldendoodle named Merlin and the Happy Dogs dog walking/boarding/training service.
I’ve written a lot about the training Jeremy has helped me with. Betz, who lovingly sent me a care package of doggie stuff (which I can’t wait to get) commented on G-Fish that she thought Petey wouldn’t have overnight accidents like he did the other night if I crated him overnight, instead of moving him to his larger pen with separate potty area.
I shared this with Jeremy, who disagreed. Even though a dog will typically not pee/poop where he lives/sleeps (and that’s why Betz says the crate – which has less space for Petey than his pen – would stifle nighttime accidents), Jer says Petey’s capacity to “hold it” just ain’t big enough to last overnight yet, and that he would have to go in the crate overnight, and that could just condition him to be, like Meh, it ain’t so bad to sleep in my junk.
Anyway, spoke to Mom last night, and she sort of agreed about Petey’s bladder and bowel capacity, but said that limitation doesn’t apply to when the dog is sleeping. So, she thinks Pete could definitely make it the whole night, and recommends he sleep in the crate instead of the pen.
Also, Mom feels that taking Petey for pee/poo walks every hour is too often. How’s he gonna develop his “holding it” skills if he gets to relieve himself every hour? This makes sense. In the beginning, I think he def needed that constant reinforcement to get the routine into his puppy head. But now, he seems to have gotten it, and so let’s work on the “holding it” capacity thing. Plus, this means I won’t have to interrupt my work every hour for :20 minutes a stretch, so I’m totes on board, too.
For now, it’s a tie. Petey and I will space out our walks to longer intervals, but he’ll still sleep in his larger pen area (for now). (No accidents in there last two nights; he held it 6 hours.)
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