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My dog and my sleeping arrangement help!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by MortythePug, Aug 2, 2019.


  1. MortythePug

    MortythePug PetForums Newbie

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    So I live in an open-plan flat with a mezzanine bed (raised floor with a ladder) to maximise space so its basically like my bedroom and then under it is my "living room" with the sofa and TV etc and then I have an open plan kitchen. So basically it's just one big room but its ok as Morty follows me anywhere and doesn't need too much space.

    Here is the issue, when I brought him home (adopted at almost 3 years old) just under a week ago I was actually planning on letting him sleep downstairs as if I bring him up he can't get down. I also have taken care of pugs before and it's hard to sleep through the night as they will move about and take all space, even if I love cuddling them. You may wake up with him sleeping on your head.

    So I left him downstairs with his little bed and blanket and toys in his own corner but he just was so confused where I was (above him) and wouldn't stop whimpering and barking. I kind of ignored him and thought it would stop. But it did not and he had pooped on the floor even though we just been outside. I think he got confused. So he has slept with me for three nights now and not had an issue or accident at all or woken me up so he slept through the night but I did not, haha. That being said, when I leave him for even just 30 minutes It has happened twice now that he soiled inside. So he just does it when I am not there or can't see him.

    Is there any way for me to make him feel ok sleeping downstairs? What are my options? I am thinking either I start crating him downstairs or I build better stairs as my friend is a carpenter so that he can go up and down. I love having him in the bed of course, but I just want him to have the freedom to go up and down but I would prefer if he just slept downstairs.

    I am home with him 20 hours or more a day as I work from home so he gets so much love and attention but he still feels like I'm abandoning him when I go to the toilet or go upstairs to sleep. Perhaps as previous owners were gone a lot, I'm not sure! Help, please! I want to create a good arrangement that can last. The other pug I used to care for is ok to be either up or down! Which I realise can be confusing for my new adopted baby. But I would love if he was ok either way too.
     
  2. JoanneF

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    It is possible that his previous owner scolded or punished him for toilet accidents indoors. The dog may think he is being punished for toileting, as opposed to toileting indoors, so will wait for an opportunity to do it when the owner is absent. Ruling out any medical causes, you could go back to basics by taking him out more than he needs ain immediately rewarding outside toilets with fabulous treats. Timing is crucial so he understands that it is for toileting and not for anything else such as coming to you . You might also want to use a special reward that is just for toilets and nothing else. Your aim is for him to want to hold his toilet enough to earn his reward.

    Until he is more settled, can you sleep downstairs for a few nights? If he has previously been crate trained you could try that but if not, crate training can take a bit of time so cracking the toilet issue would likely be easier.
     
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  3. MortythePug

    MortythePug PetForums Newbie

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    There are a few reasons I could imagine this is happening. Perhaps when he was left it was for so long he would poo inside and when they would come home they would think its because of that he had not been out in a while.

    When it comes to the peeing I just figured it out!! When I adopted him I had to take him back on the train which was over 3 hours so as soon as we went off the train I was standing still trying to find my ticket and he peed on my suitcase as it was the closest thing. I got home and put the suitcase down on the floor and didn't think about it as he peed on it again. I cleaned it up and put the suitcase away but now realising I did not have the special enzyme spray. Now thinking back it was always around the same spot! So we're back to the drawing board now and going on frequent but shorter walks and only around the block so he gets used to where to pee and then immediately giving him treats. I will hold off the park and all socialising with other dogs for a few days.
     
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