Tarzan Mama of Two
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The land down under!
Need some advice
ok this is probably going to sound a bit weird but since I've been pregnant I've noticed all the animals act differently towards me. Now for the most part it's just their particular behaviour...Milko has to be in the same room that I'm in, the rabbits are a little bit hostile towards me..Cindy, well I haven't noticed much change in her to be honest but Biscuit is a real problem. At first, she was just sneaking into the loungeroom all the time. The first trimester wasn't so much fun for me and I spent the majority of my time on the lounge. I usually feed the animals but for the most part I couldn't even handle feeding the rabbits so feeding Biscuit her raw foods was definently out. I put her constant need to be in the loungeroom down to the lack of attention she was getting from me (I did my best but it wasn't like what she normally gets.)
Since I've started feeling better I've started feeding the animals again and making sure that all the pets get their fair share of attention (from both me and Alex). A couple of weeks ago Biscuit started to poo in the dining room. I thought it was just poo (couldn't see or feel any wet patches) but after smelling something funky for a few days we decided to get rid of the carpet in the dining room and there was pee everywhere underneath. We did that on sunday. It's now Friday here and I caught Biscuit preparing to poo in the dining room once, she has peed twice in the spare room and this morning she peed and pood in our bedroom.
All other times I thought maybe I had missed her cue to go outside (usually she runs into the loungeroom to let us know but she's still constantly trying to get in there but for the most part I just kick her out...she only goes to the toilet twice a day) but this morning I put her outside and she didn't go to the toilet but came in, ran into our room and did her business there.
At first I thought it was stress from Cindy living here permanently but she has spent many times with Cindy..we got cindy every weekend for a while and she spent 5 weeks with my p's last year total with Cindy, plus would be with Cindy every day I went to work.
So blaming Cindy doesn't really make sense.
So what's the best way to get her to stop this? Catching her in the act is hard cause she does it when I'm busy doing other things. I'm going to start closing all the doors to the rooms which will limit where she can run and hide to go and do her business. My p's are going to polish the boards for us so I'm not cleaning up any mess on carpet and we won't be leaving any smells behind when cleaning (preparations are in place now for the boards..they need some repairs done on them first and we're just waiting for the builder to give us a time) but what's the bst way to train her out of this?
Do I go back to the basic toilet training, as if she were a puppy (which I'm familiar with so if that's what I need to do I don't need to know how) or do I need to approach it differently considering it's a stress factor?
I will pick up pee and poo for however long it takes...let it be known now that all my pets are here to stay. Biscuit is getting walks fairly regularaly now, and it's just her cause Cindy can't keep up, plus I take time out every day to play with her, and just love on her. Alex also makes sure he gives Biscuit lots of attention and we will continue this routine once the baby is here. She will still be an indoor dog, and we're going to get her use to things like the car seat, and the stroller when walking, plus let her into the nursery etc. We're not shutting any of the animals out, we know that's a bad thing to do for jealousy issues but it seems Biscuit already is stressing!
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