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RubyRed, I just saw one of your other posts in the housebreaking one, and saw you got your pup at 7 weeks. Seriously, I don't mean this as a bash, or in a mean way, but please do some research on why this is not a good idea, for future reference. You say you got your dog from a good, reputable breeder, but good reputable breeders do not sell 7 week old dogs. This is not only illegal in many places, but it's unethical everywhere. I got a little curious, and looked through some other posts, and I have to say, I DO think that you are trying your best, and I DO think that you genuinely mean well. That's why I'm urging you to continue your research, continue learning, and I think you will be ok. Your dog left his litter in a critical fear imprint stage, and missed very important socialization with his littermates, and could very well be the reason why your dog started submissive peeing in the house. Many times we don't realize how all of these things are intertwined, then down the road you learn something new, and say "Hey, remember when xxxxx.... i bet it was because of yyyyyy... wish I knew that back then". Leaving littermates early, especially during fear imprint stages can often have life-long effects, as behaviors, thoughts, fears, (irrational and not) learned during these stage can often not be "undone". They can be worked on, yes. But these types of issues that often arise can really only be downplayed, they will most likely be there forever. Important stuff to learn about.
So honestly, just trying to help, please don't take offense to the posts.
Last edited by KevinK; 12-11-2012 at 07:10 PM.