Join Date: Nov 2012
Dogs Name: Killian
Dogs Age: 17 weeks
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9 Week Old (Willful??) Puppy
My wife and I got Killian from a reputable breeder when he was a little under seven weeks (I know, it's early but the breeder was having leg surgery and would not be able to make it around the house to care for the puppy into 8 weeks) and he has been doing very well with housetraining. We're trying the bell method and he has been pretty good at ringing when he needs to go out and his schedule has been pretty consistent (we take him out right when he wakes up from a nap and a few minutes after he's done eating) and for the most part he pees right away and poops a little after. When Super Storm Sandy came through, the pup was brave and was just fine going into the grass outside and doing his business in the rain and wind. He obviosuly didn't like it, but he did it.
Now, this morning he is two days to nine weeks and just in the first two hours being awake he has had three accidents (all peeing). I took him outside before every accident but he refuses to step onto the grass. The grass is wet with dew but the weather is nice (warm and sunny) so I can't see why he would be scared. This is the first time he has seemed reluctant to relieve himself on the grass and instead, waits to come in to pee.
We have him an a regular watering and feeding schedule and he doesn't seem to be exhibiting any signs of sickness or upset tummy or anything that might lead to believe it might be a medical issue.
My question is...is Killian simply becoming a willful Doberman and trying to tell me he's not going to do what I say quite so easy? Or is there something else going on (ie. normal puppy behavior)? What are your recommendations? We don't want these accidents to become habit.