How do you un-housebreak a dog?

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    Mar 19, 2012 2:10 PM GMT
    It's fucking cold as fuck, and I'm trying to get my dog to pee and poo on the carpet instead of taking her out (already have a cold - again). I have a great steam cleaner that'll take care of the mess quickly, so that's no problem.

    Has anyone ever had to do this? If so, how did you do it? She hasn't went out since yesterday afternoon, but refuses to pee on the floor, and I'm not about to get myself sick(er) and risk losing this contract just to take her out.

    UPDATE: Problem solved. My bitch is still my bitch. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    I don't think it's a good idea, she's going to potentially do herself harm by holding it in because it feels wrong to her to go inside now.

    Can't you just wrap up warm and take an umbrella outside? You don't even need to go outside yourself do you, just stand at the door and let her out?

    I definitely don't think it's a good idea to try and force her to go inside, it's just going to confuse and distress her.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    Yeah, I have to go outside. I'm in an apt complex on the 2nd floor, and it's required to keep dogs on a leash.

    If the weather doesn't warm up by the end of the week, I'll take her to the shelter to find a new home. This cold weather is making me seriously sick.

    Needless to say, I will not be doing any more winter contracts out of South Florida. I moved down there to avoid this shit because my body simply does not handle cold.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    Dude.....take your dog outside. This is part of what goes along with being a responsible guardian to a dog. It's torturous both physically and emotionally to try and "untrain" her just because you don't want to be cold. And when summer comes and she's still pissing and shitting on the rug, don't you dare raise your voice to her, because you trained her to unlearn her conditioning.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    Pure saidI don't think it's a good idea, she's going to potentially do herself harm by holding it in because it feels wrong to her to go inside now.

    Can't you just wrap up warm and take an umbrella outside? You don't even need to go outside yourself do you, just stand at the door and let her out?

    I definitely don't think it's a good idea to try and force her to go inside, it's just going to confuse and distress her.



    He's right, Paul.

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    Mar 19, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    The only time I've ever known about unhousebreaking a dog is in the boating community, because pets have to learn to make onboard when out at sea for long runs.

    You are welcomed to google that info on your own as I would never in a million years consider unhousebreaking a landlocked dog for someone who does not have a serious medical condition which prevents them from taking their pet outside. Sorry, but a cold & money doesn't make that cut for me.

    What I did instead, while living in south Florida, was to train wolfpuppy to make on command so that we could get out and back in the house quickly during hurricanes or when I had the sniffles.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
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    Pure saidI don't think it's a good idea, she's going to potentially do herself harm by holding it in because it feels wrong to her to go inside now.

    Can't you just wrap up warm and take an umbrella outside? You don't even need to go outside yourself do you, just stand at the door and let her out?

    I definitely don't think it's a good idea to try and force her to go inside, it's just going to confuse and distress her.



    He's right, Paul.

    I know. But when it's a choice between the dog's health and mine, I'm gonna save myself first. I did not expect the cold weather to go on this long here, otherwise I would not have taken the contract.

    So, my first impression of Arizona still stands...it fucking sucks here.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIf the weather doesn't warm up by the end of the week, I'll take her to the shelter to find a new home.


    Are you fucking serious? There should be a law in place to arrest people like you. You're a real fucktard to drop your dog off at a shelter just because you're too much of a pussy to walk her when the weather displeases you. God I hate people. icon_evil.gif
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidIf the weather doesn't warm up by the end of the week, I'll take her to the shelter to find a new home.


    Are you fucking serious? There should be a law in place to arrest people like you. You're a real fucktard to drop your dog off at a shelter just because you're too much of a pussy to walk her when the weather displeases you. God I hate people. icon_evil.gif
    You obviously don't understand my body's chemistry. It does not handle cold weather. I will lose this entire contract (and consequently my job) if I get sick.

    And, you should be happy that I have the concern to take her to a shelter to find a new home, instead of dropping her off somewhere like most people do.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:33 PM GMT


    Paul, cold weather doesn't make you sick. Germs do.
    You need to keep warm, yes, to incubate antibodies, but you can do that by dressing warmly. icon_wink.gif

    You can always board her for a few days at a local veterinarian's if you're too sick to handle her. icon_wink.gif

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    Mar 19, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt's fucking cold as fuck, and I'm trying to get my dog to pee and poo on the carpet instead of taking her out (already have a cold - again). I have a great steam cleaner that'll take care of the mess quickly, so that's no problem.

    Has anyone ever had to do this? If so, how did you do it? She hasn't went out since yesterday afternoon, but refuses to pee on the floor, and I'm not about to get myself sick(er) and risk losing this contract just to take her out.
    you are going to confuse the shit out of you dog dude - put on a raincoat and wallk
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
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    Pure saidI don't think it's a good idea, she's going to potentially do herself harm by holding it in because it feels wrong to her to go inside now.

    Can't you just wrap up warm and take an umbrella outside? You don't even need to go outside yourself do you, just stand at the door and let her out?

    I definitely don't think it's a good idea to try and force her to go inside, it's just going to confuse and distress her.

    He's right, Paul.

    Agree, Paul. This doesn't seem like you. Has the Arizona experience been that miserable for you? (Don't answer that)

    Buy a warmer jacket, wear gloves and a hat, and toughen up. This behavior from a guy who flies a risky small plane professionally, wimping about a few minutes of cold?

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    Mar 19, 2012 2:37 PM GMT

    Here: http://www.casagrandeanimalhospital.com/p/veterinarian/boarding/casa-grande-az-85122/casa-grande-animal-hospital-3772


    Give them a call, my friend.

    warmly (and sending some your way)

    -Doug
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    She'll end up neurotic with conflicting conditioning.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
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    Paul, cold weather doesn't make you sick. Germs do.
    You need to keep warm, yes, to incubate antibodies, but you can do that by dressing warmly. icon_wink.gif

    I've tried dressing warmly for the past 3 months here. I've been sick most of that time. It got warm last week, and I thought the cold was over...then this weekend's cold snap fucked it all up.

    The worst part is I knew in advance that I'd have this problem if it stayed cold this long. I got kicked out of the Navy in 1991 because of cold weather (literally went insane and got an Administrative discharge). But, EVERYONE I talked to BEFORE moving here told me it doesn't get this cold...otherwise I wouldn't be here.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    Side note: Does anyone in Phoenix or Tucson area want a dog? I love her, but simply can't handle this anymore.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidIf the weather doesn't warm up by the end of the week, I'll take her to the shelter to find a new home.


    Are you fucking serious? There should be a law in place to arrest people like you. You're a real fucktard to drop your dog off at a shelter just because you're too much of a pussy to walk her when the weather displeases you. God I hate people. icon_evil.gif
    You obviously don't understand my body's chemistry. It does not handle cold weather. I will lose this entire contract (and consequently my job) if I get sick.

    And, you should be happy that I have the concern to take her to a shelter to find a new home, instead of dropping her off somewhere like most people do.



    Dude, I have been diagnosed with Urticaria, which is a fancy name for "allergy to cold." I get extremely sick when the temperature drops below 60 degrees. I have TWO dogs, and guess what? I wrap a scarf around my face so that it warms the air before it hits my sinuses and I bundle up and walk my dogs. Now they don't get walked very far when it's cold....they get to do their business, then it's back inside. So what if you're uncomfortable for a couple of minutes? It's not going to kill you. It's part of being a good guardian. And I guess it doesn't concern you what happens to your dog once it goes in the shelter. I can't believe you would risk your dog being killed because you don't like cold.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:41 PM GMT

    I called them (the link) just now Paul and they open in 20 minutes. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidDude, I have been diagnosed with Urticaria, which is a fancy name for "allergy to cold." I get extremely sick when the temperature drops below 60 degrees. I have TWO dogs, and guess what? I wrap a scarf around my face so that it warms the air before it hits my sinuses and I bundle up and walk my dogs. Now they don't get walked very far when it's cold....they get to do their business, then it's back inside. So what if you're uncomfortable for a couple of minutes? It's not going to kill you. It's part of being a good guardian. And I guess it doesn't concern you what happens to your dog once it goes in the shelter. I can't believe you would risk your dog being killed because you don't like cold.
    This is why I haven't taken her to a shelter yet.

    BTW, how did you get diagnosed with Urticaria? I've never heard of it, but definitely have it, and would like to get an official diagnosis to show the boss so he doesn't send me on cold contracts anymore.
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    Scruffypup saidDude, I have been diagnosed with Urticaria, which is a fancy name for "allergy to cold." I get extremely sick when the temperature drops below 60 degrees. I have TWO dogs, and guess what? I wrap a scarf around my face so that it warms the air before it hits my sinuses and I bundle up and walk my dogs. Now they don't get walked very far when it's cold....they get to do their business, then it's back inside. So what if you're uncomfortable for a couple of minutes? It's not going to kill you. It's part of being a good guardian. And I guess it doesn't concern you what happens to your dog once it goes in the shelter. I can't believe you would risk your dog being killed because you don't like cold.
    This is why I haven't taken her to a shelter yet.

    BTW, how did you get diagnosed with Urticaria? I've never heard of it, but definitely have it, and would like to get an official diagnosis to show the boss so he doesn't send me on cold contracts anymore.



    I think they basically just go by your symtoms and reported reactions. They did no blood tests to make this determination. He did give me medication to take when I know it's going to be cold.

    Taking your dog to a shelter should never be allowed to enter your mind. Take this from someone who used to work at a shelter. It's a horrifying experience for the dogs...so much that it can make a gentle dog turn aggressive. And guess what they do with aggressive dogs?
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    Scruffypup saidDude, I have been diagnosed with Urticaria, which is a fancy name for "allergy to cold." I get extremely sick when the temperature drops below 60 degrees. I have TWO dogs, and guess what? I wrap a scarf around my face so that it warms the air before it hits my sinuses and I bundle up and walk my dogs. Now they don't get walked very far when it's cold....they get to do their business, then it's back inside. So what if you're uncomfortable for a couple of minutes? It's not going to kill you. It's part of being a good guardian. And I guess it doesn't concern you what happens to your dog once it goes in the shelter. I can't believe you would risk your dog being killed because you don't like cold.
    This is why I haven't taken her to a shelter yet.

    BTW, how did you get diagnosed with Urticaria? I've never heard of it, but definitely have it, and would like to get an official diagnosis to show the boss so he doesn't send me on cold contracts anymore.

    Can't you ship the dog to a friend or family until the contract ends? I would take her myself, but the condo doesn't allow them.

    And when does warm weather arrive there? I know global warming has turned everything we know about weather patterns upside down, but isn't your solution just around the corner? Is this really that urgent?
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    Paul come on.... you need to walk your dog as much as for "poo time".
    I used to walk Buddy a half mile twice a day without exception, even if I was sick or it was colder than heck.

    No short cuts.....lol
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    Ask a neighbor to walk the dog for you, you pussy.
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIf the weather doesn't warm up by the end of the week, I'll take her to the shelter to find a new home. This cold weather is making me seriously sick.


    OMG are you serious? You should probably take her there now. You don't sound like a very responsible dog owner, she'd be better off in another home with an owner who puts her needs first.