Thursday, October 20, 2011

I need the Dog Whisperer

by Maria Geraci

Cute, isn't she? This is a picture of my 2 year old dachshund, Truffles taken last Halloween in her "pumpkin" costume.

Lately, however, Truffles hasn't been so cute. She's reverted back to her early puppy days of doing her "business" in the house. VERY frustrating. It took forever to house train her to begin with, so this reversion back to puppy days has me pulling my hair. Especially since I'm on deadline and would rather not step into one her presents on my rare break to the kitchen or ironically, the bathroom.

The pet psychiatrist in me thinks this reversion is related to the fact that our sweet, old mutt, Charlie was put to sleep a couple of months ago. Charlie was 13 and a BIG dog (over 100 lbs). Despite the fact they had nothing in common (he was huge, she is little. He was mutt smart, she is pedigree not-so-smart. He was patient, she is hyper) they loved each other and loved taking their walks. Since Charlie's demise, however, Truffles is afraid of her leash and refuses to go on walks, unless you carry her out the door. Sigh.

I talked to the vet about it and he thinks she will outgrow this with some patience, but I'm at the end of my rope. Where is Cesar Millan when you need him? Anyone ever encounter this sort of doggie behavior? I need to turn my overdue manuscript in!

9 comments:

  1. Maria, have you tried crating her? I don't crate my 8-year-old Westie anymore but in the beginning, it worked like a charm to get her to do her "business" outside. Maybe crate training again will help? Maggie

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  2. Maria, I can SO relate. At first, after Ted passed, it was Auggie (miniature golden-doodle) who went a little nuts, though no potting inside resulted. However, in recent weeks, it's Lola (hungstrung cockapoo) who seems to be most upset over Ted's departure. She's sullen and basically nasty to everyone. She began on this downhill slide when we sent "her person" to faraway college. And this appears to be an extension of that behavior. I think changes like that, especially the passing of one of their own has a profound affect on animals! If Lola does keep this up, I'm happy to send her your way and see if some new company makes things improve at your house!

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  3. Maggie, I do crate her, but we're not as consistent as we should be. Good suggestion.

    Laura, sorry, but Lola needs to stay at your house ;)

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  4. Hey! Thanks to whoever "righted" Truffles picture!

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  5. Have no advice, we only have two inside cats--they are good about their cat box, but do leave disgusting barf here and there.

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  6. I "whispered" to the photo and it rolled over. Grin. Hope your other Truffles problem is fixed as easily.

    Rhonda

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  7. Maria, oh, Truffles is still in mourning! She needs a new friend! Me thinks you two need to hit the local animal shelter and find her a buddy. ;-)

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  8. I think Susan's right... But if you change your ming, Lola could use a Florida vacation! And i meant pottying. Is that a word? Either way, what small ability I had to spell has totally escaped me.

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  9. thanks for all the great advice, everyone!

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