Hi there. I am new to the board and really didn't know where else to go. I emailed the dog whisperer, but haven't heard back ! I have a 3.5 yr old Shiba Inu Mix (not sure with what). We adopted her in October of 05. She is an amazing little girl. She is smart and obedient and lovable (when she wants to be). She is a little spitfire ! Doesn't really bark and won't even go to the door when she wants to go out. She'll just sit in front of you and stare at you, in that loving "I have to pee mommy/daddy" kind of way.
That is a little bit about her and here is my problem: She was totally house trained when we got her and that was great. She would have an accident every now and again, so we started buying pee pads. She almost always uses them, with the occassional puddle on laundry (which is my fault for leaving it on the floor). The problem we are having is that she is peeing so much on the pee pad, it's seeping through and leaving a puddle on my hardwood floors and it's started to smell. We have used 2 at times, but she can go through that too (and that is getting somewhat expensive).
She eats in the morning around 530 and then my boyfriend takes her out for 30 minutes and she pees (a lot) and does her poops. We don't leave her much water when we aren't home, to try and cut down on the amount of pee that she has. That doesn't work either. She goes out again about 630 at night. I know that is a loooong time to hold it, but we both work full time.
I am thinking the problem is more separation anxiety and was wondering if she was too old to try and crate train. I have videoed her when at work and she pants and drools excessively all over everything, she claws at the door to try and get out and she howls sometimes and just paces the floor.
She absolutely doesn't do any of this when we are home. She will say her hello's and then go right up to the bedroom and go to sleep on my bed. They say they don't "mess where they sleep", so I am thinking would she feel safer and more secure in a crate when we aren't home, instead of pacing and drooling and peeing?? Oh yeah, we have tried leaving the bedroom door open, but that just leads to peeing on the bed
Ok, I know that was long winded, but I tried to answer questions I thought people might have, ahead of time.
Looking forward to feedback and help !
Thanks, Maggies Mom