Oh my goodness! I just read this post and thought That's me!Originally Posted By: gnomeI've been trying to teach Corey to sit nicely before letting him into the house when he's been locked out and I haven't even gone any where. The way he carrys on you'd think that the end of the world happened while he was out there and he's beyond happy so see another living being.Oh there's so much to teach and I feel so unable to handle it. Sigh... How's someone with no self discipline suppose to teach someone else to have it? Maybe the hubby will have more luck then I've had these past six months.
I think what's really helped is consistancy. I freely admit that I'm not a dog person. I love JoJo and want nothing but the best for her, but I have absolutely NO clue what I'm doing! I get frustrated easily, but the past few days have really calmed down, and it's made a big difference. I know she senses what I feel and interprets my body language better than I do.
Honestly, I don't think crating him would be a bad thing for a few hours. We crate JoJo when we're out, and she's been left for 4-5 hours at a time sometimes. She loves her crate, and it's left open at all times in case she feels like going in. She has a bed right next to it, so she always has a choice.
When my brother potty-trained his corgi pup, he used the crate. Restricting their space is a great idea, and can be a great tool.
Plus, going outside and using those potty cue-words can work wonders. We can go out with JoJo (who's 18months and we've had for 7months) and she'll wander around outback, but if we say go potty she'll go, and go about her business. She knows what to do when she's told it's potty time.
Take lots of deep breaths. It WILL get better!