My puppy has gamed a way for me to spend an extra 5 minutes with him in the morning. By peeing on the floor.
My new puppy, Truman
, (border terrier, ~10.5 weeks) is totally freaking awesome. My breeder had him litter box trained by the time I got him (a little over a week ago), and so far things have been going splendidly. He's adjusted to his new home extremely well, is already sitting on command, responding to his name, and walking on a leash like a champ. Smart little guy. Maybe too
The one hitch has been this little bathroom thing. He's really good about going in his litter box--had a few mishaps early on, but has gotten the hang of it now. We go on walks outside, too, but he prefers his box and will actually hold it until we get home just so he can poop where he's comfortable. Can't blame the guy.
His setup when I'm gone at work for the day is a crate attached to an x-pen with his water bowl, a blanket, a few indestructible toys, and his litter box. This was recommended by the breeder and works great. He's got plenty of room, doesn't seem to be distressed or unhappy by the situation (neighbor says he stops whining quickly), and can pee whenever he wants. Great!
Unfortunately, the last few times I've put him in his pen, he's taken to peeing riiiiight outside the litter box AS I walk out the door to leave. The little bugger knows that I'll come back in to clean up after him, and I think he's doing it on purpose to eke a few more minutes of time with me. He goes in the box just fine at all other times when he's in his pen (or out of it); it's just this particular occasion.
I'm not sure how to discourage this behavior. The recommendation (which has worked in previous situations) is to immediately say NO, and to pick him up and walk him to his box. But in this situation, he's happy
when I turn back and come over to him. His whole goal is for me to come pick him up. I'd like to ignore him completely so that he stops getting what he wants from it, but obviously I have to clean the pee off the floor, so have to turn back and engage with him, even if it's just to nudge him out of the way so I can access his little pee spot. And I don't want to say NO--he's close to the box, and all the info on litter training says that if he's close, don't discourage him.
I always make sure to play with him before I leave, so it's not like he's not getting attention. And he pees and takes a dump in his box in the mornings when he wakes up, so this extra one is special just for me.