Monday, February 1, 2010

Year of the Dog, V: Can Boxers Be House Trained?

We are beginning to doubt it, and we are saved from flights of cursing only by our long-term (and pre-Boxer) plans to remove carpet from the lower floors of our house. Carpet mixes poorly with wheelchairs, and so we knew it would be perhaps only a year before the carpet here began to show ugly wear.

But Daisy, the Boxer, is inordinately difficult to housebreak. We have finally arrived at the stage where she seems ashamed of her misdeeds. When the offending mark is pointed out with a "Bad Daisy, bad girl!" she attempts to hide (ostrich-like, since she's too big to crawl completely beneath it) under the bed.

Boxer afficiandos say "You cannot housebreak them until they're five or six months old." Daisy turns six months today.

Another Boxer owner said, "Put a bell on the door. Boxers are fascinated with bells." We have a bell on the door, but we still have wet spots on the carpet.

The oddity is that Daisy will whine at night, knowing that she'll be let out to do her business (and receive her treat). I've taken to letting her out each time she makes a noise during the day, and of course, praising her extensively and treating her royally post-bladder-void.

We had her spayed last week. Perhaps that will change her metabolism for the better.
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