My 17 week old boston terrier was paper trained and now having accidents on the floor?
by mrs smith
We got our boston terrier puppy at 8 weeks of age and since bringing him home he's been paper trained. But approx about a week ago he is now having accidents on the floor.
It's like he's gone backwards and we just don't understand why he's doing this now.
Would appreciate any advise please.
Hi Mrs Smith
It's not terribly unusual for puppies to slide backwards in training (both housetraining and obedience training) at times. They are like little children and their learning curve isn't smooth upward one, but more like a roller coaster sometimes!
Regression like this can be due to developmental stages, often happening right before a significant 'jump' in skills/growth etc. Your pup is not a 'baby' anymore, and is more like a 'tween' and that means behavior changes are coming.
It can also happen as a response to stress or anxiety, and if anything has changed in a major way in your home or family (such as a new baby, someone being home more than usual - or away more than usual - a new pet, a house move, an elderly relative moving in...etc. etc.) then, your pup may be feeling anxious and unsettled and this is the result.
As long as he's not experiencing diarrhea and seems happy and healthy otherwise, I wouldn't worry too much about this yet.
However, go back to taking him out more often and treat housetraining the way you did in the earlier days, ie be more vigilant an proactive with him in terms of potty breaks etc. If you use a crate, then use it more to contain him when you can't supervise and prevent accidents indoors. Correct him when he makes a mistake, but don't be harsh, and be consistent with your training and he'll get through this stage.
Just one point I would make though is that paper-training (or using pee pads etc.) isn't an ideal situation and I would recommend introducing the concept of potty breaks outside as that is presumably the end result you hope for. Paper training and such often means it takes longer for a pup to learn to do his business outdoors for obvious reasons and it confuses the whole issue.
Anyway, I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully your little guy will be back in the swing of things soon.