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I have had a dog for about six years. Goliath is my little buddy and I would run into a burning building to save him. He is as well trained as I want him to be and he is a perfect gentleman when he meets new people or dogs. Kids love him and he loves kids.
I had indicated to my family that I would be interested in getting another dog at some point. I have heard it said that having two dogs is as easy as having one.
Cue forward to a Monday earlier this month - I get a phone call from a family member asking me if wanted another dog. Of course I was interested and wanted to hear more. It turns out that they know somebody who had two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Jazzy, but was having trouble caring for both due to her advanced age. I know the lady in question and figured that the dog was good and I would save her some grief if she knew Jazzy was going to a good home. She knew me and Goliath and thought ours would be a perfect home.
That following Sunday I got Jazzy. The first thing I did when I got him home was took him for a quick walk so he could whiz. He did and then we went inside. Goliath came bounding down the stairs to meet his new buddy and all seemed well. When walking around for the first time Jazzy stopped at Goliaths bed and whizzed on it. Okay, I figure new home, new dog, nerves or whatever and he marked. No biggie. The next morning after I got up, Jazzy jumped on to my bed and I didn’t think anything of it because Goliath often did the same thing - went to sleep in the warm spot. Needless to say I was less then impressed when Jazzy whizzed on my bed - center of the mattress. Not a mark but a full on bladder drainer.
Well, as it goes on it seems that he isn’t just marking or getting adjusted, he is not housebroken, at all. It would seem that he was trained to use a doggy door at his previous home - and that is it. Did I mention that Jazzy is six years old?
I had said that I was not going to change the routine that Goliath and I had for Jazzy, but after a few days it became clear that I need to add another walk to our day. So I started taking the dogs out around 11:00 pm before bed. I see that even Goliath appreciates it so I will continue them. The added walks did not help the situation. Jazzy continued to whiz and poop in the apartment.
Finally, I got Goliath’s old kennel from my sisters house and figured that was going to be my best bet for training Jazzy. The first night I put him in the kennel I waited until he went nuts trying to get out and them took him out for a walk. He didn’t poop, but he did whiz and I thought all was good. He spent the night in the kennel but didn’t sleep too much as he was trying to scratch through the gate. The next morning I thought we had achieved a small breakthrough. It got even better the next night when Jazzy pooped during the late night walk - I thought great we have got the start of a good pattern going here. I put jazzy in the kennel that night and went to bed, until I was woken up at about 5:00 am by Jazzy going nuts. He had pooped in the kennel. That was two nights ago.
Last night I tried something a little different, I put Jazzy in the bathroom and I left a bowl of water and a food dish, empty. This morning I come down to find the water spilled and the bed whizzed on and all the toilet paper removed from the roll and chew marks on the door frame. Did I mention that Jazzy is six years old?
I am at my witts end. All I do is clean up after this dog and feel rage towards him. I know that most of this, if not all of this is not his fault but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to put his cute butt in a sack with some rocks and toss it into a lake. Remember that earlier I said I would run into a burning building to save Goliath? I would probably call out to Jazzy from the sidewalk in the same situation - the thing is he can be a great dog - he has the personality.
I need advice on the best way to bring him around. We have until the end of October to break him of 6 years of being spoiled (oh yes, I have not mentioned the weight and eating issues, have I?) and non-trained. I have a feeling that the kennel is probably the best way to go but I am not sure. Please help me help Jazzy.