:Wyatt also needs a Forever HomePosted: August 12, 2008
Last week I shared information about the Dog Sisters and Rosie, but left out Wyatt. I thought the perfect placement for Wyatt had presented, only to be disappointed yesterday. Perhaps disappointed isn’t the right word. Wyatt is a sweet, gentle happy dog. Nothing much fazes him. He’s now neutered. He’s ready to get on with his life. And I thought he’d be doing that as an Office Dog, accompanying his new owner to work daily to a dog friendly office. What happened?? New Potential Owner was concerned it would take too much time to housetrain Wyatt. I ask myself…where did I fail to communicate?? I am open about my dogs’ lifestyle. To call them housetrained would be stretching the truth. They’re not house dogs. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have good manners! There is always a transition phase when dogs change homes. Even a perfectly trained dog may have accidents. The key is to set the dog up to succeed by establishing good habits from the get-go. The guidelines Vickie provides in her excellent article Housetraining Your Lhasa Apso does just that. So…should I be disappointed that New Potential Owner wasn’t willing to invest the time?? Or should I be thankful he considered this and realized his own limitations??
The sad part is…Wyatt wouldn’t take much effort at all. In all the years I’ve placed dogs, only once has a dog been returned because of housetraining issues. That woman refused to follow any advice about training and let Deca run free in a 3,500 square foot house before good habits were established. :::sigh:::