I have a four month old Cavalier at the house for the weekend...first time here, just got dropped off this afternoon. He spent a few hours on John's lap, before I got home. I immediately took him out for potty, and he wouldn't go...so he went in the crate. He's been in the crate since 2 pm...it's now almost midnight. No pottying on any of the MULTIPLE trips outside. Off leash in the backyard, on leash in the front yard...no pottying. So back in the crate he goes. I rapidly tire of this behavior.
I can't help but compare him to the 4 month old Wiener that got dropped off at the house for a weekend almost two years ago. The Wiener was all about going out in the yard for pottying, and was into EVERYTHING in the house...playing with the big dogs (even though he'd not been around other dogs before)...racing around the yard, diving headfirst into the toy basket, trying to climb on the couch...etc.
This Cavalier pup is terrified of the dogs, terrified of noises in the dark when we go out, movement startles him, me yelping in pain (he has long nails and tried to climb up my bare legs) sent him scurrying away...etc. He is fairly quiet in his crate, so he does have that going for him. But I feel horrible that he hasn't pottied...but honestly, he gets a chance at least every 30-60 minutes...all afternoon and evening.
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw