Tuesday, May 4, 2010

52. CASE STUDY: HOUSE BREAKING Toy Poodle

Problem: Not house-trained after 2 months with owner.
Dog: Male, toy poodle, 5 months. Thin.
Owners: Young man in late 30s, elder sister and parents
Housing: Apartment - Free to roam but crated at night. Eliminates everywhere.
Consult Vet: Pimples on flanks and thighs 5 days after proheart vaccination. "Is it due to the proheart injection?" the young man asked. "No," I said. "Puppy skin is easily infected by bacteria s it is not mature. Happens in many puppies."
"What is the medical condition?" the young man asked me.
"Is it Impetigo?" the young man showed me the name in his smartphone screen. He had researched the internet well.

House-breaking
"My friend told me it takes 1 month to house-train a puppy," the young man said. "Now, it is 2 months and the puppy pees and poops everywhere."

Confinement
"You let the puppy out after the first night," I said. "
"Yes," the young man replied. "He was barking and barking and may upset our neighbours."

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