|Barked: Thu Nov 17, '11 11:47pm PST |
|If he's peeing in the home where you don't want him to, he's not ready to be unsupervised indoors. I suggest getting an exercise pen (like a playpen for human babies, kind of) and setting him up in that. Put his bed and food/water at one end and a potty pad on the other. He won't want to pee on his bed, so he'll use the pad. (Hopefully.)
When you have time to watch him (really watch him... not when you're cooking or on the computer or doing housework) you can bring him out, but don't let him out of your sight! Usually when dogs are about to pee they signal it in subtle ways like circling and sniffing the ground. If he does this, put him on the potty pad. If he goes, BRAVO! Praise him and give him a treat.
For the shedding, smell and your daughter's asthma, I have a few suggestions. Yes, the furminator does work. But it's kind of expensive, and knock-off versions work just as well. I think you also should start bathing him regularly, at least monthly. It will reduce the amount of dander he sheds in the house (which probably aggravates daughter's asthma.) If you can afford it, take him to a grooming salon that uses high-velocity driers- they literally blow away all the loose hair and will dramatically reduce shedding.
Also, what food does he eat? Seems intuitive that you are what you eat, right? Some people find that switching from a supermarket to a premium dogfood brand improves body odor, that "cheesy/cornchip/old socks odor some dogs have. As a last resort there are doggy "odor eliminator" sprays that you spray on the dog in between baths to control the smell. I believe Nature's Miracle is a good brand for that (they make great carpet cleaner too!)
Why not make a profile for him, by the way? It's free, all you need is a photo. Dogster forums are really fun and we love new members.
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