Just blowing off some steam so I can keep my cool today, hope you guys don't mind!
The past four days or so has been a bit trying. It's been raining pretty much nonstop, and Paco refuses, absolutely refuses to go out in the rain, or even walk on wet ground after it has stopped raining. If I bring him outside and place him down, he spends so much time looking for a dry place to stand (there never is one) that he can't even think about going to the bathroom.
At first, things seemed to be going good with placing his puppy pad in a litterbox; he went three days using the litterbox consecutively, me catching him in the act and treating him each time, and I was so glad that it was working since he hates going outside so much.
But then…I guess he decided he doesn't like the litterbox all of a sudden. He's peed in the kitchen twice and once ON THE BED this morning, which he hasn't done since he was a little baby still being potty trained! Each time Chris or I caught him and immediately placed him in the litterbox, where he stands for a second and then walks out. He ignores the litterbox now unless I stand near it with treats, then he steps right in and even sits down, I guess remembering the bit of training I did with him to get him comfortable with it. He just won't pee in it.
In addition to that, because of the rain, I haven't been able to take him on walks. Sunday it was hell to keep him from chewing on electrical cords and shoes, and trying to shred the comforter and pillows. We tried playing with him, but he was really bitey, which I attributed to him being frustrated by being so homebound for so many days. The rain stopped long enough yesterday for me to walk him, and he was a good (tired) pup all day after that, save for the kitchen floor pee at night.
He's antsy again this morning - but it's raining steadily with no predictions of letting up. What do you guys do when you can't exercise your basenji's?