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Old 08-28-2017, 10:37 PM
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Heyo everyone I'm Emms!
I hope this is in the right place. Anyways, there is a flood where I live! It's been raining non-stop ALL DAY, so the flood waters can risen a lot. We were going to evacuate, but we were too late.
So we're hunkering down in our house, moving everything upstairs, since the flood waters are almost definitely going to flood the first floor. Since the water will keep us from going outside at all, how will Gina go to the restroom? She is trained to go potty outside and acts so guilty if she "goes" inside. Most likely the front lawn will be covered by tomorrow, and the backyard is off-limits since my parents blocked the doors in hopes of stopping the water a bit. I was going to have Gina use a mat covered in newspaper as her "toilet" until everything is drained and gone.
Unfortunately, training her to "go" inside might (is) gonna be a problem after all the water is drained and dry. We might have to retrain her to go potty outside afterwards, which is gonna be hard, since she was already housebroken when we adopted her. What do you think?
Gina does know the command "Go potty!" although I don't think she would do it inside. There's a chance, though. *sighs at self* I went to the pet store a few days ago, buying food for my hamster. I hadn't thought about getting potty pads at the time, even though that was on my list in the unconcious (Ik I spelled that wrong) part of my brain.
Next: Gina has never been allowed upstairs. Never has, never will. Until now. This is the first time she'll be upstairs with us allowing her to be. (Sometimes she sneaks upstairs to eat our tissues. I might post another thread about her obsession with them later, when I'm stuck upstairs.) We have moved almost all of our belongings upstairs, since there's a good chance the whole first floor might flood. Where would Gina be? In a bedroom, in the game room that is now our temporary kitchen, in the media room? My sister wants her to only stay in the media room, nowhere else, but I'm completely against that idea. That means her bed, potty, food, water, and toys will all be in the same room-- which calls for a super-stinky room.
I'm actually not so worried about where her bed and food will be. Her potty spot might be hard to choose, since most of the floor is covered with stuff or is a living area.
Exercise will be a problem. Gina's used to 3-4 walks per day, and no way will she be able to go out in a flood. The game room has fragile stuff in it, right out in the open, and so we can't play with her there -- she's pretty clumsy. What games that will at least exercise her a little can we play in a small area?
(Extra Note: There is one sofa that Gina is allowed to sit and sleep on. It's an armchair, a very old one, and Gina has never sat on any other sofa/armchair besides this one. I want to save it from the flood, for sentimental reasons, but all of my family besides my dad is against it. They say it's old, that it's not worth saving, that we can buy Gina a new one. But this chair is special to me [and Gina]. I wanna keep it. But alas, (wow I sound old) it will just take up space and time.)
Thank you for reading this post. Please leave an answer if you have one, but if you don't, that's alright. Thanks for reading!
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I'm so sorry that y'all are facing all of that! Please stay safe.

What I'd do for Gina is try to get her to potty outside for as long as is safely possible.

Remember that she should be able to hold her bladder for 8 hours minimum. My boy can hold it longer, but 8 hours is a pretty good guideline if you need to make them hold their bladder.

Set her up a potty place as far from y'all living area, and her sleeping area, as possible. It'll be easier to get her to go there then it will if you put it close there where y'all are eating, sleeping, etc. Provide her with something absorbent to potty on, and also make sure it has a distinctive feel, shredded newspaper, cat litter, shredded cardboard, If you do shred it then make sure to put more that's not shredded under it so that it helps absorb the urine. I'm recommending it be shredded because it'll look and feel different under her paws then the regular floor. After 8 hours have passed since she pottied outside, take her to that spot, give her the potty cue, and if she goes give her a treat, and praise her. If she doesn't then keep her with you and try again in around 30 min. Do that till she finally potties. Given that she's trained to potty outside it will likely take quite awhile till she gets desperate enough to potty inside.

I'd play things like search for your food (hide food around the room then let her in to find it), The shell game, get 3 cups, put a treat under one, mix up the cups and have her indicate which one is the correct one. Do some training with her. Basically play games that make her think and figure out problems, or search for things. If you keep her mind occupied it will help with boredom and should wear her out a bit. This sticky thread https://www.dogforum.com/dog-health/2...ivities-51130/ has activities that should help keep her occupied.
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Hope you guys are okay. Please update when you can & want whenever you get to read this.
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Question do U have a SHOWER in the bathroom?...

even if U lose tap-water [& i hope U don't!], a walk-in shower is a great emergency potty-spot for a dog.
They can urinate, & then the pee is washed into the drain with a few well-directed pours from a jug; don't get carried away when 'flushing', the bottled water must last until tap water runs drinkable again, or until a fresh stock of bottled water can be brought in.

An ounce or 2 of human urine dribbled around the edge of the drain will give her a clue when U try to get her to void there, or just dab with a tissue damp with human pee, around the [dry] drain.

Does she have a crate? -ping-pong between the crate & the shower can give her the chance to void outside her sleeping space, without giving her opps to pee on, for instance, carpet.
Go direct from crate to shower as soon as she wakes up - give her a MINIMUM of 5-minutes, patiently standing & waiting while she looks confused & wonders what the heck is going on.
if she doesn't produce, back to the crate for 10-mins, repeat ad infinitum. // Sooner or later, she's GOTTA go - & when the floodgates open, have a GOOD reward on hand for her, so she understands she did the right thing.
Don't let her take 1 step B4 get that goody under her nose, as soon as her butt comes up, reward & praise her.
Don't be cheap - no kibble; give her something high protein, preferably lean, & low salt. Chicken breast, cubed beef, turkey, pouch or canned WATER-packed fish, etc.
It needn't be a big piece - in fact, 2 to 6 pea-sized tidbits given individually one after another, like a string of pearls, will make a bigger impression than one hunk given as a single chunk. Called a jackpot, a series of tidbits given as fast as each is swallowed is used to mark a breakthru in training - any new behavior, any big step forward.


If the only shower is also a bathtub, U need to help her over the side to get in, & back out, too.

Good luck - let us know how U are faring, please.
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Hello, everyone, and thank you for your answers
The floodwaters are about the same height as they were yesterday night. They're rising a lot slower than I thought they would, and it even stopped raining for a bit this morning! That's good, because Gina can still pee outside and play downstairs for a while.
Can anyone tell me where the edit button went? It was there yesterday, but isn't there today.
Thanks everyone, and I'll try to update regularly
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I'm so sorry that y'all are facing all of that! Please stay safe.

What I'd do for Gina is try to get her to potty outside for as long as is safely possible.

Remember that she should be able to hold her bladder for 8 hours minimum. My boy can hold it longer, but 8 hours is a pretty good guideline if you need to make them hold their bladder.

Set her up a potty place as far from y'all living area, and her sleeping area, as possible. It'll be easier to get her to go there then it will if you put it close there where y'all are eating, sleeping, etc. Provide her with something absorbent to potty on, and also make sure it has a distinctive feel, shredded newspaper, cat litter, shredded cardboard, If you do shred it then make sure to put more that's not shredded under it so that it helps absorb the urine. I'm recommending it be shredded because it'll look and feel different under her paws then the regular floor. After 8 hours have passed since she pottied outside, take her to that spot, give her the potty cue, and if she goes give her a treat, and praise her. If she doesn't then keep her with you and try again in around 30 min. Do that till she finally potties. Given that she's trained to potty outside it will likely take quite awhile till she gets desperate enough to potty inside.

I'd play things like search for your food (hide food around the room then let her in to find it), The shell game, get 3 cups, put a treat under one, mix up the cups and have her indicate which one is the correct one. Do some training with her. Basically play games that make her think and figure out problems, or search for things. If you keep her mind occupied it will help with boredom and should wear her out a bit. This sticky thread https://www.dogforum.com/dog-health/2...ivities-51130/ has activities that should help keep her occupied.
Hi, Rain! Thanks for answering
The waters are rising slower than I thought, so lets hope Gina will still have space to go to the restroom outside for a while
Shredding the newspaper- good idea! I think her potty place would most likely be on the landing on our stairs. I'd probably block off the stairs that lead down to the ground, though, in case there's water there. I don't want her to drink dirty water.
Thank your for the link, I never thought of training Gina things like that. Not that she'll listen, but it'll sure tire her out XD I'e tried the muffin tin one, but Gina still doesn't understand to pick up the balls with her mouth, she just sorta nudges the balls and the tin around until one of the balls just falls out.
Thanks for answering, Rain!
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:44 PM
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Thumbs up Well, I guess not!

Okay, so, it seems like the projections are COMPLETELY wrong. I guess the projections are right for other people, but not my house. So the waters were supposed to go all the way up to the first floor and flood it at least a little bit.
NOPE! Today, I got up, looked out the window, and saw no rain. The water had receded down to the street. It's not shallow enough to drive through, but it had been threatening our front lawn yesterday. I feel guilty scaring you all like that So uh, I seriously doubt that the water will go up anymore. Problem solved?
By the way, I WILL probably use this again, as I'm not going to move for a while, and my dog is only 4 years old. Where I live, storms can be a big problem.
Now I feel somewhat annoyed at myself.
Thank you, everyone, for answering my questions, and I will surely have more for you all to answer someday.
(By the way, if the water somehow rises again, I'm gonna... I don't know what I'm going to do. But apparently, if the river by us floods, then it might be a problem for us. I don't think it will, but better to worry and be right than to be unexpecting and be wrong.)
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Just a big Yay! No apologies necessary. The information is good. I'm sure there are lots of people in potential flood zones that are now a little more prepared for such a thing than they were before.
Information is always a good thing to have.
It's Wonderful that you didn't get flooded out.
Have soggy fun with your dog today.
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EDIT: We're just lucky. The projections were right, but our neighborhood was just really lucky.
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Arrow If U are in Houston or nearby...

the storm is over the Gulf, restocking with more heat-energy & more moisture.
It's expected to hit Houston again on Friday with a 2nd round of heavy rain, high wind, & flooding of saturated ground.

Even B4 that, the RIVER will be moving water down from above to the Gulf, & may / is likely to rise. // Be careful, please.

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