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our Cockapoo is now 7 months old and is fully house trained so much so that he no longer is in his crate and holds all night until we let him out in the morning. However, we have been away on vacation for 3 weeks and he stayed with a doggy sitter in her house. Apparently he was as good as gold. We have been back 3 nights and he has settled in beautifully (as if he's never been away) but every morning between 6-7am he starts barking and when i go downstairs he's wee'd in the kitchen in random places. He's even 'cocked' his leg up against my table!! Help - what do i do?
 

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what time do you normally take him out at.

he is very young so will probably have slipped into the routine of the dog sitter. you might need to bring the crate out for a couple of weeks till he gets back in to it.

the cocking of the leg could be him trying to mark the house now he is back home, did he stay with other dogs when he was away?

its just going to be a case of going back the the basics, 3 weeks is a long time for a puppy so he will have just gotten used to a different routine, he needs to learn your routine again.

let us know how you get on.
 

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hi thanks for the reply. i take him out quite late actually, around 11.30ish. He was with other dogs, 3 in fact. Should i try and put a puppy pad by the back door tonight and if that doesn't work bring the crate out tomorrow night?
 

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personaly i would just bring out the crate, by using the puppy pad your still teaching him he can pee in the house over night.

what time in the moring did you normaly get up at to let him out the pee.
 

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i let him out around 7 and sometimes he even would go to 8ish - i think he has got into a bad habit and i need to break it quick!! thanks for the advice
 

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The change in routine is the most likely culprit, but doggie adolescence may also be partly to blame. From the six month mark on, a lot of dogs develop some teenage rebelliousness and suddenly "forget" commands that they've known for months.

As others have said, go back to basics for a while. Take him out more frequently and crate him when you're sleeping and when you're not home. The good news is the rebellious phase doesn't last nearly as long in dogs as it does in teenagers. ;)
 

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Hi, Ours did exactly the same. We've just been away with Stanley our cockapoo for a 3 night break. Prior to going he had been toilet trained for 1 month without any accidents in the house. As soon as we arrived home he pooed in the lounge, and had 2-3 more accidents over the next week. Then settled back down again and no more mistakes. Were certain it was just change in routine upsetting him
 
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