Re: Are these accidents an attempt at dominance?
Do dogs sometimes have accidents as a display of dominance or as a sign of confusion about who's top dog? Does it sound like that is happening here??? Please share your thoughts!
Yup, youbetchya they do, and that's what it sounds like. I'd recomend as an immediate course of action, you make it a point to escort the pup to the desired output place just as soom as you've been playing/pampering, and of course rught after feedings. Take the pup, don't send it. If output occurs at the desired place and time, make a deal of it. If the pup just stands there looking at you for ten minutes, don't be upset, just go back to the dwelling, but keep a real close eye on the pup. If you note signs of imminent output, take the pup, kindly, gently, and cheerfully as circumstances permit, to the output place, and follow the routine.
In any dog pack, somebody's gotta be in charge ... unquestionably in charge. Given leave to consider it, just about any dog will seek to improve its pack position. Exhibiting inappropriate behavior ny a subordinate critter in front of and with the attention of the alpha, or other more highly-ranked animal, is a challenge intended to gauge the response of the more dominant critter. If the ranking critter does not reprimand, that is a tacit abdication of at least a portion of position and authority, and likely that perceived weakness will be pressed and exploited by the challenging critter. In a mixed human - dog pack, the charge critter oughtta be the human. If you want to be the real alpha, not just one of the nurse or guardian animals, take charge.