Needing some dog advice!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

When we visited somewhere new my dog would get a little overwhelmed and would start going in the house, completely unheard of usually. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@lolita39:  If its an aussie, its likely bored, or lonely or needing extra attention.  You might think nothing has changed, but to a dog, the littlest things are HUGE.  Being pregnant is a big event, no one could blame you for being excited, distracted, maybe you’re already getting the room ready for a nursery, buying furniture, changing your nightly routine….it all adds up to a dog.

Aussie’s love having something to do, a job, and even if its walking around the block with you twice a day and playing fetch after dinner, its a big deal.

I would pay extra special attention to how much time and energy your putting into the dog as well as any new things that may be around, take her with you any place that you can and see if the potty problem doesn’t go away.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lolita39:  sounds like its behavioral… how well are you cleaning the area after she goes? My dog went through a phase like that and we were using some heavy-duty bleach to make sure there was absolutely no smell left for her to assume that that was a potty area. Not to say you arent cleaning it properly but if there’s a chance she might still be able to smell it.

Is there a way you can lock her either upstairs or downstairs depending on where she is going?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@lolita39:  All of the above. Or when we visited my parents or his parents. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

You don’t even need to give her PHYSICAL exercise, necessarily.  I grew up with Aussies and a lot of them are happy just having mental stimulation.  If the weather is nasty do some obedience work – all sorts of combinations of sit, stay, down, shake, roll over, dance, you name it.  You can teach them an amazing number of tricks.  

I used to play hide-and-seek with my childhood dog; I’d make him sit/stay on one floor of the house and go hide on another, and then call him.  He LOVED finding me, and then we’d do it all over again.  

Another one of our Aussies was trained to pick up all of the dirty laundry laying around the house and put it in a hamper.  

All of them LOVED the Buster Cube, and any other treat puzzle might be something worth looking into.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@lolita39:  He would only do it for a day or two after introduces something new and he always knew he had been bad. Does she have anxiety, like when you leave? My family dog used to play hide and seek with my little brother. He would call him or I would say “Go get Alex! Where’s Alex?!” 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

Teach her to catch.  You can throw soft objects in the house and that will work some energy off.  Plus, teaching her to catch will challenge her brain.  Aussies are generally very smart and get bored really fast.  They are working dogs so any kind of work you can turn into a game for them will help.  I taught mine by using braided scraps of polartec that I braided kind of like the length of a bone.  They had one at the store that I copied.  She was a 9 mo old lab that had tons of energy and surgery with a long recuperation so i had to find something to challenger since she couldn’t walk.

I started out by having her lay right in front of me and sat on the floor in front of her.  Then i threw it in her mouth and she figured out how to catch it.  Over time we lengthened the distance and were able to change objects once she realized it was fun.  Now she loves to catch her kong ball from about 20 feet away!

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Aw, poor pumpkin. I would (if you can) stop going straight to the spot when you get home and then reprimanding her. If she already has anxiety, you’re probably just teaching her that you coming home = her getting into trouble or, if she’s clever, that poop is bad (not poopING, just poop). Dogs don’t understanding the connection between her pooping hours ago and your reprimand now.

Clean it well and then cover it with something scented (like a rug with some baby powder shaken into it). She knows that that’s her poop spot, and even the best cleaning is probably not good enough for dogs’ amazing noses. Plus, if you put down a rug, there’s the benefit of only having to clean the RUG when she goes, not your whole carpet.

Also, can you try confining her to a smaller area of the house when you’re gone? Like, an area that does not include this particular spot?

It’s probably just a phase; basically, you need to break her of the habit, and then she’ll forget about this fun pooping thing she’s been doing lately, lol.

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