Post # 1
Okay, so I was given a dog (I worked at a kennel) by a regular customer who was moving. I had no idea this dog would be so …crazy. I have had him for 2 years, and I have come a long was with him. I trained him not to knock me out when I walk in the house (he would jump in the air- 6 feet up- and chest/ body slam me! So weird!), how to sit if he wants something, how to GO TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE! And many other things that I assumed all 5 and a half year old dogs would know. Like how not to bite someone’s hand off when they are giving you a treat. However, this dog has caused me SO much stress. I think partly it is just who he is/ his breed, and partly that he was not properly trained. Anyhow, he has done many things that were awful- like poop in my house when the door was open for him to go outside (!) He pooped INSIDE right next to the door. My other dog, I have to say- would NEVER do that. He had peed on my paintings. I have been really loving and hardworking and patient with this dog.
However, I just took him out for a run, he went number 2, he came back in and immediately…. WIPED HIS BUTT ON MY NEW CARPETING!!!!!!!!!!! IN MY NEW APARTMENT! I am so horrified. My other dog and I really have a connection and I raised her from a pup- she would NEVER ever do that! I know this boy is more like a “dog” and my other dog is more like a “person” with collective memory. The problem dog is so in the moment it is difficult for him to learn :/
I am just so horrified! He wiped his butt on my carpet, and dragged his butt across so that he left a giant skid mark!!!!!!!!! YUCK! I am so fed up! I have never had a dog cause me so much stress!
Post # 3
I really don’t think this has anything to do with you not having a “connection” with your dog the way you do with your other dog. Dogs sometimes do that butt scooting thing if they have a blocked anal gland (sounds gross.. and it kind of is!). When it gets blocked, it causes discomfort and scooting on the carpet actually helps relieve the uncomfortable feeling. If he keeps scooting on the carpet like that you might want to take him to the vet (or a groomer) and have them “express” his anal glands (definitely worth paying someone else to do this!!). That usually solves the problem. But if it’s only a one-time incident I wouldn’t worry too much. You could always have a box of baby wipes near the door and help “clean him up” a little when he comes inside so he doesn’t have to use your carpet as tp. I grew up around dogs and this is not an uncommon thing for them to do (even well trained dogs).
Post # 4
@MaggieGirl- Thanks. Very much. I guess it just freaked me out so much. He is so different then any other dog I have ever had. He is pure dog. Thanks for explaining. I have never had a dog do that, even though I grew up around them. He is my first adopted dog, and my first male dog. I guess he is the most dog of a dog I have ever had. My female dog is neat and clean. Thanks for the advice.
Post # 5
I am glad that someone else brought up the anal glands things. That’s what I was going to say.
Post # 6
Dogs scooting like that can actually be an indication of illness or a parasitic infections (intestinal worms, etc), NOT just disobedience. Also, their anal glands can become overly full and uncomfortable. Do you ever have the glands squeezed and emptied at a groomer, for example? If the dog scoots again, I would take it to the vet for stool tests. It might just have a parasite that is itching/very uncomfortable. Not the dog’s fault!
Post # 7
my husband said that usually means he has worms if he’s wiping his tush like that.
Post # 8
This is making me laugh- thanks bees!
@artbee and crayfish- Yes, I have heard that. I will definitely get him checked out if he continues to scoot. It is the first time (I have seen it). So it is possible it is just glands, but if it continues, he’ll be “scooted” straight to the vet. He loves going because everyone loves him. (Aside from the butt thing, he is a real charmer 😉 )
Post # 9
HAHA my dog scoots all the time too! Sometimes the glads are full and the vet said sometimes its just alergies.
Post # 10
I would have been horrified too! I hope the carpet wasn’t white…
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I don’t think it’s him being bad. It’s probably a physical issue.
It’s a common misconception that scooting = worms or parasites, but it’s usually the anal glands. They probably need to be expressed. You can take him to a groomer and they can do it very easily. We do our dog’s ourselves but I wouldn’t recommend it. It is GROSS.