My wife and I have a 11 month old Beagle. We've had him for 8 months now (from a pet store), and in the last 3 months, he's started pooping in his crate every time we leave him alone. Doesn't matter if it's 5 minutes or 3 hours. He poops and rolls in it.
We've tried leaving him enclosed in the bathroom, letting him roam free and in the crate, every time, without fail it poop time. This evening my wife came home from work, poop. Went out 30 minutrs later to get our daughter from school gone for 15 minutes... poop. Went to run an errand, poop.
We've tried the Calm Down product, a higher quality food, getting him exhausted before putting him in. IT does not matter, the dog does everythign he can to poop and roll in it. We're at the point where if we do not fix this, we will get rid of the dog. HELP
ok you have to understand that dogs from petstores go through an aweful lot of traumatizing events before they reach their homes. Often they are in these cages at the store for a lengthy time. I am not sure about your dog as far as how long this pup was there but I know there are two things that cause the problem you describe. One is seperation anxiety and the other is old habbits die hard. He was able to poop whenever he wanted to at the petstore with no repremand for it. He or she may remember this and has started doing it again simply because it is easier for the dog then to work at letting you know.
My guess is it is seperation anxiety. Often these pups are taken away from mom way to early and exhibit signs of seperation anxiety because of it. This does not mean the signs of this must start right away. Often the onset can be delayed as long as a year. Try setting the crate by a window where you can peak in after you leave. Get a corection coller and place it on the dog. Go out as if you are leaving as you normally do and go directly to the window peeking where the dog cannot see you. Watch until the dog squats to poop and then utalize the coller to correct the pup. You may have to do this often until he gets the message. Some trainers are against correction collers but I for one have used them with many dogs when all else fails. They have ones that vibrate and ones that give a low voltage shock. It will not hurt the dog. there are levels of settings that you can choose from. Start with the lowest first.
Do not let the dog see you. He will associate your presence with the correction and simply wait until the coast is clear so to speak.
oh yes praise for no poop is a given. LOL workes in most cases and then for a while simply leave the coller on the dog. He may eventually be albe to go without but the feel of it may be needed as a constant reminder. NOW if you have a dog like the Staffordshire I just got who likes to play magician and get the coller off and eat it then you have a problem.
The collar is sounding like a great idea. He eats twice a day, and he doesn't even eat all we give him. He eats in the morning (about 5 am) and in the evening (about 4 or 5 PM)
When we're with him he poops 2 or 3 times a day, and he's good about letting us know.
We've been thinking seperation anxiety for a while now. We noticed it started after our daughter had to go back to school after a track break. I drive all over the Southwest every day for my work, I wish I could take him with me, but with the summer months coming, I wouldn't want to get him used to that and then have to leave him home when it heats up.
***Edited By: elsmack on 2/23/2005 11:46:21 PM*** Reason: added more
Thanks for the compliment. When you have been training dogs as long as i have you find all sorts of new ways to deal with bad behaviour. This Staffordshire Terrier is a handful and he has me temporarliy stumped but I will figure it out. If i have to drive out to the country and run him along side the tractor for a few hours longer to tire his but out i will.
some people get offended at referring to a dog as an "IT" when you know the sex of the dog. The first post clearly said "HIM" implying that the dog was a male. so it is kinda rude referring to the dog as it rather then he. I see her point but do not think it was meant to be rude. It is kinda offensive though. I personally would be upset if someone who spoke of my dog and knew she was a girl but still called her an it. Kinda like calling ones child an "IT."