A little history: I have a 5 year old female Golden Retriever named Nahana. She is absolutely beautiful. My wife and I trained Nahana to use the outdoors as her bathroom after only 10 days of ownership. She knows all commands and has become almost humanlike in her disposition. Once Nahana turned 3 years old, she stopped being a playful GR. She still chases a ball every now and then but she isnít as active as she was or as I thought she would be. I persuaded my wife into believing we needed to add an energetic, active dog into our family and began researching small terrier breeds; Manchester Terriers, Fox Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers. Through my research I fell in love with the Manchester Terriers and located an MT breeder in my area.
The joyful day came when Makai (ma-ki) was born, January 16, 2009. We took deliver of our little ninja (my sonís description of her) on March 13, 2009.
Makai easily learned voice and hand commands. She is extremely loyal and loving and has become Nahanaís play toy. Nahana and Makai love each other dearly, and Iíve noticed a new spunk in Nahana since we brought Makai home. Makai quickly became my little companion.
Now hereís the problem. This problem may not sound like much to some but it is giving my family fits. Makai has decided that she will ďpoopĒ whenever and wherever she wants, and this includes her crate. Everything Iíve read, and all the people Iíve spoken with state dogs will not ďmessĒ in their crate. They obviously havenít met Makai. Sheíll poop in the house 5 minutes after coming in from pooping outside, and Iím not talking rabbit pellets either. Sheíll poop in the patio, in the kitchen, the hallway, foyer, living room, etcÖI think you get the point. I donít know what to do to change her pooping ways. Iím not giving up my fight to see that Makai is completely trained but Iím bloody and Iím entering the 10th round, someone has got to help me Ďcause this little ninja is pooping me out of my own home (remember, I persuaded my wife into believingÖÖ.).
Nahana, our golden retriever, was trained very quickly. I know MTís have completely different dispositions than GRís but the key to training any dog is consistency, repetition, praise and knowledge of the breed of dog (not to mention watching them out of the corner of your eye). I must be doing something wrong in my training with Makai and have run out of ideas. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Maybe I missed it, but you didn't really mention whether the inappropriate pooping is when you're home or not. Is it right in front of your face (then pick her up mid-poop and take her outside)? Does she sneak off to do it (then start over with potty training)? Or are you gone when she does the job (then look into separation anxiety)?
If you're gone when it happens, I'd say you've got yourself a case of separation anxiety. Not impossible to deal with, but not easy either. Google it for more info.
If she's doing it while your home, you're experiencing a dog who doesn't know what's appropriate yet, and you just have to keep up with the housetraining. Start over and treat the process as you would for a puppy.
If it happens while you're home, what's your reaction?
I'm assuming she's healthy? The first step may be to get a clean bill of health from her vet.
You might also want to find a Manchester Terrier specific forum. They'll probably have some advice for you.
My MT makes messes when we are at home. When we are gone for work, we leave a radio on for both our dogs and rarely is there a mess when we get home. We scold Makai when we catch her in the act and take her outside to finish her business. We clean and disinfect the area she made the mess in and put her in her crate. If she doesn't poop when we take her outside, she gets placed in the crate and then take her outside on the hour until she poops.
The vet gave her a clean bill of health so I'm baffled as to why she keeps pooping as I mentioned in my original post.