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Old 02-09-2018, 12:07 AM   #6421
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Great, in general. Still very anxious around strangers outside the home, but cool with anyone who visits us. Successfully gained a couple pounds, and is totally snuggly with us and able to be left alone in the house without chewing on anything. She was basically housebroken, too--though her tiny colon has to poop four times a day--but then the last few days she's started to insist that she doesn't need to go when we let her out, and then sneak off and poop upstairs when we're not looking.

Fortunately, her poop is dry and solid and leaves no stains. Unfortunately, it is still poop.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:56 AM   #6422
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Something may have unnerved her while pooing outside at some point.

My advice, for what it is worth:no telling off when she does it in the house - dogs aren't great at associating the lesson in the present with the action in the past. Unless you catch them in the act - in which case you then run the risk of them learning a very strong but unwelcome lesson that creates or increases anxiety around doing their business. You can inadvertently do the same thing if you pick a pup up when it starts doing its business and carry it to the mat, or outside - rather than letting them finish then picking them up and taking them to the mat or outside, or better yet anticipating when they are likely to want to do it and getting them onto the mat or outside ready for when the urge hits.

Keep taking her out and giving her the opportunity at the times she is most likely to want to do it (after a play , after waking, after a meal etc) and give her a treat if she does anything out there, whether its a piss or a poop.

And find a way if possible to block her from going to the indoor spot she has chosen.

Difficult to that stuff with consistency, particularly if you have family stuff and work to contend with as well.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:43 AM   #6423
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If the dog is consistently pooping in the same room, try feeding the dog in that room. A dog won't usually poop where he eats if he has a choice.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:29 AM   #6424
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That's a fucking brilliant idea
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:21 AM   #6425
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Unfortunately, moving her food is a dangerous idea because she also stops eating when she gets anxious. I had to sit on the floor and spoon feed her for the first couple of weeks until she trusted what was in the bowl.

We're having a mild battle of wills over it, at this point. I know when she needs to go--every 3-4 hours, like clockwork, and I get up at the same time every day. Plus, she absolutely understands the command to "Go potty." So the last two days, she and I have just stood outside for 20 minutes until she goes, with me endlessly and emotionlessly repeating it. (And then, of course, she gets a treat as soon as she does.) We were there once and we'll get there again, it's just cold and wet outside, and I'm impatient.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:48 AM   #6426
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Sounds like you're approaching it well Clod. You'll get there.
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:40 PM   #6427
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I drove for six hours, and my laptop's charger cable broke, and I have a headache because I'm stupid and ate a pint of ice cream and a bag of potato chips for lunch, and we're going to see Black Panther tonight and I'm afraid my mood will make it less enjoyable than it would otherwise be.
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