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Thoughts and advice needed
Ok folks, put your thinking caps on I'm needing your thoughts and advice regarding a problem we're having with my DS & DDIL's pekingese, Rascal. For the past couple of weeks Rascal (age 3.5) has begun pooping in various places in the house. She has been litter box trained since she was a puppy and has done well with it, hardly ever having any "accidents" at all.
Well, last night was the "straw that broke the camel's back". My DGS was fussy and DDIL decided to change his diaper. They had been playing on the floor, so that's where she changed him. When she had finished, she looked behind her and there was a pile of poop! Rascal had done it while she was changing the baby. The "incredible" thing is the litter box is just on the other side of the room. My DDIL was "fit to be tied". In the past couple of weeks Rascal has pooped in the baby's room, in their bedroom just outside of her crate, and at my house in the kitchen.
I'm sure something is upsetting her but, we're at a loss to know what it is. The only things we can come up with is that DGS has become mobile, scooting and rolling around, so now Rascal doesn't always know exactly where she'll find him. Yet, they have happily coexisted for the past 8 months. The other thing that coincides pretty exactly with the behavior is that DDIL is now expecting baby #2. I wonder if she senses that and that's the problem? My DDIL goes out of her way to give Rascal the attention she always has, so I don't think it's an attention issue. We're at a loss here....
Does anyone have any ideas about what could be causing Rascal to do this all of a sudden? Any and all ideas are welcome. Also, if you have any suggestions on what to try to get her to stop it, that would be much appreciated.
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