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I'm hoping someone has some suggestions for me. sorry in advance for the long post but I don't want to leave out anything important.
Piper has been completely potty trained for over two years with no accidents and she goes outside only. We have always lived in apartment so she has been taken out on a leash for potty always. She is a poop eater but because she was on a leash for the most part, it was only a problem when visiting someone with a backyard.
About 3 months ago I bought a house with a fenced in back yard that Piper can now go out without a leash to potty. Well, unfortunately the poop eating became a problem. Even being out there with her, she would snatch it up and run around the side of the house to eat it before I could get to her. I would tell her NO! firmly, take her inside and wash her mouth out which she absolutely hated. After two months of watching her like a hawk, working with the leave it command, she will "leave it" if I am right there so I think I've got that problem somewhat under control but now we have a new problem.
Two weeks ago, I found poop reminants inside by the back door. I couldn't believe it, she never goes in the house. I thought it was a fluke, so I cleaned it up and didn't make a big deal of it. Last week, same thing and this time I showed it to her and said "NO!" firmly (which I know is not effective becuase I didn't catch her in the act) and then it happened again last night. Same place, right at the back door that leads to the back yard. The really puzzling thing is that I was home all three times and have no idea when she would have done it. She is almost always by my side, so she must be slipping away quickly and doing it???
I take her out to potty about every 3 hours and anytime she asks to go outside, I always take her. I work from home so I am here to take her out whenever she wants to go. I just don't understand what's going on. Did I screw up by scolding her for eating poop outside so now she wants to do it inside so I don't see?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I want to stop this before it becomes a bad habit.
Julie, Piper and Riley
My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton