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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-11-2008, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Moxie's dirty little secret

Okay, Moxie turned one last week and I truly thought that by now he would be
potty trained and somewhat reliable to be out of my sight for a few minutes at time.
Not so much...
He still poops in the house sometimes when I am not looking. Worse yet, he will occasionally DEVOUR the evidence, licking his chops after leaving the scene of the crime (always the same place, under the dining room table) assuming that will take care of things.
Jeez, all the big dogs we have had had gotten it by now!
What is the deal?
He never eats it outside, it truly just seems to be part of his coverup as if he knows it was wrong.
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Debra, I was awakened the other nite by Itsy licking her chops. It only happens once in awhile.

She won't eat the pineapple cure. If I catch her I yell, and that stops it momentarily, but then it will happen again days later.

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My little Dugan has a little secret too. He has been easy to housetrain (I am lucky) but he will try to eat his poo. Pineapple didn't work, so now I am trying one of the pills you buy from the petstore. It seems to be helping, but hasn't cured it yet. I think he tries to clean it up when he poops in their play area outside. He doesn't usually try to eat it when we are on a walk.

With the housetraining, you may want to try to cut back on the space you allow him. I keep Dugan in the kitchen/den. With Brady, I waited until he was almost a year old to give him run of the house. I will wait a while with Dugan too even though he is trained.


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Thankfully none of mine ever had that habit - but it did take Logan a lot longer to be trusted in the house. I did not start letting him have run of the house till he was 1 1/2 years old!! I would block the dining room off to him. Is it carpeted? Maybe it is a smell that keeps drawing him to that area??

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Can you train him to go on pee-pads in the house?

I do not know much about poo-eatng, Henry is only interested in cat-poop-nuggets.
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Abby is not fussy - she eats dog, duck, & cat poop! Just when I think she has quit, I catch her with a dirty (and smelly!) face. yuk! I have to scrub her face and brush her teeth

She is 18 months old now and just when I thought the accidents were over, she pooped in the upstairs bedroom! My husband said it was his fault, though, because he had her shut in there and she wanted out - well, he found out why!! It has taken her forever to get to this point, though, and it seemed like it finally just clicked.

Why don't you try putting something under the table to cover the spot where he usually goes? Of course, he might find another spot.....LOL

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Thank you so much everyone for your input. Yeah, the dining room is always cleaned and odor - free sprayed after a slip. And I have all but lined the room with poop pads.
I would like to retrain him for pads ( the breeder had sent him to me trained on pads ). But it is all so confusing for him, when I approve of some things and not others, you know? G-D awful weather here in CT has me taking him out a lot less than I should, I suppose... All it does is rain lately.
I am discouraged and feel he will never get it.

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Debra- I had a lot of trouble and confusion with Belle from going back and forth as well. Every once in awhile, she will be at someone's house and pee on their doormat- thank goodness she is so little! I was unsuccessful with going back and forth with her but I know some dogs can do both (Tori!). Belle didn't get it and would often times just be scared of telling us v. going on her own, etc. We ended up picking outside as that is what she seemed to understand better. I think with her, it made me really concentrate on Dora and I was lucky Dash came to my dog door trained. At our current place we don't have a dog door but Dash circles to tell us he wants out. Belle barks at you. And Dora just has an iron bladder!

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Lulu is 1 1/2 and every now and they she leaves a little poop present for us. She doesn't eat it but sometimes I think she would like to try Vinnys. (They always want each others things, lol)
Once we had a snoddle who ate rabbit poo, cat poo, etc. We used to call her the re-cycle dog. Very green little machine. No kisses from her, thank you.
If you see her poop you may want to drop a few drops of tabasco sauce on it and leave the feast for her to try later. That is if you can stand to leave it there for a little while.
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Cuba was pretty reliable at about 5.5 months. Occasionally he will have an accident, but I can usually pinpoint the reason why. For example, yesterday, he fell asleep immediately when we came home from daycare and he slept through. Well when we went to bed at about 12:00 (I knew I should have taken him out), he was going back to sleep. Then he gets up and goes downstairs. When I eventually follow, I found out he just couldn't hold it any more and had an accident mid stairs. As I said, my fault. Other times, in the rain example, if I don't walk him long enough, I might find a present for me when I get home. Occasionally, he will seek out the potty pad to go when he just can't hold it anymore, but for the most part, he waits for me to get home. He is 7.5 months now and unfortunately is home alone for about 10.5 hours daily. (He goes to daycare 2 times per week.)

As for eating poop, I don't think Cuba eats it, but I know he will sometimes play with it. Fortunately, I've only seen evidence of this twice and he did it while I was at work.
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