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Need help with the POOP!

Hi all, my 4 mo old Havanese girl Luna is in an ex pen in the kitchen. She is 100% wee wee pad trained for pee. I take her out several times a day and she either pees outdoors or on the pad. She finds the pad even when she has freedom to roam the kitchen. However, I am struggling with poop. She has only pooped outdoors a few times. She will poop on her pad when confined to her pen. But prefers the kitchen floor. I would keep her in the pen when I thought she was due for a poop, and then she goes on the pad - but she will not find the pad to poop unless she is confined to the pen. To make matters worse, there is not set schedule for her poop (I tried writing down the times for a week and it is all over the place.). There can be a 3 hour window of when she will poop. I like letting her roam the kitchen at times & don't want to completely confine her to her pen. Any ideas??? Thanks!!!
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Hi all, my 4 mo old Havanese girl Luna is in an ex pen in the kitchen. She is 100% wee wee pad trained for pee. I take her out several times a day and she either pees outdoors or on the pad. She finds the pad even when she has freedom to roam the kitchen. However, I am struggling with poop. She has only pooped outdoors a few times. She will poop on her pad when confined to her pen. But prefers the kitchen floor. I would keep her in the pen when I thought she was due for a poop, and then she goes on the pad - but she will not find the pad to poop unless she is confined to the pen. To make matters worse, there is not set schedule for her poop (I tried writing down the times for a week and it is all over the place.). There can be a 3 hour window of when she will poop. I like letting her roam the kitchen at times & don't want to completely confine her to her pen. Any ideas??? Thanks!!!
Until her schedule becomes predictable, you HAVE to watch her LIKE A HAWK every MOMENT that she is out of her pen. That's the only way you will catch her and get her back to her pad (or outdoors) in time, and THAT is the only way she will learn that the pad is the appropriate place to poop. For every time that you "miss" and let her poop somewhere inappropriate, she will need many, MANY repetitions of getting it right. So try to keep the "oops" moments to a minimum!


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Does Luna have access to food all day or do you feed her at specific times? Emmie is fed on a schedule and I pick up her bowl after 10 minutes if she hasn't eaten, which has made it easier to know when she has to go poop.
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I agree with Marina Girl, feed on schedule. Food usually takes a certain amount of to become poop and be delivered by dog.
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They don't know unless you catch them in the act. Mine really give a good indication when the have to go #2 . Good quality food has less poos per day. I have no idea how long it takes after they eat tho.

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Thanks for the replies. I feed twice a day, but leave food out until she finishes. This may be the problem, as I am beginning to see with your help. Some days it is right away that she finishes, some days a few hours later. I will not leave her food out for her anymore so maybe I can get some sort of schedule going. I also just transitioned her into a better food, so maybe that is delaying the pooping predictability.
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No advice on the problem you're having, just a comment on how cute Luna is in her avatar. Please send more pics when you can. She's a doll!


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sandypaws - where to post pics? On threads or in gallery?
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I had the same struggle with my girl. She finally got it when she was around a year old (it was a gradual process up to that point). She hasn't had an accident since before Christmas and i'm being less and less vigilant and watching her and she has more and more freedom in the house!

Don't scold her when she has an accident, just ignore it and clean it up without any reaction. If you scold her then you will just make her afraid to poop in front of you and you will miss her signal to go. If she does her business where you want her to, then reward her like she just did the most brilliant thing in the world, lots of love, pats, treats, etc. She will soon learn that pooping in the right place is a good thing to do.

At 4 months of age they don't have a lot of control of the bowels (think 2 year old child). They are smart little dogs and really want to please you, so don't take their accidents personally.


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