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Old 01-12-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Help! I aquired a 12 week old pup (Lily) last week and am having numerous problems! I have looked through the site (not extensively) and have a few things to try, however.....

I have 3 cats 2 being under 12 months 1 of the young uns thinks lily is the best and they play for hours! Not too sure if this is healthy... Lily is covered in scratches and the cats collar is trashed! Should I discourage this? (Lily is a lab x collie) and will grow a lot bigger than the cat? (incidentally the other 2 cats are terrified and have taken up residence on top of the kitchen units!) she has now in the past few days started eating their poo! I can't restrict access to the litter tray as I'd confuse the cats..... I'm thinking crate training would be the best suggestion.......

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Forget seperation anxiety (although i think she has that too!) she seems to be suffering from performance anxiety.... I read that punishing a puppy for eliminating in the wrong place was bad and instead to just clear it up and praise good behaviour? I take her out at all the appropriate times and nothing.... I catch her about to go and take her outside, where, she finds other distractions! I have never punished her, yet have praised her never as she won't go if i'm watching! My bedroom is now her fav place to poo! So no training/reinforcement is taking place!

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I purchased a gate from the Drs Foster & Smith site that has a small door at the bottom where the cats can go through. Right now Max is small enough to get through too, but he can't get to that area of the house unsupervised yet. I had a MILLION (OK - maybe not that many) gates from my kids, so that end of the house is blocked by a configure gate. Once Max is a little more reliable on potty and can't fit through the small cat door, that gate will be placed directly in the door to the laundry room - where the litter boxes are. It's an expensive gate, but it's VERY good quality and is probably the TALLEST gate you'll find.
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I read that punishing a puppy for eliminating in the wrong place was bad and instead to just clear it up and praise good behaviour? I take her out at all the appropriate times and nothing.... I catch her about to go and take her outside, where, she finds other distractions! I have never punished her, yet have praised her never as she won't go if i'm watching! My bedroom is now her fav place to poo! So no training/reinforcement is taking place!Help!
This is true. All I can say is keep it up and be patient, you are doing the right thing. You do need to restrict access to bedroom and clean all the places she has pooed with enzymatic cleaner. It is the smell that is attracting her. You may even want to put some of her poo outdoors where you want her to go to sort of 'prime the pump'.

As far as using the litter box as a treat dispenser my advice is to get your kitties to use a hooded box. Assuming they will of course.
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Kittie krunchies use to be a fave of my female Dobe, Jenna. She would sneka into the litter box and steal some thinking she would never get cuaght but she would come and see us with litter stuck to her nose all the time. LOL, so much for being covert.

Add a pinch of sea kelp to your cats food and this should stop it. It makes the kittie krunchies taste awful, worked for Jenna.

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Like I said animals can do some really vile things! LOL!!
however this happens alot, just prevent her from entering the room where the cat boxes are. Doberman has given some useful pointers. Training a pup takes time, patience and alertness what the pup is doing at all times. It sounds like she has the freedom to roam the house. That's why she has chosen to poo where she wants. This has to be stopped or she will aquire some bad habbits. Make the work easier and more effective that's the key.

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Eating poo is also called copraphagia, and you will find lots of articles about it on the web. It is a very puppy thing to do, and most grow out of eating their own or that of other dogs. Occasionally, the habit survives into adulthood, though. Kitty crunchies, however, are a different matter. Your pup will not voluntarily give up this habit, as long as they are available and attractive.

If you want the pup to stop eating cat poo, you must isolate the litterbox(es) from the pup. The cats will appreciate this, anyway, since they do not like to be vulnerable or the focus of attention while in the litterbox. Doberman's suggestion of sea kelp is also a good idea. I tried it at her suggestion, and it worked for us, too.

If your pup can smell any trace of a previous accident in the house, it will choose that spot to go, again. Regular cleaners will not completely eliminate the odor the pup smells. For that, you have to use an enzymatic cleaner. If your pup is going in the house, regularly, then you need to be taking it out more frequently. You may need to do a "weekend intensive" potty training session, where on the first day, you take the pup out every hour, noting when it goes, and on the second day, every two hours, noting when it goes. If it doesn't go immediately, give it a few minutes. Stay with it, and praise it for going when it finally does. Your pup is going to need to be taken out every two hours or so for awhile, and you will need to teach it to go promptly by not allowing potty turnouts to become play sessions. Search the site for potty training threads. There are a number of them.
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