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Old 05-14-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a 9 month old Shi tzu that loves to go for rides in the car. So when i have short errands to run i take her. I could be gone 2 minutes and everytime i leave her in the car, she crawls into the backseat and poops. I am tired of cleaning up after her and would like to know if this happens/ has happened to anyone else.... I just want her to stop. I know that she likes car rides and I like taking her but what can I do??

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Old 05-14-2007, 01:19 PM   #2
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Stress can raise pancreatic fluids- going into the bowel- making her feel like she has to go. Crating her would help- If nothing else to feel more secure. Its getting warm soon, and of course leaving a dog in a car over 68 degrees outside can be dangerous, but at least maybe crating her will help for now.

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Old 05-14-2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome the forum. Glad to have you with us.

I suggest you try some extra exercise before getting into the car & going for a ride & the minute you stop, take her for a walk to let her do her business & then put her back into the car to wait for your return. The walk likely won't take too much time if it is the excitement/anxiety that is causing her to go while inside the car.

I'd also clean the car with an enzymatic cleaner so there is no leftover smell & the dog doesn't association that as a good spot to go.
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:51 PM   #4
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she has her little crate that she is in when I am gone. is there any chance she does this because she is angry at me? she is really attached to my husband, her daddy, and he leaves and comes a lot. when he leaves she gets really depressed. could she be doing this out of anger or she is just upset that i may not come back.? Should she be in her crate all the time? or how does that work? i will clean the car again to make sure there is no smell in there for her to sniff. thanks...

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dont htink your dog is angry with you. How long do you leave her in the crate for?
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I usually leave her in her cage while i am at school which is about 3 hours each morning. she doesn't like it too much in there. but i can't let her run around the house. i hope she isn't mad at me. sometimes i worry though...i don't know how to make her like her cage.
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Hi knethken and
It would not be becasue she is angry- dogs do not feel anger towards a kind owner. It is more likely that while she enjoys the ride in the car, your leaving her might be scaring the poop out of her. Perhaps she has a "separation anxiety" problem? When you say she gets depressed when your husband leaves, what is it that she does that makes you say that?
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I usually leave her in her cage while i am at school which is about 3 hours each morning. she doesn't like it too much in there. but i can't let her run around the house. i hope she isn't mad at me. sometimes i worry though...i don't know how to make her like her cage.
Can i just say, do you leave her with things to do in her crate? Do you exercise her before hand, so shes happy to sleep in there? Can you not leave her shut in a room if she cant roam the house? i agree, she probably gets really anxious when you leave her in the car, mine goes crazy if i leave her with another family member in the car, you could use a car harness on her, then she couldn't crawll into the back? No dont leave her in the crate all the time.

If you want to leave your dog in a crate you need to crate train her, dont just leave her in a 'cage' (your words!) for convienience.
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hi thanks both of you
well, when my husband leaves she'll usually not want to eat for a day or two and she won't want to play with me. I walk her about 2miles each day but right after he leaves she doesn't like being walked as much. It doesn't last long but I do notice a change in her behavior. When I take him to the airport and come home without him she usually crawls in her cage...or crate... and will sleep for hours. After a few days she stops this but that is something I worried, maybe she does have seperation anixety.

I have a blanket and toys in her crate while I am gone, and she usually doesn't sleep in it, she sleeps on the bed with me. I do walk her daily, or every other day, so I think I exercise her enough but maybe more walking would help. When I leave I put her in her cage, I haven't tried to keep her confinded in one room. I don't know how old she should be for that.

She still poops in the house on occasion. She never pees in the house anymore, so she is trained for that, but I didn't know if her pooping in the car frequently and her still sometimes pooping in the house are realated at all
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and what can i, if anything, to help ease or help her get over seperation anixety.??
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