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Old 05-14-2007, 01:36 PM   #1
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My Sheltie is 6 months' old now and has been housetrained and perfectly clean indoors for a good couple of months. Last evening she fell asleep on the couch and when she woke up she jumped down and immediately squatted on the carpet and did a poo ! I couldn't believe it. Do you think she was just confused 'cos she had just woken up? I just hope she doesn't think this is acceptable behaviour. I didn't smack her, as I don't do that - just shouted NO in a loud voice.

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I think this is one of those lapses that "just happen". Maybe she was confused, maybe she was slightly ill. I would not shout at her since that might make her frightened to poo in front of you. Perhaps she needs some reinforcment in the way of rewards when she does her business outside so she is sure that this is what you want. Otherwise I would not worry unless it starts to happen frequently.
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Thanks for your reply Skunstripe. It hasn't happened at all today, so I wont worry unless it happens regularly. I wont shout at her if it does either - thanks for the advice.

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Hopefully it was just a one time slip up!
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I find that young dogs can relapse their training or just plain forget. It usually happens once in awhile but not too often. Try not to worry adn just continue on with your trianing.

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