Thanks Stu! I was actually considering that... I just don't want him to
have millions of places to go in the house. If I put a pad down, maybe the
to the door being closed.
> This isn't the best solution, but how about putting the pads down in front
> of the bedroom door? It will at least make it easier to clean up!!
> > Thanks Roo!
> > Shasta always uses his puppy pad, unless the bedroom door is closed, at
> > which point he poops right in front of it, as if he's mad that we closed
> > out.
> > We left the door open this weekend and there was no problem, but he ate
> > another blanket.
> > I need him to use his pad if the bedroom door is shut, and get over the
> > that his daily diet doesn't include a piece of my bedding!
> > Thanks,
> > Carolyn :-)
> > > > Hi! I've posted before, about my dog, Shasta, and you've always
> > me
> > > > wonderful advice. I need help again.
> > > > Shasta is part Chihuahua and part Golden Retriever. We started out
> > trying
> > > > to crate train him, but it just didn't work. He seemed to enjoy
> > a
> > > > mess in the crate and playing in it, a lot more than I enjoyed
> > > the
> > > > crate, him, and the floor. We finally settled on puppy pads.
> > > > Shasta goes outside with our older dog. Star makes a noise so we
> > > when
> > > > he has to go. Shasta does nothing, so we take him out every two
> > > If
> > > > we aren't at home, he has to wear a muzzle, but has free run of the
> > house,
> > > > and uses his pad.
> > > > The problem I'm having now is that we've had to close our bedroom
> > > the
> > > > dogs. We used to let them both go in and lay on the bed during the
> > > but
> > > > Shasta started tearing the blankets and sheets, so we had to shut
> > > out.
> > > > Now, every morning when I go upstairs to wake my youngest daughter
> > > > school, Shasta has pooped in the hallway in front of the closed
> > > > have told him no and that he's a bad dog, and I know he understands
> > > the
> > > > way he slinks away when I speak to him. If he's upstairs, he tries
> > get
> > > > away before I notice. He only does it in the morning, even if he's
> > > already
> > > > gone outside and pooped there. If by some miracle he hasn't gone, I
> > tell
> > > > him what a good dog he is and give him a treat.
> > > > My questions are: how do I make him stop pooping in the hall
> > > > reopening my bedroom, and how do I teach him to let us know when he
> > to
> > > > go out, the way Star does?
> > > > Shasta is really a kind & loving puppy, and when you look at how far
> > he's
> > > > come, I really don't mind the pad, or the upstairs pooping (it's
> > > > clean). However, my boyfriend feels that since his perfect dog Star
> > never
> > > > does anything wrong, mine can be trained to be perfect, too. I
> > it's
> > > > just the difference in age - Star is a chocolate lab that's 9, and
> > Shasta
> > > > hasn't even had his first birthday yet. I would appreciate any and
> > > > suggestions.
> > > > Thanks,
> > > > Carolyn
> > > Hi Carolyn,
> > > Most behaviorists argue that dogs don't know when they have 'done
> > esp
> > > if it was a while back, they just 'look guilty' as a reaction to the
> > > and sound of their owner being annoyed.
> > > If Shasta is pooping regularly in the moring, try pre-empting him, and
> > > taking him out beforehand. He is less likely to poop if empty. Take
> > a
> > > fairly long walk, so he can poop more than once if he needs to. Or
> > > active game with him outside - activity tends to help dogs 'go'
> > Dogs
> > > have their own timetable, and you could keep track of when he needs to
> > > more often, and take him out more often, with praise when he performs.
> > Dogs
> > > may naturally be able to last 8 hrs for part of a 24-hr cycle, but at
> > other
> > > times of the day need to go much more often. Mine need to go at least
> > every
> > > two hours in the early evening, when their bowels seem especially
> > > He may already be trying to tell you when he needs to go, so see if he
> > does
> > > anything unusual, like trying to climb or your lap, before giving you
> > > little 'present'. It's not just you trying to teach him, but also
> > to
> > > understand what he is telling you.
> > > Ian Dunbar has written an inexpensive guide to dog behavior (title is
> > > 'Dog behavior', and a good book on training dogs ('How to teach a new
> > > old tricks') which it might be worthwhile your reading, esp if you can
> > > hold of them from a library.
> > > Alikat