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Old 12-05-2013, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, need help with our male 2-3 yo Shepherd. We got him Labor day weekend and he was potty trained and so very well behaved. We went out of town in late Sept and had pet sitters come to the house to let the dogs out. We got home early while the pet sitter was here and there was urine and poop (solid) all over the den floor. Big house and you can smell it the second we walked in the door. Now, I must tell you that this dog has attached himself to my husband, and my husband did not come home with us because he was on his way to a business trip. My daughter and I go out to eat and come home and the dog did it again! There have been several other times he's messed on the floor not long after being outside. My husband refuses to crate. This dog is our 4th rescued dog and we have never had this much trouble before. It's throwing a rock into family outings. We've had his urine checked and the PH was a little high so we are giving him Vit C pills. We think he was left outside in his last homes because his elbows are callused pretty bad. Need help!
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No he's not mad at you for leaving. Dogs aren't capable of thinking like that and planning advanced acts of revenge. The dog isn't house trained, the pet sitter either didn't come often enough or at all, and the dog learned to relieve himself in the house and it happened often enough to become a habit. Dogs naturally become a bit anxious when the family leaves and the increased activity as a result causes increased urination and defecation. You don't need to crate. You can continue to clean up the crap in the house instead.

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Old 12-05-2013, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you actually walk your dog or just let him out in the back yard?

I would suggest long walks 2-3x a day, you can monitor your dog's output and he will also get some mental stimulation. We don't have a yard, but yet we never had inappropriate bathroom habits, only if our dog had a serious illness.

Also, who recommended the vit C, the vet? Just asking because generally dogs do not need supplemental vitC, they make their own.
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Another good thing to note. Whenever I get a new adult dog even if they already "know" stuff like potty training and tricks I reteach everything and treat them like they don't know anything. It is probably a habit you want to get into.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Also, callouses can be from lying inside as well. My pup has them because of the way he rests in his crate. He can't have a bed as he is a mega chewer.
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