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mjenne24 04-07-2014 03:12 PM

Belgian Malinois
Hello all.. Been reading the forum for a while now but just now making my first post. I adopted and Belgian Malinois from a company that trains dogs. She was in the explosives program but did not have the drive to do the work. She is about a year and a half old now and ever since I got her she has been skiddish and scared of certain things. She used to be excited to go outside and would run laps around the yard and generally have fun. As of lately she doesn't even want to go outside and will not leave the patio. With that she has been going to the bathroom on the patio or the very edge of the patio, the second she is done she jumps at the back door and wants back in. I'm also having a problem with her stepping in her own feces and urine which leads me to cleaning her off almost every time I bring her back in now. Has anyone had this problem or know some steps I can take to remedy this problem?

Nigel 04-07-2014 03:42 PM

Have any changes been made to the yard that may have triggered it? Anything negative happen to her in the yard?

MaggieRoseLee 04-07-2014 04:44 PM

Have you been taking her out for long walks?

Hikes in the woods?

Fun trick classes with other pups her age?

Met many new people all carrying treats?

Playing with her? Flirt poles? Frisbee? Chuckit? She's a 'working' dog and needs training, exercise, fun and all that will help her bond with you and feel secure in her new life.

LeCielEstRouge 04-07-2014 11:08 PM

This may not be the problem but I can't think of anything else. Is she spayed? My dad used to breed working border collies before he died, and one of his females went crazy during her cycles and acted like a completely different dog. She was practically bipolar-- one day she would be extra clingy and not want to go out. The next day she would be digging up his garden. Needless to say the crazy hormonal behavior was a cause for her to be fixed since she tainted the breeding program. lol

Chip18 04-08-2014 01:26 PM

These should be helpful and add time and patience. Just got a rescue dog is in the GSD link post 8.
Not what I would expect from a Malinois but with a rescue you get what you get. But with some careful
work I think you can have a good dog. :)

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Muskeg 04-08-2014 02:44 PM

It sounds like she is genetically skittish and nervy, if you've seen this from day one. Probably the main reason she was rejected from detection dog work. I'd try to build her confidence through working with you. Obedience, tug, fetch, you could test her in schutzhund or ring if you have the time and interest a local club. Take her on sniff and go walks, practice bonding games. Find something that really excites her, and work with that. Frisbee, tug... ball... keep it fun. She'll gain confidence.

As for pooping on the patio- take her on multiple walks a day to avoid the mess. Or teach her to eliminate in one part of your yard on command. I've heard of malinois that paint their kennels with poop- but I've never seen it. I think you run into this type of problem if the dog wasn't kept clean as a pup or kenneled too much as a young dog. Not super uncommon but not something I'd want to deal with.

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