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aztecapiramide 04-09-2014 03:22 PM

Chasing Flies all over Du-du Please Help!!!!
 
This is our third German shepherd we have owed and this is the first time I have come across this problem. A little background first we adopted NENE at 9 months from a lady that was moving and she did not have room for him in her new place.
We currently live in Lancaster Ca. Our home has a large back yard and I created a very nice concrete dog run on the side of the house that is approximately 15ftx25ft with a doggy door on the side of the garage.
The problem we are having is NĕNĕ started chasing flies. It all started last summer in the backyard he would be in the yard and would take a bio-break and then he would start chasing the flies that were attracted by the bio-break he would run over the du-du and it would be all over his legs and all over the back yard a total mess. It subsided during the winter no flies. This year it started up again we have been putting him in the dog run and we have the same problem bio-break chasing flies du-du all over the place legs, concrete, again a total mess. I know some of you would say just pick up after him. However We take him out to the dog run just before we leave for work in the morning we can't be there all day waiting for him to do his bio-break so can pick up and clean up. We never had this problem with any of our other German Shepherd Dogs we would let them out in the dog run in the morning we would come back in the afternoon pick up and clean the dog run no problems with NĕNĕ we get home and there is a total mess in the dog run the worst part is he covered in du-du We want to be able to fix the problem we donít want to give him up but we are at the end of the rope PLEASE Help!

Baillif 04-09-2014 03:46 PM

Go outside with the dog and pick up after him immediately?

wyoung2153 04-09-2014 03:55 PM

If it makes you feel better, Titan pees on his front paw EVERY SINGLE TIME he pees whether he lifts or squats on occassion... there is absolutely nothing we can do about it but wipe him off every time he comes in.

So.. I would suggest.... picking up poop every evening or in the mornings before he has time to run in it.. you mayhave to get up earlier to do this.. but it's that or deal with poo paws all the time..

and finally. HI! you're in my hometown :) never usually see Lancaster people..

Gwenhwyfair 04-09-2014 03:56 PM

OP leaves the dog outside in a run during the day while at work. So when nature calls, they aren't always there.

OP, I know a couple of dogs that are just obessesed with bug chasing, my rescued male is one.

I think the best two steps to take is 1) find safe fly traps or fly repellents to try to keep flies away from his run. When I had horses I installed a battery operated sprayer that would mist the area at regular intervals. They are safe for dogs and horses and not expensive. Also, electric fans, flies do not like a lot of air current. Just some ideas.... I'll link example below

2) Find a trainer to work on why your dog is obsessed with chasing flies. If you can help eliminate the behavior AND keep the flies away then you should have the problem solved.

Country Vet Metered Fly Spray Dispenser

TheModestMouse 04-09-2014 04:00 PM

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I know some of you would say just pick up after him. However, we take him out to the dog run just before we leave for work in the morning we can't be there all day waiting for him to do his bio-break so can pick up and clean up. ...We get home and there is a total mess in the dog run.



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Originally Posted by Baillif (Post 5350377)
Go outside with the dog and pick up after him immediately?

I don't think this is necessarily possible for the OP.

I have never faced this problem before, but u wonder if there is a way to deter the flies (perhaps a supplement that makes the "du-du" taste bad to flies). Otherwise, I would say that while you are home, during these "biobreaks" try and redirect the pup's attention with toys. Perhaps that will help the dog lose interest. Hopefully others will respond with more help.

wyoung2153 04-09-2014 04:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Gwenhwyfair (Post 5350449)
OP leaves the dog outside in a run during the day while at work. So when nature calls, they aren't always there.

OP, I know a couple of dogs that are just obessesed with bug chasing, my rescued male is one.

I think the best two steps to take is 1) find safe fly traps or fly repellents to try to keep flies away from his run. When I had horses I installed a battery operated sprayer that would mist the area at regular intervals. They are safe for dogs and horses and not expensive. Also, electric fans, flies do not like a lot of air current. Just some ideas.... I'll link example below

2) Find a trainer to work on why your dog is obsessed with chasing flies. If you can help eliminate the behavior AND keep the flies away then you should have the problem solved.

Country Vet Metered Fly Spray Dispenser

Ahhh.. makes much more sense.. don't know why I read it as the OP let the dog out in the mornings and brought it back in before they leave. In this case.. the above would be a great idea.. I would have suggested the fan for that very reason.

Nigel 04-09-2014 04:20 PM

Can the he be kept indoors while you're at work? Crate or seperate room etc... only use the kennel when you are there to work on getting the fly chasing stopped.

jocoyn 04-09-2014 05:03 PM

Fans are a good idea and it is good anyway during the summer. Another option is to completely enclose the run with window screen.

Traveler's Mom 04-09-2014 05:26 PM

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Originally Posted by wyoung2153 (Post 5350441)
If it makes you feel better, Titan pees on his front paw EVERY SINGLE TIME he pees whether he lifts or squats on occassion... there is absolutely nothing we can do about it but wipe him off every time he comes in.

I thought Traveler was the only dog with misdirection :blush:

It so aggravates me particularly when I just finished giving him a bath. I feel like going under there and help direct:D

TigervTeMar 04-09-2014 06:31 PM

the bees have started coming out and my guy chases them (flies too). I stop him when he goes after bees but I feel one day he'll get stung and just stop. hope dogs aren't allergic to stings


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