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Old 12-24-2012, 12:52 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Since you are looking ahead to what's best for the dog now, one suggestion:
spend a lot of time over the holidays praising her like she's made you the happiest human on the planet when she pees and poops outside.

One of the most vexing things for me to rehabilitate with a foster is a dog that's been punished for peeing and pooping in the wrong place, as it becomes very hard to teach them to go in the right place if they are fearful of doing business in front of a human. These dogs won't potty on a leash, as they think "potty makes the human scary, so human must not see when I potty." That's sometimes a very hard issue to rehabilitate, once the dog gets that in their head -- so it's worth doing some work now to convince your pup pottying makes you happy.


I've found that also - we have had dogs who cannot control their BMs, and I know they've been struck for it.
We have one right now, with very low muscle tone due to past back injuries. So poo will just fall out on the floor, sometimes she feels it but more often she doesn't. When she first got here she'd start shaking and roll over on her back in fear of being struck.
It took a few months but she finally realized accidental poo isn't a big deal here (we just clean up and move on) but she finally got over that.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:53 AM   #22 (permalink)
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If you click on someone's name, then "find more posts by XXX" you can read past posts
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:12 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I commented on this thread and on her words being re-interpereted...she has had past issues I was not aware and am not about go looking through her past threads when I am noting, that beating a human down when they are down is as useless as spanking a dog for doing something after the fact...this will make it worse....want to help the dog, then help the human help the dog

Some posts gave it to her straight, some came on to recognize and say move on now do better and then some came on to admonish and condescend
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