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Old 08-16-2014, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a student in one of my training classes that we think is defecating to guard/claim a room in her house. It is a three year old GSD mix. It was very fearful of people and barked and lunged at strangers when they first got it at one year old. We've worked through that and she's great, won't bark or lunge is completely calm around people from outside and people that enter the house.

But when her son's friends come over, the kids all play in one particular room. After they leave, the dog goes in there and poops on the floor. It's only after the kids have played there and it is always immediately after they leave. She has tried kenneling her for a while after they leave and the dog just goes and poops after she gets out of the kennel. She has tried putting the dog on lead and taking it out to go to the bathroom immediately after the kids leave, and she may pee but she will always hold enough to go poop in the room once she gets back in.

It seems pretty obvious that it is some sort of reaction to the strange kids being in the room and possibly some sort of marking/guarding behavior, but we are trying to figure out the best way to break it. I have a couple ideas, but I'm trying to get some fresh thoughts on the problem. Any suggestions from anyone?
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm lazy. I'd just keep her out of there.
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How old are the kids?
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Kids are preteen (10-12) if I remember correctly. The son has attended training classes and knows how to act properly around the dog and the family has been vigilant about making sure everyone is respectful of the dog's space, so there's no kids grabbing her or getting in her face.
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Kids are preteen (10-12) if I remember correctly. The son has attended training classes and knows how to act properly around the dog and the family has been vigilant about making sure everyone is respectful of the dog's space, so there's no kids grabbing her or getting in her face.
Since the kids are older and the son seems responsible I would try putting the dog in the crate in the room with the kids. Give the dog a kong or knuckle bone and have kids ignore the dog and go about their business as usual. Maybe eventually take the crate out of the equation if dog can be completed trusted. Do the kids go in there and shut the door so the dog can't come in there now?
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Since the kids are older and the son seems responsible I would try putting the dog in the crate in the room with the kids. Give the dog a kong or knuckle bone and have kids ignore the dog and go about their business as usual. Maybe eventually take the crate out of the equation if dog can be completed trusted. Do the kids go in there and shut the door so the dog can't come in there now?
I'll ask her when I get a chance. I'm not sure if they leave the door open or closed. The crate would be a good idea to try. I know she's tried closing the door for an hour or two after the kids leave, but the very next moment the dog get sin the room after the kids have left, still poops. I'll get more details and see.
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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shut the door?
my dogs are not allowed access to all the rooms in the house and they can only be in our living room
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Hey Pax, I was only half smart...ing about that. I would keep her out of there to break the pattern. An hour or two isnt doing it, maybe a month or more?
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If you're just looking for ideas, this is what I would do: after the kids left, I'd leash my dog and take him into the room. Let my dog sniff around, and the moment he seemed like he was about to squat into position he'd be told, "NO poo in the house!" then we'd go outside, and he'd be told, "Go poo." "Good poo! GOOD BOY!!!" and I'd do this for a few weeks before I gave him free roam of the room again.
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