Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Diamondhead, MS
Re: Potty Problems
How old is the pup? where did you get him? what is he eating?
Keep a leash on him in the house and if you cant keep him in the same room and watch him closely, crate him. Praise Praise Praise and treat when he goes potty outside (Ava actually started to "fake it" to get a treat!). And as also been noted.......take him out after drinking, after playing, after napping, after eating, etc......some take theirs out on a set schedule, say every 20 or 30 min, or 15 if necessary. Just set the pup up to succeed.
For the poop eating I've heard all sorts of things.......I only had that problem once with a rescue, when I improved her diet, the behavior stopped. I think sometimes the dog isnt getting all the nutrients out of their food.....I have also heard of using chloryphyl tablets and also pineapple juice. I just changed the diet and it stopped. I would stop it now though, all sorts of nasty stuff can be passed through feeces.....
Ava GSD 3.5yrs
Champ 1985, Heidi 2000