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Old 12-04-2017, 09:45 PM
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My older dog has started pooping when we have company

My older dog (13 years old border collie) has started pooping right next to people that come over to visit. She is not afraid or anything..in fact most people give her a treat. We are snowbirds and come to Arizona for 5 months.. this is the third season and she started last year. Does anyone know why she would start this and possibly how to correct this behavior?

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Old 12-05-2017, 01:50 AM
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i would say this is a sign of stress. If it ONLY happens when visitors are present, and perfectly house trained other wise. And if the poo is solid still. ie. not a gastro upset.
How to deal?
Prevention: toilet train on command, like you would a pup. And if you know a visit is due, toilet dog prior to arrival.
During visit, tie the dog to you, so you dont lose focus, and can whip him into garden the minute behaviour indicates he's about to toilet inside: sniffing, circling, squatting.
Might be worth examining your own emotions during said visits, are you excited, stressed? and cueing the dog. Most old folks dont like change in routine.
hope it sorts itself out with training, and in meantime, manage the behaviour to prevent. Clean up with non bleach solution immediately, thoroughly.
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No....she poops outside next to people or wherever people are...she is an outside dog..
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Hi there.

Is she defecating on grass, or on a patio or something similar. Or is it just the fact she is defecating near people you have a problem with?

At 13, it is possible she is start to have some early signs of dementia. This can cause some higher levels of stress and also have some elimination issues.

I would watch for the signs she is about to go, take her to where you'd prefer her to go, and then treat and praise heavily for going in her designated "spot".

For full transparency, if it were my dog, I'd tell my guests to move if they don't like it.
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Haha I like the idea of telling people to move as you said above me (using my phone so I can't see your user name sorry lol)

Also I want to add in, dogs look to humans for comfort. When they are pooping they are more vulnerable so at her age she may be getting close to people as if saying "ok if something happens protect me".

Dogs stare at people when they potty to know there safe, they watch us and what we do so they know everything is fine and they can go potty is peace
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Is it possible that because that they feel safe with people that's why he poops near them?
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Is it possible that because that they feel safe with people that's why he poops near them?
It is actually, I explained it in my post above (I read way to much about dogs sometimes haha)
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It is actually, I explained it in my post above (I read way to much about dogs sometimes haha)
Oh yea . . I didn't notice oh and btw, where do you read about dogs? I really need to learn more about them and I'm not sure if the things I am reading are true.
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It is actually, I explained it in my post above[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.dogforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG] (I read way to much about dogs sometimes haha)
Oh yea . . I didn't notice oh and btw, where do you read about dogs? I really need to learn more about them and I'm not sure if the things I am reading are true.
Many places actually, I also watch a lot of dog shows on tv, animal planet, if my dog does something i normally look it up to know why so I can better understand it. I take all I read with a grain of salt and keep an open mind. That and having 6 dogs helps haha
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