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Old 01-01-2011, 11:57 PM
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Hi i just have a few questions about my pup that have been bugging me. Any answers would be great..

She has a really bad habit of eating other poo. I don't believe it is her poo there is a cat that wanders around our neighbhood and does all of its business on our lawns. Any ideas on how to prevent her eating it or to stop the cat? I thought about getting a motion activated sprinkler but the grass it goes on is ages from the nearest tap. Sometimes if i say drop it she will but she knows she is not allowed it so then she just runs away from me.

I am currently working on recall and she will come most of the time unless she is doing something that she knows she isnt allowed to. How do you teach it really well? Also she knows sit and down but wont do it when there are other things going on.

Is there any way to make her like the water at the beach? Id love her to come swimming. SHe came in to her shoulders but then a wave crashed in to her head and she didnt like that much

She is booked in for puppy school in a couple of weeks for 8 weeks. She will turn 6 months during the class. Is this normally when they go in to heat and if she does would that affect us being able to go to class? I am planning on getting her desexed when i am able to take a couple of weeks off work. If this is also whilst class is on would that matteR?

ALso my mum has a doll that she is petrified of and she barks and growls at it to the point of having to hide it. I have trried introducing her to it but that only worked for a little while.

Oh and lastly when i am training her and she sits i try and give her a treat and she will back away a couple of steps and kinda acts like its a game to get it off me. She normally does that a couple of times before she will actually just take it. Any ideas?

Sorry for it being so long i just thought it would be easier to put it all together.
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Hi! I'm Llama! Your pup is absolutely precious, hope I can be some help answering a few of your questions. :3

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She has a really bad habit of eating other poo.
Sorry, I've never encountered this one with my dogs, but my best advice is to remove all poo from areas where she can find it, even if you have to go clean up after the cat yourself with dog-poop bags or what have you. If she eats her own poop, make sure to remove it before she can do so. Distract her with toys, treats or attention before she notices any poo when you're out walking together and try to avoid interaction with it.

There are a few sprays you can use to deter a pup from poo-chewing (Sorry, crude humor xD) but I think the best strategy is to remove the temptation entirely. Puppies often like the taste of poo and it is a common problem, but it should go away with time if you do your best not to let her go near it.

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I am currently working on recall and she will come most of the time unless she is doing something that she knows she isnt allowed to. How do you teach it really well? Also she knows sit and down but wont do it when there are other things going on.
Teaching recall really well is a fairly simple process. Here are some pointers.
1. Never call her to punish her, as this will make her never want to come to you.
2. Consequently, always praise, play and/or treat her whenever she comes to you.
3. Set your pup up for success: When you're first teaching a recall, don't ask her to come in distracting situations.
4. No matter how long it takes for her to come to you, praise her like mad!
5. Always be consistent in how you call her- i.e. use only one word or phrase. Don't switch it up, sometimes saying "Come here girl!" and other times "Get over here!" Stick to one and she will understand you a lot better.
6. It has been scientifically proven that dogs respond better to hand signals than to verbal cues, but since it is in a human being's nature to want to verbally cue your dog to come, always accompany this with a hand gesture, such as a gentle clap or pointing to the ground in front of you.
7. Once again, praise, praise, praise.

As she gets better at coming when called, progress slowly to more distracting situations. Eventually, she'll be as perfect as she can and she'll love coming when you call! :3

As for sit, remember that distractions are unnecessary when you're training a young pup. Go somewhere quiet and without distractions, such as a bathroom or garage, when you do your training, and keep training sessions short (15-25 minutes) and very fun. Try rewarding her with toys or with praise, and once again, use hand gestured and be consistent with how you tell her you want her to sit. Dogs are very astute when it comes to human voice inflection, tone and pacing, but they do not understand english and therefore don't know what "sit" or "come" mean until you explain them in a way they can understand- with praise!

An easy way to get a dog to sit is to hold a treat above their head, wait until they are standing still, and slowly move it over their head towards their back. When their noses follow the treat, their butt will plop down! Treat and praise your pup the moment her tail hits the floor. :3

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Is there any way to make her like the water at the beach? Id love her to come swimming. She came in to her shoulders but then a wave crashed in to her head and she didnt like that much.
Haha, she might be a little small for swimming! But reinforcing bodies of water by praising, treating and playing around them might do the trick. Try playing tug or another favorite game in very shallow water and see where you go from there. Never push her farther than she wants to go, and keep it fun!

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She is booked in for puppy school in a couple of weeks for 8 weeks. She will turn 6 months during the class. Is this normally when they go in to heat and if she does would that affect us being able to go to class? I am planning on getting her desexed when i am able to take a couple of weeks off work. If this is also whilst class is on would that matteR?
I'm afraid I'm not much use on this one, but I'm sure someone on the forum has answers to these questions. :3

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ALso my mum has a doll that she is petrified of and she barks and growls at it to the point of having to hide it. I have trried introducing her to it but that only worked for a little while.
Is it possible to remove the doll from her living space? I say, if you can, just take the doll away- put it high up so she can't see it. If you are determined that she get used to it, put it on the ground and treat her for looking at it- than approaching it- than smelling it- etc. She should get over her fear pretty quickly.

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Oh and lastly when i am training her and she sits i try and give her a treat and she will back away a couple of steps and kinda acts like its a game to get it off me. She normally does that a couple of times before she will actually just take it. Any ideas?
What kind of treats are you using? It might not be the kind of high-value food dogs really want to perform for. Small liver treats or cut-up bits of hot dog are generally very highly valued by dogs and this makes them think twice as hard about trying to do what you're asking them. :3

As a final note, a particularly effective, simple way of training a dog is clicker training- here's a link the the official website, and if you google it you'll come up with scads of information. Clicker training is fun, proven to help dogs understand you better and learn faster, and a simple way to train that makes a lot of good sense.

Hope some of this helped you. Once again, your pup is adorable!

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Hey thanks for your help. I have been clicker training her and the only thing she will eat as a treat is dried food. Even the vet tried to give her a treat after shots and she wouldn't eat it. If I give her sausage she won't eat it she just hides and plays with it!! Lol she's silly.
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Hey thanks for your help. I have been clicker training her and the only thing she will eat as a treat is dried food. Even the vet tried to give her a treat after shots and she wouldn't eat it. If I give her sausage she won't eat it she just hides and plays with it!! Lol she's silly.
Sounds like you have quite the goofball on your hands x3
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I would like to add that often dogs that eat poop have some kind of nutritional deficiency. You may want to research some on canine nutrition and make sure that your puppy is getting what it needs.

FYI- feeding Purina, Iams, Pedigree (pretty much anything you buy in a grocery store) is NOT ideal for most dogs.

www.dogfoodproject.com and take a look.
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I would like to add that often dogs that eat poop have some kind of nutritional deficiency. You may want to research some on canine nutrition and make sure that your puppy is getting what it needs.

FYI- feeding Purina, Iams, Pedigree (pretty much anything you buy in a grocery store) is NOT ideal for most dogs.

www.dogfoodproject.com and take a look.
Actually dogs who eat their own poop could have a bad diet or even have had something super yummy in their diet they just cant resist. My dogs are all on good food and one of my guys eats my chi's poop, especially if they had something extra special in their bowls. You first need to find out if in fact is a cats poop she is eating or her own.

A cat eats different food than dogs, and it seems almost all dogs are interested in cat poop that I have met Because it is not your cat, the diet (if its the cause) is not really something you can control. My cats LOVE my ferret and bunny poop, dogs LOVE cow and horse poop, its just something they enjoy lol I would really try screening your yard for poop daily to see if there is cat poop in it. If its her poop you definitely should look at the diet first. If she is on high quality food or you change her to one and she still does it then try adding a chunk of pineapple to her food each day, when it comes out the other end it leaves a horrible odor/taste to the dog.
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The reason that dogs like cat poop is because a cat's diet has more protein then a dog's, and thus is interesting.

I've always heard that dogs that eat poop are missing something in the diet, and then it kind of becomes an obsession (albeit an unsavory one). It may not be true in every case, but that's the first thing I'd look for.
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So many questions... I'll just touch on a few.

First, attraction to poo is very common with puppies. Cat poo is especially yummy. They are called "kitty bon-bons." It is disgusting to us humans but probably harmless to dogs.

The timidness you are experiencing with taking treats is something to work on. Be quiet and slow with your hands and voice. Get on the floor with her, lay down. I have found its actually helpful to teach a dog to take a treat from my lips. It makes them not afraid to be bent over. So that is something you can work towards. Get your body low, lie on your back and put treats on your arms and belly, work her up to being totally comfortable with your body. Remember, we are very big and scary beings for a small dog, particularly a puppy going through timid stages, as most do while growing up.


About the scary doll, just put it away! Puppies go through all sorts of spooky stages and it sounds like your dog has her share of this. Don't force the issue but rather do things with her that build her confidence gradually. A puppy class is a great plan for this.
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BTW, 6 months is early-ish for a first heat, but still possible. Generally the first heat is between 6 months and a year for smaller dogs such as yours. Yes, if she went into heat, that would likely preclude taking her to puppy class for a couple of weeks, actually perhaps as many as 3 weeks. Males will go crazy for her and it would be a terrible distraction, not to mention you would not want her to get pregnant as a youngster! So desexing is a great idea. Most people do it before the first heat, but some wait until the dog is totally mature, ie has had a heat. Its a lot of trouble to go through a heat, so you might want to carefully consider when you get her desexed. In general, the recovery is pretty quick, but it can take a couple of weeks, as I learned with our Tessa this last month. She had a rough time, but probably because we let her mature so it was a bigger operation for her. Besides, our Tess is sort of a wimp. Normally they are up and about in a few days and back to normal within a week. Our Tess took about two weeks to fully recover. In either case, the recovery is less trouble than having a heat if there are male dogs in your area to worry about!

OK, gotta go now! Hope you are getting your questions answered.
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My understanding is higher protien food doesnt get digested fully and that way when it comes out it still smells like food a bit to the dog. Cat food smells strong so the turds still will have a bit of cat food smell to them. Its the undigested food in the poo they are after

I have had two dog poo eaters. Both were on very high quality food. Look up the word "pica". It can be behavioral. My chili used to eat dirt and rocks and still is inclinded to swallow wierd things.
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