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Old 01-04-2013, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dog forgot/confused how to poo?

Mack seemed to have forgotten how to poo.....as in what stance he should take....He's raises his leg as if to pee, then only realizes that he has to poo, and sometimes keeps the leg half raised up and his back half hunched while he poos...

Ahhhh, i don't know how to correct him on this or help him....anyone faced this before?
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Brody sometimes lifts a back foot a bit when pooping. I assume it's his attempt to not step in it. Maybe your boy is doing that too? In any case, I think any attemp to "help" will probably just freak him out. I'd just let him go however feels comfortable for him.
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Um ... why is this a problem? If the things that are supposed to come out do come out, then I'm not sure the method is important, is it?

Anyway, if you want to influence it, follow the first rule (in some opinions, the only rule) of positive reinforcement training: Reward what you want, ignore what you don't.
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Sorry, it took me a while to stop laffing, poor little poodle boy, I think everything will work ouy ok, with time. I have a 1 yr. old poodle girl, that was doing fine, drop but, poo, all ok.Then about 2 weeks ago, she would go out, hunker down, pick one back foot up, wiggle her but , leg down, up with the other, wiggle but, so on, just like she was dancing. Off to her vet we went, when he stoped laffing at me , showing him what she was doing, checked her out, told me thats just the way she is going to poo.All is ok. AS long as poo, is not to hard, not to soft, hes not crying, or panting, i would think , its just him. See what others on the PF. think.
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DCYK, I had to laugh out loud, this must be a poodle thing, it is so funny because my Walter used to do the same thing, the first time I saw him do it I could not imagine what he must have been feeling to do that. Every once and a while he will still do it. I have noticed that he seemed to do it more if he was intent on smelling his usual morning smells and I think part of his mind said potty but he couldn't pay enough attention as to which. At any rate have no fear he knows the difference. My friend who has my boys brother has done the same thing. I have not heard of females doing it. BTW. every now and then Walter will still squat like a puppy, go figure!!!!!
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Abbigails Mom, too, too funny, I wish you could get a video of that, funny little girl. Thanks for the belly laugh, just trying to picture her little dance is hillairous. I bet your vet is still laughing.
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Potsie will often squat, as if to pee, lifting one leg a little, then whirl into a poo stance - too funny! Glad to know other silly poodles do the same!
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A poodle cross mutt I had years ago used to do this. In his case it was a marking behavior; he was usually trying to deposit the poop on something elevated for best public display.
It's kind of funny for me now. When I'm out riding horses in the fields I often see coyote poop lying on a prominent rock or something, just the way my little mutt used to leave it on our walks.
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