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  1. john powell
    March 3, 2014

    My mother in law has just had a rescue dog she is a jack Russell terrier cross she is about a kilo underweight and she has is occasionally going to toilet in house sometimes straight after going outside have you any idea what could be causing this the rescue home don’t know much about her they have said that she was a stray

    • Venice Marriott
      March 3, 2014

      Well done to your Mother-in-law for taking on a rescue dog! Firstly, it can be an anxious time for a rescue dog and she may take a little while to settle in. The best thing is to keep the house as calm as possible and not pay her too much attention. Certainly don’t scold her for the mess, just put her in another room while you clear up. This is the best time for your mother-in-law to gently start showing her that she, not the dog, is in charge (it’s covered in our ebook – or look for more articles on this site about it) which will help reduce anxiety further. Wishing her every success.

  2. Chris
    January 26, 2014

    We have an 8 month old puppy who does not poop in the house until we leave him and then he eats his poop too! Whether we crate him or leave him inside, uncrated, he will do this. He also tears apart anything left on the counter or anything left out. He just started doing this when I started back to work. We have not been as calm about this issue as the article suggested (scoldings). Is this separation anxiety or a behavior issue and how should we correct it.

    • Venice Marriott
      January 27, 2014

      Hi Chris. If your dog is doing something for attention, they will usually do it while you are around and are going to react straight away. I don’t think dogs are capable of doing something then waiting for hours on end before they get some attention for it (good or bad). Watch our video series (just register your name and email for instant access – there’s no cost) which will give you a really good understanding about dog separation anxiety. It does seem like that is what your dog is experiencing from what you have told us. The good news is that you can sort it out if you put some time into training and perhaps changing the way you react to your dog. Watch the videos it will give you so much more info than I can in this little space!

  3. maria
    March 17, 2012

    We have a 2 year old dog that is house broken, yet every time we take her to the in-laws, she poops on their dining room rug! We’ve taken her to dog boarding, doggie daycare, and the grandparents house, and she doesn’t poop there, and has never had an accident at our home. Why does she do that?

    • Tony
      March 20, 2012

      Hi Maria, this is a way for a dog to make itself feel more comfortable by making this terriroty “smell” right. There is a chance that the way your dog is treated when at the in-laws gives her the impression that she needs to do this. You can definitely change this idea by implementing the Amichien Bonding technique.

      Best regards, Tony

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