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Dogs and a Clean Home > Pooping out of school. How can I deter my dog from going where he KNOWS he shouldn't??

Nero

Dark,- mysterious, and- a glutton for- love
 
 
Barked: Tue Dec 7, '10 1:24pm PST 
Thanks guys. Some sage advice therehail. I'm going to try this square one idea... I understand that my own frustrations colour the way I view his behaviour (in terms of his being defiant or whatever)... The way you put it deserves praise! --- Thank you all!!
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Dogs and a Clean Home > Pooping out of school. How can I deter my dog from going where he KNOWS he shouldn't??
Nero

Dark,- mysterious, and- a glutton for- love
 
 
Barked: Tue Dec 7, '10 12:32am PST 
Thanks guys.... Hmmmm.... Well, what I mean about a negative cycle of attention is I'm worried that he craps in the wrong place to get attention, after being shunned. But I work from home and he spends whole days in the office next to me (I even named my business after him)... He gets A LOT of time with me... Obviously, this is just stupid, and I am loathe to be cranky at him in the first place. I like the point about going back to poop basics with a leash... I have tried positive reinforcement in terms of praise when he gets it right, and backing this with the opposite when he gets it wrong. I have not worked with treats, I sent him to a leading school for boarding and training, and they used positive reinforcement in terms of praise only and a firm leash for correction... I was delighted when I picked him up, and continue to work with him on those terms. The thing that freaks me out is the conflicting opinions I have read and heard about "punishments" and "treats". Now I love my dog but am not in the habit of giving him "parity of respect" alongside my children. He is heavier than either of them. I have had several other smart dogs over my lifetime to compare the experience. Nero is the smartest, largest, and the most stubborn... I do not wish to spoil him but i am certain that my current approach is failing. I am crest fallen to be honest, and hurting him, definitely hurts me too. cry
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Dogs and a Clean Home > Pooping out of school. How can I deter my dog from going where he KNOWS he shouldn't??

Nero

Dark,- mysterious, and- a glutton for- love
 
 
Barked: Mon Dec 6, '10 4:30pm PST 
Hi Folks, my 2 year old German Shepherd, Nero, is too smart to be pooping in the wrong place out doors. I spent a lot of energy teaching him where to go, and to do it on command — which he does when supervised.

He is generally very obedient, and has a super friendly nature. Also he KNOWS without a shadow of a doubt when, and why, i am cranky at him for incorrect behaviour... He does not hang around if he knows he's made a mess... He is either lazy or defiant... I simply can't tell, but I KNOW he's not stupid... I pride myself on his obedience and my dog handling skills... But I have got to say I am beaten on this... For the record I have tried both bleach and then vinegar as deterrents after scrubbing the paving stones with antiseptic and hosing..

I am LOST coz I love him, and don't know what to do. I can't just give up and let him crap where we hang our laundry because i don't like the message that would send him in his defeating the pack leader. He's also massive, so unless I can get this in order I will remain under great stress, so will he, because I am punishing him presently by refusing him attention.

I am afraid I have entered into a negative attention cycle. And I don't like it.

Thanks in advance
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