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Nasty potty habit

Discussion in 'Behavior' started by jgarrett, Jun 10, 2021 at 9:24 AM.

  1. jgarrett

    jgarrett Forums Regular

    May 19, 2021
    NE Georgia
    My 5 month old Dixie is progressing on her potty training BUT if you don't watch her (inside only) she will pick up her little "Tootsie Roll" and want to play with it!!!
    The fun part is trying to take it away from her!!!
    What can I do???
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  2. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    I don't know the answer to that - but make sure she doesn't start eating it because that is very hard to get stopped.............................
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  3. DianeP

    DianeP Premium Member

    Sep 8, 2019
    Middleton, WI
    Oh, boy! Mindy gets very excited after she poops and runs around at me while I pick it up. Often will jump at the poop bag for a few seconds afterward. Hopefully, your kid will progress to pooping outside and you won’t have to worry about it. I wonder if Dixie thinks it’s some kind of a game inside depending on how you react. Is she waiting to see if you’re going to get excited about it?
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  4. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

    Aug 28, 2011
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    My goal has always been to pick it up as soon as it comes out! Having three Shelties it is necessary! Sounds like a puppy thing to me that she will grow out of. Be sure you can always watch her go to get it before she does! Accidents will happen but once she sees you removing it… hopefully, she will understand to not try to get it herself! Try teaching the ‘Leave IT’ command! Might help if you are not close enough to stop her in time.
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  5. jgarrett

    jgarrett Forums Regular

    May 19, 2021
    NE Georgia
    No when she poops outsides she does not do this.
    Also not every time inside, seems to be only when we do not see her poop. Almost impossible to watch her constantly...
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  6. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    At 5 months old I would keep her confined if you can't directly watch her. Every time she goes inside it's harder to get her to understand she's to go outside only. Crate or pen or baby gated in the room where you are. I know it's a pain and you want them to have freedom, but it's only temporary and you'll both be happier in the long run.
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  7. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Yikes...I agree with Sharon, if you can’t watch her all the time 100% then you should be putting her in an ex pen. She’d get the idea of going outside faster. Set her up for success and faster learning by taking her out every time she’s released from the ex pen and setting up a routine.
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  8. Caro

    Caro Moderator

    Jan 14, 2009
    I've seen this before, it's not that uncommon. I'd keep some treats on hand - give her a treat when she poops so that she doesn't even think about picking up the poop.
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