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Why does my dog walk and poop everywhere, but then not want to use the toilet after peeing?

I have a 5 year old Lab mix. She has a terrible issue with using the bathroom. If she is doing something (which she usually is) she will poop wherever she is. We are at the point now where if we are in the house she will poop on the sofa. Then when we go to the dog park she will go on a trail in the middle of a field. She does everything as long as she knows where we are she is doing it. She will stop and pee about 30 feet from the house. She never tries to mark a scent trail. I can't stand the thought of her being away from us and having to clean up all her poo. I know she is trying to mark a trail, but I don't think she likes going into a house to do it. I know she is uncomfortable in a human bathroom. When she does pee she runs over to the water tap. If I don't run in there she will urinate on the same spot where she pees. She has the ability to stay dry.

I was always told that my dog would mark a trail if she felt threatened or if she needed to leave. I have thought it's possible she can't see well enough to read a marker and thinks she needs to walk along a "tracked" path so she can get from one point to another. I would like to use scent deterrent. I know there is a certain amount of time it will take to use the odor and it will help if she can pee right away. We are in southern Michigan and the weather can change dramatically. I know this has to be a very frustrating problem for you.

Thank you for your feedback. I know this has bothered you long enough, and I would like to find some remedy.

I understand this may seem like a strange question, and I apologize, but what do you mean when you say that your dog can pee in the same spot over and over? Are you talking about the urine that actually lands on the ground? Because I'm assuming your dog is just running back and forth until she is in a dry spot?

I apologize for my "dumb" question, but it's been something that has bugged me for a while.

I can't help with the question about the urine on the ground, but I can tell you where you can check yourself.

Every day, every time you walk your dog, take a few moments to notice if you can see any evidence that your dog has been peeing. If you can, pick up a little soil, and run your finger through it (not too hard). If you can, you can smell the urine.

Just to let you know - your dog is peeing on the ground because she feels uncomfortable with you around. When you bring her home, give her a big hug and stroke her back and tell her how much you love her, and that she does not need to do that. In a year, she will have forgotten how scary your family and friends are, and she will be good as gold. You can always tell the ones who were too scared to come home, because they are the ones who need to be punished or separated from the group. They will always make you wonder about how much they hated their homes.

I understand it's hard to say goodbye, and I'm really sorry for how difficult this must be, but it is what it is, and there are things you can do to help your dog come out of her shell.

Good luck.

Reply #9 - 10/20/06 at 10:48am

Cathy wrote:

Well, I have been really worried since her mom died. I'm sure she is missing her mom.

I found out about 4-5 months ago when she suddenly was diagnosed with kidney failure. She is in the end stage now and is only going to live a few more months. It's been really tough. And now, I have a baby, so I am struggling. I feel very guilty to bring her home, give her a big hug and stroke her back and tell her how much you love her, and that she does not need to do that. In a year, she will have forgotten how scary your family and friends are, and she will be good as gold. You can always tell the ones who were too scared to come home, because they are the ones who need to be punished or separated from the group. They will always make you wonder about how much they hated their homes.

I understand it's hard to say goodbye, and I'm really sorry for how difficult this must be, but it is what it is, and there are things you can do to help your dog come out of her shell.

Good luck.

Reply #10 - 10/20/06 at 10:50am

Karen wrote:

This is so helpful, thanks.

My dog was really scared to leave home, so much so that I took her every day to my own car and let her sit in it while I took her out, so that when it was time to leave, she would be used to it and be okay to be on her own. It really helped. After about 2 months, she started to settle down, and I could just bring her along for the rest of the day.

Good luck!

Reply #11 - 11/07/06 at 8:46pm

Gail wrote:

I was in a similar situation. My dog was 4 1/2 years old and had been at my home for a month. After two days, he turned on me and wouldn't leave me no matter what I said. This meant I couldn't work and couldn't get any exercise. I cried over this for hours on end. He was very unhappy with me, so I knew this was why he would not leave.

I felt he deserved to be put down. I was also angry that my parents and I had put our time and love into this dog to help him, only to be used like this. It was very hard, and I cried many tears. After 3 days of this, my father said to me "let me go through my grief with you. It'll make me feel better to know that I'm not responsible for your misery." It was hard for me to hear, and I thought I'd die, but I kept my courage and stood by him and just let him know he was loved and everything was all right.

After a day or two, he did slowly come to me, but I have since had to walk him around the block every day or he gets very restless. I have to make sure to keep his schedule in mind and let him sleep in on his own and make sure he's hungry at a particular time. We are slowly getting to the point that he likes being with me.

Keep trying, and


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