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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by sophielou, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. sophielou

    sophielou PetForums Newbie

    Oct 31, 2018
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    Hey, so I’m actually posting for another family member of mine regarding her dog, she’s a Jack Russell, was the runt of the litter, she’s nearly 3 now and has to sleep in a cage at night time, the problem started from a young age and hasn’t stopped, basically my aunt started waking up to poo and wee all over her kitchen, and shredded up newspaper everywhere, even the dog covered in it, so after putting her in a cage at night time she continues to poo and wee all over the cage, shed the newspaper and even poo in her bed and water bowl, every morning my aunt is waking up to this and there is a LOT of it and it’s a mess, she’s tried changing her diet several times, minimising food, she’s been to the vets with her and all they’ve done is give dietary advice etc, she has lots of walks, she has the run of the garden which is massive, all day long in which she poo’s a lot all day long, my aunt just doesn’t know what to do as she can’t cope waking up every single morning having to bath the dog covered in poo, throwing beds away constantly, the mess, the smell every single morning, and not only that but she’s doing it in her water bowl? What can she do, thanks
  2. O2.0

    O2.0 PetForums VIP

    May 23, 2018
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    Sounds like separation anxiety. Can the pup not sleep in a room with another family member?
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  3. Joyjamie

    Joyjamie PetForums Junior

    Aug 26, 2018
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    Agrees with previous comment, separation anxiety. Is she like this when she goes out and leave she her? Other things you could try is giving her plenty of exercise in the evening, doesn’t have to be a walk just playing with a ball. Also try and see if she can go toilet before bed, leaving music on might help her
  4. Anniston

    Anniston PetForums Newbie

    Dec 24, 2018
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    I agree with the posters above, that could be it, do as they say. I guess she needs more activity in her life. Also according to the article, you may need something like a dog crate for separation anxiety, even despite she already has a cage. I would also suggest asking a different vet about it. In my case, I got a second dog and that made my pooch very active and happy. But that may sound too radical to some.
  5. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Feb 1, 2016
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    I'm afraid a crate is no cure for separation anxiety. Nor is more activity, or a dog companion if it is her people being gone that triggers the anxiety.
  6. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Go right back to basics with toilet training.

    Putting a dog in a cage doesn’t address the issues - toilet training is still needed as is help to not be anxious when alone.

    Having the run of the garden all day can mean the dog has never learned bowel and bladder control and is used to going whenever and wherever they choose.

    If anxiety is the issue, having her sleep near someone who can help her settle (and get her out to the toilet fast when she wakes) should help.

    Look at meal times too and get her into a good routine so she isn’t needing to empty in the night.
    #6 Lurcherlad, Jan 17, 2020
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2020 at 6:24 AM
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  7. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums VIP

    Nov 4, 2018
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    If she poos quite a lot throughout the day perhaps it is a dietry problem
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