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If he has specific spots he likes to poop in, try the red balloon technique. It worked for me when Cooper was poopin' under my bed, the little rapscallion.

Take a balloon, blow it up really big and show it to your dog. Make him interested in it, play with it, etc. THEN, all of a sudden, pop it. Make sure he's watching when it pops, but that he's not too close to it. (also remember to check later and make sure there isn't any balloon shrapnel he can eat.)

When it pops, run like h-ell and scream like you just had the poop scared out of you. Be sure not to trip over the dog because he'll be running slightly faster than you. Make sure if there is anyone else in the room, they scream and run as well.

The next day, blow up another balloon. Show it to the dog - he probably won't want to come near it. If he shows any interest at all in it, play with it, pop it, run like h-ell and scream.

Then, all you have to do is blow up balloons and put them in the spots where he normally poops. Leave them there for a while - up to a week. You can start off with 3 or 4 of them and take one away every other day but if the popping of the balloons worked, he will NOT want to go near that spot, even after they disappear.

And if he does, just blow up more balloons and put them back. I put about 20 of them under my bed when I was out to get Cooper and just left them there, since they weren't in my way.

Good luck!!
 

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SunnyFLMum said:
LMAO....I just had a mental picture of Coop's mom popping the balloon and running, waving arms in the air, screaming... :lol:

LOL.... :D :D :D :D :D :D
Yeah, I felt kind of stupid. I also had to get OmaKitty a babysitter for the day ... so not only was I out the cost of a bag of red balloons, I had to get my friend to come over and take her to his house while I sat around, popping balloons at a 5-month old chihuahua.

But hey, it worked. LOL
 

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chimom said:
Hey - if it works, don't knock it!! :lol: I must admit though - it does sound wierd and if someone saw you and didn't know what you were doing, they would probably call someone with the butterfly nets and straight jackets. :roll:
They're already outside my door. I just sneak out the back. :D
 

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janiebabes said:
I have heard you have to re-crate train them when they start going all over the house. In other words...keep them in their crate (or playpen, confined bathroom etc...) and only let them out when you are supervising them.
The balloon thing sounds like a good idea...but I don't know if it would work if he already poops in mutiple places. He may just find a new place?
With Cooper, he didn't even look for another place to poop. But, then again, he was incredibly easy to potty train and didn't start the hidden poop trick until AFTER he was completely trained to go outside. With him, I think it was more of a challenge to me to see if I meant what I said about pooping in the yard.

I actually gave it a little thought though and perhaps if the balloons start popping up in the poop places (popping up --- I just realized how funny I am!! :lol: ), the dog might think his pooping there caused the balloons to show up, so any other location other than sanctioned poop stations might cause them as well. Especially if they do! LOL

As with children, you have to keep a close eye on them as well. They can be sneaky but if you figure that your chi poops about an hour after they eat dinner, you can set a timer for 50 minutes and start watching for the poopy stance... and once you learn your dog's poopy stance, it's pretty easy to catch them before they do the dirty in a place you don't want them to.

Did that make sense? It's after 3am and I'm not even going to go back and read this to see if I know what I'm talking about. I'm going to bed instead. :lol:
 

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labtestedchi said:
For some reason I found my little dogs were much harder to train than my labs. I don't know why but it was. lol.
I think it's because we treat the little ones differently from the big ones. The little ones are cradled and treated more like humans than the big guys are, therefore, we're more leniant with them.
 

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Y'all crack ME up!! When we got that info at Cooper's obedience training, I almost died laughing! It's supposed to be used when you've got a big dog that won't stay off the couch or one that gets on the kitchen counters. The other dogs in the class were ALL huge dogs - one pit bull, one choco lab, a sheepdog, etc. I laughed and laughed at the thought of those dogs running for the hills when that balloon popped!!

One young couple with the pit came back after trying it and they were telling the story of how it scared their dog so much, he wouldn't even approach anything round - he would even run when you held a balloon that hadn't been blown up yet. The guy pulled a balloon out of his pocket and the pit ran and hid behind Cooper!!! :lol: :lol:

The whole class just died laughing, including the trainer!!
 

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Ooohhh... :( hopefully, she'll be fine. Cooper won't go near a balloon anymore and he runs and hides from them if he sees me blowing one up too - but that was the point of the exercise. Maybe you shouldn't let her see you blow them up and place them in areas you don't want her to go - from her perspective, they will just "appear" and she won't want to go near them.

With Cooper, I can put a blown up balloon, for example, on the couch and he just won't get on the couch; he doesn't run and hide from it. He DOES look at it like "how did YOU get there?" before he turns around.
 

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luv4mygirls said:
now i'm not biting heads here but i would like to know how you would have done this:

when i brought chiwi home she was pushing 1.2-1.6 pounds and there was snow up almost to my knees. so how would i have taken the itty bitty thing out to go potty. plus we are on the second floor. shoveling a path is out of the question too by the way (personal reasons not due to laziness ;))
Move to a warmer climate? :lol: You could have squeezed her over the toilet too! :lol:

I dunno what I would do in that situation. When I brought Cooper home, we stayed at my parents house for about a week after I got him (@ christmas time) and there was snow on the ground. He was 6-7 weeks old and I took his little booty outside - I just put a coat on him. But I'm the vigilante mom and the snow wasn't quite that deep.

My mom actually suggested getting a large square planter and buying just a square or two of grass sod, planting it and keeping it in the house for cold winter months. I didn't do that ... and I'm not so sure it would work but I almost wish it got cold here and I had a puppy so I would have a reason to try it! :lol: :lol:
 
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