Iggy afraid to poop??
By - princessPeachyK33n
I'd recommend letting her go on potty pads while you work on her desensitizing her to city noises first. Rather than taking away what she knows so she gets desperate and poops on the floor.
Since she's scared, you're fighting against two things: her fear/anxiety and training the new behavior. Youtube has dog sound desensitization videos. Start with a volume that gets her interest but doesn't cause her to act scared. Slowly increase the volume so that it eventually gets to real world volumes but only as much as she can handle at a time, it may take weeks or months depending on her sensitivity. You could try feeding her outside to help her associate good things with the noises too.
If you're not already doing it, feed her on a schedule so you can begin to get a regular poop schedule for her as well.
Never leave her alone until you know she's done her business. You need to set her up for success by ensuring it's impossible for her to make mistakes. I've had great success with the tethering or umbilical cord potty training method. Once she's doing better with city noises, keep taking her to the place you want her to poop when you know she needs to do it. Reward her with a high value treat when she does the right thing.
Ambient city noise doesn’t bug her it’s more like if a car backfires or someone noisy walks by. Any noise that makes her aware is a reason for her to freeze up. But only when pooping. She pees outside no problem even if a noise pops up. Pees right away so she can go inside to get her treat. But I just feel like maybe she feels extra unsafe while trying to find a place to poop? She always ALMOST does it then stops at the last second and she doesn’t try again. Right after we get back inside she waits for me to go get more water or something and she goes inside. Which she KNOWS is wrong because she never does it in front of me. Ugh I’m so confused! She’s so smart about everything else. Idk why she can’t get this.
She's sensitive to noises and it's causing her anxiety which is making it hard for her to do what you want. You can play videos of loud noises to help with that so it's not such a struggle for her or you can practice dropping a metal bowl on a soft surface to help with loud sounds. Here's a video on how you do that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70NLXG00Xs4
If you don't help with her sound sensitivity you're fighting against not only, training the behavior you want but also the anxiety. Focus on reducing her anxiety first, then focus on training the behavior.
Yes, I know it's inconvenient but dogs have challenges just like we all do. She wants to do what you want her to, she needs your help to get her there.
Thank you! I do encourage her, if I drop something and make a noise, to come back and sniff around and see that it’s not scary. Unfortunately I can’t control everything. Thanks for this advice. Yes I can tell she’s upset and guilty when she does it. It’s been very frustrating for us both so thanks for this solution!
Sure thing! I'm currently working with my 14 week old IG on being less sensitive to sounds as well. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDmvQVB8mZY&t=1590s](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDmvQVB8mZY&t=1590s) has been helpful to play while she's in my lap and I'm working on my computer. It has lots of different kinds of loud sounds. [https://www.youtube.com/c/Calmsound/videos](https://www.youtube.com/c/Calmsound/videos) this channel has several different kinds of sounds as well.
When she perks up or barks at a sound do you just soothe her? I usually tell Gemma she’s ok and that it’s “just a noise” and soothe her.
Never try to sooth a scared or anxious dog. It reinforces the anxious behavior. She'll take that as, "Yes, that's the correct reaction to what's happening now, it's a dangerous situation".
When she barks or acts scared, take her away from what she's triggered by. Don't say anything when you're doing it, don't look at her. Only reward her being calm and inquisitive. Use a quiet and matter-of-fact tone. Introduce her to triggers at lower volumes while she's calm and comfortable so she can learn it's nothing to be worried about
\*edit\* here's a video on the subject [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8MIOybtLHM](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8MIOybtLHM)
One option may be to embrace it, and create a litter box for the poo, and then just do the positive reinforcement scheme.
Another option for outside I might suggest, would be to "grab" some poo and place it outside when she isn't there... Trick her into seeing the possibility of going #2 outside. When you do walk up to the doo with her, point it out and say "Poo potty! Poo potty" or whatever phrase you use for a successful poo, then treat the dog "poo potty treat!".
Perhaps also refrain from the negativity of a misplaced poo. Sometimes drawing attention to the indoor poo seems to reinforce that "poo happens here", but also "poo is bad". Dogs aren't always as logical as we are, and they may not associate the act with the place. The negativity could be why the dog isn't being vocal about needing to go.
For my dog, "poo potty!" is both a suggestion 'do you need to go?', and also the celebration of a successful movement "poo potty TREAT!" You can repeat these phrases again and again, it makes the dog very excited!
I do the same with tooth brushing, and so now my dog associates tooth brushing with a treat.
"Tooth brush?! Tooth bursh?!" dog gets excited... Once brushing is over, "Tooth brush TREAT!" and the dog runs to the treat cupboard.
That’s so funny. I do ask her all the time “is there poop in there?” To be silly to her 🤣