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        08-04-2010, 08:13 PM
    Angry My dog is driving me nuts sometimes

    Why is it SO important where he takes a dump?!!

    Ayax drives me nuts with his "must-find-the-ultimate-place-to-take-a-dump" mania. I can't take him out unleashed because of his breed, so I have to hang around his Eternal Search for the Grail Dumping Spot everyday
    Anyone knows what is the instinctive / behavioral reasoning behind all this?

    I understand examining bushes and scents. He gets a lot of info out of that.
    But poo'ing, why do we have to walk around while he frantically searches the perfect 3 square inches really?

    Funny part is that he is not trying to make the walk longer by pretending to search. I walk with him always until he simply decides to go back home.
    He is actually getting anxious "when the moment comes" and searches and searches and turns and sniffs and no, that's not it, maybe this bush? No, it's too thorny, how bout this patch, no, it's not in perfect conjunction with Mars and Venus, omg I'm ****ting myself, let's search FASTER hey how bout this one, it has sand, hm, no, not this one either hurry hurry omg I think i'm dropping it OH LOOK maybe not there either....

    And so on!
    He's getting more and more anxious but he would never just give up and take a dump. I've actually seen him sucking it back in and ..leaving for a better spot, after the initial squat.
    For the pe he never makes such a fuss, marks everything and anything - if I don't hold him - however no.2 seems to be The Ultimate Matter of Life and Death and Symmetry or whatever he's thinking!
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        08-04-2010, 09:41 PM
    OMG!!!!! I'm rolling on the floor over here!!!! I do know what you mean though. I now have a ****zu that my sister bought as a puppy. I babysat the danged thing while she was on her honeymoon. At that point in time, I HATED that dog. She would run around outside and actually drag her butt on the ground to keep from going outside. She just had to wait until I would let her back in and as soon as I had my back turned, she'd go right in front of the door she had just come in.

    Maybe yours will settle down with age. I've had Jasmine since November. She is one of the best little dogs now. Of course she's somewhere between 10 and 13 now.

    Good Luck...And THANKS for the laugh!!!!
        08-12-2010, 05:34 PM
    I'm sure you didn't post intentionally to make us laugh, but I found your post hilarious! Haha. Especially the "perfect alignment with Mars and Venus" bit. I do know how frustrating it can be. I used to take my roomie's Golden Retriever down to the lake at our complex to go potty, but then he realized the ducks in it were alive and chase-able, so know I have to watch him in the courtyard. Much more inconvenient because now I have to pick it up. And even worse, he actually makes TWO piles. So I have to pick up TWO steaming piles of dog crap. Ugh. I don't leash him though. I'm probably supposed to, but no one's said anything, lol. I can just see the neighbors watching me though and wondering why I don't go pick it up when he leaves his first pile. =P
        08-13-2010, 06:29 PM
    Eh, meanwhile he did more weird stuff and stupid me, I bonked him once and yelled at him a couple of times

    He had been acting strange the last month or so and I jumped to the conclusion that he's plain rude or going senile.

    He kept gathering my clothes in his bed and always sleeping on them. Also has changed his attitude when we go for walks and became tense / cautious at people who would approach me suddenly or would appear suspicious to him.
    Both behaviors were unacceptable in my book so I scolded him for those incidents.

    ...Turns out I'm pregnant. He knew, I did not.
    I'm so sorry :(
        08-13-2010, 06:39 PM
    Congrats on your pregnancy! Exciting!
    Holy Cow, your first post was side splittingly hilarious!
        08-14-2010, 07:25 PM
    It makes total sense that he would change because of your pregnancy. What a good dog. =] Perhaps he's hoarding your clothes because he believes when baby comes, you'll be too busy for him? I'm wondering if spending some good quality dog-master time with him would help him.
        08-15-2010, 07:08 PM
    On of my friends when he heard the news asked directly "so when are you getting rid of the dog" which hurt me so bad
    I asked around and researched, asked few doctors as well. If the dog is healthy and hygiene is maintained, I have no reason to send him away.

    Ayax is 9 years old, he is a part of our family, he has been with us through jobs, homes, cities, winters, summers, bad times of our marriage, happy times. I would never "get rid" of him.
    He was around when I met my husband, when we moved toghether, when I got married.
    I am actually happy that my first child has a chance to meet this doggie and I will do my best to keep the dog healthy and happy , hopefully to live as long as possible.
    Even if he taks 2 hours to find a dumping spot

    @Ricci: no, I believe it might be some hormonal changes that got him interested. He keeps trying to "groom" me as well or cuddle very close which is a bit annoying considering the heat.
    I'll do my best to spend quality time with him, eventually buy him another fetch toy and reassure him that he will always be our dear family member no mater how this family gets bigger.
        08-15-2010, 08:51 PM
    Pet Peeve: I HATE that so many people get rid of pets because they have children. I'm so glad you're not!!
        08-16-2010, 06:03 PM
    There is absolutely NO reason to get rid of him. The problems come when feces are involved. So just don't pick up the poo he takes two hours to make. =]
        08-17-2010, 03:42 PM
    My girl ALWAYS insists on doing the Holy Number 2 in the neighbors yard. We have a HUGE YARD. And a backyard. And a ditch.

    No. She MUST crap RIGHT in the middle of their front lawn. I love my doggy to death, but I swear it's no less than twice a week that I dash across the lawn yelling "NO HAZEL NOT IN THE NEIGHBORS YARD!" It's usually when I'm gone during the day and let her n' Duke out of the outside kennel. She goes tearing around the cars at top speed, in the dark, then does a mad dash to crap before I can tackle her and drag her back over the property line.

    Your pooch will probably started yelling at YOU when the baby comes. "You didn't change his/her diaper quick enough!" "You didn't warm the milk to the right temperature!" "You didn't fluff the pillow approximate ten times, turn it 90 degrees counterclockwise, and make sure Mars was at the proper alignment!"

    Ayax sounds like a great pooch :) I bet he's a load of fun.
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