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Rescued pup 5 years ago at age 1
was abused by previous owner
She is Husky/German Shepard
bad habit started randomly/no major event
well trained, had a trainer try to understand, wound up giving up after 3 months of 2x weekly sessions.
Kyra my wonderful pup about a year ago developed a lazy habit. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to fix it. She stays inside with us for roughly 15-18hrs of the day. Wife and I are both retired so they get daily walks, come home, food and nap time.
A year ago she started to eliminate on the porch. Both urine and feces. At first we treated it as something was wrong where she has been going for the last 4 years. We reinforced her good habits of eliminating out in the yard. Which she does. If we tell her “go potty” she will go to the yard and eliminate.
The problem comes from her being lazy. We setup a camera to watch and see why she’s deciding to eliminate on the porch. It turns out, laziness. We cannot for the life of us solve it. She will lounge around, wake up stretch, look at the windows to see if we are watching then walk 4 feet, eliminate and then go back to sleep.
If we are home and happen to be watching she will indeed wake up, stretch look to see if we are home and can make eye contact with us. If she sees us, she turns to look, waits a second and then quickly goes off the porch to eliminate them back to sleep.
At first the trainer we had said it may be separation anxiety. We tried a few things: one was having the curtains open so she could always see us while she is in the back yard. She will still do it if she sees us but we don’t acknowledge her. The only time she will get up and walk to the grass (literally 6 feet away: her trained elimination spot is over 20 yds away) is if we make eye contact and she knows we are watching her.
What boggled our trainers mind and our mind is the mannerism behind it. If we let her out from the house, she will go the elimination area 20+yds from the deck. If she comes home from a walk, same place. After dinner, mid morning if we let them out, any other time than if she was laying down outside. The only time she deficates on the porch is when she wakes up looks to see if we are watching her and she makes the decision. Also to make sure we are all on the same page: she has free roam in and out of house with structure time frames for meals, walks and play. She has s routine nap time. She chooses to nap outside on her hammock. While we are home she has the ability to come in and out of the house as she pleases.
She does this daily, any time we are home or aren’t home. The video of her sleeping-> checking the window and then pooping knowing she’s not going to get caught red handed blows my mind. It’s like watching someone contemplating doing something bad. What blows my mind even more is the laziness of it. She thinks about it for at least a minute. During that minute of thinking; walking 10 feet she would be in grass, sand or gravel which ever she chooses to eliminate on. Instead she just stops, looks around, thinks about it, checks the window. Coast is clear? Right here on the deck.
Suggestions? Thank you, OpSmash
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