Old Dog, new BAD Habits

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Does anyone have any advice, My doby- female 15 years old had started peeing and poopping in the house - she tries to hide it by scratching in it and it is getting worse, I don't know what to do - she has always been well trained , was trained in a kennel/crate. Should I put her back in one after all these years?

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oh! that's a very recent picture - she looks about 3-4 years of age - great health!

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I would suggest a trip to the vet....usually when something like this happens out of the blue there is an underlying medical cause.

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She has alway's done it during storms- but now its all the time.  She knows its bad, because the way she tries to hide it.  There is nothing strange about the feces, but I will try your suggestion. Thank you

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Hi there Skye01 and welcome to the forum.. If your girl is 15 years old, it might be time for a good check up with your vet.. How fortunate for you to have had her so long.. Can you tell us more??

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Hi, skye01.  I was thinking along the same lines as Kate and C_F...at the age of 15, it could be a medical problem.  I've never had a doberman live to be that age.  You are lucky to have had her so long.

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She really is amazing and beautiful.  I will post more photos.  She is a really good dog, I think she has some of the same issues as others by reading post.  She is though very rebellious.  She took care of me for a long time and it was just her and I after a really bad divorce ( he beat her as well as others).  It took her a long time to warm up to my husband now (about 3 years).  She has thrown him a few snips if it was her time with me.  But now,  we have moved a chair she slept in, and got a new one this week and now pees on it.  I'm really lost,  she has regular check ups with the vet and he is also amazed how great of health she is in.  REALLY she looks 3-4 years of age and acts it also, just a liitle gray on her face and I mean VERY LITTLE grey.  I am taking your advise and will get an appt monday, but she was just there last month and in perfect health,  this was brought up to the vet and he thinks she may be forgetting, and then figuring out that it was wrong and that I should go back to a crate.  I do not want to stress her out, but I may have to that.

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Good luck to you and your wonderful girl.. She has been a treasure!

This sweet girl has taken good care of you for so long, now it's your turn to return the favor. If you think crating her would make her feel punished, I would try to find other means.. If it's incontinence, you might want to look into doggie diapers.

The issue of an aging pet is something we're all going to have to face at one point, and any advice or suggestions you have would be appreciated.

I would love to know more about this amazing lady.. what is her name?

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Skye,  Of course! She chose me, we actually went to get a black warlock and ended up with her and her brother!  He was amazing also.  We we got there to pick him up, she jumped in my lap and that was it!  On the way home it was sunset in Houston and the skyline was so beautiful, she became Skye. 

We were looking at Sofia, she is gorgeous, like WOW gorgeous. 

My advice is really not good,  she has been pampered since the divorce, she is truly the most rotten dog you will ever see. Examples:  has her own couch in the bedroom, will not wear anything but Coach or BB Simon collars (and she knows), we hire only people she knows to watch her when we do have to go out of town, and they must stay with her or take her with them!  Basic truth, she allows us to live in her house!  we are completely pittiful.

 

I laugh, she is my child (never had kids), and I cry, because in my mind she will always be there,  My husband knows if anything happens to her, take me too. 

The pee does not bother us,  its the poop and the trying to hide it.

Thank you for your communication, please stay in touch.  Have you always lived in Mexico?  I see you are a writer, what kind?

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Oh my goodness. Skye is not spoiled.. Skye is another Diva.. Of course she wears nothing but Coach or BB Simon ( why shouldn't she?)

Of COURSE she has her own couch.. ( I'm surprised she doesn't have her own bedroom)

and have a STRANGER in the house???? Unthinkable! I have posted the by-laws of Diva-Dom somewhere on this forum.. I'm sure Skye could add a few..

I will PM you with answers re: writing and Mexico

Smooches to the Pooches

Katie

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DId I mention, We have a bedroom for her, but, she can't be that far away from us!!!!!

 

Thanks, love this forum,  really reading alot about others and not feeling so alien! 

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HI and Welcome!  My guess is just like people when they get old and can't quite hold it she's much the same.  Let's see 15 x 7 = 105 yrs old.  I dont' know many 105 yr old people that don't use Depends or have accidents so I wouldn't stress too much if you have had her checked by the Vet already. 

 

Happy to hear she's shared such a good long life with you...

 

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At 15 years old, she very well may be losing her ability to hold it... Think of an old lady in diapers because their body just isn't what it used to be.  at 15, she is very, very, very old.  The human eqivelent of probably over 100 years old.  She probably tries to hold it because she knows better, but just can't help it.  But even still, that's quite the life!  Give your girl a big hug every time you see her.

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Well, here is the update,  Skye is having separation anxiety and maybe some dementia!!!!  We went to the Vet today and what felt like a session with a pysch turned out to be good for both of us.   Great health, not going anywhere soon, she is healthier than I every though about.  All test were perfect.

However, we are now on a depression like med and anti anxiety med for storms only.  I asked if I could share with her, but was told NO!  lol  Doc said he really thinks she may be forgetting and also she is so worried we are not coming back home she kinda loses it.  He watched her with me and I could not get 1 ft from her without her freaking completely out.   He was great about the whole thing.

We are going to try these for 1 week and if not working, we will up the meds.  She did really well today after having the med only once, NO ACCIDENTS.

We did try the crate, in two days she had the steel crate almost torn apart.  CRAZY! I will post pics soon of that one.  But we are leaving it up because it seems to comfort her with the door OPEN!

I also have some changing to do,  We are taking a lot longer time outside in the AM, (she needs more time) and more exercise for both of us. 

Thank you everyone for the comments and support.  Keep in touch.

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Hey Stephie~ Thanks for the PM.. am so glad you and Skye are here on the Forum. You will be able to help so many of us with questions and concerns, and we look forward to many many more years with the beautiful Skye..

I saw the picture you sent of the crate.. I'd say:

KEEP THE DOOR OPEN!

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Doors open!!!!  Got a new camera, will be posting pictures soon!

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Reading about the drug they put Skye on.  Its called Clomipramine, heres some info on it.  Maybe it should be more widely used in this forum.  LOL !!

 

Veterinarians are commonly prescribing Clomipramine for dogs suffering from separation anxiety. Many dogs with separation anxiety exhibit destructive behaviors, whether to themselves or their surroundings, or become an annoyance with barking and howling. The use of clomipramine, in combination with behavior modification and environmental changes, can allow both the dog and the owner to be more relaxed and lessen or eliminate destructive behaviors.

Read more: Using Clomipramine for Dogs to Treat Separation Anxiety

I don't know how to upload the photo here of our destruction!