Pooping in front of me

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My puppy is 14 weeks old and she poops right in front of me I stop and say no!! And
Carry her outside and praise her when she's done but why does she think she can poop right in front of me???

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Do you mean inside?  At 14 weeks a puppy really doesn't have much control, when they have to go, they just go, wherever they are.  At that age, it becomes our responsibility as owners to make sure that they are taken out enough to avoid accidents.  If a young pup goes inside, I consider it my fault, not the dogs.  Usually there's some kind of warning signes, especially as they start to get older... may be sniffing the floor, may be some kind of pacing, a certain way they look around, spinning in circles... look for the cues, and try taking your dog out more often.

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I am having issues as well and mine are 4 and 5 months old and I whole heartedly admit to it being me not paying attention- not leaving them out long enough etc... I had to clean up poop today because I didnt leave her out long enough before breakfast because I was running late and needed to get ready... She was eating had to go so she ran to corner by the bathroom door in laundry room and went. I am sure she probably looked for me went to the door but i wasnt there- You have to watch watch watch-

Cisco paces and runs around the room- he always goes to the same place when he is ready and then it is go go go from me which means upstairs and out the door... He is getting it but they say until they are 6 months old they really dont get it fully...

Its hard work and you have to give them the time they need outdoors and the praise- I mean if she went right in front of you there had to be some sign....

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Skye turned four months sunday... proud mama here!!!... not so proud of the mess i get to clean when I get home late... they really have almost no control... this isn't a behaviour issue, until adult-hood and they know they're supposed to go outside.

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This brings a couple of funnies to mind. Couple of days ago, I was busy and going in and out of rooms cleaning up, putting away. I try to know where the boy is all the time, but I'd stayed in one room a little too long. Came back through the hallway where Miss Kitty's litter box is and was blown down by ...

Big Distinctive Odor
Damn cat!! Cuss cuss!! just cleaned it out earlier, why can't she cover her little deposits? Gag, ugh, Gag
Picked up scooper, raised litter lid ...
No exposed poop
Leo, where are you? And where is it? I'm looking around and oh what a smart little guy. Guess since he couldn't make it up to the toilet there was only one other choice. King Leo crawled over the side of the tub to make his move. Two piles nicely done. Look mom, no mess!
Not a lot of fun to clean, but better than the carpet clean-ups ! I was proud mom, you know it's the effort that counts

Then there was Dancing Dena a pretty little thing in the 80s. She did this from day one and it never changed. She would face you when having the # 2 to do! If you walked to the side, she'd pivot and continue right on. If you circled, same reaction! It was a private thing for Dena and she really preferred that you keep a respectable distance as well! Gotta Love These Doberfriends!

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Huh?? Barb... you're gunna have to run that by me again.. you lost me at Dena.

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Take your dog out more often and keep on a regular schedule.  Also you need to stand out there with them and say 'go potty'.  praise them highly when they go.....a 14 week old dog going in the house is your fault not theirs so don't punish her just work on how often you take her out.

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per Lori: Also you need to stand out there with them and say 'go potty'.  praise them highly when they go....

Yes---that is very important!  I always did that with Ziva, even when I didnt feel like standing out there forever, and my neighbors thought I was insane, always saying "go potty, hurry up, go potty" then having a big Potty Party when she actually DID go.  But guess what?  It pays off...now, I can take her outside before we get in the truck to go somewhere, and all I have to say is, "Ziva, go potty" and she will stop, squat and pee right then and there---ON COMMAND.  I love to do that when someone is around, it freaks them out.  LOL

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That's exactly what Rocky does too.  it would suck sometimes standing there but it does pay off.  And when they are really young you need to learn when they usually poop because Rocky would pee then run back all happy and want in but if you stayed another moment or to repeating go potty he would poop too.  You have to just watch them when they are young and teach them what you want them to do, they don't know...peeing/pooping at certain times is a learned thing...not common knowledge to a dog.