One thing to keep in mind, it is not going to be easy to train your dog not to roll in poop, especially if you have a large yard or allow your furry friend to go wandering off his leash. Part of the problem lies in the fact that you may not see the poop, so it may not be easy to know when your dog is getting ready to stop, drop, and roll.
However, if you watch your dog over a short period of time, you should be able to see his "tell signs." These are subtle actions or body movements your dog makes every time he gets ready to drop and roll. The first step in getting him to stop this nasty habit is knowing when it is about to happen so that you can put a stop to it before it happens.
You should teach your dog a command of your choice that accompanies stopping him from rolling in the poop. You can choose to create a specific command such as "no poop!" or use the same "leave it!" command you use to get him to stop doing many other things. Since this is a natural behavior for all members of the canine family, it is not going to be easy to teach your dog not to roll in poop.
Putting an end to this disgusting behavior is good for your dog's health, along with everyone in your family. It also cuts down on the constant baths, which are also not good for your dog’s skin. Not to mention no longer having to deal with all the muck and stink on a regular basis. The two key elements you’ll need to complete training are plenty of treats and patience.
rolls around in various poo (not her own) when in woods out of our sight
Hello Zoe, You will need to booby trap some poop and hide during the correction to create an avoidance of the poop. You can do this either by using a stimulation or vibration based e-collar or something like a snap trap. Set up some poop she is likely to roll in - collect some with a poop bag, being careful not to directly touch it and washing hands well after. Place what's called snap traps on the ground then carefully cover with leaves (be careful not to trigger the traps, and put the poop next to the traps)... These traps work like mouse traps but won't actually get caught on her, they just jump and making a snapping noise to startle. You will need to booby trap poop in a variety of locations randomly over the course of a month and limit her roaming during that month when you don't have the poop booby trapped (you don't want the inconsistency of the booby trap with the poop sometimes but not always - you want her to think poop is always booby trapped now so she will avoid all of it). If you go the remote e-collar route, you would set up poop spots, spy on pup from somewhere pretty far away (I suggest using binoculars and a remote collar with at least 1/3 mile range just to make sure it reaches). As soon as pup starts to touch the ground to roll in the poop, push the button to stimulate the collar so that it appears that the poop created that sensation, not you or a collar. She should also wear the collar around with it turned off for a week prior to doing this so that she doesn't associate the correction with the collar but with the poop. You will also need to repeat this several times with different poop in different locations to convince her poop is the problem and she should avoid it. Check out James Penrith from TaketheLeadDogTraining on YouTube to learn more about properly fitting and using e-collars. Beat of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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