Comment 114528

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted October 31, 2015 at 10:51:21 in reply to Comment 114512

Was thinking about this - not a dog owner myself, but have on a couple of occasions hosted lovely, well-trained large dogs in our home for many hours (over the length of an afternoon and evening) that never had to relieve themselves in our yard, so presumed that routine or specific places to poop had been part of their training - so googled and found this:

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/teaching-your-dog-eliminate-specific-place
http://dogs.kinja.com/5-steps-to-teachin...

Having said that, if those visiting dogs had relieved themselves on my lawn I am confident it would have been adequately cleaned up. Truly, if I know you and your dog and your clean habits, your dog can poop away. However, I have seen so much supposedly "cleaned up" poop on our grass (and tracked it into the house) that if I don't know you, I don't trust you to do it properly.

On a related note - once overheard a group of Toronto (see it's not only Hamilton, as a former Torontonian I can attest to this) dog owners chuckling amongst themselves about carrying a plastic bag for show, but if it's dark and no one is around, leaving the poop behind. Anonymity can certainly drive sloppiness, with poop or cigarette butts for that matter.

Comment edited by Michelle Martin on 2015-10-31 10:58:28

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