I've been lurking around these forums well before we got our Cheb (short for Cheburashka
) almost 3 months ago. Lots of really useful and helpful posts and people here!
I finally decided to create an account and start a thread because we've seen an unusual new behavior with Cheb, over the last 2-3 weeks. To give a bit of a background, we got Cheb for a reputable breeder at 12 weeks of age. He's currently 5 1/2 months old. He's just great with other people, large/small dogs etc. He's up to date on all shots, has had fecal examinations done regularly (I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to his health), is fed 2 cups of Orijen/Natural Balance twice a day.
In general, Cheb's (mostly) obedient
and he was potty trained in about a week. He's also been through puppy obedience class and will be enrolled in the next class soon. The issue we're facing is that his pooping schedule has been completely off since the last couple of weeks.
Previously, he used to poop once in the morning during the walk (before his breakfast) and once in the evening during the walk (before his dinner). I take him to work with me, where he gets to play with other dogs. Occasionally, he would also poop once in the afternoon, if the playing involved a lot of running etc. His stool is almost always solid and dark. However, about 2 weeks ago, we started seeing Cheb poop twice during walks. The first one would be at his usual spot and be solid/dark, but the other one would be about halfway through. It's random and much softer (but also much less in quantity). The 'random' nature of the second poop makes it difficult to take him for a walk/outside since it's embarrassing/difficult to clean up when he squats and goes in the middle of the sidewalk.
Last week, we moved to a larger apartment, where Cheb gets almost an entire room for himself.
However, things have beenh even worse since! Two days ago, in spite of his regular poop in the morning, he pooped in my office cube just two hours later (he has NEVER EVER pooped at work)!
The poop itself was fine, but the whole process was extremely embarrassing and very frustrating. Since then, I've stopped taking him to work with me, thinking that he just needs some time to settle down, or something. But even when we take him out to poop at his usual times at home, he decides to randomly squat and poop!!
As mentioned earlier, we're very specific about his food habits and had his last stool examination done about 2 weeks ago, where everything looked fine.
Needless to say, this has made things very frustrating for both, him and us.
It almost seems like he's un-learning his potty training all of a sudden!
Any idea what could be going on here?? Any input would be GREATLY appreciated!