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Why won't Shelby poop in San Francisco?

I don't know why Shelby won't poop outdoors in the city. It's as if she's too distracted to poop or pee. I've walked her all the trees and grass around the office, but she just won't. I'm not sure why. I have a feeling that with there being so many dogs, and so little canine toilet opportunities, maybe she just thinks every tree is over used. She doesn't have this problem anywhere else.

I worry about her holding it in for so long, so I bring the litterbox with me in the trunk, just to prompt her. Luckily the lid keeps litter from getting loose, and of course I clean up the mess before putting the box back in the car.

September 28, 2005 | Permalink


Was it difficult to litter train Shelby? Here in Rochester(NY)the winters are bitter.I am going to attempt to either litter or paper train the pugs before the snow comes. My male hates the cold and it's such a bother to put on his coat and booties everytime he has to go out.

Posted by: Rosemary | Sep 28, 2005 7:54:37 AM

We have the same problem when we travel with Rosie. We travel in the car for 8 hours plus and stop many times to let her do her business and she spends the whole time sniffing where other dogs have been, but won't do her own business! Then she starts to fuss and we make extra stops ... and nothing! Love our puggers!

Posted by: Chris | Sep 28, 2005 8:00:47 AM

I don't think it's much harder than housebreaking them in general. But we did start her out with a box as a puppy. Here's the post about her litter training.


Posted by: Winnie | Sep 28, 2005 8:01:57 AM

Mushu's breeder litter-box trained him before I got him. He's been great about it until about a month ago. He uses the box for pee-pee, but now he almost always poops on the bathroom floor. At least the floor is linoleum so it's easy to clean. Ahh, the joys of being owned by a pug!

Posted by: J.D. | Sep 28, 2005 6:06:05 PM

We litter trained our pug, Bridget, when she was a wee pup. Now, at nine months, she still tends to poop in a 'favorite' spot- which shifts around the house. Luckily she's no longer pooping on the carpet under the bd, but on hardwoods under the desk. We're still trying to break her of the habit, and for the most part she does really well. Yesterday I took her to work and she managed to do all of her business outside in the grass- I was a bit nervous that she'd let it all go on the carpet, but I suppose they learn their places.
Also, great idea with the giant lidded box. We have one of the factory litterboxes- practical, but not very portable. I will have to get one of those for our trip to Florida next weekend!

Posted by: Mary | Sep 29, 2005 6:19:00 AM

WOW! I have NO problems at all with my little puggy Logan. Well.......it takes him a while to pee when he goes out, he loves to sniff EVERYTHING then he'll lift his leg and be like..."noooooo, no, actually I don't want to pee here." so it takes a while, but in general, no prob. This is is first time I have posted here, but I hit this website EVERDAY to see Shelby........I thought my pug was a babe!

Posted by: Dawn | Sep 29, 2005 9:26:08 AM

My female Mikah shows no aversion to cold & snow. In fact she insists on fetching her ball, making an amusing ordeal of extricating it from a drift. I worry that she may freeze her paws but I think they are sensible enough to come in from the cold. I usually shovel a circuitous path, with several spurs & cul-de-sacs for her which she happily uses. If it's bitterly cold she may not venture past the deck but her sense of not soiling her nest prevails.

Posted by: Michael | Sep 29, 2005 3:04:42 PM

Shelby won't poop in San Francisco because she does want to "leave her fart in San Francisco". lol

Posted by: Carol | Sep 30, 2005 10:42:01 AM

Cute Carol. :-)

Posted by: Dawn | Oct 4, 2005 12:09:09 PM

i love your site!! and i think it was hard to try and litter box our dogs! we used newspaper

Posted by: Katie | Oct 15, 2005 9:10:06 PM

Any tips on paper training? Gunner is 13 weeks old and apparently paper trained by his breeder but he goes everywhere but on the paper! He will go outside when I take him but I work nine hour days and want him to be able to go on papers in the house. Is it possible to train them to go inside and outside?

First time dog owner!!!

Posted by: Tracey | Feb 6, 2006 6:09:30 PM

hi. can u gve me some tips n how can i "poopy" train my pug mocha..

Posted by: ice | Feb 8, 2006 9:22:16 PM

Here's a post where I wrote about litter training Shelby. She learned to poop outside by herself when she decided that "marking" was fun. We praised her whenever she pooped outside, and there haven't been any problems.


Posted by: Winnie | Feb 12, 2006 10:07:17 AM

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