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    Can a dog become untrained?

    Hi Everyone,

    New member, first post. I have a 5 year old Golden-Doodle that up until the past few weeks has been a fantastic pet. When we first brought her into our family she became house broken impressively fast. Since then we have not had to do much in the way of training. She doesn't jump, sits when you tell her, rarely barks. But recently she has began defecating in our family room on the carpet. I took a sample to the vet to rule out any possibility of parasites or other health issues. Tests came back negative thankfully. She used to do all of her business in the backyard in a few chosen areas. Now she rarely defecates outside and when she does, it is in the front yard.

    Has anyone ever experienced something like that before? Any tips on how to reboot her housebrokeness?

    Thank you for taking the time to read,
    - John

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    Re: Can a dog become untrained?

    How much exercise and brain stimulating work does the dog get? And how much time is she spending alone without interaction?
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    Re: Can a dog become untrained?

    Change of bathroom habits could be linked to either physical or mental health. Has anything changed recently that is outside of her normal routine?

    And yes a dog can become 'untrained'. owning a dog is a lifetime commitment and training is an everyday thing. Not so much perhaps training new things, but always keeping on top of already trained behaviors. If that isn't done, a mole hill can become a mountain quickly. It's not really that the dog forgets, it's just they learn they can act a new way and there are no consequences.
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    Re: Can a dog become untrained?

    Take her for a vet visit.
    If I have to give my dog treats for obeying commands, then the terrorists have won.

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    Re: Can a dog become untrained?

    Something changed. Your schedule, the dog food, a new dog in back, someone went to college, the garbage truck comes at a different time, it's been too hot for exercise ??? Determine that and it will provide a clue...

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    Re: Can a dog become untrained?

    We have the same issue with our 9 year old wheaten terrier, though he pees and poops inside when he's upset at us

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