Doggy doo on a stick

One of my dogs eats her own poop. I’ve written about it before so it’s not a subject I’m uncomfortable with. I mean, if she’s comfortable enough to eat poop, shouldn’t I be comfortable enough to talk about it? She’s my daughter after all, and I’m not ashamed of her! With that said, I’m not particularly fond of this habit of hers. She’s 8 years old and pretty much for her entire life I’ve tried to keep her from doing this horrid thing. But for 8 years, she’s done this horrid thing.

The other day I caught her in the act and I was determined to stop it. So what did I do? Something I’ve done a million times before: I got a stick to poke the poo and toss it over the fence.

That’s right, I poke the poo.

The only thing is, just like a million times before, I ended up just stabbing the poop balls because they wouldn’t stay on the stick. So now we’re left with poop that’s actually easier to eat than it was before!

Yep, I’ve smashed it all up into bite size pieces. Think of a potato that’s been turned into smashed potatoes. Just add butter and she could have a decent second or third meal going here.

All in all, I guess it does help keep the yard clean, so the next time I’m mowing I don’t step in a bunch of doggy doo. Maybe this is her way of earning her keep.

Oh goodness, should be thanking her?

-Out of the Wilderness

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My dog won’t stop itching!

One of my dogs is either asleep, or itching. It’s been so frustrating trying to figure out the cause because she can’t tell me what’s going on with her! And it hasn’t been this way except for the past year or so. There are so many things that could be causing the irritable behavior and I’ve tried everything to help reduce her discomfort. Changing food. Changing protein sources. Vegetarian food. Adding honey. Zyrtec. Baths. Wiping her feet after being outdoors. Aversion. Diversion. This version. That version. Clapping when she itches. Apoquel. We had the best results from the Apoquel medicine but unfortunately, reviews and warnings downright scare me.

I’m pretty much at a loss now as to how to get her back to a comfortable place. Could it be something in the yard? The pesticides from the pest control service I started about a year ago? Dust in the house? And it still could be food related. I’m trying another idea today, switching her food out from dry food to canned food. Fingers crossed that it helps!

If you have any home remedies that’ve worked, I’m all ears!

-Out of the Wilderness

Animal Tracks in Snow

Below are a few animal tracks I came across north of Cincinnati, Ohio. With a good amount of snow, it was nice to be able to see these even hours after the animals passed through. There’s one set of tracks that I can’t identify. If you know what it is, feel free to respond below!

Volume 6: Balancing Doggy Instinct With Class.


This morning, being as pleasant as it was in Nashville, I took my dog for a walk. Before we made it out of the yard, she discovered some evidence of a rabbit in our yard. Not only did the evidence make it clear a rabbit had been there recently, it was enough evidence to suggest something more was happening. I continued with the plan to take the beagle for a walk. She was exceptionally supportive when we began our way back to the house. Normally the return trip is when she slows down and sniffs each and every thing possible. But this time, she was leading me the entire way back. She had the evidence fresh on her mind… and in her sensitive nostrils. For the sake of what might be found, I put Piper in her cage and ventured back outside to investigate. Our suspicions were confirmed when at least 3 pink newborn rabbits were deep down in a hole, covered in stray rabbit fur and loose grass. They were so young- no hair on their bodies yet, and unopened eyes. So how do I encourage the beagle to go with her instinct, yet at the same time clue her in that aggressively hunting newborn rabbits is just plain unclassy. Does she care about showing class? Should I teach the momma bunny a lesson? How do I keep a hunter from hunting and allow babies to become adults? Any ideas are welcome!

Volume 1: Sharing A House With Dog.

Volume 2: Sharing A Car With Dog.

Volume 3: Sharing A Yard With Dog.

Volume 4: Sharing Problems with Dog.

Volume 5: Teaching Dog To Respond Favorably.

Volume 6: Balancing Doggy Instinct With Class.

Volume 5: Teaching Dog To Respond Favorably.

My dog is over a year old now. For whatever reason, OK, I was intimidated by the task, I never taught my dog to come to me when I call for her.After teaching basic commands like sit and shake, I mustered up the courage to overcome my fear of rejection or failure and teach her the ‘come’ command.We are in the back yard. She is running around. When she runs towards me in an almost full sprint, I think to myself, “this is a good time to use the command since she’s already coming my way.”I could have said anything else and she would’ve continued running right up to my feet and sat, but when I used the new command, she froze where she was and stared at me.I said it again, “Piper, come!”Then I stooped down and offered her a treat while expressing the command. She walked to me. We celebrated the success with a belly rub (and the treat, of course). I was very happy with the progress we made in the first few days.Having treats ready for consumption was a big part of this command being taught successfully. Knowing that it takes consistency was key also. I have not broken her of her hunting rabbit instinct, but we’ll get there. For now, I’m just happy she knows “come” doesn’t mean freeze in place.Having a dog is a learning experience for me, too, not just her. Hoping for success when delivering a command depends a lot on where I’m standing. If I’m standing near door that goes inside, she’s less likely to respond favorably.If I’m near the fence, she’ll come to me, thinking I have a rabbit to show her or something.Resorting to tricks works, too, but most of the time I feel bad about it.Parenting a puppy is fun and tough. But at least now my dog will answer most of the time I call her.
Volume 1: Sharing A House With Dog.

Volume 2: Sharing A Car With Dog.

Volume 3: Sharing A Yard With Dog.

Volume 4: Sharing Problems with Dog.