Sundrop Posted May 12, 2016 Share Posted May 12, 2016 Hi all - we adopted our new girl, Kira, a couple weeks ago and so far she is doing fabulously! She's really smart and learned her name, to stay "Out" of the kitchen and "Down" in under a week. We've also worked a lot of her leash training (she had NO leash manners) and I'm proud to say that she's not pulling anymore!. Overall, she's done unbelievably well in just a little more than 2 weeks & we adore her! She has a very high prey drive - very high. On our walks, she is fully alert to everything - birds, squirrels, etc. and we never stop or encourage the behavior, we just keep on walking and ignore it, hoping our lack of excitement will rub off on her. She's okay on walks, and I'm not concerned about that. BUT - when we let her out in the backyard, she is high alert and basically patrols the yard for critters. All of our greys have done this to a certain extent, but Kira is actually ignoring going to the bathroom in lieu of patrolling and looking for animals. We have a decent-sized, fenced-in backyard, which is what she needs, as she will not "go" on leash (she was actually returned from a previous home because of this). Up until a few days ago, she was good about going out and doing her business - but recently, she's found the chipmunks are fun to chase and she is obsessed with finding them. So now, she runs out to the "squirrel" spot and checks for them, then runs along the fence and checks under the shed for anything hiding there (we've had bunnies in the past) and then along the fence again to the corner where she checks for squirrels again. Then she starts all over and does this over & over & over. This morning I put a muzzle w/ poop-guard on her, thinking this might inhibit a little - and no luck. I let her out after breakfast and she immediately started her patrol - I sat outside & watched her for 45 minutes (thought she'd get tired) and she never went to the bathroom. I eventually had to go to work and tried calling her in to no avail - I had to go get her (I had a treat handy in case she came to me so I could reward her for it). Took her on a walk later in the morning and she peed, but no pooping on leash. Any other suggestions to break this obsession? She was outside yesterday afternoon for an hour, my full lunch break, and all she did was patrol. She came inside exhausted. I can't get rid of squirrels, chipmunks or bunnies - and we don't have tons - but we're in an urban area with lots of trees, so we do have critters. It's her yard and I'm happy to let her patrol, I just want her to go to the bathroom, too! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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