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Why do some dogs run in circles to go potty?

My dog, Fionna, always runs in circles before going potty. So much that it makes me dizzy at times. It's worse when she has to poop. I have counted her running in a circle in excess of 50 times. I can't help but think she is in some kind of distress. It's pitiful. She was a puppy mill rescue. I'm wondering if it has something to do with all the time she spent in a cage. Does anyone else's dog do this?

Angela
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Re: Why do some dogs run in circles to go potty?

I feel for you and your dog.  First of all, have you seen a veterinarian about it to rule out any medical problems?  If so and there is nothing wrong, I would suggest limiting the area your dog goes potty in.  Fence in a very small area and give a food reward when there is success.  Even if there isn't at first still give a reward so that an association with going potty and a food reward is started.  It won't be a quick fix but stick with it.  Good luck.  Pat(Izzy)

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Re: Why do some dogs run in circles to go potty?

Hi Izzy, thanks for your reply and suggestions. Yes, she has been checked out by our Vet to rule out any physical problems. She has quite a few strange behaviours. Poor girl. We do have just a portion of the backyard fenced for the dogs, and I have been using treats as reward for going potty. I have a feeling this is one of those behaviours that is just going to take time to change. Thanks again!

Angela
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