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puppy potty training help, also separation issue

hi I've got a 4 month old doxi who has been doing great with potty training he pees on his pads or whimpers at the gate to go outside very well BUT he refuses to poo on his pad, idk why but I've caught him peeing on his pad no problem then walking a few feet away and pooing on the floor. any ideas on how to stop this? He goes outside every 4 hours, right after eating, drinking, playing, and when he wakes up from naps, idk why he refuses to poo on his pad. Also I have learned I CANNOT move his pad, I was cleaning a few days before and moved it 5 feet to the right while I was moping and sure enough he pottied where the pad used to be then went and fell asleep on the pad! Second note: he has also developed separation anxiety and screams when we crate him and leave the house or even block him into a room with a baby gate when I'm cooking or in the shower (so he doesn't potty everywhere), we've been working with him since we got him at 7 weeks about this and he has come along way(he used to scream non stop till he passed out when I would put him simply on he floor) I'm home all but 20 hours a week at work and was thinking of getting him an older dog to play with for when we aren't home so he doesn't get so lonely. I got this idea when we were dog sitting my sister dog, he loved her and had no issues at all when we would gate them in together and leave.
By: strafe
Date: Sun-Jul-20-2014-
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For the potty issue Personally, I would do away with the potty pad and just outdoor train him but the same method can be used for both areas really. Monitor him closely all the time, use baby gates or tether him to you if need be and when you catch him going inside/ off his pad say "ah-ah no" scoop him up immediately and move him to the correct place. When he goes in the correct place, praise him like crazy, give a treat too if you choose. 

As for the separation, giving something like a kong filled with peanut butter or non-fat, sugar free, flavorless yogurt (found in the organic section of most grocery stores, very inexpensive) freeze the kong and give that to him when you go to leave so he gets a special treat that makes it more enjoyable. Also, there's a book called I'll be home soon that is very good at helping you deal with SA, lots of good info on desensitizing and tips/tricks to help your dog. 

I wouldn't get a second dog unless you're commuted to a second dog and I'd caution that a new dog might come with it's own issues and could pick up on puppies bad habits or teach it more bad habits. Twice the dogs is often twice the work or sometimes 3 times more haha. Good luck. 

[d] By: positivism
Date: Sun-Jul-20-2014
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