Hopefully I can make this clear enough.... I'm sure some of you oldies remember Summer's SA problems I had prior to getting Mia. Since getting Mia the SA has been all but nonexistent. I leave them alone together in a pen and all goes well. Summer doesn't go into panic attacks or bark or get sick all over herself. I know it's not ideal but it works very very nicely for us. Now, I've started taking Mia on tuesdays to nosework and leaving Summer in the pen by herself. I give her food and so far it's gone relatively well. She barks a bit at first but I've gone back inside less than 5 minutes later and she's quiet. It's only 2 hours, once a week. I keep a potty pad in the playpen just for in case they really need to go while I'm at work. Also, not ideal, but Mia has needed it a few times when she's been sick or something. She was potty pad trained by her breeder so I thought it was a decent idea to just give her the option even though I can usually come in at lunch and let her out. It's been used maybe a half a dozen times in over a year now. Today I came home from nosework and Summer had pooped. On the potty pad. My first thought was 'huh, that's weird. I can't believe she knew to go there.' Next thought was if she'd pooped because she panicked. She poops and it's involuntary after baths and she's scared. I call it 'anxiety pooping'. But then I wonder why it would have been on the potty pad. But she doesn't know you're supposed to use the potty pad, she was never trained on it. Plus I'd let her outside right before leaving and it was only two hours. And summer never goes in the house unless it's anxiety related (bath or SA). Anyways am I reading too much into it for signs of the SA rearing its ugly head? I checked on her last week and she had settled in just a couple minutes after I'd left. Ya, that's probably way too long a post about my dog pooping. sorry.