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HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

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    Hi guys,
    I've been spending time with my 6-7 month bearded dragon Waffles almost every day and he seems to be coming around. However a few days ago he took a poop on the floor while outdoors, so I put him back in his enclosure right away and cleaned it up. Since then he's been doing it every time he's tired of being out of his tank so I have to put him back home to clean it up! It's been three days in a row now and I'm pretty sure he knows it's a surefire way to get me to leave him alone! Today I put him back, cleaned it up and took him out again for another 5 minutes before letting him rest. Waiting for him to poop before taking him out doesn't work, I did it today and he still managed to make a mess. What can I do to break this habit?!
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    Re: HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

    Try giving him a bath every morning, they tend to do their business in the water because the warm water helps get things moving. This way you can let him wander around without worrying about him pooping, because he'll be empty =3. Also, simply don't put him back after he does it. Hold him or move him while you clean up the mess, don't let him get his way.
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    Re: HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

    Get a laundry basket or large tote or something, and if he makes a mess on the floor, just put him in that until you clean up. That way you're not putting him back i.e. letting him get his way, but you also don't have to worry about him while you clean either.

    I agree with the bath idea- many can be trained to go in the bath which is great.

    You can also try treating him. The same way he learned to go outside of his tank, he can be taught to go where you want him to go. When he goes where you want him to i.e. the bath, in his tank, etc., give him one of his favorite treats as a reward. You don't have to do this every time, but just long enough until he learns the behavior.
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    Re: HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

    What SpookyCheerios said. If he doesn't go after a few minutes in warm water try giving him a gentle belly rub. That works for mine every time.

    Are you sure he's doing it to go back in his tank, and not just because he'd rather poop outside? I know if given a choice between his tank and anywhere else, my dragon will always poop outside his tank. He scratches frantically to be let out when he has to go and will hold it otherwise. I think he's pooped in his tank maybe a grand total of three times since I've had him. I have to bathe him every morning just to make sure he's not holding it in.
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    Re: HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

    My girl also prefers not to poop in her tank, she will scratch on the glass, I take her out and she does her business. I try to get her to the toilet so she can do it in there. I also do the warm bath which is great, if I don't get her in time she will walk in her water dish then go either in it or beside it.
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    Re: HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

    My girl scratches to get out as well. She is bath trained and gets a bath each morning, but we ran out of oil last week (no hot water) and it took me until the day after not giving her a bath to realize that she was holding it. I took her out and put her in the tub and she went almost instantly.
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    Re: HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

    Quit putting him back in his cage after he poops on the floor, instead just move him to a safe area where you can still keep an eye on him while you clean up the poop.

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    Re: HELP! Beardie is Training Me!

    I had this issue with Bertha and I found that a warm bath before coming out worked wonders! If she didn't poop in the bath them I set her somewhere it was ok to poop (if we were outside in the dragon enclosure or inside..an empty cat box works well). After your Bearded Dragon poops then handle them because chances are they won't poop again for a while. many Bearded Dragons don't like to poop in their cage - especially if it is too small!

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