My dog has been house broken for years. She has since started pooping/peeing in the house at night. I read that they digest their food in about 10 hours. Should I cut out her evening meal? and cut back on water? We have a new baby who will be crawling soon.
By Angela from Virginia Beach
I worked in a pet store for 23 years, had many of clients with similar problems. I am assuming you don't free feed. Your right try not to feed the dog past 5 or 6 and pick up the water if it is in the house in controlled conditions. I hate to tell you, it could be the fact that you have a new baby and just can't spend the same amount of time with the dog.
You know its all a pecking order and he could be marking his space as well. Eliminating his food and water intake will help and if you feel bad about giving him no water give him an ice cube in his water bowl, but not more than one or two at most. Another suggestion is to put him in a kennel at night and when you leave or a cage which ever you think is more suitable. They're gonna bark and cut up at first, but believe me they get used to it. Throw an old shirt that you or whom ever he is closest to in the kennel or cage and not a clean one something that has your scent on it. Cover it with a blanket. Good luck. (12/03/2010)
Any sudden behavior or health change in your pet should be checked out by your vet. Your vet also probably has a behaviorist on staff who could offer suggestions. Perhaps the new baby has effected your dog's elimination or behavior patterns? It would be very worthwhile to call your vet and ask. Besides the new baby, your dog should be checked for any possible health problems, such as diabetes. (12/04/2010)
I'm not a pet specialist, but have lived with lifetime dog and cat pets for most of my 50 plus years. I would definitely check with my vet and I would also consider that your dog is having a few adjustment problems with the new baby. I agree that feeding her earlier might help, but I wouldn't throw another change her way by eliminating the evening meal, unless there is a health reason (the dog) to do so.
My guess is that she's feeling like the first "child" that is getting less attention than the new human baby, and is trying to get your attention. If you could find a few minutes in your new, more hectic, day just to pet or brush her on a routine basis, it might help rebuild her confidence as a valued family member.
I understand how and why your lifestyle has changed with the baby, but I'd bet the dog just needs some reassurance that she's still important, too! Good luck! (12/05/2010)
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