I have a female Golden Retriever mix that is approximately 8 years old. I also have a purebred female Collie who is 10 1/2. These dogs have both been immaculately house-trained until recently. Nearly every morning I am waking up to a bowel movement mess right by the back door in my kitchen, (thank God it's linoleum so it's easy to clean up) which is the door that they go out to potty.
It could be many things. Change in the house (ex.-something is different w/someone), physical problem, different food, medicine, supplements etc. I would 1st take a stool sample from each of them to the vet & see if they picked up a parasite. If that's negative have the vet do a good physical check. It's also quite common for the other dogs to mimick what the alpha does so it might be just one initiating it. That's if they are both doing it.
I had this problem until I fenced in my yard and put in a dog door. Works like a charm. Never have to worry about any of my 4 dogs waking me up in the middle of the night. They go when they have to and I'm NEVER bothered with letting them out any more. It's Heaven.
what about crates? you could put them in there and see if they hold it. then let 1 out and see if it happens with 1 out of the crate.
Your dogs are big and getting up in years, maybe you should take them to dr for a check up, could very well be a medical problem.
It could just be that one of the dogs is getting older and can't hang on as long as she used to. I'd have said that going by the door they go out is sort of telling you that 'I'd have gone out if I could have got out'.
Make sure they don't have water (including the toilet) or food available between the time they go out and you get up to see if it helps.
I think the doggy door sounds awesome but if that wouldn't work I would try to separate them to see which one has the problem...
It may be something the vet can give you advice on also.
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I was wondering if dogs get to a point where they lose their control of the bladder cause I have a 11 year old Shepard that always got me up whenever she had to go and for the last 4 months she has been having accidents then laying in them or even licking it up.My vet had her on antibiotics twice but know it seems not to help in the last few days she is not eating. Please help
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