Puppy Pooping Inside at Night

My 14 week old puppy seems to have clicked well with house training during the day, but at night she poops all over the kitchen floor. The pad is kept in the same place during the day and night. Please help.

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March 6, 20090 found this helpful

Many people find it useful to use a kennel to train their puppies. Some people call them cages or pens. Before you go to bed at night, put the puppy in the kennel, and as soon as you wake up in the morning take the puppy out of the kennel and immediately take him outside. The kennel should not be too big or the puppy might poop in it. My daughter uses this method and her dogs feel safe in their kennels, in fact one of her dogs used to take naps in his during the day.

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March 6, 20090 found this helpful

Having raised two dogs from puppies it is good to praise them when they go outside yeah! What a good dog and make him think he is the best dog in the world. Never feed in the evening, be sure you take him outside before you go to bed say 9 p.m. A crate is good if you have one but I kept mine on the side porch and they learned very quickly. Try to keep the times you take him outside the same time every day, he will learn. Good luck with your puppy.

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March 6, 20090 found this helpful

You might try changing his feeding time and crating him at night. Change his feeding time and then crate him. Pups wont go in their crates and it is a little hard at first but ignore the protests, and then it will learn to like it's "bedtime" routine. Are you taking him out at night before he goes to bed? Hope this helps. racer

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March 6, 20090 found this helpful

Another vote here for feeding early and taking out RIGHT BEFORE BED! Then come in, get in the crate and spend the night. I took my pup out right before I was ready to climb into bed myself. I brought her right in, put her in bed and got into my own bed. Lights out. Nighty night. NO getting out of the crate alone!

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March 7, 20090 found this helpful

Get a crate. Put it in it at night. Dogs don't poop where they sleep. They hate it at first, but grow accustomed to it, then like it. My pup will hold it all night in a crate. And keep your bed times consistent. I put my pup in the crate at 8pm, then he is let out at 6am.

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March 7, 20090 found this helpful

You aren't walking the puppy far enough or getting her enough exercise. If you walked a good 30-45 minutes after both feedings; she would poop in the neighborhood (which you need to scoop) while being exposed to all kinds of social activities. It is never too early to start the exercise regime.

Dogs do NOT get sufficient exercise from playing or being "let out". I never recommend puppies pads or other tricks. Simple, honest long rigorous walks and runs at the proper times combined with praise for good deeds really kicks house training in a day or two. Added gimmicks are confusing for the animal and expensive. They also do nothing to release the dog's pent up energies.

There is NO substitute for owners getting out an exercising their dogs. What's good for the dog is great for the owner!

I have a 10 year old Dobi who is fastidiously house trained ONLY if he gets his long walks. You've never seen a cleaner dog in your life. He will poop at 1/4 mile no matter what and another one after that if he's had a big meal. If he doesn't get the physical activity he needs to feel the urge to poop; he will do it later in the house even if you think it's been long enough and he should be able to poop with a 2 minute walk.

It isn't a matter of being stubborn or not being clean. He doesn't feel the urge to go until he's had activity and he can't poop until he feels the urge. Your dog isn't getting the activity to feel the urge earlier and the later poops come because digestion has taken its very slow course.

Dogs should only go to a dog park to socialize AFTER they have been thoroughly exercised and are calm and relaxed. Bringing an energetic hyper dog to a dog park should NOT be done as it is a recipe for disaster and YOU will be the cause. Long walks coupled with a very regular feeding schedule work without any effort or negative reinforcement. Standing outside for an hour isn't half as effective as walking fast for 10 minutes.

You might not like to go for a long walk in the evening but the dog needs it. If necessary, adjust their evening meal a little earlier and you move to walk the dog a little later so you have a livable compromise.

Dogs are pack members. Training by positive reinforcement whenever possible is best because it assures you that the dogs are respecting their leader. Small corrections should be made the moment undesired behaviour occurs and forgotten just as quickly.

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March 7, 20090 found this helpful

Ditto on the feeding early, walking just before bedtime and kennel training. Your pup is still very young and I'll bet she simply can't hold it comfortably all night long yet. I've had a couple of very small dogs and they seemed to have trouble holding it now and then (even in a kennel) until they were almost five months old so don't be discouraged.

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March 7, 20090 found this helpful

14 WEEKS! Still sooo young! Be patient and use a set schedule and stick to it. A brisk jog (to stimulate digestion) or a fast game of chase in the yard after mealtime will get him to the "gotta go now" mindset, too.

I brought two puppies home to the U.S from overseas long ago. To prepare them for the flight, I got them used to being in a crate by using the crates as their beds at night. They never wanted or needed another bed. Even in old age, when I said "night, night" they each went to their own crate and laid down for the night. That was with the door of the crates always open. Their crates were their "havens." So, if you use a crate for training, never, ever use it as punishment.

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March 7, 20090 found this helpful

I've read what everyone had to say and agree with them all. I did something a little different when I housebroke my Parker. I attached his leash to my ankle and anytime he moved on my bed I rushed him outside to potty. Parker will be 10 in July and still sleeps in bed with me, all 135 pounds of him.

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March 8, 20090 found this helpful

First off, you confuse a puppy when you allow it to relieve itself in the house. Take the puppy out frequently TO THE SAME SPOT, it will get the hint after sniffing around. Praise him! Don't put down newspapers or pads in the house. Small breed dogs cannot hold as much as larger breeds. Don't go to bed until the dog does it's business - and don't feed to late. Feed two times a day.

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March 8, 20090 found this helpful

Dogs need exercise to move things along enough to feel the urge to go earlier in the evening.

You should be doing at least 2 long, fast walks or jogs following the dog's meals every day. They need the exercise and so do you but walks are about the sights, sounds and scents also. Supplement with quick pee breaks throughout the day at least as often as you go to the bathroom.

The further you walk, the more sights and scents and the more times the dog will stop to pee or poop. this to have a healthy and happy pet. It's a win-win.

Dog parks and playtime are for relaxation. It's also great to do some training throughout your walks as the dog will learn to obey in all situations and not just when they're in your living room.

Combine this with a rock steady schedule and your dog will be fully trained by tomorrow. It's truly that simple. Don't turn around as soon as the dog poops but keep it up so you have a good 1 hour a day minimum of exercise. You can multitask and walk to do some errands for added benefit.

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December 16, 20100 found this helpful

Never exercise any dog directly before or after meals talk to your veterinarian about "bloat".

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