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Dog Pees and Poops Inside?

So I got this 8 month old Pug from my coworker. He was crate trained, but not house broken. He is now 1, he knows to ask to go out. But about every other week he has days where he whines after he's gone instead of B4. He sleeps in his crate, but has learned to let himself out of it. So he keeps peeing/pooping on my kitchen floor which is the room he's locked in.

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I thought he was just mad because he didn't have the run of the house, but that's not helping either. Also as I put him outside, unless I go out with him, I have to give him a push out the door every time. Help please.

By ceanaytolla from MI

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February 6, 20150 found this helpful

Your dog may have a medical problem that can explain his difficult to understand behavior. Please take him to your vet for help. The vet can examine your dog and, if there is a medical problem, recommend appropriate treatment.

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The vet can also help with recommedations to help you help your dog learn acceptable behavior.

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February 6, 20150 found this helpful

Forgot to include:

Please consider taking a dog and human training class-you and your dog will learn techniques to solve problems. It is also the fastest way to form a great bond with your pet. You can find local training classes by online searches and checking with local pet stores.

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February 6, 20150 found this helpful

There are some questions that come up in your post. First you say he is crate-trained but not housebroken. The purpose of crate-training is housebreaking, so he was crate-trained wrong. That is a problem.

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Another problem is that he is locked up in a crate at night in a locked room. I understand you don't want him peeing or pooping in your bedroom. However, small dogs like pugs are lap dogs and prefer to sleep in bed with people, and be with people pretty much all the time. Besides the fact that the dog may already have abandonment or separation issues from being given away by the original owner.

You mention a coworker. Is no one home with the dog while you work? Is he stuck in a crate all day? This will worsen abandonment issues and make the dog's stress and anxiety so much worse. Plus there could be depression involved. The dog needs to be with somebody when he isn't with you. See it from the dog's point of view. You're locking him in prison and he doesn't understand why. Anxiety and stress will only make the problem worse.

Find a way to get him in your room next to your bed at night. Put him in his crate and tie it with a shoestring or something. It's easy to make a crate secure. Dogs don't have hands.

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If you don't get up really early (like 7:30), set your alarm for as soon as the sun comes up and take him out.

Your dog needs a walk every day, and not just to go to the bathroom. Walk him around his neighborhood for thirty minutes a day. Many people think small dogs do not require walks, but they do, the same as big dogs. A small dog can get really anxious if it doesn't know "what's out there." Smelling the neighborhood and marking his territory is just part of being a dog.

And be sure the dog is with somebody during the day and not always in doggie prison.

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