Dog Pooping in House?

Dog Pooping in HouseI recently rescued a 2.5 year old Shih Tzu who had been used for breeding. She is lovely and has settled in well with my 4 year old miniature Schnauzer. I take them out for long walks every day, morning and early evening. I also leave the patio door open most of the day, weather permitting. One of them is pooping every night in the house. I have started feeding them early in the day and then nothing, but a couple of treats which sometimes works, but not always. I end up telling them both off as I dont know which one it is. How can I find out which one it is and what do I do about it? I would appreciate any advice.


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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

The fact that she is a rescue who was seemingly in a bad situation makes this a difficult case.

The only way to fix this is to catch her in the act, and with a firm but gentle voice startle her out of it (such as by saying NO!) and then quickly take her to the pad where you want her to defecate.

When she successfully completes the poo, give her praise and a treat.

You must really be vigilant, though. Scolding them after the fact is not only useless but kind of harmful. They can tell you're displeased and don't really know why because dogs are very much in-the-moment creatures. You need to basically spy on them for a whole day to figure out who's doing it, and then proceed accordingly.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Why don't you borrow a video babycam from someone? You will find out very quickly who the culprit is and crate it at night until it is retrained.

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