House Trained Dog Peeing and Pooping Inside

I have a 3 year old Pit mix. I've had him for over 2 years. He is fully house trained. I recently started dating a guy and my dog goes with me to his house. My dog is now peeing and pooping in his basement. He has never done this before. I don't get it; he doesn't let me know he needs to go out or anything. He just does it. He used to have a cat, but not anymore and also lives in a townhouse with dogs next door.

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September 10, 20171 found this helpful

You have changed your dog's routine and he is confused. Your dog could also be marking his territory in a new environment. In cases like this, you will need to rehouse train your dog. It is up to you to house break him again in this new environment. You will need to:

Step 1
Take your dog outside for frequent walks during your stay at your boyfriend's home.

Step 2
Confine your dog to an area when you are at his home. You might need to keep him in a crate or in the bathroom until he stops peeing and pooping in his home.

Step 3
Every two to three hours, take your dog outside to go to the bathroom. Walk him around and let him get used to the new area.

Step 4
Don't punish the dog by hitting him or scolding him. This will only make it worse for you. However, when the dog goes outside to the bathroom, praise him and maybe give him a small treat.

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This will help get your dog used to the new environment and stop going to the bathroom in your boyfriend's basement.

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September 10, 20170 found this helpful

Believe it or not, having a cat around previously could cause this to happen. Even having a big change in scenery for the dog can cause this to happen. Plus, remember than not all houses are created equal. Just because a dog is trained in one house, doesnt mean they are trained in another. Every time you go to a new location, pretend your dog is a puppy who needs to learn that the bathroom is in the yard, not inside.

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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

First you need to find out why he is doing this in the house.Here is a link to a good dog trainer from people with same problem.

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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

This is a new territory for your dog. There are "phantom" animals around- a cat he still smells and next door dogs he can smell and clearly hear but can't always see. These animals were there first and so he is not confident.
Take the dog out for walks around the new neighborhood. Let him smell and see everything. He won't be so intimidated if he knows things aren't going to jump out of the shadows.

Cleaning and removing the cat smell is important.
Also, do you stick him in the basement just when you leave? Or does he go down there following smells?
It may be a good idea to limit access to areas he's been going for now. Keep him near you where he feels safe until he's "warmed up" to the new area.

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