House Trained Dog Peeing and Pooping Inside?

I have a 6 year old dog and now an 8 year old rescue. Both are potty trained, but I keep finding pee and poo in one room (and other rooms when it rains). I don't know which dog it is (sensing my first) so I scold both. Then I feel guilty. I have a dog door to a dog run and wonder if my first dog doesn't like the new dog's smell? Or is it anger? It's not medical. I thought it was the area rug being marked, but I got rid of it and now it's happening on the hardwood floors.


I'm losing my mind as I care for a special needs daughter and a toddler and have a highly stressful life. Please help me; I'm in tears. The rescue seems to like outdoors and his kennel - should I put him in one or the other when I'm not home? Then at least I'll know who's doing it? Help :(

By Jamie F from San Diego, CA

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January 24, 20150 found this helpful

Had the same problem, expensive solution: buy motion sensor cameras and install them all over the house, cheap solution: feed beets with his regular food to one dog at a time until you see redish poop in your house, then stop and feed the other dog, if you don't see red poop you got your guilty dog if you do then is both of them so you don't need to feel guilty... Not the perfect solution but it is effective.

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April 13, 20150 found this helpful

I really feel for you. I'm a senior and adopted 2 Yorkie mix dogs in Feb. They were from the same home (or puppy mill). I think one is trained. (Can't be 100% sure). I've used a large crate from the beginning with puppy pads. That works pretty well while they are in there. Sometimes it's even dry in the morning.


I just keep trying things that might help from suggestions from others. The doggie diapers help the most and very frequent outdoor trips. Lots of praise when they pee outside. They have stopped pooping inside. Yea!! I was told never to scold but sometimes I'm so frustrated that I can't help it. I do give them lots of love and affection because I have the time to. They are fitting in with 14 1/2 year old poodle mixed-with-adorable blond beauty but that took some time also. I've been told it's a long, slow road and I'm committed because I truly love them already. They are just so precious.

One thing I read is that they like being in a small room instead of a crate. I have a pantry type room off my kitchen that I cleaned out yesterday. I covered up the floor with a shower curtain (for accidents) Then used a section of my wonderful dog pen from Amazon with the door section over the door of the room.


The dogs seem to like it and this morning it was all dry in there, even the puppy pad so I'm hopeful this was a good move. I just keep on keeping on and loving them.

I decided when I took on the responsibility that if it proved too much for me and I had to take them back to the shelter that I would not feel guilty! At least they would have had the experience of a loving home and the benefit of consistent care and good nutrition for however long I was able to keep them. They have come so far and other than the problem with the urinating in the house they are perfect pets.

I keep a diaper on Coke whenever he is out and about. (The other one is Pepsi) I'm 99% sure the Cokie is the culprit. Given your situation with a special needs child and a toddler I wonder if it might be wise to consider plan B. I know how hard it is because I had to do it once when my 4 children were small. It was just too overwhelming. You can find me on facebook (Angie Bray) if you'd like to talk some more. God bless you.

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