House Trained Dog Pooping Inside Since Move

I have a Chihuahua that I've had for about 6 years now, but 6 months ago we moved to a new house and since then she has been acting really weird. When she goes outside, since we moved here, we have a hard time getting her into the grass and even when she does go into the grass she won't potty. She goes pee, but not poop.

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At first it wasn't really that big of a deal because if I let her run a round enough she would go, but the longer we have lived here the worse it's getting. I have to pick her up and put her in the grass cause she won't go by herself and when I do this all she does is sniff around, but won't go potty.

It's really starting to aggravate me. I had her potty trained at a very young age and recently she's been going potty in her bed and in the house which she has never done before. I thought she was doing this because she wasn't use to the house, but this isn't the first time we've moved and it's been 6 months now and like I said it's getting worse and I don't know what to do.

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March 17, 20180 found this helpful

I think something must have scared her when she was outside. You will have to start training her all over.

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March 18, 20180 found this helpful

So a chihuahua is a small dog, and though they can be the feistiest of the dog breeds, they are still small dogs and prey.

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Are you in an area that has coyotes, racoons, owls, or other threateniing wildlife? I would bet your dog smells something- some big scary animal left its scent and your dog is reacting. Try to be vigilant and find the source of the 'threat' and it might go a big way towards solving your problem

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March 19, 20180 found this helpful

I agree with others that something is spooking your dog outside. Retraining is probably what you will need to do. You could put up a game camera outside to see what may be showing up while you are not looking. You also could consider puppy pads temporarily for the dog while you do your retraining. You also might consider a good high privacy fence for the yard you want your dog to use. Keep in mind that some unwelcome visitors can scale a privacy fence in a heartbeat (raccoons, coyotes) Coyotes can be deadly to small dogs.

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March 19, 20180 found this helpful

Not sure if one of your neighbors has a large dog, or you have rodents in and around your home. But whatever it is, your dog is afraid of them. This could be a smell from another dog that lived there in the past, a large rodent, or other large dogs in the area.

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You will more than likely have to be right next to the dog to stop this from happening. You may even need to put her on her leash when you take her outside. Or instead of using your yard, you may need to take her for walks so she can go outside and not in your home anymore.

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