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House Trained Puppy Pooping Inside?

We have a 10 month old dog who has been a dream dog. He has a great personality, was house trained in a very short time, and is very social. He has been restricted to our very large kitchen and den day and night, is crated at night and hasn't had an accident in these rooms since about 2 weeks after he came home with us at age 9 weeks. He has been very hesitant to come out of the kitchen into the dining room and living room, but will occasionally for short snippets of time. Recently, he has gone into the dining room and living room and left us some "gifts" on the floor (both hardwood and rug). I don't know if he associates only the kitchen/den as inside and everywhere else in the house is considered outside or what's going on. We want him to feel free to roam around when we're home, but we're now afraid to open up the gate that blocks him in the kitchen/den area. He's walked outside several times a day. He hadn't done this until recently. Any ideas of how to stop this?

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January 5, 20171 found this helpful

Has there been a change in his schedule? If there has, your puppy may be confused. In any case, get a product like Nature's Miracle, which will remove the odor. Your puppy has marked his territory, and will keep going back to that same spot unless you neutralize the odor.

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January 6, 20171 found this helpful

I think your puppy may be confused because he is restricted to only 2 rooms in the house. I would think that as he begins to associate the remainder of the house as his territory too you will see this behavior go away.

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

You say he has been "restricted" to your kitchen and den and crated at night - has something changed recently or has he always been free to go to the dining and living room area?

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As already stated - the area where he has left "gifts" will have to be thoroughly cleaned and any odor removed - hard to do - but there are inexpensive products that help with this.

Have you tired walking him through these areas a couple of times before going on his walks. Sometimes just a casual trip a few different times will help them get over whatever fear they have for that area.

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