Training a Dog to Not Poop Inside

February 17, 2011

Cute dog sitting next to poopWe adopted an 18 month old Cocker Spaniel around 3 months ago. She goes all night with no problems and in the morning she does her business fairly quickly. We take her out a least 6 times a day and we walk her around a mile every day. She seems to poop around 3 or 4 times a day. Is that a problem? She does poop in the living room a least once every day or two. Can anyone help?


By Michael from Media, PA


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Is she doing her business the same time daily? If so, take her outdoors and walk her awhile at the time. You might get lucky and she'll emliminate outdoors. Also, she's used to the carpet and there may be hidden residue that keeps drawing her to the carpet. Watch her closely as she circles around the room deciding where to drop her bomb. Then take her outdoors at this point.

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Try collecting some poop & placing it in an area of your garden that you want her to do it. Leave it there until she gets the message, take her out to that spot each time you take her outdoors, often dogs poop just after eating a big meal for the day & in the mornings.


Cleanse carpet totally so that no smells linger of previous mess. Steam clean or use baking soda mixed with white vinegar & water, not disinfectant as this has ammonia in it which smells like urine to them & will continue to attract the dog to that spot. Good luck.

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March 18, 2018

I rescued a Bassett Hound from the street about 7 weeks ago. She was very malnourished and deprived of food. I have been giving her Royal Canin which has helped with her weight. The vet said she is about 1.5 - 2 years old.

My problem with her is the frequency she goes potty. She consistently poops 6-7 times a day. Recently she has started pooping in my bedroom right after I take her inside from pooping outside. She has pooped in my bedroom after doing the same thing outside for 2 straight days now. I'm beginning to lose my patience with how much she potties and her pooping in my room. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated.


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A lot of thoughts and questions come to mind reading your post. It is frustrating not knowing this dogs history. You will have to get to know this dog a lot better before you can solve her problem. I guess the 1st question I would ask is, do you want to work hard at this problem? You will need to work with your Vet to see if it is a physical problem, worms, disease, allergies to food, other illnesses. Then you will need to consider behavioral problems that are pretty common with rescue animals.


Any number of these potential problems can take awhile to work through. If you decide it is more than you want to take on, consider a good no kill rescue or Humane Society. If you decide to work through this, I would start with a hypoallergenic diet. You might try adding a teaspoon to a tablespoon of pumpkin to the food to firm up the stool. Then I would go over the possibilities with my Vet and see what he or she suggests. Clearly there will be some trial and error. Good luck to you.

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October 6, 2017

I recently adopted a Pit Bull from someone I knew. She does really well peeing on a leash and not having accidents in the house, but she has not pooped outside once since I've had her. She has pooped in the house around the same spot every time and in her crate when I leave her for even 30 minutes.

I take her out 3-4 times a day and feed her around the same times every day, but she still poops in the house. I'll take her for a walk, and once we get inside if I look away for a minute she has already pooped in the house. How can I train her so she doesn't do this anymore?


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Do you know if she was doing this before you adopted her? You do not say the age of your dog so if she is still a puppy then this could still be part of her training period.


  • Dogs (and cats) do not like change - it seems to confuse them and they may not know just how to handle it.
  • If this dog was previously trained to poop outside then the change in living areas could be part of the problem.
  • Be sure she has an unconfined place to do her job outside and maybe in the same area.
  • If there is an area that you can sit and read or? while your dog is nearby that may be a way to spend a longer time outside and let her be relaxed with no pressure to do her "job". Ignore her during this time but have a nice treat ready if she does her job.
  • Vets/trainers always caution - no scolding allowed as they do not really understand what they are doing wrong but they do understand happy praise.
  • Outings should be taken within 15 - 30 minutes after she eats and her mealtime should be about the same time everyday.
  • Whereever she has used the bathroom inside should be cleaned thoroughly as they can smell things that we do not and as long as the odor is there, she will return.

  • Block off the whole area if possible.
  • If she is using the same blankets/towels in her crate with only a good washing then you may have to add bleach or other strong cleaner to thoroughly remove any previous scent. Clean the floor under the crate also.
  • Someone suggested taking the towels from the crate and place them outside to see what she does.
  • If these are the same as she used from her previous home you may have to change them for new ones.
  • Sometimes having a bowl of water outside also helps to slow a dog down and get them ready to look for a suitable place to wee and poop.

No two dogs react the same way to change or training so it will probably take time and a lot of patience but she will learn so give her a nice hug and keep trying different tactics.

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July 24, 2016

I have a Golden Retriever, 10 months old, who poops in the house. If he is taken outside, he doesn't do it, but right after coming back he does. How do I train him.


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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

You can crate train him, by keeping him in a crate, and letting him out under supervision: "Crate training takes advantage of your dog's natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog's den is their homea place to sleep, hide from danger and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog's den, where they can find comfort and solitude while you know theyre safe and secure (and not shredding your house while you're out running errands)."


There are other training methods, but whatever you employ, you need constant vigilance.

The thing to do would be 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.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

PetSmart has training classes. I would take my dog. Once he responds to commands, he will take to potty training.

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My dog always poops in the house. How do I get her to stop without crating?

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