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September 17, 2015

My boyfriend moved in with me and my dog 3 weeks ago. Zoe is completely house broken and has been since she was 3 months old. She is now 20 months. When Rick comes home she quickly changes and tucks her tail almost like she is scared and drops poop.

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Rick has never done anything wrong in fact he hasn't even touched her, she won't allow it. She is not aggressive towards him, but appears scared and drops poop, while starring him down and staying away. Why?

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September 18, 20150 found this helpful
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Something has happened between your boyfriend and your dog. and it is not good. Your dog is telling you loud and clear. It is possible she has been abused by other men, and fears all men. If that is not likely, she has a problem with your boyfriend. When I was dating, if my dog didn't like the guy, he was history. Dogs are the best judge of character I know. Don't make your dog live in fear. Find a new home for one of them.

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September 19, 20150 found this helpful
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This is a sign of fear.
It is possible that Rick is innocent, so don't show him the door just yet. One of your previous boyfriends might have harmed her psychologically.

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Rick will have to be on board with this to straighten it out. His body language is probably all wrong. He should sit on the floor, hands relaxed and limp, and not look at the dog. Just near the dog. You can do this while watching tv if he doesn't get too distracted to remember: No broad gestures with hands or arms.
Eventually she'll get used to him just being there and not being harmful. But it might be a while for her to warm up to him.

He should NEVER: Try to pet her, lean over her, or talk directly to her. He should not try to play with her.

He should: Feed her whenever he's there and it's time.

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August 31, 2011

My 6 year old Maltese is potty trained and has started pooping on the floor at any given time. We are a busy family, but nothing has recently changed. There is no certain time that this problem takes place. Can anyone help?

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By SWS

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful
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Maybe your dog feels like it is not getting enough attention. Have everyone share their time a little more each day. Also, take the dog out more often, especially right after eating. Try to make it be a good walk with the person taking it out, for a little special one on one time for your dog. Good luck!

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful
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If it keeps up, be sure and take her to the vet and rule out a physical condition. She may have developed a problem with her digestive system or can't control her functions anymore.

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January 29, 2017

My Chihuahua Yorkie breed is trained to go outside, but he continues to poop on the beds in the house. It's not just one, it's all three beds that I have.

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Also his hair is falling out by his bum area, but it feels as if it was shaved but it wasn't.

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April 3, 2014

We rescued an 8 year old Chihuahua mix. She's been with us 3 weeks. She was outdoor potty and piddle pad trained by the foster mom. She never has an accident peeing, but a couple of times now she's pooped in the house. If she can't get out she uses the piddle pad to pee, but only once has she used the pad to poop. We get her outside often during the day. I'm a little concerned how do I reinforce her to either poop outside or use the pad?

By Louise M.

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April 4, 20140 found this helpful
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Scoop up her poop and place it in the area of garden that you would like her to go - leave it there for a while - each time you take her out put her face near the poop to get the scent. After meals is a common time to poop , usually within 1/2 hr with my dog or during exercise.

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Never physically punish the wee one as this may already of happened to it and she may fear you. By the look of this wee dog it will be well worth the trouble to keep her - it is adorable & will return the love you give it 10 fold.
Best wishes

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May 3, 2013

How do we stop our 6 year old dog from pooping and peeling when left home with our 10 year dog? We have a doggie door that they use.

By Caron

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May 4, 20130 found this helpful
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You never said how long this has been happening and in any case if they have both used the "doggy door" before. I suggest you consult your Veterinarian to see if your Dog has a Bladder problem. Good luck.

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February 26, 2015

My mini Schnauzer is almost 4 years old and fully house trained. He used to come to my bed, if we're sleeping, to wake me up to take him out. He no longer does this and poops on the floor. He is very aware that he is wrong because he hides after he does it. Why is this happening now?

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By Shirley

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February 26, 20150 found this helpful
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Perhaps your dog has a medical problem and is not able to come to you in time. Please take him to your vet to check on any problem. Your vet will also provide a solution to help you help your dog.

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February 27, 20150 found this helpful
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Make sure you are walking your dog. It's easy to think that mini and toy breeds can be indoors all the time except for potty breaks, but this can actually cause a fear of the outdoors. Make sure you walk your dog around the neighborhood every day so he doesn't get the idea that something scary is out there.

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July 18, 2013

Recently my boyfriend and I moved into a new house. My 4 year old dog had been living at my parents house for the past year because of our living situation. He never pooped and peed inside and now for the past 3 weeks he has pooped and peed inside everyday. He goes outside and does his business as well. He is a amazing dog and I know he is having separation anxiety as well because he is trying to escape by tearing at the windows. He is ruining our new carpet. What should I do? I don't want to send him back to my parents.

By Anissa o.

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July 20, 20130 found this helpful
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Sounds like hes stressed,any leftover smells from pets living there previously? I'd have carpet cleaned with vinegar and go back to basics using a crate to make him feel safe and to aid in training again. Also check for cats or dogs etc. hanging around within view of the windows. Good luck and have patience, moving can be very stressful for a pet.

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July 21, 20130 found this helpful
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I moved last year into my childhood home after both parents passed. Before I moved, I took my 2 dogs there several times just so it would be familiar with them when we made the final move. Also, give them things that are familiar to them such as all toys, bedding, or anything they had living with your parents. Try to keep them busy while they get used to all the new things there. Give them lots of love and attention. Remember how stressful moving is for you because it's the same for our pets too.

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June 30, 2013

I have a four year old mixed terrier. She is a loving dog and has so much love to give, but when she doesn't get her own way she does the toilet on the floor. Sometimes she tries to hide it other times she doesn't. This doesn't happen often, but is starting to become more and more of an everyday thing.

She has moved houses a few times in the last few years, but it's gotten worse since we got to our new house. The previous owner did not have a dog, cat, or another pet in the house and we have washed the floors countless times just in case its to do with a scent she doesn't like.

She gets walked three times a day, once in the morning, once when we arrive home after our working day and finally just before we go to bed and successfully does the toilet.

Recently she has became a wee jealous soul always wanting to be up on the couch or up on the bed and doesn't take a telling when we tell her to get down. She also doesn't like being left alone and starts barking and howling then does the toilet all over the floor and it seems she like shes doing it on purpose.

So recently we got a wee kitten and things have just gone from bad to worse. The dog doesn't listen to anything and ignores us and turns hear back on us and pretends to not hear us. She keeps us up all night jumping up and down on the bed and still does the toilet all over the place.

I really don't know what to do. We give both of them the same amount of attention and love, but nothing is getting any better.

By Kris

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July 5, 20130 found this helpful
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It sounds to me like your dog may be developing anxiety problems. Because she is upset when you leave her alone. That is one of the 1st signs of this problem, which is pretty common. Look up separation anxiety in dogs. You will find many ways to deal with it. Good luck to you.

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July 10, 20130 found this helpful
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animals are not like people, they really don't know they are doing wrong, they are just doing what they do. The best way I have found to get good behavior is to reward it well and ignore bad behavior so it is not repeated. I think she is hiding it because she is so confused. We potty trained our dogs so that they could go whenever they wanted or needed to go and all we had to do was pick up the paper and throw it out. None of my dogs have ever had a bladder infection from trying to hold in their business nor have we had messes to clean up or have we had to rush home to make sure they got out. She can still learn to do this:-) It will be a lot easier on both of you:-)

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June 20, 2013

My dog is only about 6 months old, but has been going faithfully on the puppy pad until recently! Now he just goes anywhere. I put his nose in it and spank him, then place him on the puppy pad. The one day he did go on the puppy pad I cheered him on and gave him a treat. But the next day he was back to peeing on the floor. Hitting him is just making him aggressive. But he is suddenly going all over the house. It is making me so frustrated! I'm pregnant and I don't want him to be aggressive when the baby gets here. I don't know what to do. And I always feel bad for hitting him. Help please.

By Ebonie O.

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June 23, 20130 found this helpful
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Rubbing his nose in it and spanking him teaches your dog that you will hurt him at any time for no reason. Is that the message you want to send? Correcting your dog within 10 seconds connects the deed with the message, but is hard to do. You need to look into some retraining techniques (many available on this site) and be one step ahead of your puppy in correcting his behavior. Your are wise to see that you risk creating an aggressive dog by using cruel training methods that dont work. I hope you are able to find a method that works for both of you. Some patience, and being well informed will be helpful to you as a new parent. Good luck to you all.

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June 25, 20130 found this helpful
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DO NOT hit your puppy... ever! You are teaching him to be afraid of you and he will not trust you. Hitting any animal is cruel. Please have patience with him or give him to a person that will take care of him and train him properly. I am sorry to sound so harsh but so many animals are mis-treted for things they know nothing about.

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June 11, 2013

We just adopted a kitten and our 14 yr old dog has started to pee in the house. Is this jealousy or a health problem? We have never had to deal with a house trained dog suddenly doing this.

By Liz M.

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June 13, 20130 found this helpful
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Sounds like jealousy but to be on the safe side with a geriatric dog, schedule a check-up with the vet. It could be your dog has a UTI or other illness and only the vet can say for sure.

Meanwhile, see if spending extra 'just me and the dog' time helps reassure your canine fur-baby that he/she isn't being replaced with a younger, cuter model. I wouldn't punish the dog for the accidents. At 14 year old (really really old in dog years) some dogs develop all kinds of age-related problems they can't control. Punishment will only add to your dog's misery.

Please update when things either improve or you've had a diagnosis from your vet.

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June 23, 20130 found this helpful
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I honestly think it is just a coincidence and perhaps the dog has a health issue. My dog was 17 when she passed and that is a long life for a dog so 14 is pretty darn old too. Just bear with it and love the dog no matter what. He/she needs your support not stress.

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March 10, 2013

My three year old Patterdale terrier is fully house trained and has been since she was a pup. We have not moved houses, changed her diet, or had any stress at home that she could pick up on; however, she has begun to poop on the downstairs rug at night while we are asleep. She appears to be normal in all other aspects and knows that she's wrong in hiding, etc. We take her out on at least 3 long walks a day and she goes out to the lawn in between. Why is she doing this?

By Sob

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March 11, 20130 found this helpful
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Try feeding your dog earlier - around 3-4.30pm in the afternoon. It may then empty it's bowels earlier - outside - before you go to bed.

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March 17, 20130 found this helpful
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Have her anal glands checked. I know it sounds weird but their glands around the anal get clogged with waste and it gives them the feeling of having to "go". Does she scoot on the floor? That is a sure sign. Also if she has any lower back problems it may cause a pressure on her bowels.

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March 17, 2018

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.

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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I have a Jack Russel who sleeps in the bathroom at night. My parents don't allow dogs in the bedrooms however they do let her inside. She is 7 years old. She is trained to do her business outside as I take her out regularly and tell her to do a wee and stay with her until she does one. It is also routine to go straight before bed. However, occasionally in the mornings we wake up to poo in the bathroom, never pee.

She normally goes into the bathroom around 10pm and is taken out around 6am. I normally feed her dry food in the mornings before 10am. How can I stop her from pooping in the bathroom? I thought this was just a puppy phase and she needed to get used to controlling her bladder and sleeping in the bathroom, but she's an adult now and still continues this habit.

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February 26, 20160 found this helpful
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Dogs are social animals. In the wild they sleep all together in a big pile. Your parents can't hardly put the dog in the bathroom all night and expect good behavior. Certainly the dog could sleep with you?

A Jack Russell Terrier is an intelligent breed but they are known for being somewhat willful. They are not generally passive. it's unlikely the dog will take well to being ignored.

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September 19, 2012

I have a wiener dog who is about 5 years old. He never use to go potty in the house except for very rarely. For about 6 months now every few days he will go in the house. I will let him outside along with my other dog many many times during the day and night. We have had both dogs for over a year and they are both adult dogs. They play together and everything so I don't think that it's any problem with the other dog.

I will let the dogs outside and leave them be out there for 20 minutes to a half hour, sometimes longer. Both dogs have had free range of the house until recently. We have gotten a kennel for the wiener dog. He goes in his kennel only when he is naughty, otherwise we allow him to go all over the basement and kitchen (no carpeted areas). They get let out at about 8am and every 2-3 hours during the day and the last time at night is around 2-3am. He doesn't do it at night. Just during the day when we are all home. Sometimes he will go out and come in and within 10 minutes he goes on the carpet.

I don't know what to do. I have tried all the potty training tips that I have used on all my other animals. I give him lots of praise when he goes outside, along with treats. I don't think that it's a medical issue because it's not just pee or poop, it's both sometimes. I'm debating on getting rid of the dog because I can't get him to stop. Please help!

By Amanda

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September 21, 20120 found this helpful
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I imagine you are talking about a Weimaraner and this sudden out of character behaviour can certainly need Veterinary advise. And do you mean they are "crated" and let out to run in a basement because no mention is said about out side in the back-yard? The poor animal could have any number of medical issues that can cause this and the only person qualified to answer this is your Veterinarian.

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July 8, 2012

I was wondering why that my older dog is starting to potty in the house. She is 14 years old, but this just started like 3 weeks ago. How can I stop this? She is housebroken and has been for years. Can you give suggestions to help? Thank you so much.

By Patricia

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July 9, 20120 found this helpful
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If I were you I would start with a trip to the Vet. It could be any number of physical things. Once that is taken care of you can begin to look for behavioral reasons.

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November 1, 2017

My 1 year old dog started pooping in the house. She has had the same routine for a year and just started pooping on the floor when we leave for work or before we wake up. She is use to being let out at 9 at night and not again until we get home from work, as we go to work early. I just don't understand why she's doing it when her routine has been the same since she was little.

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July 27, 2017

Why has my mini Dachshund forgotten she is house trained? She was trained to use puppy pads or to go outside in our pen. I had to be in the hospital for 5 days and my husband took care of the dogs. He said they had several accidents in the house while I was away. We have two female mini Dachshunds. Once one of them started pooping in the house and then the other did. They are driving me crazy because I started even going outside in the pen with them and staying for 10 to 15 minutes outside with them. The first thing in the mornings they do their business outside, but in the afternoon then they will poop in the house. They do go pee on the puppy pad, but poop in the living room on the carpet. What am I doing wrong?

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My 6 yr old hound mix has started pooping in a line both inside and out, but even more troubling is that he is pooping at random in house in no particular order. He is very perky and has a dog door. But even on walks he has to poop a bit then the remainder falls out while walking. He had his anal glands expelled and a lower back X-ray with no abnormalities. But he seems unable to get to dog door any more in time to poop. Ideas welcome. He does not struggle to squat, either.

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January 31, 2017

My 6 month old Chiweenie puppy is trained to go on pad or go outside to potty every time. I put a rug in the bathroom for my shower and he goes on it. He doesn't go on the living room, kitchen, or rug by my bed that he sits on when I'm cooking. He is not allowed to come in kitchen when I'm cooking. Last night he pooped on top of my comforter. He sleeps under the covers on the bed; he is spoiled rotten lol. Help please.

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At this point I'm really not sure what to do. I have a 10 year old pure bred Pug named Cookie. She's trained to do her daily business inside my home on newspaper, due to Pugs having problems with heat that could possibly cause a heat stroke in a very short matter of time.

She's been wonderful doing so since we started training about 2 months after she was born. But recently, she just started pooping and peeing anywhere in the house. Could it possibly be depression? We had another pet Muffin, a Pekingese/Pug mix who has recently passed away going on three months June 11th 2016 due to old age. She was almost 13 years old. They were very, very close. Muffin was 3 years old when we brought Cookie home, and they were inseparable ever since. And once Muffin passed away she became slightly distant, and it just seems like she may of given up on life all together. She's not herself, the baby girl I know. She seems so miserable, and my heart is breaking for her. I don't know if it could be depression, or possibly an illness. I wanted to see if anyone would possibly know what could be happening, before I take her to the vet. I'm not ready for more bad news with my other baby. Please help me.

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