Previously Housebroken Dog Has Started Urinating and Defecating in the House

I have a 11 year old female golden Lab, who over the last few months has been urinating and pooping in the house. This is since my daughter has moved back in the house with her boyfriend and baby. Could this be psychological or her age? What can we do?


By Chris from Chicago, IL

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful
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It could be stress related for the dog especially at the age it is. Also, just a coincidence maybe that a health issue is present near the same time the household change took place. I'd check with a vet just in case.

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January 28, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you guys for your advice! I actually changed her food to a brand with no corn or wheat and only filled her water bowl half way. She has not had an accident since. And she is warming up to the new baby, she used to stay away from him. We also just moved into a house from an apartment, with a large fenced yard, she now has free reign and can potty at her leisure. Again, thank you for your feedback, it was indeed helpful.

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October 20, 20180 found this helpful

I have had three dogs, at the beginning each of them used to poop in the house, but whenever we saw them starting o trying to poop in the house, i just said "NOO _____ (my dog name) not there, do it outside" and take him outside and after doing it for about a week he started going outside by himself. the same thing when peeing , every day in the morning when they wake up the do some streches and inmedietely pee, try to pay attention when they wake up and take them out when they are about to pee. Even at midnight when my dogs wants to pee the go outside and come back. Try it by yourself.


I have also being teaching my dogs multiple tricks by my self, and i can asure you, my dog likes playing A LOT, but whenever i ask him to sit or do any specific order he does it. People turn their eyesinto us because he is always playing with me and he really likes responding to my commands, it looks like he is even happier when i ask him to sit and he does it, after doing every trick , it looks like he smiles and comes to me so i can hug him, like saying "we did it". I have also bought a simple course that has helped me a lot, if you want you can check it out here I really love my Dog. Take care of yours. Good luck guys!

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