My Dog has Started Pooping Every Night in the House. Any Advice How I Stop This Behaviour?

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Q: She is a 6 yr old Lab/Rotty cross and has been house trained since she was a puppy, but in the last 3 weeks, I get up to find a mess every morning. She is walked 2-3 times a day and has access to the garden at night before we go to bed, yet she is still doing it. I am pretty sure it’s a behavioral issue as even though she is sometimes on her own during the day when we are at work, she never does it then. Nothing in her routine has changed so I just can’t understand it.

I have a 20 month old daughter and a baby on the way so if this continues I’m afraid we will have to find a new home for her. Any advice on how to overcome this would be really appreciated as she is one of the family and we would hate to lose her. Thanks.

The dog really does get a lot of attention and although Im sure she is aware of the changes at home she still gets tons of attention and exercise, my husband is self employed so is home lots of the day and when he is’nt he pops home at intervals to check on her. We also have a dog ‘nanny’ who takes care of her when we are going to be out for any long periods. We all go for walks as a family as often as we can and the dog is never walked less than 1 1/2 hours a day – usually much more, my husband loves to be out with her and our daughter as often as possible! She is spayed and her last meal of the day is usually about 4pm just before her evening walk. We have been punishing her by putting her outside for longer and longer periods and although she seems to know she has done wrong she is still doing it. I hate to be thinking like this but I just can’t have two children under two and a messy dog to contend with.

A: I had the same problem with my dog. I tried this routine and it worked perfectly. Never take your dog out for more than she has to. If you take her out 5 times a day, stick to 5 times. Every time she (Let’s call her skip) Skip makes a mess, bring her to the area she made it in. Make sure she sees it and then say "No Skip! BAD DOG!" Then give her a swat on the back. It’s not gonna kill her. If ur one of those people who’re like "OMIGAWSH!! ANIMAL ABUSER!!" Then instead of a light swat, get a newspaper and hit the ground beside him instead. If you catch her in the act of the crime, even better, while she’s relieving herself say, "Bad Skip!" And do the same thing. After she’s finished, TAKE HER OUT. When she’s relieving herself outside, praise her and give her a treat. After a few weeks, or a few days, however long it takes her to stop, gradually stop using the treat. I used this routine with my dog, and she never made a mess in the house after that. PS. CLEAN UP THE PLACE WHERE SHE MADE THE MESS VERY WELL AFTER HE MAKES IT!!! This is VERY important because one of the reasons why she might be pooping inside is because she might smell her previous mess and think it’s ok to poop inside. So make sure you clean it VERY well!!! Hope this helps!

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15 Responses to “My Dog has Started Pooping Every Night in the House. Any Advice How I Stop This Behaviour?”

  1. alambre_ibizan_hounds Says:

    maybe something is wrong with her… perhaps you should take her to the vet for an exam….

    is she spayed?

    heat cycles can cause girls to mess in the house
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  2. mommybaby3 Says:

    The baby on the way you dog is not getting the attention she used to getting she already used to you older child but try to spend a lttle more time until the baby come and she will get used to the baby her self.
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  3. mylo101 Says:

    I would call your vet before you decide to get rid of her, this could be something to do with her bowels…Get her checked out first.
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  4. doodisgurl Says:

    stop feeding her about an hour or so before she has her last walk. that way what she eats has time to digest and come out in the yard not the house. she may also be getting into old age which is going to cause her to loose control of her bowls.
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  5. big dog owner Says:

    Personally, I think its the small changes that you may not think are noticeable. Your body is changing with being pregnant, your moods are changing, your 20 month old is growing and her routines are changing. Its these small changes that can disrupt a dog. I would first take her to the vet, and make sure she is ok internally. Then, I would begin to reinforce the "go potty" (or whatever you tell her) at night. Even stay out with her until you see her poop. Also, put her in a crate at night.

    My JRT started doing that and I have spent the last few weeks taking him out just before bed, and short of forcing him, I ensure that he poops.

    I have 4 dogs, all are crated at night…its my thing. They don't get into trouble, don't make a mess, and sleep very well at night.
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  6. Bridget S Says:

    Put her in a crate at night. Then take her out first thing in the morning.
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  7. golden Says:

    Rub her nose in it,it wont carry on much longer
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  8. VĂ©ronique K Says:

    You are sure that nothing changed in your routine? Maybe your dog is jealous of your daughter and your pregnancy? You should give your dog enough attention! First how can you have a dog and a kid…. and work? You should take care more of your dog, as a kid… how can you even imagine giving the dog away?
    A dog never goes in his own garden to shit… so go out with your dog and take care of him.
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  9. mups mom Says:

    i would switch the walking/exercise to right before bed since the exercise will encourage her to eliminate and i would not allow her to have the run of the house when not supervised. this is not a reason to get rid of her but a reason to spend more time on training and exercising her. no matter the age, the training is never done.
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  10. rockin_girl456 Says:

    well if the dog poops again you grab the dog bring him to poop area and tell no then you should let him outside. It will take awhile untill she understands it. My dog did the same thing but after awhile he finally understand not to do it.
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  11. maxmom Says:

    It sounds like you should rethink the "nothing has changed" part.

    She wouldn't just start doing this for no reason.

    Have you changed her food? My 7 yr. old cocker mix cannot tolerate food changes that are not done very gradually. He could when he was younger, but not anymore.

    Is your 20 month old "sharing" snacks? Kids think it's fun to share food that may not agree with the dog.

    It sounds like a long walk before bed could solve the problem, and no treats/snacks after dinner for the dog.

    Bottom line, what goes in must come out. You will need to figure out the timing, but this can be corrected.

    The dog I mentioned above will have accidents if anything in his routine changes. It helps to keep him confined for a few nights so he cannot access the "poop" area.
    Use an enzyme odor remover to make the the smell is gone.
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  12. Betty Says:

    I had the same problem with my dog. I tried this routine and it worked perfectly.
    Never take your dog out for more than she has to. If you take her out 5 times a day, stick to 5 times.
    Every time she (Let's call her skip) Skip makes a mess, bring her to the area she made it in. Make sure she sees it and then say "No Skip! BAD DOG!" Then give her a swat on the back. It's not gonna kill her. If ur one of those people who're like "OMIGAWSH!! ANIMAL ABUSER!!" Then instead of a light swat, get a newspaper and hit the ground beside him instead.
    If you catch her in the act of the crime, even better, while she's relieving herself say, "Bad Skip!" And do the same thing. After she's finished, TAKE HER OUT. When she's relieving herself outside, praise her and give her a treat. After a few weeks, or a few days, however long it takes her to stop, gradually stop using the treat.
    I used this routine with my dog, and she never made a mess in the house after that.
    PS. CLEAN UP THE PLACE WHERE SHE MADE THE MESS VERY WELL AFTER HE MAKES IT!!! This is VERY important because one of the reasons why she might be pooping inside is because she might smell her previous mess and think it's ok to poop inside. So make sure you clean it VERY well!!!
    Hope this helps!
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  13. AussieMom Says:

    First I want to make a point about the punishing the dog comments people have made. Dogs are dogs and not people. You have up to 2 seconds after a dog does something for them to understand the punishment is for that act. Rubbing their nose in it or swatting them 5 minutes later will only confuse them. There is a possibility of causing aggression to a dog that will no longer go "potty" in front of you.
    She sounds like a very lucky dog, but something is wrong. First I would look at the dog food. Companies will change formulas without noting it on the packaging. Maybe she has found another source of food. Also a lot of the dog food found in grocery stores and discount store contain more filler than actual food, causing the dog to have more waste. Second I would change her sleeping arrangements. Mine are crated at night. They go in last thing at night and are out first thing in the morning. You could also use a small room in the house like a bathroom. Third, I would take her in to the vet to see if something medically is wrong. Fourthly I would call in a CPDT.
    I hope this helps!
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    I have 3 dogs ( a 12 year old and two 3 year olds), 1 cat (15 years old), one 14 month old toddler and a husband that puts up with us.

  14. nipper Says:

    Leave it outside at night. It's a dog not a baby.
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  15. Cristie Says:

    I am having the same problem with my dog that we have had for over 3 years now. All of a sudden she is using the bathroom in the house, but in rooms that we are not in very often. I seem to believe that she is doing it at night while we are sleeping. She is let outside numerous times a day, and always as soon as we get up and right before bed. The only change in our routine is that my 6 year old son (whom she loves) has been gone for most of the summer so far. I am thinking that she is doing this just because of the change in that situation. I am going to start putting her in her cage when we are sleeping to see if that solves the problem. I am hoping so, because we rent and the only reason the LandLord allowed us to have a dog is because she was so well house trained.

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