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Old 06-22-2018, 11:37 PM
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Housebreaking issue

We recently adopted a pit-bull mix dog. She's about 3-4 years old, per our vet. We've had her for two months. Overall, things are going very well. When we initially got her she had some issues with pooping in the crate (this caused her so much anxiety we could not keep her in it), the mudroom (where we kept her), etc.

Recently, when I leave the house (even if for only a little while), I come back to stains on my rug that are clearly from poop. I'm sorry-this is gross, but, I believe she's pooping and eating it. I have no idea what I can do to deter this. She never has accidents when we're home. I let her out faithfully before I ever leave the house. She has no issue with pooping outside.

I could put her back in the mudroom, but, I think she is doing it there, too.

Any suggestions?
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If, and it's a big if, she's not also trying to clean up the yard for y'all, I'm betting that someone corrected her for pooping in the house by rubbing her nose in it. When that's done to a dog it can cause some of them to try and get rid of the evidence so that they don't get in trouble. To them it's the poop in the house that they are being punished for and not the act of pooping in the house.

Have you tried videoing her when you are gone to see how she's behaving and what's leading up to her having accidents? Soiling in the house can be caused by high anxiety and it's not something that the dog is purposely doing. I had one who would pee in the house even if I was only gone for 10 minutes. Before leaving I'd let him outside, watch him pee, bring him back in, leave for 10 min and by the time I got back there'd be a puddle on the floor. Lessening his anxiety fixed the problem.

For your girl I'd make sure her colon was empty before leaving her, take her for a long walk and hopefully she'll go a couple of times, letting her out in the backyard to potty is not going to be enough. That should lessen the pooing in the house. The other thing walking her will do is wear her out a bit so that she's likely to nap, and less likely to get into trouble.

If you film her and find out she is really anxious there are things you can try that can help and at least one book that is full of a lot of useful advice.
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