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Old 11-28-2015, 12:30 AM
 
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My dog has started pooping in the house at night

We have had our cockapoo for just over a year. She is about 18 months old. She was housetrained when we got her.

For the last two weeks she has been pooping on the carpet during the night. We walk her 3-4 times per day, and take her outside before bed (around midnight) to give her a chance to relieve herself.

We have moved her supper time back an hour, to 4:30 pm and we are trying to keep her from eating the grass cuttings at the park. Although the grass seems to improve her stools, I was thinking she was filling up essentially on another meal and couldn't make it through the night.

While it bugs me that she is doing this, the worst is that she doesn't give us a chance to take her outside. She sleeps in my bed, and my only signal is if I notice her jumping off. Last night, she woke up but wouldn't come downstairs with me to go outside so I thought she was okay but as soon as I went into the bathroom myself, she soiled the family room carpet!

Why, all of a sudden? And how can we get her to let us know she needs out?
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Have you taken your dog to the vet yet? I think I would start with an exam to rule out any medical conditions.
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Thanks Susan. We haven't gone to the vet yet. The fact that I was waiting to take her out the back door and she opted instead to poop on my carpet and that she is showing no other changes in her mood or health make me quite certain that this is a behavioural issue.

For the last two days we have been careful about what, when, and how much she eats, and we got through the night. Yay. But this morning, I took her out first thing and after a quick pee she wanted to go inside. I made her stay out, and sure enough, she did her other business, but she would have been quite happy to go in the house even though she still needed to move her bowels.

I will still count today as a small victory
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I would still get her checked out by the vet just to be certain it's no medical issue.

If it is behavioral I would go back to housetraining basics for a few weeks. Never left unsupervised and if you can't watch her, she should either be in her crate/x-pen or puppy safe space. Especially at night, since that seems to be the time she's most apt to have an accident. Maybe even just closing her in your room might be enough, she may think of the whole room as her space and not go in there. If not you may have to crate her at night for a few nights.

When you get her to go outside make a big deal of it. Give her a really tasty treat or two and lots of praise. Try that for a week or two, she should pick it up again fairly quickly. Keep giving her treats when she poops outside for about a month and then fade them out and you should be good to go.

Also make sure you thoroughly cleaned the spots she went in with nature's miracle or something similar.
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I hate to say it, but a lot of housebreaking issues comes down to too much freedom. If it's not a medical condition(always needs to be a consideration with behavioral issues), it very well could be that she doesn't recognize the places she is using the potty as "living space". Dogs will naturally not want to soil their living space. The entire house isn't always defined in their minds as living space.

That's why limiting her living space can be effective. Whether that's crate training, x-pen, confinement to a single room, etc. Limit her space to only the space she considers living space and she should have less accidents.

An enzymatic cleaner is pretty much a must to get rid of evidence of "mistakes".
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Just wanted to pop back in to say thank you. Touching wood, but we are 4 days accident free.

We have done a combination of things, including an earlier supper time, not allowing the grazing of the grass clump smorgasbord in the park, blocking off the upstairs hallway to reduce living area, and being ultra attentive to the slightest sign of urgency.

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