I have had dogs all my life and at the moment we have 2 cats and 2 dogs.
I never had any issues with any of my dogs. All of them were clean and you could/can walk all of them without a leash, etc.. To get to the problem at hand:
We have a strange issue, with our now 2 years old Labrador.
He is clean; we walk him at least twice a day during the day and once more before going to bed. During the day
while inside the house, if he needs to go out he comes to us and makes himself get noticed until we let him out. During the night
it's a different story... he poops inside around once or twice a month.
We have a small bedroom so we do not let the pets sleep with us. However, we thought how to open doors.
If he has to poop during the night, he does not make any noise, does not open the door to come get us... nothing!
We have CCTV and watched the footage many times; he just gets up, walks to the garden door and sits there for about 5-10min.. Then he usually sleeps there for a little while and once he cannot hold it anymore, he simply gets up and goes to the dining table to poop (always in the same area). Once he is done, he just goes back to sleep somewhere.
Watching him on the CCTV, it feels like once we are in our bedroom at night, we are just "gone" for him. He just behaves like we are not home anymore..
We feed them twice a day, around 9am and 6.30-7pm.
We go to bed around midnight, the "before bed walk" being around 30min before we go to bed.
Before I get the usual replies:
-No, he does not only poop inside when he has diarrhea, he did it once or twice, but mostly it's just regular poop.
-We DO walk with him every night before bed until he poops.
-We DO walk with him every day once or twice. When only once then it's about 60-90min, when twice it's about 45-60min each time.
We are really running out of ideas at this point. We will be trying to sleep with our bedroom door open for a week or two and see if he comes to us then.
I really do not want to have to leave him outside during the nights, but if this keeps going I will not really have a choice.
Any tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated!