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Old 10-26-2017, 04:43 PM
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Night pooper issue

Hello all,

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!
Regards,
Steve.
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Can you change his last feeding to about 5pm that will help possibly since it will be in his system longer maybe he can get it all out. Then you can take him outside after he eats and about an hour later. Then before you go to be the same as you always do :-):-)

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You might try to train him to ring a bell. They have doorbells that are battery operated, you can put the bell part in your bedroom, and the button by the backdoor. Teach him to hit the button to ring the bell in order to be let out.

Not endorsing the linked bell as I have never used it, just wanted to include a link so you could see what I was trying to describe. I'd shop around and read reviews before buying any of the brands that are available.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Wireless-Door-Chime-with-8-Sounds-Nickel-19303/206356349

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None of my dogs has ever asked me to go out. If I ask them if they want to go out they always act excited whether they have to go or not. I have to read doggy minds and guess, or stand and walk around waiting a lot. Sometimes they lie too. None have ever had accidents though, unless they were sick.
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Can you change his last feeding to about 5pm that will help possibly
This is a good idea. I also read about feeding them a lot later, like shortly before bed time, which would delay his pooping time to the morning, when we are out of bed. I just do not like the idea of feeding him in the morning and then this late at night.
We now started feeding them earlier in the evening, around 5pm, while keeping up the pre-bed walk, etc

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You might try to train him to ring a bell.
While teaching him to ring a bell would not be a problem, as he is very smart, the main issue would be... he is very very lazy!
Exactly like he does when he has to poop during the night, instead of opening the bedroom door, or barking, or anything, he simply goes next to the garden door and continues sleeping until he can't hold it anymore.... he is terribly lazy in general!

We will try this out if the feeding time change does not fix the problem, as this could become our last solution, but i honestly have my doubts of success with my Lab's laziness!


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