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My 8 month old puppy who is potty trained, is suddenly pooping in the house...and this is happening after coming in from outside. He is a black lab. And suddenly when we take him out to potty...he doesn’t even want to leave the garage...we basically have to pick him up and take him out to the yard...he pees and the pulls us back in..
 

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Could something have happened maybe while he was out there, maybe a noise or something? It is the right timing for his second fear phase. It may not even have been something you noticed.

There are two issues I think, as well as the toileting, there is getting him outside.

Rather than carrying him (which takes away his control) can you try luring him out with treats. And as soon as he wants to go back, let him, then try again a few moments later. By letting him go back, you will be building his confidence (a) that there actually isn't anything scary out there and (b) that you are listening to him and not forcing him beyond his comfort levels. Very gradually, at his pace, you can increase his distance by baby steps using lots of encouragement and praise. You might need to let him poo in the garage while you are doing that, or if you can, just outside it would be a lot better.

And that brings me to the second point, toileting. Encourage him out as above, regularly, and especially when he is due to poo (you can work out when that is likely by adding a few kernels of cooked sweetcorn to one meal). Stay with him. As soon as he poos outside, reward immediately and generously. It has to be immediate so that he is clear that it is for toileting and not for anything else, and it has to be generous to make it worth his effort to hold his toilet until he is out there. Staying with him is important so you are right there when you need to reward and also because you being there will give him courage.

Don't try to rush the above, it might take a couple of weeks, maybe even a little more (every dog is different).


If he has an accident inside don't react at all. If you get annoyed he may learn to fear your reaction and avoid you if he needs to toilet (by going off and toileting out of sight) - the opposite of what you want. Dogs cant make the distinction between you being annoyed at him TOILETING, as opposed to toileting INDOORS. Just quietly clean up using an enzymatic cleaner and leave it down for ten minutes to work properly before you wipe it up.
 
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