Help! My dog won’t stop pooping and peeing in his kennel. What do I do?

asked 2018-08-14 11:12:54 -0500

My dog is 6 months old and has been doing this since we got him at 2 months. He keeps pooping when I leave him alone, even if I go upstairs to sleep. If I sleep downstairs he won’t do it or if I leave him in his crate outside he won’t do it. But it’s whenever I leave him inside he just poops everywhere. He knows it’s wrong, I’ve tried putting more bedding or no bedding. Tried giving him anxiety treats. Tried leaving music or a movie on while I’m gone. It’s exhausting with the house smelling and cleaning 24/7 whenever I come home tired from work or at lunch. I know he knows how to hold it, whenever I would sleep downstairs I’d fall asleep at 8pm and wake up at 530 am and he would be sleeping with a clean kennel. I even tried moving his crate from outside to inside and he did it in the crate as well. Help!!!!!

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Sounds like separation anxiety. Some indications are very subtle (whimpers) and some are severe (eating through a wall). First I would make sure his crate is not too roomy. He won't like to eat where he s***s. Scent therapy or a swaddling type harness could help. Reasearch the bread, or ask vet.

Rachelle T.'s profile image Rachelle T.  ( 2018-08-21 19:05:43 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-08-15 09:10:12 -0500

I had the same problem with my dog penny when she was young as well. Your pup is still young, at this age they are still in the process of learning what you want them to do. Try putting puppy pads by the doors of your house, so that they get used to going to the door when they need to go out. If he is going in his crate try putting puppy pads inside and right outside of the crate door. Before putting your pup into the crate, take him out to potty. Also, it would probably be a good idea to take him/her out 30-45 minutes after eating. When your pup does go outside, reward him. Make your pup want to obey you because they love you, and not because they are scared of what will happen if they slip up. Good luck!

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The first thing you can try is to time your dogs bowel movements...provided you can narrow down the timing, make sure when its her/his time to go potty, that you take them out of the crate and run them....running helps to stimulate the dogs internal receptors whereby they go potty fairly quickly.

Richard P.'s profile image Richard P.  ( 2018-08-19 18:17:56 -0500 ) edit

It is also essential that you feed them timely and on a regimented schedule with a regimented diet. Changing foods can lead to bowel issues from time to time.

Richard P.'s profile image Richard P.  ( 2018-08-19 18:19:28 -0500 ) edit

Additionally, there should be no need to place puppy sheets as that only teaches the dog to go potty on a sheet...it is not necessary and merely conditions the dog to go on the pad...seeing how most want them to go outside, thats where the dog needs to be taken every time to do their business..

Richard P.'s profile image Richard P.  ( 2018-08-19 18:21:12 -0500 ) edit

If they will go on a pad, they will go outside...

Richard P.'s profile image Richard P.  ( 2018-08-19 18:21:29 -0500 ) edit

When the dog does have a bowel movement outside, it should be nothing but verbal and physical praise...so he/she is positive that what they did was what you wanted...use a continuous reward training using patience, practice and repetition.

Richard P.'s profile image Richard P.  ( 2018-08-19 18:24:02 -0500 ) edit

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