Why Your House-Trained Dog is Pooping in the House on Purpose

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Do you have a well-trained dog that is seemingly pooping in the house on purpose? This behavior, especially if it starts to happen more regularly, can become frustrating for the dog owner and you may be wondering what’s going on inside the dog’s head. Here are some reasons that may explain this pooping behavior.

Infrequent Potty Breaks

One common reason for dogs that poop in the house is infrequent potty breaks. Dogs can poop in undesirable places, such as the house carpet, if you don’t build a consistent potty break routine. You might also not be letting him out frequently enough. Your dog is having to hold it for too long and can’t wait until the next opportunity you let him outside.

We strongly suggest you build a consistent routine and let your dog out at least twice a day to do his business. You should also try and make it one of the first thing your dog does when he goes outside.

Your Dog Doesn’t Go Out Enough

Dogs that don’t spend enough time outside may feel too much over-stimulation during potty time. For example, if you only let your dog outside once a day for a short period of time then your dog is probably not going to want to waste this precious time going on a potty break. They could be too distracted by other exciting things they want to do while outdoors such as sniffing around and getting rid of all the energy that has built-up at home throughout the day.

This level of excitement could make your dog “forget” about his potty break. It will mean that he will eventually do his business at home once he has calmed down.

Your Dog is Anxious or Stressed

Even the best house-trained dogs are susceptible to undesirable behaviors in stressed conditions. Your dog could be feeling really anxious about something and that’s making him poop in places where he shouldn’t be. Dogs have a much more difficult time controlling their urge to poop or pee when under duress.

Think about when the house pooping happens and whether anything else is going on at the time that could be making your dog anxious. Is someone visiting the house? Or are there loud noises going on? Soon enough, you should be able to identify a pattern that contribute to your dog’s anxiety.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

1 Comment

  1. Carol Bennett September 2, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    My dog, Toby, was adopted from a shelter in April, approximately 5 months ago. I started potty training outside right away. I have a pet door and he became used to it in about 2 weeks and now he can go in and out all the time. He started to poop in the house a couple of weeks ago. My old dog died a couple of weeks ago. He was blind and would poop in the house. Is there a correlation between my old dog dying and my dog, Toby, pooping in the house again? I constantly praise him and give him treats every time he goes outside as well as out on walks, so he is getting the message and has been for a long time. I spray the carpet with vinegar and lemon juice as a repellant, but it is not working. I am highly frustrated. I have never caught him pooping in the house. What is going on and what can I do to get him to stop pooping in the house and use the dog door to poop outside?

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