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Why is my dog suddenly "forgetting" his house training?

July 14th, 2005, 12:32 PM
My 6 yo mixed breed is normally very well behaved, but lateley has been having bm's everywhere!
I have taken him to the vet and its been brushed off as "just marking his territory", but he now does it in our house (twice in the last 2 weeks), at the vet office and even this afternoon in my sister's living room floor. (She does not have any pets)
I give him plenty of opportunity to void before entering anyone's home, but it seems like he holds it untill he is indoors.(Urinating isn't as much of a problem, only once in our home in the last 2 weeks)
Any ideas?

July 14th, 2005, 12:34 PM
Is he neutered? That would be my first step. Just beware of the adolescent stage too. It usually happens between around 6 months to 2 years and during this time, the doggy will test your boundaries like crazy. But I don't think that is what this is yet.

July 14th, 2005, 12:39 PM
He is neutered, and he has been in our home for about 3 months now (he was adopted from a friend who was unable to keep him due to divorce) But this has just started in the last 2 weeks, and I`m not sure why or how to fix it...

July 14th, 2005, 12:56 PM
bm's everywhere? maybe worms? i didn't think a dog pooped to mark it's territory.

July 14th, 2005, 01:21 PM
Also,he is on Sentinel (so no worms) and has just as of Tuesday been given a clean bill of health...and the stools are all normal (no loose,watery or otherwise different for him)

July 14th, 2005, 01:23 PM
It can happen.. I had a lab who did it too... We just never brought her anywhere. (Well, she was aggressive toward other dogs, so it wasn't the only factor.)

I don't know why else the doggy would do it... Is he dominant?

July 14th, 2005, 01:43 PM
He's not dominate or aggressive, loves other people and dogs, and it would affect his quality of life if we coulden`t bring him anywhere, which is why I`m so desperate to find a solution...

July 14th, 2005, 04:10 PM
I'm confused - is this doggie 6 years old or 6 months old? Has anything happened to upset the routine lately, something that might've really stressed the dog? If the vet gave the dog a clean bill of health then it's obviously behavioral but could be for different reasons depending on the age of the dog. Perhaps something happened while he was pooping outside so that now he associates bad things?

July 15th, 2005, 09:45 AM
He is 6 years old, again all the reason as to why this behavior is so confusing...

Lucky Rescue
July 15th, 2005, 10:16 AM
Sudden changes in behavior, and especially loss of housetraining in a dog who was previously trained, often has a medical reason.

If there is no physical problem, I would stop taking him so many places for now. He's 6 years old, has been abandoned once, and you've only had him 3 months. He may not feel all that secure in his new home right now.

I know that to you, taking him visiting is a great thing, but to him it may not be even if he acts happy or excited, which could actually be anxiety.

When you take him different places, he doesn't know if you're going to leave him there, gets nervous and poops. By doing this, he's spreading his scent around and that comforts him.

Put him on a strict schedule for now - which does NOT include visits, so that he knows what to expect every day. Food, walks, playtime and bathroom breaks at the same time each day. This is very comforting for rescued dogs and gives them confidence.

Take him outside to go poop. When he does, praise him like crazy the way you would do with a little puppy.

Don't take him visiting until there are NO accidents in your home for at least several weeks. He needs to completely bond with, and trust, you before he goes anywhere else. The older a dog is, the longer this takes.

Tracy Martinez
July 16th, 2005, 08:12 PM
Growing up we had a Shi Tzu who poo'ed and peed on my bed and/or pillow every chance he got! :yuck: