Perfectly housetrained ... now pooping!
Dear fellow pet lovers,
I have a 2 year old male dog (toy Manchester terrier X Pom) who, over the last couple of months, has started pooping in the house in the morning only. This is not everyday, but often enough that I am frustrated.
As a puppy, we NEVER had trouble with little Jake having "mistakes" in the morning, so I am not sure what is happening. I live in a 2-storey house and jake sleeps on the main floor. In the past, we have been able to rely on either Jake waiting until we got up to go to the bathroom outside, or Jake has come up the stairs to let us know it's time to go. He could usually wait until 8am! Now, he comes upstairs, only to let us know that he needs to pee and/or that he has already pooped.
Of course we have tried the obvious ... ensuring that he has eliminated before bed, making sure that he doesn't eat after 8pm, and even getting up earlier. First it was 6am, then it was 5:30am, then it was 5am ... now it doesn't seem to matter. We are missing it! My next thought was to crate him overnight and keep him in our room. He hasn't been in his crate for about a year, so I hope that he will be ok with it.
Has anyone else experienced this or are we alone out here. I would really appreciate people's thoughts, esp if I am missing the boat out here.
Thanks in advance,
Here's my answer to your question.
I commend you for all your patience. It sounds as if Jake has this all figured out now - "his way". He's getting heaps of attention, though. It sounds as if your idea of his crate in your room just might be the answer but it probably won't be easy. With any kind of luck, he'll soon catch on. When you feel he is okay with the crate, try leaving the door open so he can go in and out. A lot of dogs get to like their crates and will seek them out even during the day. You obviously started him this way so you know the procedure.
© Nancy Kitching 2003
Dog Trainer Member of CAPPT, CKC, OKC (Ottawa Kennel Club), and Bytown Obedience Club in Ottawa.
Hudson, Quebec J0P 1H0
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