Dog poop in the house! Ack!
April 12, 2012 9:13 AM Subscribe
Why is my dog pooping in the house?
posted by masquesoporfavor to pets & animals (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend and I have three dogs. We just moved to a new house in February. We have a huge fenced-in yard, and we keep the sliding glass door open to the yard while we're home. I work full time and let the dogs out before I go to work, on my lunch break, and then when I get home they have free access to the yard. My boyfriend is a flight attendant, so three days a week it's just me, but the rest of the week he's here with the canines all day.
We are unpacked, the house is clean, and by all appearances, the dogs know it's home. I have seen all three of them poop and pee outside (and they have all been housetrained for a loooong time). I am positive that at least two of the dogs have pooped on the living room rug, though I have not caught them in the act.
I haven't disciplined them at all because there's so much conflicting info (lots of people say to stick their nose in it, lots say that just confuses them), and I haven't caught them in the act.
Today I stayed home sick, and my boyfriend is home to take care of the dogs. They've been in and out all day, and when I got out of bed there was poop on the rug! Aaaaggghhhh!!!
I wish I was one of those people who was like, "Oh well, dogs will be dogs!" but man I spent a ton of money decorating my house all nice, and to have the money I spent get shit on is making me really crazy. But I promise, I haven't yelled at the dogs; I've just picked up the poo and gone about my life.
The dogs are all in good health. I am pretty sure this is more of a behavioral thing; maybe because of the move. But it seems odd that they'd start this after we've lived here a while, as opposed to when the house was brand new.
You are not my vet, etc. But did this happen to you? How did you fix it? Am I just going to have to put spike strips around the rug? (kidding! Mostly!)