Stopping the midnight pooper!
September 4, 2012 10:27 AM Subscribe
He's not a puppy anymore. But he is a random pooper.
posted by Marky to pets & animals (5 answers total)
My dog Patch (here
) has taken to releasing his bowels indoors. He's 5, and hasn't done this for about 4 1/2 years. I've checked with the vet, there are no problems. But every week or so I wake up to find a little gift. Never in the same place, and he never pees indoors. We haven't changed his food (dry kibble) and there really hasn't been any change in his routine. I let him out before I go to bed, my mom lets him out whenever he wants. I have a schedule that's all over the place, but mom's home with him always, so it isn't a "trapped with no alternative" problem. I can't catch him in the act, so scolding him really won't help. Forcing him to go outdoors more really doesn't help. If he doesn't need or want to go out, he just sits on the porch and stares at us until I let him in. I do try to walk him every day before work.
This isn't even a huge problem, he only drops hard little balls that really barely stink and never mark the carpet. But I've learned to turn on the lights when walking to the bathroom at 5am.