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Unhappy All of a sudden pooping inside! So Frustrated!!!

Pele' had been doing so well with his potty training. We hadn't had any accidents in almost 6 weeks. Then over Christmas he stayed with a pet sitter. When he came home, he had a poop accident the next day. I chalked it up to maybe his schedule being off. But now it has been over three weeks and he continues to have poop accidents inside. It is on the wood floors, which I clean with Natures Miracle. He always does his morning poop outside, no problem. But later in the day, I can take him out he pee's. I can take him inside and if I turn around for 1 minute, he's pooped on the floor. He is 9 months old and never has accidents when he is in his crate, so I know he can hold it. I am at my wits end, and my husband is ready to give him away. Does anyone have any advice?

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Dawn, if you check on the forum you'll find that a lot of pups regress in their potty training. You simply need to go back to the begining. Keep him crated or penned or tethered to you if you cannot watch him all the time. Don't let him have free reign of the house until he's trustworthy again. He'll be okay. Just give him some time. He's a puppy.

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I do not know if this will work or not, but save a poop from the morning, and toss it on the ground so the pup can smell it, know it's his, and realize it is time to poop, outdoors.
(space it out from the pee and then a bit of walk)
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I think Susan gave you great advice. Go back to what worked with him as a wee pup. Not letting him out of your sight. If you can't watch him and have to do something- say laundry, into the expen, he goes. You just have to start back at square one and he will pick it up again. I think they get lazy once in awhile just like us

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He actually doesn't have free roam of the house. When he is out of the pen, I am right there with him. He is pooping in the x-pen. I guess maybe I will have to crate him when I know he might need to go, but won't go outside. I just feel so guilty crating him that much.

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Dawn,
That is exactly what I would do even though it isn't ideal Or make his pen a bit smaller- fold the area closer. I know with the cold mine aren't happy with going outside right now so I have to pay extra attention to the maltese. Belle is one who will go into the bathroom and pee on my bath rug-grr. So I just make sure that door is always shut so she can't have access and I carry her off the deck so she will go. She can sure be a stinker. Ironically with my Neezers, they just always want outside so they go out often enough. I don't have to check and see if they went, they always do. But my maltese can be the stinker when it is cold or raining.

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Dawn,

Is it colder or wet outside? My dog did the same thing at roughly the same age when we arrived at my mom's to stay for 3 weeks and my mom does not like dogs!

Nothing worked short of treating her like a baby again, not even pee pee pads. I had to crate her and keep taking her out at 15 - 20 minute intervals until she pooped. Then she got to roam for a few hours with regular potty breaks. Oddly enough it was the poop she regressed on, not pee.

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Yeah, that is Pele'. Poop regression. The thing is that, I know he needs to poop, because I know his schedule. But I take him out and after 10 minutes, he still won't go. So I guess I will have to crate him, and bring him out every 15 minutes. Today he pooped inside, about 4 minutes after I had just taken him outside. So exhausting!!!

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Dawn, sorry to read about Pele's regression. I would take him outside, make him potty. If he only pees but doesn't poop after 10-15 minutes, I would either go for a brisk walk for 10-15 min. or take him back inside and DIRECTLY into his crate. A brisk walk will get the GI tract going. If you choose the second option, leave him in his crate for 10 min. and carry him outside again for 10-15min. Do NOT allow him to have free roam whatsoever until he poops. He'll get it eventually and it shouldn't take more than a few days of consistent re-training to get him back on track. Best of luck!

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Don't give up on the poor boy. Maybe he got messed up from being at the sitters. My freddie took a LONG time to housebreak. I hung in there, and 1 day it clicked for him. I was at fault because I gave them too much room to run when I wasn't home. You can scatter dog food and toys where you are keeping him when gone. He will start to realize not to poop in these areas. I used to sprinkle dogfood everywhere and it worked like a charm!





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