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All of a sudden, Pooping in the Pen!!!

Ok, so I thought Pele' was doing so good. He will be 5 months old on Saturday, and he hadn't had a potty accident in almost a month. And then all of a sudden three days ago he pooed in his x-pen. He used to bark if he needed to poop. But this time he barked after he pooped in the pen. So I thought ok, I guess I wasn't watching close enough and it had been about 40 minutes since he had been out. But he has done it again yesterday and today. And within 5 minutes of me taking him out. And of course the little bark afterwards. I am at a loss, of why and what to do. Does anyone have insight and ideas on how to get this under control?

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Do you have a pad in the xpen or is he just going on the floor?

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No pads. He never liked them and so we ended up strictly training outside. He does have a little bed in there and has been careful to miss the bed.

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Bummer Maybe he just has a little tummy ache, or there is some scent there in the pen that he is compelled to get rid of? Some havs do go through a bit of housebreaking 'regression', that's not all that uncommon.

How does he let you know he needs to go out? When I hung bells at the door, that really helped our housebreaking efforts, since she's not really a barker.

Good luck! I think if you just stay on top of it and keep taking out more, he'll get back into the swing of things.

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He used to bark, when he needed to poop. But the past three days, he's not. The only problem about the bells is that he's not pooping when he is out of the pen. So unless, I put the bells in the pen, I'm not sure they would help.

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Dawn - Could Pele' be having some separation anxiety? It can come on at any time. If you have been leaving him in the expen and leaving the room, he may be reacting to being alone. Does he spend time alone in the expen when you leave the house? He may not want you to leave the house and is afraid you are doing that.

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Dawn, I know lots of puppy owners on the forum have had pups that regressed in potty training. Just when they thought the pups had it down pat they started pottying in the house again. I think they simply went back to the begining to reinforce the potty training.

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Dawn - Could Pele' be having some separation anxiety? It can come on at any time. If you have been leaving him in the expen and leaving the room, he may be reacting to being alone. Does he spend time alone in the expen when you leave the house? He may not want you to leave the house and is afraid you are doing that.
Pele' is not left alone in the house very much. Maybe an hour or two here and there. When we leave the house, we put him in the crate with a kong or some fun treat. The rest of the time he is either in the pen our out playing. I have a 5 year old and a 22 month old. So the pen is great for when I am cooking meals, and times when I am not able to be right there with the kids and the dog. It keeps everyone safe. But it certainly could be separation anxiety.

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My Casey did the same thing the other night. We ran out to the local building supply depot for about two hours, and when we came home, what a mess! She pooped in her crate, ate some of it, kicked a few nuggets out of the crate, and mushed the rest into her crate pad. I think it is probably separation anxiety as she is rarely left alone, and very, very clingy.

I will be leaving her alone more and more in the next few months while I am working and DH begins some traveling. Does anyone know what to do for separation anxiety?
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I will be leaving her alone more and more in the next few months while I am working and DH begins some traveling. Does anyone know what to do for separation anxiety?
There are many articles that come up if you google "dog separation anxiety" and they all have the same process. Also, search on the forum - several of the member describe how they worked through it.

It is a slow process, with much repetition and effort. Some have done it over a weekend. I had success in one weekend, but then Lola regressed when I was away on vacation. Now I have been working on it for 3 weeks. She seems to be doing better, then we'll have a bad day where she barks and poops. The vets say that some don't get over it without some help - doggie valium! of some sort. I am determined to make Lola more stable, so i'll forgo that drug!

Obviously, the sooner the better you can ease Casey into being more alone. Disrupting routine can get them pretty confused.

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