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Why Has My Potty-Trained Dog Started Pooping Indoors?


Dear VetBabble: Why is My Potty-Trained Dog Pooping Inside?

I recently adopted a pit bull, and she was initially potty trained. However, she has recently started to hesitate in using the bathroom outside and prefers hiding and pooping inside. I take her out regularly and walk her for about 20-25 minutes each time, but she will only pee. I’m not sure what to do…

As a warmhearted veterinarian, I understand your concern and I’m here to help. While it can be frustrating to deal with a dog that suddenly stops going to the bathroom outside, there might be various reasons behind this issue. In this article, I will discuss some common reasons for this behavior and provide solutions to help you and your dog overcome this challenge.

1. Identifying the Potential Causes

Firstly, it’s essential to identify the possible reasons contributing to your dog’s sudden change in bathroom habits. Here are some common causes:

  • Medical conditions, such as urinary tract infections, constipation, or gastrointestinal issues, might be causing your dog discomfort and leading to a change in their bathroom habits.
  • Stress or anxiety, due to changes in the environment, such as moving houses, can cause dogs to act out and regress in their potty training.
  • Lack of proper training or inconsistency in their daily routine can lead to confusion and improper bathroom habits.

If you suspect a medical issue, be sure to consult your veterinarian for a thorough examination.

2. Reinforcing Potty Training

Once you have ruled out any medical issues, it’s time to reinforce potty training. Dogs, especially rescues, may need reminders or a refresher course, even if they have been previously trained. You can try the following methods for reinforcement:

  • Put your dog on a leash and take her outside to her designated spot. Do not walk around. Stand still and use a command, such as “go outside,” each time. Praise her with “good dog!” as soon as she starts to eliminate. Bring her back inside immediately after she is done.
  • If she does not eliminate after a reasonable amount of time, keep her on the leash and attach it to your belt loop. Supervise her closely and immediately take her outside if you see her sniffing or circling.
  • If she does have an accident indoors, do not scold her unless you catch her in the act. In that case, say “NO!” and take her outside immediately. Use the command and praise her as she finishes.
  • Consider crate training as a tool to help with potty training. Check out our article on “How Do I Crate Train My Puppy?” for helpful tips.

3. Consistency and Patience

For successful potty training, consistency and patience are vital. Keep a regular schedule for feeding, walking, and potty breaks, as this will help your dog understand the routine and her expectations. Additionally, check out our “How to Potty Train Your Puppy in 3 Days” and “How To Toilet Train Your Puppy in 3 Days” articles for more in-depth guidance.

Remember, every dog is different, and potty training progress varies. Maintain a positive, encouraging approach and be patient. If you face ongoing difficulties in potty training your dog, seek help from a professional trainer or consult your veterinarian. Our “Basic Dog Training” article can provide useful information on training methods and tips.

By understanding the possible causes, reinforcing potty training, and exercising consistency and patience, you can help your dog overcome her reluctance to eliminate outdoors and maintain a happy, healthy home.

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