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Q&A with Ed Frawley

A question about a dog that doesn't want to get into the car answered by Ed Frawley

October 14, 2013   |   3 Minutes, 21 Seconds

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Question: We have a new adult dog and she is wonderful except that she poops in the house. Itís gotten to the point that we walk her straight inside to her crate. Thatís no life for a dog, please help.

I have a female two year old daschund that we rescued from another owner. She is a wonderful dog and gets along with my other two dogs. The problem is that she poops in the house. She will pee outside no problem but for some reason as soon as she enters the house she will poop on the carpet. We don't have a fenced yard so we take her out on a leash, many times a day. It has gotten to the point that we walk her straight from the door to her crate. That is no life for a dog.
Please help!!

Cindy's Response:

Until she understands what the rules are for pooping, then you are doing the right thing.  The key is to catch her doing the right thing (pooping outside) and making such a big fuss over her that she gets it.

We keep all new dogs in a crate or on a leash attached to us at first, even if they have no housetraining issues.  It’s all about controlling the environment.

I’d recommend our video Pack Structure for the Family Pet. We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. We have one specifically on housetraining issues.

I hope this gives you a place to start.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on House Training.

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You always have good advice; we often forget to use common sense with our pets and allow the emotions to sometimes rule. Just as you said - don't leave them unattended or loose unless you are right there watching them. Today, I allowed my well behaved, house broken 8 month old red nose pit bull to have the freedom to come and go through the patio door to the kitchen/family room, as I have frequently done since being trained. I usually always check on him every 10 minutes or so making sure he doesn't get into any trouble. I went to check on him after an hour or so (getting ready for work) I was quickly reminded that he's still a puppy and didn't like being isolated from me for that length of time. He ate through my wool Oriental runner rug with fibers every where! He follows me everywhere and wants to be involved in everything I am doing; doesn't leave my side. To me, this was a spiteful act to tell me not to leave him closed off from me. This was my wake up call, even though I always feel badly to have to crate him when I cannot watch him; it's for his own safety and the protection of our home. Common sense gone awry and lesson learned. He destroys all his toys eventually, (we are waiting for our order of your "indestructible frisbee"), but he has been very good about not destroying anything in the home. Trust him no more - I don't like being angry with him for something that was truly my fault.

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