I have a two year old dog who has always been fantastic when it came to potty training. She loves to be outside and she would sit and lie down by the door to let us know she wanted to be out. However lately I’ve been letting her out at night around 11 to do her business and I always give her half an hour, but then for the past week I have been waking up to poo on the floor. What might be going on?

Answer

There can be several things going on and this may require some investigation. It sounds like she is failing to poop in the yard when sent out for a good half hour. Then, in the home, the urge may be too strong and she has an accident. So we need to find out why she is no longer pooping in the yard. Perhaps there are noises that concern her and make her not feel safe to potty? Perhaps there are critters in the yard which distract her causing her to be too focused on sniffing and digging? It may be a good idea to get a flashlight and see from a distance what may be happening. You may need to see whether she poops or not during the half hour. If she does poop, and then she poops again the morning, then we may be dealing with a different problem.

Updated on May 14, 2020

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Why Your House-Trained Dog Starts Pooping in the House and How to Stop It
By Adrienne Farricelli
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