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Re: Housebreaking recitivism

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  March 30, 2002 at 21:31:17

In Reply to: Housebreaking recitivism
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  Rich Dunston
Posted on:  March 30, 2002 at 11:16:05

Question:

: Jack is 11 months old. We've owned him for 7 months. He was completely housebroken. He would always go to the front door or get our attention when he had to go outside. In the last week he has still asked to go outside but now he will only urinate out there. Now he poops only in the house! He will defecate anywhere in the house. We are at a loss to explain this mis-behavior. He used to do his business within 5 minutes of being out. Now we can be out with him 30 minutes and he will still wait until he is in the house and no one is within eyesight to poop. What's happening?


Response:

Hi Rich,

As I'm sure you've read on this Forum before, we recommend a trip to the vet whenever there is sudden change in a dog's elimination habits. Be prepared to answer questions regarding any differences in diet (including chew toys) and feeding patterns.

You should also consider if your behavior may be contributing to the problem. Think about what happened a week ago, Rich, when he started pooping in the house. We all get distracted at times -- perhaps you didn't notice he hadn't finished his business and then ignored him when he was at the door again because he had just been outside? Did you punish him for pooping in the house though you didn't catch him in the act?

If he checks out okay at the vet and you haven't changed anything regarding his food, then you'll need to give yourselves a refresher course in housetraining. Remember, a dog is completely housebroken only when he knows NOT to go potty in the house. :-)

Regards,
Leslie