My Dog Won’t Poop Outside !

We’ve all heard the expression, “Do bears s**t in the woods?” Of course, they do! It would be rather terrifying to encounter one in a public restroom, wouldn’t it?

We poop indoors, animals do it outdoors, That’s nature.

So what do you do when your dog defies the laws of nature and refuses to do it outdoors?

The reasons

So, just why does your canine companion refuse to defecate outside?

A Basic Instinct

First of all, many of us assume that dogs are innately programmed to relieve themselves outdoors, but this is not exactly true. The only instinct a canine has is to not relieve itself in the same place it sleeps.

If he is kept indoors, he will consider your home his domain and will feel free to pee and poop in the house anywhere he wants.

A New Environment

Even if he has been trained to poop outside, if he is in a new environment, he simply may not know how to access the area. He can see trees and grass through windows but has no idea how to get there.

Too Much Food … Or Distraction

A dog who has access to their food throughout the day may poop inside because they are unable to get outside. And even if they go outdoors, they may be easily distracted by sights, sounds, or smells.

If this happens they may delay hold off until you lose your patience and call them inside.

Lurking Predators!

Strange as it may seem, although it’s perfectly safe, your dog may believe otherwise. He may be nervous about peeing or pooping because he instinctively knows that predators can track him this way.

This may seem a bit ridiculous, as you know there are no lions, tigers, or even bears looking for a convenient meal in your well-groomed backyard, but your pooch does not.

A young pup, or even a small mature one, once attacked by an angry bird, may come to be a bit fearful out of doors.

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Bad Weather

Inclement weather may also be a factor. It’s easy to understand how trying to relieve yourself in pouring rain may be a bit uncomfortable, or squatting in a mound of snow could be off-putting.

You should really consider if this is the reason why your dog poops in the house after being outside .

Some people have installed a canopy over their pets’ toilet area to keep them dry as they do their business, or have shoveled snow from a designated area to prevent frostbite on their delicate hindquarters!

Medical Reason

Finally, you have to be aware that, though the problem is behavioral, there may be an underlying physical reason. This is especially true if your previously trained dog won’t poop outside anymore .

Your furry friend may be ill, and this could be particularly true is he is exhibiting loose stools or diarrhea. This could be caused by parasites such as hookworm or giardia, food intolerance or allergy, a bacterial or viral infection, inflammatory bowel disease, or even bowel cancer.

Old age can also cause weakness in your pet’s hindquarters and subsequent incontinence.

Any of these conditions may make it impossible for any being to control his bowels, and will definitely require a trip to a vet.

Late Feeding

It varies, but many pups may need to poo thirty minutes after eating.

Perhaps they are being fed too late in the evening. They may need to go outdoors , but no one is available to let them out.

So instead, they may be leaving some midnight surprises.

How To Solve it?

Adjust Your Schedule

Puppies can be fed three times a day, but adult dogs should only be allowed food at most twice a day.

A pup’s gastrointestinal system is much smaller than yours, so it stands to reason that meals are processed much more quickly.

It usually takes only twenty to thirty minutes for a hound to feel the need to defecate, so, knowing this, it will be easy to know when it’s the right time.

Do Not Interrupt!

Accompany them to their designated potty area and remain there until they defecate. Do not interact, or offer any attention.

Once they have pooped, recompense them with affectionate pats and verbal praise.

A Bribe!

A treat or two would serve to reinforce and encourage a good behavior .

Now reward him with whatever activity he desires such as playing or walking .

Play a game of fetch, walk around the block, visit dog parks or simply letting him run around and play in the yard would be satisfying enough.

As an added benefit, this type of exercise will get your pooch’s bowels moving .

He will, of course, begin to accept these treats as a small reward for a job well done, and, hopefully, will continue to do it.

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Catch Your Dog In The Act

If your hound have such problems, you must be very observant. This means to watch them like a hawk.

If you catch them assuming a posture which indicates that they are about to defecate indoors, put the leash and scoop them up in your arms to carry them out to a designated potty area instead of simply letting them get away with it.

While keeping them on leash, walk in circles around the area, withholding conversation until business is done. Afterwards, offer tons of praise and rewards.

In addition to all this, you must gather that dropping, for a canine, is not simply a matter of relieving themselves. It means much more, as it is also a way for marking a territory.

As you’ll see below, Occasionally it’s crucial to use a carpet cleaner.

Clean Up Any Previous Signs!

Once your hound has claimed a spot, he will return again and again to renew that claim to the same spots .

That’s why it is so important to remove all signs to prevent more accidents. This includes urine as well.

Standard household cleaners are not sufficient in this respect. Try to use specialized cleaning products or an enzymatic cleaner , or even hire a carpet cleaning service to do so.

This instinctual response may work to your advantage, in some respect, however.

When doggy indoor accidents occur, pick up any stool, and transport it to your pet’s designated outdoor relief station. And don’t rub your canine’s nose against it as it won’t do any good!

This is a way of teaching your mutt to relieve himself in that same area.


Maybe the four legged family member has been soiling inside due to inclement weather. If so, don’t focus on how to get your dog to dump outside faster, instead, consider trying to acclimate him to such weather.

This will mean establishing a routine where you will be accompanying him on walk in unpleasant conditions, but it will be worth a bit of a chill or dousing.

Another method is to build him his own covered restroom outdoors, but waking, while a bit uncomfortable, will prove more rewarding and less expensive.

Train Your Dog Early

A best way to get your pup potty trained is to begin coaching from an early age.

Once a puppy is home, potty training to meet desired expectations must become a priority. This will require quite a bit of work and a lot of patience.

The first thing to do is to set him on a schedule and don’t hesitate to give him more frequent potty breaks .

Puppies can be fed three times a day and will need to defecate within about thirty minutes.

Peeing will be required more frequently, and if a schedule isn’t set, you will be slipping on puddles of pee very soon.

Schedule each potty break to an hour apart or every couple of hours . Correct timing will depend on a pooch’s size, age, or breed. Take him out to a designated spot, and use a consistent command, such as “Go potty.”

Stick to a regular, predictable program until it has proven successful, then you can increase intervals between breaks gradually.

Remember, consistency is key. If your puppy won’t excrete outside after an extended period of this instruction, than you need to look at other tactics.

As your pup becomes more dependably trained, allow some more freedom. However, if “accidents” or problems keep occuring, go back to square one.

Crate Training 101

Making a pet sleep in a crate at night can be quite helpful, but remember to choose one with a correct size.

A pooch will consider anywhere inside his home as his territory and will be inclined to mark it as such. An only exception to this rule is that your pet will most likely refrain from pooping or peeing in his immediate environment.

If a crate is too large or longer than it should, it may allow enough room for sleeping and marking, and this is never a good thing. It should be just large enough for a pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down to sleep .

You may think he looks cramped, but he feels comfortable and protected. This is definitely a case where bigger is not better. A properly sized box will allow you both to rest comfortably.

This practice can help reduce other conditions such as separation anxiety.

The second part of this article will discuss the troubleshooting of another problem.

Keep reading.

Why Does My Dog Poop In The Middle Of The Night?

There are any number of reasons why a pet may feel compelled to leave signs of their bowel movements on the carpet for you to find, hopefully not by stepping in, the following morning.

A simplest answer is that when nature calls, your pet feels compelled to answer.

And It’s up to us to find out why such a call is so urgent that your animal feels compelled to relieve himself in what we would consider to be an inappropriate manner.

Bear in mind that your pooch does not consider nor has the ability to view his adventures in the kitchen floor inappropriate, his body is telling him to do something, so he does it.

There are no higher thought processes involved.

So, it’s often up to us to fathom how we can short circuit this urge, usually by understanding why it develops primarily.

Perhaps you are feeding your animal a little too late.

An overfull stomach and not enough amount of time to digest a last meal before we retire for the evening may be the most obvious reason.

Perhaps your furry friend needs more exercise to get the digestive process going.

May be he has been lazing a bit too much, instead of exercising.

An active dog is more likely to rest through the night, without a need to go out.

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And when it comes to it, try to remember that a treat is basically food items, even though your four-legged friend gobbles them up like candy.

Therefore, they should be given only once in a while.

After all, a treat is subject to the same processes as any other nutritious items in his diet.

What goes in must, eventually, come out. But hopefully when he goes outside in the morning not before.

Some dogs, when they awaken with an urge to go out , will bark or whine or otherwise inform their human companion that they require attention.

This can, indeed, be annoying. But is it more annoying than stepping in something unexpected the next morning?

Only you can decide if you like this morning routine.

And some pups will hesitate to awaken a sleeping human. Whether out of consideration or trepidation, and merely go about their thing some place inside and return to slumbering peacefully.

In some cases, your four-legged friend may simply not know how to ask. That’s why it’s important to take him out for a potty break every once in a while.

Why Has he Started now ?

Stress can be a major factor. If you create a fresh program or a environment, it can lead to confusion and can cause this sudden behavior.

There can be medical reasons for this hurdle, as well. This is especially true if it’s happening with a previously potty trained or an old dog.

If this condition is a recent development, and the stool is runny of abnormal looking, and your four-legged has been exhibiting any other unusual sign , a visit to a vet is a good idea.

It could be a case of parasites such as roundworm, hookworms, or giardia, or a bacterial or viral infection. It could even be cancer.

And older pups may suffer from canine cognitive dysfunction, a condition similar to Alzheimers in humans.

So, if your previously trained dog goes outside then comes in and poops , all of a sudden, a vet visit may be necessary to see if this issue is a result of an ongoing medical condition .

How To Stop It?

While potty training using pads seems to be a first method to try, there are other tactics that have proven to be quite helpful to prevent a messy excrement cleanup everyday.

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Crate Training

To prevent your floors fom getting soiled, some owners look for a doggie diaper. Others choose to explore other options like crate train their hounds.

In simple terms,

Canines will naturally avoid soiling their immediate surroundings. This, of course, seems entirely logical. Who wants to lay in a bed of their own feces?

By crating your canine buddy and putting him in a kennel for increasing periods, and then immediately let him out to poo outdoors, you are teaching him a habit of controlling any urge to urinate or defecate as soon as an urge strikes him.

Some people will make their animals go through it for their entire life , while others rely on this kind of tools and practice for a short period of learning.

The Bedroom Door!

You can, perhaps, prevent this level of accidents at night and replace a kennel by closing the bedroom.

An open door may allow your four-legged friend to take advantage of another room or any other confined space where he can easily hide a deposit and go back to lie on bed.

They will not consider this soiling an immediate zone, and is very happy to come upon this solution.

You, however, will not be happy.

So, if you have any doubts about your animal’s ability to control himself, it is wise to have a closed door.

No Late Dinner!

Another solution is to adjust your pup’s dinner .

Remember not to feed him late, anything they eat will eventually make its way out of there a short period after eating, and your fido may not be able to hold it until potty time .

And if he doesn’t have a long duration to complete such digestive process , odds are greatly increased that you’ll have an unpleasant morning cleanup.

Some experts recommend to not giving anything to your four-legged buddy after five p.m.

As an added measure, your furry friend’s water bowl should be removed about one to two hours before you retire for evening.

Any parent of a child will tell you that giving liquids to them close to bedtime is not wise. These parents may have to deal with wet sheets, but you will be dealing with puddles in inopportune places or areas .

More Exercise!

Just remember that exercise will spare you an inconvenience of having your dog waking up in middle of the night.

Let him have a good run outside, or take him out on a nice walk while on a leash . You can even join him when he’s circling around the yard .

This will help him get more relaxed, and it will calm any separation anxiety he might have.

An animal who gets enough exercise will most likely rest soundly, and will avoid all natural urges to defecate or urinate until morning.

And, as an added benefit, he will be healthier all around, and far less likely to become obese.

That being said, it’s easy to understand that if your pet is not given any opportunity to relieve himself properly when he should, odds are he will do it when he shouldn’t.

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Unusual Fix?

As mentioned previously, some pups may be reticent about waking their owners if they need the bathroom .

If you think you have a similar issue, there are ways to solve it.

If you allow your furry buddy to nap with you, consider tethering him to your bed, close enough so that any whines of distress will wake you.

This will be easier if he always plays with you as this could be considered as a game.

Another method is to consider tethering him to your wrist or ankle.

Caution must be taken if you decide to go this route. Use a harness, not a collar. This will avoid any chance of strangulation.

And be ready to allow a sufficient length of leash to allow your tethered four-legged buddy some measure of freedom, as well as yourself.

You really don’t want to be tripping over him in your effort to get him outside. If you do, you may find yourself with a tethered dog that suddenly refuses to go to the bathroom outside no matter how many treats you bribe him with.

Yes, it an awful way to spend nights, but it’s worth it at least at first until one of these options and methods plays its part.

Be Patient!

If your hound wakes up and likes to disturb you because he needs to go to the bathroom , put on your clothes and bite the bullet, get up and take him outside to his location .

And please don’t make him regret having awakened you by speaking harshly . it’s within his rights after all.

If you do so, you’ll lose any chance to connect with him. On top of that, it could result in more midnight surprises of pee or worse to wake up to every morning . This time in a location indoor really closely to where you are sleeping.

But you must set boundaries and tread a narrow course between not reinforcing bad behaviors and rewarding them.

If you praise him, you may find yourself experiencing much more of these nocturnal bonding potties than you want because your pooch will consider them normal and will be happy to share with you his privacy and trips to bathroom .It’s strange what he likes !

Any professional trainer will tell you that once your canine has soiled any areas , he will start to follow his lead and be drawn to that point again an hour later. It’s just normal for doggies.

This makes it very crucial to learn this: clean all sort of urine traces of any incident thoroughly using distilled white vinegar and baking soda on all spots . Otherwise, it will consider it a private bathroom and will longer be related to it.

This starts to discourage all sort of repeat and frequent offenses. And please remember, if you suspect health issues , anything from roundworm to cancer to arthritis, while there are plenty of articles full of information to read online , act fast and immediately contact your vet with any question you have. He or She will point you in the right direction.

While you teach these new methods ; don’t press it and give him some break , be ready to give your best for long months and handle any setbacks during such journey.

If your toilet trained sniffing hound wakes and would start to spend their night doing his previous nocturnal adventures again, don’t hesitate to go back to square one and work your way up while addressing above questions .

This should be standard policy going forward.

Spend lots of necessary effort in order to stay trouble free with your mutt;


Now that a lot of the causes of this mess are clear, it should be easier to stay away and avoid further nocturnal accidents at this level .

If your nose sniffing furry buddy is just starting to learn to leave his urine indoors or has started for some times , maybe you can get ahead of such issue once it happened if you teach him right.

If this has happened and he has already pooped on floor for a long period (i.e months ) making it his bathroom , getting rid of could take a little more effort.

And remember times when your dog starts to learns faster if you encourage him follow a right amount of positive reinforcement and create a routine. This can include toys or something else.

Finally, making a couple minor modifications or changing some places can provide relief and ease your questions instead of doing lots of action. Rarely, some medical intervention may be needed.

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