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We have a 2 year old, 12 pound mutt, probably an affenpinscher terrier mix. We adopted him 3 or 4 months ago. He was a stray.


He is a gentle, loving dog. He's curled on my lap as I type this. He came from the rescue group housetrained.


Whenever we leave, he poops on our bed. Sometimes it's a pillow and not the bed itself. If we lock him out of the bedroom, he poops or pees wherever he wants--usually in the bathroom or near the cat tower. Once he pooped on our dining table.


We have a doggie door which he uses without problem. We feel like he is letting us know he is totally not okay that we left him. We do have two other dogs and a cat he plays with. (Though the cat is locked up when we are gone so it doesn't get out the doggie door. He was a stray that is Feline Leukemia positive.)


Any suggestions?

post #2 of 5

Crate training.  Crate him in a room where the other pets cannot enter to pester him too.


He is not pooping/peeing in the house to let you know that it's not okay for you to leave him.  This is attributing a thought process to a dog that is far more complex than a dog is capable of.  Dogs are not complex thinkers.


The dog likely has some separation anxiety.  It's quite likely that he gets stressed when you leave and the stress is the reason for his pooping/peeing in inappropriate places.


The crate will give him a safe place that is his own - the vast majority of dogs will not pee/poop in their crate because the regard it as their den.  Even though he may have been housetrained before, you can start again from ground zero with potty training him and have success, but it sounds like your only issue is when you're not home.  This can very easily be solved by crating him.  It's not mean to him, and it doesn't need to be forever.  After a few months accident free you can gradually increase the amount of space he is given unsupervised.


Also, to be frank it's not a good idea to leave the three dogs together unsupervised.  A fight can break out between dogs who otherwise seem to get along at any time, and this is a dog that has only been a family member for a few months.  We never left our two dogs alone together unsupervised and they were raised together (well, the younger one entered our family at 8 weeks and was raised with our older one).


I hope that helps.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Interesting ideas. He poops on our bed in about the spot where he sleeps. Not sure what that means.

post #4 of 5

Agreed.  Crate train him, in the crate any time you cannot watch him (showering, doing the dishes, etc) or you are not home. 

post #5 of 5

I think crate training him or limiting him to a certain part of the house is a good idea.  Could you make it so that he only has access to the yard and the kitchen or something? 

Our dog had major separation anxiety and would howl, cry, and pace the *entire* time we were gone if we went somewhere.  Our neighbors hated us and it was getting to the point where I was getting stressed out just thinking about leaving the house.  Then I started making sure she had a 30-45 minute walk before I left for work in the morning, and now every single time I walk out the door I have her lie down in her bed and give her a small cookie. I break the cookie up and kind of throw it at/around her so that it takes her a minute to get it all.  I used to give her a marrow bone every time (I would 'refill' them with frozen homemade broth or frozen canned dog food) because it kept her busy during that very anxious first few minutes after we left.  Now just a simple cookie and a command to get into her bed is enough of a routine that she's fine.  The long walk I only do in the morning or before we're gone for an extended time, like more than 3-4 hours.  If we have company over it throws her routine a bit so we have to add an extra walk in there for her to stay chilled.   


It took probably two-three days for her to stop howling, two-three months to switch to just a cookie and have her be completely calm when we go somewhere.  Before then she would lie down in bed with the bone, but I could still see that she was anxious. 



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