Dog poos in house, help! (NSW)
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We adopted a 2 year old Jack Russel Foxy cross from a dog shelter about 3 months ago. He has bonded with us well and has settled in. The one exception is that he poos in the house almost every night while we are sleeping. We have his bed in a spare room and he will poo in that room or in the lounge room. We never catch him in the act. Can you recommend some strategies for dealing with this? What would you recommend in the way of cleaning products as I know its important to get rid of any smells. We have tried rewarding him when he poos outside on his walks but this doesnt seem to make any difference. Any ideas welcome.
REPLY: Dog poos in house
Well done in adopting shelter dog. They often come with some baggage, and will take time to adjust. Look at when you feed him - go for 2x day at set times in morning and late afternoon - that helps controlling the stool. Make sure that he is confined, eg in a crate or smaller area, like a bathroom or spare toilet (also easier to clean) The more confined the less accidents, as dogs normally don't soil their own bed or den. We recommend using 25% white vinegar 75% water solution after you have disinfected and spray (like mist) over the 'cleaned' area. This removes the smell. Let he vinegar solution dry naturally. If crating no option, lay papers on area where he has been and train to go onto paper. If continues get good behavioural trainer in to help.