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¿Your adult dog shits at home when he didn't before? ¿Shows unusual behaviors? There are many different causes that can cause a change of habits in the dog, among them a move, the acquisition of fears, the appearance of behavior problems ... It is then that we observe abnormal behaviors that they did not perform before. But, ¿what do they really mean? ¿How they should be solved?
In this AnimalWised article we will explain why does your dog poop at home if he didn't do it before, showing you the 6 most frequent reasons and offering you some extra tips to apply to try to solve the problem. If you're sick of your dog shitting at home at night or during the day, keep reading:You may also be interested in: My cat poops on my bed - Causes and solutions Index
- Disorders related to separation
- Cognitive dysfunction syndrome
- Preference for a place in the house
- How to prevent my dog from shitting around the house?
There are numerous diseases that can cause the dog to begin to show unusual behaviors, including the act of urinating or defecating inside the home. Before suspecting that it is a behavioral problem, we must rule out that it is a pathology, therefore, the first step will consist of go to the vet and perform a general review.
Here we will show you some of the pathologies that can cause an adult dog or puppy to relieve themselves at home:
- Food Allergy
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Intestinal parasites
- Bad nutrition
- Bacterial infection
- Viral diseases
- Stomach flu
2. Disorders related to separation
If your adult dog shits at home when you are away, you may be dealing with separation anxiety. This behavior problem appears only when the dog is alone, that is, in the absence of the owner and is caused by high levels of stress. To determine that it is indeed separation anxiety, your dog must defecate when you are not at home, whenever a separation occurs and it should occur even on very short trips.
If your dog urinates and defecates at home when you leave him alone, you are probably dealing with a case of separation anxiety. It is important do not punish the dog if you do your business at home, gradually get used to going out and carry out a proper cleaning of the home, with enzymatic products.
3. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome
Cognitive dysfunction syndrome is a frequent pathology in elderly dogs and is usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as disorientation, fear, behavior changes, and poor appetite. Although it is a degenerative disease that has no treatment, it is possible to slightly reverse the condition and even stop its progression if we perform mental stimulation exercises, we consult with our veterinarian about the option of administer pharmacology and we improve your well-being in a general way.
4. Preference for a place in the house
It may happen that, due to an episode of diarrhea, our dog has an accident at home. It is totally normal and understandable. However, if after that episode he starts shitting always in the same place, We are no longer facing an accident. It may happen that our dog has a predilection for defecating somewhere in the house, such as on a rug, a bathroom area or on the terrace. In addition, it is common for the dog to shit at home in the evening, with the intention of avoiding a possible fight.
In these cases, we must prevent access to "place " where he does his needs frequently, placing an object that blocks his way. It will also be important perform a correct cleaning, in order to avoid the smell and pheromones that may leave in that area. To do this, it uses enzymatic products. It will also be important re-educate the dog, teaching the adult dog to defecate outside the home through positive reinforcement, that is, rewarding with prizes and with a voice whenever he does his business in the street.
Dogs can be afraid of a wide variety of stimuli: people, other dogs, objects, noises, darkness ... It can occur at any time in their life, generally after a trauma or negative experience, but it can also be a genetic condition or appear after continued punishment.
The expressions of fear They can be very variable and we can find dogs that urinate on the feet of their owners, a dog that shits at home at night when it did not before or dogs that are excessively upset after an event, then defecate on top.
Fear is a very difficult behavior problem to deal with but some basic tips to get started can be do not punish the dog, prevent access to stimuli that cause fear, perform proper cleansing, use synthetic pheromones, conduct behavior modification sessions to address fears, and engage in calm, positive interactions.
Although it is one of the less common forms of marking, it is important to remember that feces can also be considered marking. In these cases the dog usually shit on the walls of the house, leaving small or large traces of stool. Some of the recommendations before marking could be castration, the use of synthetic pheromones, proper hygiene and re-education of the dog in the street.
How to prevent my dog from shitting around the house?
It is not always easy to know why a dog shits at home if he did not do it before, therefore, if you have not found an obvious cause for this behavior, the best thing is go to an ethologist veterinarian to offer you a diagnosis, whether it is due to a health problem or a behavior problem.
If you cannot find this professional figure in your country, you can first go to a veterinarian for a general check-up and then go to a canine educator or trainer. The evaluation of the specialist can be key to treat this problem promptly and prevent it from becoming chronic.
Below we are going to offer you some general tips to prevent the dog from continuing to relieve itself at home that you can apply before visiting the professional:
- To begin, you must teach your adult dog to relieve himself in the street. Although you already know how to do it, it does not hurt to follow the guidelines that we show you in the article to reinforce the behavior of defecating in the street and that you know that this is a desirable action and that you should take.
- Create a fixed schedule of walks so that your dog does not have the need to defecate at home and knows when he is going to go out. Remember that a dog should enjoy at least, between 2 and 3 daily walks.
- Carry out a proper cleaning of the home, with the use of enzymatic products.
- Avoid punishing or scolding your dog, since this increases stress levels and does not favor the recovery of a positive hygienic behavior.
- Consider using synthetic pheromones.
It should be noted that these guidelines are indicative and generic, Therefore, each case may need specific and concrete guidelines according to the causes that have caused this behavior in the dog..