Suddenly pooing in the house....

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Suddenly pooing in the house....

Post by higsywigsy » 18 Jan 2019, 15:18

Dear all - we have a much loved 1 yr old boy called Scooby who has been perfectly well behaved since he was house trained at 4 months. However, over the last week he has taken to pooing on our landing every night. :(
There has been no change in his routine at all, and no major stressors I can think of.
Does anyone have any advice please about this?
Many thanks in advance

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Re: Suddenly pooing in the house....

Post by Oscar 12345 » 19 Jan 2019, 10:53

Hi Rachel, can you give us a bit more info re: what times are you feeding Scooby and does he eat anything between the last meal and bedtime. What time is he going out to toilet and what are his toilet habits? Is he wormed or do you get him checked for worms? Would be helpful to build up a bit more of a picture of your little boy.
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Re: Suddenly pooing in the house....

Post by mikegoodson1 » 21 Jan 2019, 14:17

I have a one year old mini Schnauzer girl and although she is house trained, I'm convinced that given the chance, in the night, she may do 'something' inside the house. What we have started doing, is shutting her in our bedroom (along with our three year old mini Schnauzer), so what she tends to do, if she needs to go out, Is scratch the door. This wakes me up and hence I let her out in the garden. I know it's not an ideal solution but I would rather do the half-asleep walk downstairs to let her out, than clean something up before heading off to work!

Would that work for you? Or isn't it practical?

I'm sure the other question would be around why Scooby is going in the house, presumably you are taking him outside (or letting him out) before bedtime for him to sort himself out? Has his diet changed? Have there been any changes in your household that could have unsettled him?

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Re: Suddenly pooing in the house....

Post by higsywigsy » 11 Mar 2019, 07:28

Hi thanks for your replies. We’ve changed his food to Lily’s kitchen prob just before this started happening. He eats at early around 7am then again at 6/7pm. He always goes in the garden before bedtime, and I try to take him on a walk as well - but invariably there are no poos when I take him out. Don’t think keeping him in our bedroom would work unfortunately as Scooby never lets us know when he needs the loo!

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Re: Suddenly pooing in the house....

Post by Oscar 12345 » 11 Mar 2019, 10:27

At 1 year old Otto was walked at 7.30am fed at 9am walked either before dinner which he had at 5.30pm or after depending on whether it was dark. He invariably went to toilet on both walks or on rare occasions I had to take him for a longer walk before bed he would do it then. He is now fed raw and pretty much only wants to go in the morning. It is important that Scooby gets in to a good pooing routine and sounds like he should be going to toilet before or after his dinner to ensure that he doesn't want to go in the night. So I would either feed a little earlier in the evening say 5.30 pm and then take him for a good walk around 7pm or take on a good walk just prior to his dinner but if he does not go on either of those walks then another walk before bed and if he still doesn't go I would probably crate by my bed at night until I have the routine sorted.
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Re: Suddenly pooing in the house....

Post by zeta1454 » 11 Mar 2019, 11:10

If you think that the change to Lily's Kitchen food happened just before this started, is it possible that the food is passing through Scooby at a different rate or affecting his digestive system differently so he now needs to go later at night?

If the food is a different type or contains ingredients that were not in his previous food, it may be the reason for the issue. Lily's Kitchen is a good brand of food so no need to change necessarily but it might be worth considering feeding earlier (or later ?) to see if you can catch the optimum time for when Scooby needs to go. Do you know how soon after going to bed this is happening - is it within an hour or two or is it happening early morning before you get up?

This is just another thought when I saw your mention of the food change.
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