We have an 11 month old black lab, when we first got her as a pup we crate trained her and apart from the odd accident, which is to be expected, her toilet training went fantastically, in fact she's an all round great dog, obedient off the lead, well trained in the house and great with our two children (1 and 2 years old!) recently though we've been having problems wither pooping on the kitchen floor, always in the exact same place and always when we're in the house but not in the kitchen i.e sitting in the living room. Buts what's baffling is that she'll whine at the door to go out for a wee and if we go out during the day she'll be able to hold it until we get back to let her out. Her feeding and walking routine hasn't changed and she's well socialised in and out of the house. We don't shout at her as we feel it could make the problem worse but positive reinforcement doesn't seem to be working. Any help with this would be so much appreciated
is she pooping around the same time each day?
Is this an "extra" poop to her regular poop schedule (as compared to before she started having these accidents)?
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Yes usually in the evening when hubby and I are winding down, watching tv etc, usually between 9pm and 11pm.
I would change up the schedule to include some time outside at around that time. Depending on her regular poop routine (does she need a walk to poop, does she just need to be out in the yard)? My goal would be to beat her to the punch. If she is used to going on walks, maybe move your walk to a little later in the evening.
I would also not allow her to be unsupervised during this time. Tether him to you or baby gate him/close doors to the room where you are.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
How are you cleaning the spot where she has been pooping? If you don't use an enzymatic cleaner (vinegar, peroxide, nature's miracle) there is a scent message the dog will get to continue pooping there. Regular cleaners (like Mr. Clean and similar) won't get the scent completely.
I agree with Tanya - you need to add another potty break. I also wonder if you still have her on a volume of food that would be more appropriate for a younger dog who is still growing. Older puppies/young dogs don't need as much kibble as - say - a six month old. Too much food just makes for more poops.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thank you, I'll first clean the spot where she goes with an enzymatic cleaner and have a look at the volume of food she has. Will also include an extra walk at that time with some garden time and see if that helps. Hopefully it will, she's a fab dog other than these little incidents