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What is Pooping in His Crate?

If your dog has been pooping in his crate, it may be a cause for alarm. The instinct to keep the den clean is natural in wild dogs, and the crate often becomes this den for domestic pet dogs. To understand why your dog may be inappropriately eliminating in his crate, take a look at some factors surrounding the behavior. The consistency of the stool can be a reflection of your dog’s health. Diarrhea can be a common symptom of many medical conditions. If your dog shows anxious behaviors in his crate, there may be behavioral issues that are causing the inappropriate elimination. Any symptoms concurrent with your dog pooping in his crate can give you and your vet important clues as to the cause of your dog’s behavior. While there are many reasons why your dog may be pooping in his crate, common ones include:

  • Potty training 
  • Crate is too big
  • Anxiety
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Infections
  • Muscle and nerve disease
  • Incontinence 
  • Trauma 
  • Medications

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Why Pooping in His Crate Occurs in Dogs

Reasons why your dog may be pooping in his crate relate to behavioral issues, physical limitations, or medical reasons that can cause your dog to be unable to hold it until he is let out of his crate. Often, conditions that cause diarrhea or a loss of bowel control can result in crate soiling.

Potty Training 

If your dog is still a puppy, he may not be completely potty trained. He may also be too young to be able to hold it for too long of a time. Puppies will need to relieve themselves much more often than adult dogs, and can even need to have a bathroom break as soon as every hour. On average, a two month old puppy can only hold it for about two hours at the most. As your puppy grows older, he will be able to extend that time, but it may be slow. Know that even an adult dog can have limitations, and may not be able to hold it through an eight to ten hour work day.

Crate is Too Big

Ensuring you have the proper size crate can also make a big difference. When choosing a crate, only allow enough room for your dog to be able to turn around in and lay with his legs out. This important detail will ensure that there isn’t enough room for him to poop and not lay in it. Dogs have a natural instinct not to soil where they rest, so use this instinct to your advantage, especially when training puppies, or retraining adults. 

Anxiety

A dog who suffers from separation anxiety may become quite anxious when you leave, a common time when he may be crated. He may whine, pant, and pace, but more importantly, he may become so distraught that he may poop right where he is. Your dog might also suffer from confinement anxiety, which could cause anxious behaviors when he is trapped in a confined space. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

This is a chronic condition that affects the intestinal tract in some dogs. Due to several reasons, the intestinal lining is invaded by inflammatory cells, resulting in an allergic response that interferes with the ability to process and absorb nutrients from food. Common symptoms include episodes of diarrhea or vomiting, and sometimes, weight loss. Diet and bacterial proteins have both been identified as possible causes. 

Infections

Various infections can lead to digestive problems that can cause uncontrollable diarrhea. Parvovirus is a highly infectious virus that can cause severe abdominal pain, bloating, decreased appetite, vomiting, and often, bloody diarrhea. Many types of internal parasites and worms can also cause digestive disruptions, and can result in chronic diarrhea that can damage the muscles in the rectum. This can lead to a loss of full control in that area. Some of the infecting parasites can include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, giardia, and coccidia. 

Muscle and Nerve Disease

There are various diseases that can affect the muscles or nerves, causing weakness and debilitation that can affect rectum function. Degenerative myelopathy involves a degeneration of the axons within the spinal cord, resulting in arthritic-like symptoms specifically seen in the hind end. Peripheral myopathy is a condition which causes nerve damage that inhibits sensations, thereby stopping your dog from knowing when he needs to defecate. Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disease that is inherited or immune-mediated. This condition stops the muscles from being able to contract.

Incontinence

There are many medical conditions that can cause incontinence in dogs, especially those that involve a partial or complete paralysis of the hind end. Elderly dogs may also experience incontinence as a consequence of aging. 

Trauma 

Injury can occur from accidents, or from tumors that may have formed near the rectum. These kinds of trauma may damage sphincter control and make it difficult for your dog to control his elimination.

Medications 

Certain medications can cause disturbances in elimination. If you have noticed the behavior since your dog has been taking a specific drug, talk with your veterinarian about the possible side effects and if that may be causing problems in your dog.

What to do if your Dog is Pooping in His Crate

To correctly diagnose why your dog is pooping in his crate, your vet will first look at the age of your dog, and ask pointed questions about his potty training and any concurrent symptoms. It is important to determine if the inappropriate elimination is a behavioral or medical issue. Your veterinarian will perform a physical exam, which will include checking the sphincter muscles, and run many tests to determine if there is a medical reason behind the behavior. Bring a fresh stool sample for testing if you can. Blood tests, a urinalysis and fecal testing can provide valuable information that can lead to a diagnosis. These tests can often diagnose various infections, and evaluate your dog’s internal health. X-rays, MRIs, or a myelography can detect tumors, muscle and nerve diseases, and evidence of any other serious trauma. Inflammatory bowel disease may need an intestinal biopsy for a definitive diagnosis. 

If medical reasons are ruled out, then behavioral issues will be examined. Does your dog become anxious in confined places? Does he get nervous and vocal when you get ready to leave the house? Often, separation anxiety can be diagnosed if your dog only poops in his crate when you are gone. Monitoring his behavior can give you important clues as to why he may be anxious in his crate.

Once the reason has been determined, a treatment plan will be discussed with your vet that is specific to your dog’s condition. Infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics and anti-parasitics. Any medications that may be causing elimination problems will be immediately discontinued. Trauma will be evaluated and corrected as needed, such as tumor removal or reconstructive surgery. If incontinence in your older dog is the issue, diapers and more frequent trips outside may help. Dietary changes can sometimes decrease the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. While there are not any drugs that can specifically treat a parvovirus infection, supportive care is given to aid in the body’s natural recovery. Physical therapy exercises and pain medication is often prescribed to manage diseases such as degenerative myelopathy that have no cure. 

If your dog is still a puppy, or just needs re-training, use positive training techniques to teach your dog the appropriate place to eliminate. Use patience, consistency, and compassion to ensure that your dog receives the correct message and learns that the crate is not his bathroom. Anxiety can be treated through behavioral modification and counterconditioning. Try leaving toys and treats with your dog when you lock him in his crate so that he will associate good things with time in his crate, thereby lessening his anxiety. Be sure you have an appropriately sized crate that discourages elimination. Always remember that not all dogs are physically the same, and while some can hold their stool for a very long time, other dogs may need to go out more often.

Prevention of Pooping in His Crate

It may be impossible to predict when accidents, tumors, or certain medical conditions can occur, but there are other ways you can prevent this behavior. Be sure to keep your dog on a monthly preventative treatment to protect him from parasitic infections. Use positive reinforcement right away with your puppy to teach potty training, and expose him to lots of new people, animals, and places to encourage confidence and lessen the chance of anxious tendencies. Use crate training techniques to teach your dog that the crate is a safe place to be. 

Cost of Pooping in His Crate

The cost of treating inappropriate defecation in the crate can range considerably, and will depend on the reason behind the behavior. The loss of bowel control can be rather expensive, ranging up to $5000. Inflammatory bowel disease can average $2800, while degenerative myelopathy can be slightly less at $1800. Infections can range up to $1000, with parvovirus averaging $700 and intestinal parasites around $300. Behavioral issues involving anxiety can range from $200 to $1500.

Pooping in His Crate Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lola
Newfoundland
17 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

I have a 17 month old Newfoundland. She is crate trained, but for the last several days she's been pooping in her crate in the middle of the night & it's runny. I haven't changed her diet, & I've taken her out to potty more than our normal routine but she still does it. Does she need to be seen?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Lola has picked up a simple tummy bug causing diarrhoea and just like with humans, if the diarrhoea is coming it is going to come. Since it has been around a week, I would recommend that you speak with your Veterinarian as any possible infection may need to be treated; try to ensure that Lola is hydrated and also give some plain canned pumpkin as it may help to firm up her stool. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gus
Corgi
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea in crate at night
Diarrhea
Pooping in crate

I have a 2 year old male corgi (intact), he used to sleep on our bed or in our bedroom and had no issue. He would go and take naps inside the crate we had in the room, but we hadnt used it with him once he was potty trained. We recently moved and he’s been going fine during the day, he has 4 other dog siblings and property to play in during the day. At night they all get fed about 2+ hours before we put them in their crates. Everyone does fine but him. If one needs to potty she will whine and we’ll take her out. He does nothing and in the morning he has pooped in his crate at least twice. Sometimes he puts it so far in the back it goes out of the crate and onto the wall/floor. Other times he poops so much that he’s in it. He makes no noise or notification that he wants to go out to potty (like he did before when he was loose in our old room). He doesnt seem to have an issue with this crate because he will go take a nap in it if Im in my room long enough doing something. This has been happening 4 nights in a row (or mornings when I find it). Also, some poops are diarrhea, some are soft but with some firmness and there are a couple clumps.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Gus is having GI issues, he may not be able to control his bowel movements the way he normally does. Since he is having diarrhea, it might be a good idea to have a check up for him with your veterinarian, as he may have picked up a parasite or something that is causing that problem. Hopefully, once you get the diarrhea and soft stool cleared up, the problem will resolve.

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Max
Maltipoo
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I've had max for about a month now and he has never eliminated in his crate. All of a sudden he poops in his crate and it's running. Nothing really changed. Our routine is the same so I can't think of anything. He does cry and bark when we leave but he always does that. Not sure if he's just sick and can't hold it or if I should be concerned. We went to the vet Sunday for a well check up and everything was fine. Monday is when he started. Should I take another trip to the vet? He's still eating and drinking so I'm hoping it's just an upset stomach.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible Max has a little stomach bug or irritation which has caused some diarrhoea which he couldn’t hold; there are infectious pathogens everywhere and a dog may pick up a small infection (younger dogs are more likely to be affected), have a little diarrhoea and be alright the next day. If the problem continues and you are noticing more runny stools or are generally concerned a trip to your Veterinarian wouldn’t hurt. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We just got a new pug puppy. She's 10 weeks old right now. We took her home 2 weeks ago, and she magically knew to run and pee and poo on the pads we had by the door. Since it's so cold out we are using pads for training right now. She also can hold it for a really long time for a puppy, several hours. When she's in the middle of playing, she'll just run over to the pad and go. But, we have a problem with the crate. Pretty much as soon as we put her in it, and step away, she poops. And then, like a monkey, she flings it all over the place. If we stand next to the crate till she goes asleep, she's fine.. but if she sees us leave, all bets are off. She screams and howls and jumps around, and then poops. Sometimes she poops the very second we step out of view. I sure it's got to be some kind of separation anxiety... but how do we correct it? If we have leave the house for a couple of hours, we don't want her rolling around in her poo. What can we do?

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Pepper
Miniature Schnauzer
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing in crate
Pooping in crate

Medication Used

Liver prescription diet

My 5month old puppy has a liver shunt, but does pretty well with being home. She knows to use doggy bells to go outside, but when we put her in the crate in the day time even for just an hour she will pee in it. Lately she has been pooping in her crate and eating it. I'm pretty sure she's eating it because I see poo marks in her bed and blanket, but no stool. We do leave for work for up to 3hrs. Like I said when we are home she doesn't pee or poo in the house.
She also doesn't do it at night when she sleeps in her crate.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no easy answer to stop a dog from defecating in the crate; it may be that you need to adjust his toilet time, it may be a behavioural issue or a medical issue. You should speak with your Veterinarian to make sure that the cause isn’t a medical issue, if it isn’t then changing his toilet time and try catching her defecating and punishing her may help too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Aisha
Boxer
2
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 2 year old boxer and she spends her day in her crate while I'm out. She has recently started pooping in her crate daily and will walk all over it. She never used to do this, but now it's an everyday thing. She knows she did something wrong, but she still continues to do it. I'm thinking it's behavioral, but I don't know how to stop it. We have tried to no longer feed her in the evening (just the mornings), but that's also not working. She is crated next to our other 4 year old boxer (seperate crate) and he never messes in his crate. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For behavioural issues, there is no simple one fits all solution; before you settle on behavioural you should have your Veterinarian check Aisha over to rule out other causes of faecal incontinence like loss of anal tone among others. If it is behavioural, you need to show disapproval when she defecates in the crate and praise her when she defecates where she is supposed to; no quick fixes for behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jakey
Cairn Terrier
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eliminting in his crate

Pooping in crate suddenly. I have an eleven week old puppy who has a crate with plenty of room to have a bed and newspapers and a feeding area. He has not used the crate for anything other than feeding, choosing to sleep elsewhere. Suddenly he eliminated on the bedding in the crate and has done it again. Should I try removing the crate?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The issue may be a loss of bowel control or may be due to another issue; it is important to determine whether this is a behavioural issue or a medical issue. Make sure that Jakey is up to date with his worm treatments and make sure he has opportunity to defecate outside. If the problem continues you should visit your Veterinarian to see if there is a medical problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sammy
Labradoodle
18 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

We have had sammy for 6 weeks. He is a 18 week old labradoodle. He hasn't always been really good in his crate and normally goes to bed on a night about 10 and wakes at 6 to go to the bathroom. Two nights ago he began to eliminate in his crate. It appeared he had diarrhea but then again tonight he eliminated in his crate and his stool was normal! He has been barking a lot. Im a little concerned as this change in behavior has just started. We had a house guest last week who left three nights ago. Could this have something to do with it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Defecating in the crate may be caused by many different causes which may include behavioural issues, stress, infections, bowel disease, lack of training among other issues. There is no one way to stop defecating in the crate as the primary cause would need to be identified; behavioural issues can be overcome using discipline techniques. Stress may have been caused by a house guest, just keep an eye on the issue but if it continues a visit to your Veterinarian may be needed to rule out any medical causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ryder
Malti-Poo
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pooping in crate

I have a 1.5 year old mini poodle mix who i recused. He poops whenever I leave him alone, mostly in the crate. He does not have accidents any other time. His crate is the correct size but he poops then lays in it. I’m at my wits end with this as I have to clean feces out of his fur everyday as well as his crate. I know this is anxiety as he doesn’t let me out his sight when out of the crate. He also isn’t treat or food motivated so I’m struggling to get him to associate the crate with positive things

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These types of ‘accidents’ in the crate are difficult to control as Ryder is most likely perfectly healthy but from anxiety is getting the better of him when he cannot see you. I would try to put him in the crate, leave for thirty seconds and then go back making a fuss of him if he didn’t defecate and punishing him if he did; then over time build from thirty seconds to a minute etc… to try to associate the crate with something positive. Other than that I would recommend discussing with a Behaviourist about Ryder’s accidents in the crate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
German Shepherd Dog
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We rescued a German Shepherd puppy at about 13 weeks old and he is now 16 weeks. He knows he should be going to the bathroom outside as he will go to the back door when he is free around the house. The problem is he gives us no warning. No barking, whining or even pawing at the door like the 2.5 year GSD mix we also have does. He continues to have accidents in his kennel overnight though. It started out as just pee but the last couple times it was poop. He doesn't have an accident every night as he had gone 5 days without an accident. We would love if he would just bark during the night to have us get up and let him out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your frustration, but I don’t know of a way to teach your dog to bark when he is in his crate when he needs to do his business; it is important to take him out late to make sure he did his business and try to time feeding so that he won’t defecate during the night. I cannot offer any further advice on this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Havanese is 5 months old and will pee and poop in his crate. And lay in it. I try to wake up earlier or listen for when he stirs and it doesn't help. I've slept on the couch to listen, nothing. Any advice?

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Mya
Boxer
12
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Thirsty
Loose stools,

Why does my dog all of a sudden start pooping in her crate? She has never done this before and does not do it at night, just during the day when she is crated. She also stay thirsty constantly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Defecating in the crate may be a medical condition, but more frequently it is behavioural and may be down to anxiety; there is no quick fix for it and you need to make sure that there is nothing stressing Mya whilst she is in the crate. Sometimes moving the crate to a different area or observing (by camera) the behaviour in the crate you may start to understand triggers which may be causing this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Murphy
Shih-Poo
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Our dog is 3 years old and has been having accidents in the house when we are not home or through the night. He had a kennel for the first year we had him and we took him out for last year. For the first half of the year he was fine and rarely had accidents. Then he started having them in the house frequently enough. We recently got him another kennel to try to solve this problem and the first few days he was fine but he started pooping in the kennel and then lying in it. I would believe this is due to separation anxiety but he rarely also poops in the house when we are home and after he has already been out. What can we do to fix this problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to determine whether this is a behavioural problem down to anxiety or a medical problem with a loss of continence; I would first check with your Veterinarian to make sure that there isn’t anything medically going on since you’ve mentioned that he will defecate indoors after being out, this may indicate that he is unaware that he needs to defecate. Other than that, if he comes back with a clean bill of health you just need to reinforce training again. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Remi
Shih-Tzu
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I just brought home my 5 month old Shi-Chon puppy this weekend. I know I have not had him long at all- only 2 days, but I have found feces in his crate now 4 times. And each time he steps in it, which results in a bath. He is usually going potty outside when I take him, but not always. And he never goes around the house- only the crate and outside. I know I just got him, but I want to stop this behavior ASAP before it becomes anymore habitual. I am trying really hard taking him outside frequently, rewarding with treats, and his crate is the correct size for his body. Please help stop this before it continues!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You need to show Remi disapproval when he defecates in his crate, punishment is best (don’t hit him or put his face in it) but show disapproval; when he defecates outdoors, make a big fuss of him and take the time for him to know he did well. I know it is obvious and you are probably doing this already, but he may be a little stressed in his new home; keep this up with rewarding him for defecating outside and he should get on track. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, my 1 year old pup has started pooing in her cage again recently, for the past three weeks she’s pooed in her cage pretty much every night. She feels guilty in the morning, she knows it wronge. She goes out into the garden every night before bed but won’t do anything. Last night she also peed in her cage which she hasn’t done since being a tiny pup. We’ve tried alsort, she only has dog food, eating at certain times, punishing her and rewarding her for going outside etc, we can’t figure out why. We’ve been to the vets and he hasn’t said anything is wrong. Are we missing something? Should I try a different vet? Thanks

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Snicker
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi, my 1 year old pup has started pooing in her cage again recently, for the past three weeks she’s pooed in her cage pretty much every night. She feels guilty in the morning, she knows it wrong. She goes out into the garden every night before bed but won’t do anything. Last night she also peed in her cage which she hasn’t done since being a tiny pup. We’ve tried alsort, she only has dog food, eating at certain times, punishing her and rewarding her for going outside etc, we can’t figure out why. We’ve been to the vets and he hasn’t said anything is wrong. Are we missing something? Should I try a different vet? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for defecating in the crate which may be medical (she can’t hold it), behavioural or due to another factor like fear; you are already doing the right things - punishing her, rewarding when defecating outside etc… I do not think you are missing anything and more often than not these issues come down to a behavioural problem; is there anything new in your home? Have you moved the crate? Friends or family visiting? Try to think of any possible changes that may have an impact on Snicker’s bathroom habits. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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chloe
miniture goldendoodle
13 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

panting, whining, crying

Hi, I got Chloe (a 13 week old miniture goldendoodle) 3 days ago. I want her to be crate trained while I am at work during the day. As she is still a puppy, how can I make her stop having "accidents" in her crate whenever I leave the house or whenever I put her to sleep? She is good at relieving herself outside. She doesn't have accidents on her bed, she does go on the pee pad that's in her crate but then with the panting, it ends up going on her bed. Puppy and separation anxiety?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chloe is young and three days in your home, the whole experience is new for her; you should show her disapproval when she poops in the crate and make a fuss of her when she goes outside. Most likely separation anxiety is the cause and it just needs time to work itself out; there is no secret to crate training, just repetition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our 5 month old Bully was completely house trained and had no problems asking for the door. Now suddenly over the last 2-3 days he has been pooping non stop in his crate.

We had him on kibble originally, then switched to raw chicken and bone cubes for about a month. We switched him back to Taste Of The Wild kibble because we read that on raw he could have ecoli or samonila in his mouth and that is unacceptable with us because we have a baby in the house and didn’t want him licking him.

What is causing his pooping behaviour????

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Joba
Miniature Pinscher
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Separation Anxiety

I have a 9yr old male min pin. Ever since he was a puppy he has peed and pooped in his crate. It does not seem to bother him. When we are home he will tell us when he needs to go go outside to do his buisness. He gets praised and rewarded. He knows he is not suppose to go in the house. We have been cleaning up after him for 9 yrs. I know he has separation anxiety and we have tried medication and nothing helps. We are are at our whits end. Please help!!!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately if Joba hasn’t picked up crate training by now, he may never will; if he is able to hold himself whilst you are at home, we can pretty much rule out a medical issue as the problem would be consistent. If (most likely) the problem is behavioural, then it is a case of stepping up training; instead of punishing him for accidents in his crate try ignoring him as this may have a more profound effect. I am sure you’ve brought this up with your Veterinarian during your checkups, so I cannot think of anything else which may be of benefit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hershey
Lab mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

none

The past three nights, our dog- a 13 month old lab mix we rescued from the pound about 7 months ago- began pooping in the kennel at night. There is no blood or worms in the stool that we can see, but it could be classified as diarrhea. She still has lots of energy and an appetite, but she also has a bit of a hacking cough. She stays in the fence in the backyard during the day and only comes inside to sleep at night. She has been boarded in the last 10 Days, and she has gotten out of the fence at home too. Suggestions on how to treat the diarrhea?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since she has had a few times where she may have eaten something that did not agree with her, when she escaped from the fence or while she was boarding, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, have them check for parasites in her fecal sample (they look for the eggs, not the adult parasites), and get an anti-diarrheal medication if she needs one. If she wasn't vaccinated against kennel cough, she may have picked up that infection at the boarding kennel, and your vet can examine her for that and make sure that she is okay, as well. I hope that she is okay!

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Hank
Labrador
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Stool Control

My dog Hank just started recently pooping in his crate. It happened a few times spread out through the month but then it just started getting worse, he would have diarrhea and then he would lay in it. He had surgery 2 or 3 weeks ago that envoled his stomach, but we had are local vet check to make sure everything was ok at the 2 week check up. There was nothing abnormal. During the day he is happy and running around. We are scared and losing hope, please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what kind of surgery he had, but the diarrhea may be a result of whatever was wrong with him at that time - your veterinarian may have checked his incisions, hydration, and general health and thought that everything was okay, but that isn't normal behavior post-op, and may be related. It would be a good idea to have another recheck, let your veterinarian know what he is doing, and make sure that he doesn't need any treatments that might help resolve these problems. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Hi I didn’t know where to comment Just did it here hello I have a 1year 2 months husky He is with us since 1 month and I keep him in the yard he had a crate and we didn’t teach him to not poop here he just pooped everytime and In my school break I desided to make him a new crate for 6 days he didn’t poop here I take him out of his crate at morning at 8am and when I give him food today I started the school and when I came home he was just doing it and I cannot stop It was 12:15 am I give him food at 12:40 and he pooped on the yard I am to worried about yesterday what he gonna do please give me some advices what to do

Hi I didn’t know where to comment Just did it here hello I have a 1year 2 months husky He is with us since 1 month and I keep him in the yard he had a crate and we didn’t teach him to not poop here he just pooped everytime and In my school break I desided to make him a new crate for 6 days he didn’t poop here I take him out of his crate at morning at 8am and when I give him food today I started the school and when I came home he was just doing it and I cannot stop It was 12:15 am I give him food at 12:40 and he pooped on the yard I am to worried about yesterday what he gonna do please give me some advices what to do

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Georgia
Labrador Retriever
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Poop

The dog was always good about going out at night and letting us know that she wanted to go out, but since about last thursday, she has been pooping in her crate every night. We have to wash her every morning and completely clean everything. The crate is definitely small enough and we tried feeding her in there. We are letting her out at 11 pm every night as well. At this point we aren’t really sure what to do!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without more details on her health status, what type and how much food Georgia eats, and whether she has been checked for parasites, I am not sure that I can offer much advice to you. If she is eating more than she needs, or eating later in the evening, that will make her need to defecate more often. When she goes out at 11 pm, is she having a bowel movement? Are the bowel movements soft? If you feed her around 5-6, take her out so that she has a bowel movement before bed, and make sure that she has been checked for parasites by your veterinarian, that should help - if her colon is empty when she goes to bed, she shouldn't need to defecate in the night. If you're not sure, it would be best to check with your veterinarian, as they will be able to get a more thorough idea of her schedule and help you regulate it. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Kodi
Siberian Husky
18 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Poor Stool Control

I adopted a Husky when he was 6 months old from a young lady who did not train him at all. He is now a year and a half, and we are still having problems crate training him. He poops and pees in his crate, anytime while we are at work, while we are sleep, sometimes as soon as you put him in. Its not all the time though he can go a week at a time without having an accident in his crate. We've tried positive reinforcement, such as giving him treats when he goes outside, we've tried one of those pee-posts. I need some help! Cleaning up a mess multiple times a day is getting very very old!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. One of the best things that you can do to prevent accidents in Kodi's crate is to make sure that everything is emptied out before you put him in there. Walking him right before you leave should help stimulate him to urinate and defecate, so that he doesn't need to while you are gone. If he is spending extended hours in the crate, that may be a problem. Feeding him twice daily helps, as well, as if he has access to food all day, he may always have stool in his intestinal tract. I hope that some of those suggestions help.

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Opie
German Wirehaired Pointer
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constant crate deficating

We have a 9 month old German Pointer, we cannot seem to get him to stop pooping in his crate, we’ve downsized the crate, made sure he doesn’t eat more than 2 hours before going in and make sure he goes poop outside before we leave for work. We used to wake up in the middle of the night to the stench of poop and have to give him a bath and clean the kennel. We know he can hold it because we have let him sleep in the bed with us before but it seems like at least 3-4 times a week we’re coming home to poop all in the kennel and all over him since he stomps around in it. I don’t think he dislikes his crate because he’ll randomly go into it to sleep, but if we leave and lock him up he whines and cries. We are at a loss here and don’t know what to do, neither of the 2 other dogs we have ever had this problem. Any ideas as to what could be causing this behavior?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This certainly seems more behavioural than medical; it seems that Opie is fine with the crate as long as the door is open and he is free to move. Determining why he is defecating in there is a difficult question to answer. I will recommend that you check the link below on stopping a dog from whining in the crate as there is a section near the bottom where you can ask a certified dog trainer a question to get a better insight into canine behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-whine-in-his-crate

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Mochi
French Bulldog
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Bladder Control
Poor Stool Control

My 1.5 year old french bull dog will not stop pooping and peeing in his crate. He is also eating his poop and licking his pee. He is fed once a day(at dinner time), but is fed two cups each time so that he does not have a full stomach while we are away at work. I have made the crate smaller so that he only has enough room to lay down and turn around. He knows that he is doing something wrong when he does it because when I come home from work he looks like he is in trouble. I do not know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. One thing that might help is to walk him right before you leave, so that he is empty when he goes into the crate. If you can consistently walk him before he goes into the crate, you should have more success in his housetraining.

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(Mister) Manny
Miniature Schnauzer
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Defecation

Medication Used

Acepromazine

Thank you all for your insights, suggestions, and support. We have sibling miniature schnauzers, 5-years-old, and -- although co-dependent -- each has his (or her) own crate, side-by-side where they nap during the day and sleep overnight. Recently, the little gray male has begun pooping in his crate ... as well as elsewhere inside the house. As we are in the process of packing up for a major international move, and our "children" are so sensitive, we definitely believe that anxiety is the culprit for this change in behaviour. The issue now is how to stop it. We've been to our vet, who prescribed a mild sedative--but even the 0.5 dosage is causing our little boy to act "lifeless" and nearly comatose. Scary! We haven't changed anything about the environment of our bedroom (where the dogs' crates are located) and we haven't introduced anything different ... moved any furniture ... or brought in any moving boxes. We are spending more "lap time" with Mister Manny (our little boy with the problem) and even have tried to have him wear Fruit of the Loom toddler-size underpants when putting him and his sister in their crates for the night. Nothing, however, seems to be stopping this abnormal behavior. We're at our wits' end, waking up night after night at 3:00 AM to the foul smell of defecation--and then getting up to clean up the entire mess, including the dog. As a result of this stress, strain, and anxiety, we are now finding ourselves becoming sick due to lack of sleep, over-exposure to feces, and overall frustration. We would walk the dogs before bedtime, but we live in Wisconsin where it's not only bitter cold and blustery, but there's dangerous snow and ice always covering the sidewalks and streets. That's why we enclosed a portion of our backyard--for the dogs. Alas, no matter how many times we put them out each night, these "accidents" are occurring with increasing frequency. Help, please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When a dog starts to defecate in his crate, it is usually a behavioural issue; now if you are packing up to move, this can be a stressful time for dogs due to unexpected activity. With behavioural issues caused by anxiety of change, it is difficult if not impossible to curb this defecation because to an extent Mister Manny cannot help it and you cannot explain to him; apart from sedation there is little else to do. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. We've put a piece of my clothing -- an undershirt -- in Mister Manny's crate, as suggested by a friend ... and we're trying to hold and cradle the little guy as much as possible. Hopefully, this, too, shall pass! (But not literally. LOL!)

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Ghost
Dogo Argentino
10 Weeks
Critical condition
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Poor Stool Control

I have a 10 week old Dogo Argentino.
It is assuredly a behavioral problem, that he constantly pees and poops in his crate.
He is not anxious, as he has spent many stays in his crate just fine, but if he seemingly doesn’t feel like being in his crate - he will poop or pee almost instantly. He will also lay in his mess, leading me to believe the breeder raised him in filth, which is no surprise considering that he cane with a multitude of infections and parasites.
Aside from this behavior, he flat out refuses to poop outdoors. He also refused to poop on a puppy pad, he exclusively WANTS to poop on the floor. He will on occasion pee outside, but for as long as I’ve had him, he refuses to poop outside.
No matter how often I take him outside, no matter what feeding schedule or amounts - he will hold his pee and poop until we are indoors, and go on the floor.
As if that isn’t enough, he pees and poops small amounts, and will wait for me to begin cleaning, and then go again 1-3 more times. It is not at all unusual for him to pee 2-6 times in a row.
No matter how many times I empty him outside, he always has more pee, no matter how long we are outside, he will per or poop the moment we get indoors.

I am absolutely at the end of my rope. My floors have been destroyed, he has ruined countless other items with his pee and poop. I am a patient person but this is beyond reasonable, to be expected to clean a mess upwards of 20 times a day, not to mention washing him 1-5 times a day. We are using almost 2 rolls of paper towels and a bottle of disinfectant a day.

PLEASE give me advice to train him otherwise, or give it to me straight if this is potentially an incurable behavior issue, because we have spent over $1,000 on tests and he has absolutely no medical issues, and no amounts of positive reinforcement will coerce him to eliminate outdoors, on a puppy pad, or even just not in his bed/crate.

I may have to get rid of him if this is permanent because I cannot deal with this forever, nor can I handle this when he becomes a full adult, and can produce 5 times as much urine and feces as he currently does as a puppy.

Thank you for your help!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that you are having this problem with Ghost, and you are probably right that it is a behavioral issue. At his very young age, however, he should be trainable out of this problem! I've attached a great source of information with many training tools for you to try: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-poop-in-his-crate. Hopefully these tools help and you are able to enjoy him more!

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Vern
English Bulldog
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

pooping in cage
Pees in cage

Vern has been doing this since we got him in July the people that had him said he was crate trained and he poops and pees in in every night and during the day and smushes it the cage is big enough for him he doesn’t care if he gets in trouble or not he still does it I don’t know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases like this it seems that this is a behavioural issue and it needs to be reinforced to Vern that this is not acceptable behaviour; however, if he continues to do this it may be due to stress, diet or a medical issue. You should visit your Veterinarian to determine if there is a medical cause for this level of defecation, but otherwise it is a case of enforcing training and punishment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
Miniature Schnauzer
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loose stool
Diarrhea
pooping in cage

Medication Used

trifexus

Milo is an almost 8 month old miniature schnauzer. We adopted him at 14 weeks. He has been potty trained for the most part and only poops in his cage when he is sick. While we are gone during the day, he is put up in the bathroom and has not had an accident since the second day we got him.

While I was gone this weekend, Milo slept in the bed with my husband, but now that I am back he has been sleeping in his cage like every other night. The first night he was fine, but every night since (2 nights) he has pooped and peed in his cage. The poop and pee is in the side as if he is trying not to poop in his cage. We typically take him out right before we go to bed every night. So he should not have this problem. His poop is a little soft and does have a little mucus in it, but it is not bloody or abnormal. He is up to date on all shots and takes Trifexus monthly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds more like a behavioural issue since Milo has been relegated to the crate after enjoying a bed whilst you were away; apart from reinforcing training there is little I can recommend. If the issue continues, you should visit your Veterinarian to check for a medical issue but most likely this is a behavioural issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My puppy has a medium crate and a large crate the medium crate is too short so he can't even stand up but the large crate is I suppose too wide. Just recently he will poop in the crate and lay and walk all in it like he doesn't even care yet he's fully potty trained. I can't leave him out because he tears everything up but I feel bad leaving him in a small cage that doesn't fit him properly but there's no inbetween! Help! Why is he doing this and laying in it as if he doesn't care??

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Gambino
German Shepherd Dog
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Loose Bowel Movements
Peeing in crate
Pooping in crate

I've had my puppy for about three weeks, the first two weeks went completely perfect. He would occasionally pee in his crate if I forgot to set my alarm, but for the past week while I'm at school he is going 2-3 hours without going to the bathroom (I have a family friend take him out whilst I'm at school) but during the second half he is pooping. His waste is never solid if it is in the crate, it always is either slightly moist or extremely moist. The crate has a divider and he barely has any room, not like he cares about laying in his waste. I haven't changed his diet at all since I've gotten him either and he is on a strict schedule of two meals and water and random times throughout the day. I have no problem cleaning it but I really want to preserve his coat and avoid as many baths as possible.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies commonly have parasites or intestinal infections, and that may be complicating his house training. It would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian, and have a stool sample analyzed, so that they can treat him for any intestinal issues that he may have, and get him back to having normal stools on a normal schedule. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Jax
German Shepherd
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pooping
Peeing

My German Sheppard won't stop popping and peeing in his kennel. He gets to go out multiple times a day/ sometimes he has to wait couple hours but he waits to do it in the kennel. When he was 4 months old we left him at a Kennel for 10 days and they didn't feed him and made him poop and pee in there so im thinking now he thinks its okay to go in there. He also gets really scared if you raise your voice at him he pees himself. What should we do? Its going on to a everyday basis.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is a difficult problem to solve, given his background. One thing that can help quite dramatically is to actually walk Jax, and not just let him outside, as a walk will stimulate him to urinate and defecate so that he doesn't have the urge in his kennel. Oftentimes, if dogs are let outside in their own area, they aren't as motivated to empty as they are when there are other smells and stimulants. I hope that that helps.

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Doc
Boerboel
3 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

none

My 3 month old dog Doc has been urinating and pooping in his crate sometimes immediately after coming back inside from a walk. He will lay in it with no problem also his crate is only big enough for him to stand or lay so he will just stand and urinate or squat and poop. I take him out at least 8 times a day and my hubby takes him out twice during the night. I don’t know what to do as he is healthy. We moved him out of our bedroom after the first week we got him (2/10/18)and he was doing great but as of last week (3/8/18)he has been soiling his bed constantly.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Some causes for that behavior may be that he is eating too much food, or if he has intestinal parasites. A lower quality food will often cause more frequent bowel movements, as well. It might be a good idea to take him to a veterinarian for a check up, analyze his stool for any parasites, and discuss his diet quality and quantity. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Case
Golden Retriever
10 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Stool Control

My 10 week old puppy just started pooping in his crate. We have had him going on three weeks now and the first two he was just fine in his crate. He would pee sometimes but that’s normal for puppies his age. However, he never pooped their before. In the past 3 days he has pooped in the crate 4 times during the night. The first two days his poop consistency was normal during the day but yesterday he ate 2 meals before pooping and it sort of looked as if he was constipated because there wasn’t much there. By the 3rd meals of the day it took him 2 hours to have a normal bowel movement. He again pooped in his crate.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Case may have parasites that are affecting his bowel movements, or he may not be tolerating his food well. It would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian, and a stool sample analyzed, to make sure that there aren't any parasites that need to be treated. your veterinarian can discuss his food with you and see if he needs to be on a different food to help with his bowel movements.

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Conor
Golden Retriever
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crate Pooping

We recently picked up a golden retriever puppy. He is 9.5weeks old. We are trying to crate train him but we are having a really difficult time during the day. He is very good at night. I put him in "bed" at 10pm, take him out at 2:30am, and then again at 6:30am. He has not had an accident in his crate at night. However, we have been putting him in a puppy pen during the day for a couple hours at a time while my husband goes to work and every single time he has pooped in his pen and gotten it all over him. My husband is very tired of having to clean the dog and our floors multiple times a day. We went out for 30 min last night and he pooped in his crate! We are still feeding him 3-times a day and he usually poops 2-times in the morning before we put him in his pen and he is still pooping 2-4 more times. We are getting frustrated because he does so well at night, and can't seem to hold it during the day even for 30 min.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nine weeks is still young, some puppies pick up house training immediately whilst others have problems; another group of puppies may not be able to hold their faeces for a variety of reasons, but Conor is still young and has a lot of training in front of him. At this point you can only reinforce training, try to interrupt him during defecation among other techniques but you should have Conor checked by your Veterinarian at the next vaccination visit to check anal tone etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Dutch Shepherd
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Poor Stool Control

A 3-4 month old dutch Shepard who is pooping and peeing in her kennel multiple times a day. She does not do it all the time but for example she had and accident about 1 am when we got up to take her out. When I got up at 630 she went out at used both. She was taken out again at 9 am and again used both. As we were in the house for only an hour she pooped in the living room.so I took her out and she peed. Then she was put in her kennel while I was gone for about an hour and a half and she pooped again....it is getting futrating what can I do to help her stop pooping in her kennel? It is not an every day thing so I don't know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. One thing that you should do for sure is make sure that she doesn't have intestinal parasites, by having your veterinarian look at a fecal sample. Your veterinarian might be able to look at the food that you are feeding her, and determine if she needs a different food, or less of it, so that she is not having as many bowel movements, as she seems to be defecating quite frequently. Once both of those things are under control, one other thing that can help quite a bit is to actually walk Nala rather than just let her out, as often dogs are more motivate to empty their bladder and bowels outside when they are on concentrated walks, rather than just in a yard. Since she may need further vaccinations, make sure that you avoid areas where lots of other dogs frequent. I hope that those things help.

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Jelly Bean
English Bulldog
16 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

So I have a 16 month old English Bulldog who has been pooping in her crate from day one (we got her from a breeder at 16 weeks old). She used to poop and just sit in it and would poop every time she went in her crate, now we’ve gotten it to the point where she is usually only pooping in her crate at night. I feed her now only one time in the morning (usually 3-4 cups of a premium dry dog food), and she knows to go outside when she’s in the house all day. At night she won’t have an accident if she isn’t awakened during the night, but if she wakes up at all during the night she poops in her crate. She is on a monthly deworming pill (triheart plus) that is suppose to keep roundworms, hookworms and heart worms at bay, and is on a flea and tick treatment called Bravecto as well. Her crate is big enough for her to poop and go on the other side so that’s what she does. However when she was in a smaller crate, she would just wallow in it every time she pooped. What can be done? I was even waking up at 5am every morning for a while to take her out but didn’t seem to help...when she was a puppy I was taking her out every 4 hours during the night and hourly during the day. I just don’t know if it will ever end at her age and at this point. She seems like at her age she’d be able to hold it better than this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Jelly bean has had this problem since she was 4 months old, I'm not sure that you will be able to correct it at this point. The only thing that i can think that might help would be to actually walk her in the evening, as sometimes dogs are motivated when on a walk to defecate, vs. just going outside in the yard. The may help make usre that she doesn't need to defecate otherwise. i hope that things get better for her.

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Luna
Great Dane
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pooping
Pooping Peeing

My wife and I just got Luna 2 days ago. We are potty-training her and crate-training her, but we've had some issues so far: She is slowly understanding to not do anything on the tile, and has been pretty good about going outside, but on both days she pooped in her crate while we were gone, and both of those times we were gone for only 20 minutes. Today, she actually had just pooped outside, my wife brought her back in, put her in the crate, and when she left the house, Luna pooped again in there.
At night, she goes inside the crate no problem, but after an hour or so, starts screaming bloody murder. We take her out but she either just pees or doesn't do anything at all. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Luna is a baby, and you have had her for a very short time. Puppies take a lot of patience. I'm not sure what food she is on, or how much you are feeding her, but it would be a good idea to discuss that with your veterinarian, as she may be eating too much, or the food may not be as digestible as it needs to be. If she is eating at irregular times, that will contribute to these accidents - twice daily feeding helps to regulate timing of defecation.

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Lily
West Highland White Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Destructive
Peeing in crate
Pooping in crate

My husband and I adopted Lily in October as her previous owner was working 12+ hours a day and was rarely home even when she wasn't working. She was crate trained and the first few months we had her there were no accidents in or out of the crate. Come December, she destroyed her bed in her crate and was peeing daily. In January we noticed she was limping and had damaged nails and that she had pried and broken off a few bars on her crate. Then she started pooping in her crate. To prevent her from injuring herself we start putting her in the spare bathroom. The first week there were no issues and we figured whatever issue had been resolved. Then she starting peeing again. Then we found shredded toilet paper and deep grooves scraped into the door frame from her nails and ripped out carpet fibers where she could reach under the door. Not long after started pooping on the floor. I tried withholding food and water in the morning and giving it to her in the evening while we're home and taking her for a walk before I leave in the morning so there was nothing in her system but it still happens. She is now peeing on the carpet. My husband the other day went to grab something from our bedroom after I had already left and she peed on the carper in the less than 5 minutes he was away. I am deep cleaning my carpets at least once a week and scrubbing my floor and tub every night. I cannot continue like this and I'm almost considering giving her to her old owner as she asked me to do so if we decide not to keep her. I hate to do it but we are trying for kids and I cannot be on my hands and knees every day and heavily pregnant. Her vet says she is physically in perfect health. What can I do? We cannot keep a regular schedule as both my husband and I time to start work varies by an hour and same with evenings, me especially as I work in the medical field.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarian has determined that she is in perfect health, this leaves us with a behavioural issue; it is difficult to say what is causing this behaviour and it is important to try to find a link or trigger of this behaviour since otherwise we are left with enforcing training and not being able to resolve the underlying issue. I wish I could tell you a simple technique or an over the counter product but there is none. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ty
Golden Retriever
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

8 week old puppy pooped in pen and then ate it. How do I stop it. He is just beginning housebreaking and is doing fine with urination, but most times poops in the house.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ty is still at the beginning of training and it seems like he may have defecated accidentally and ate it to hide it from you so he wouldn’t be punished. We have a step by step guide on the training portion of our website linked below on training a puppy to not eat their faeces, there is also a section there where you can ask a dog trainer a question. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-puppy-to-not-eat-poop

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Blu
Husky
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eating stool
Pooping in crate
Playing in stool

We’ve had Blu for almost a full year now and he just turned 1yr old in February. When we first got him potty training was EXTREMELY difficult even with positive reinforcment, tiring him out, monotoring water intake, belly bands, everything he really only stopped going to the bathroom in the house maybe November or December of 2017. We already have a problem with our youngest and newest dog, Bella a chihuahua mix pooping in her crate but shes not even a year old yet so we let her slide. But recently Bella has stopped pooping in her crate at night and instead Blu has restarted. And not only will he poop but then he’ll rub his nose and paws in it and get it everywhere. Im wondering if its because he knows that a big change is happening? Because im pregnant and due in less than 2 months and were also moving from our apartment into a house in a month? Im just wondering if theres something I can do in the meantime because I cant be getting on my hands and knees to clean out his crate every morning the give him a bath. Hes crate trained and actually loves to be in there, he whines only in the morning to wake me up and take him outside which I do. He also likes to eat any other poop he finds in the house. I just dont know what to do about it all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately this is a behavioural issue (from the sound of it) and there is no quick fix, you just need to keep going through the motions of punishment and positive reinforcement and hope he catches on; I have no magic method or medication to give which will resolve this. It is possible that even with punishment and positive reinforcement it may still take eight or twelve weeks to see any result. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shae
Australian Shepherd
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Deficating in crate

Hi, my fiancé and I just got an Australian Sheppard and her back story was she was abused, and locked in a small room all day with piles of their own feces when she was Rescued from that owner. We adopted her, figuring it would be somewhat of a challenge, she is a very sweet dog and it took no time to get her to stop chasing the cats ( 2 times in the kennel as punishment and about a dozen treats over a couple days for rewards and she gets along great); but as smart ash she is we are having potty training issues. She refuses to go the bathroom outside, she refuses to go the bathroom anyplace except ther kennel. We had one that was too big so we got one just big enough she could turn around in and every morning she is covered in her own poop. We went to scheduled feeding times and yesterday I was outside with her for 8 hours doing yard work while she was on her run, she never once went. We had the neighbors dog go the bathroom in our yard hoping she would go, she still refuses. Yesterday she sounded like she was making groaning sounds, we come back inside she went into her kennel immediately and went the bathroom. I’ve tried showing diss appointment in this behavior but I have no way to reward her bc she won’t go anywhere else. We are ready to take her to a class and see if someone can recommend something, any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to get a dog to do their business in a particular place, it may be worth getting some of her faeces and placing it around your garden in places where you would want her to defecate so she can associate her faecal smell with the garden; continue to show disapproval and try to clean the kennel as much as possible when she defecates there to remove all traces of faecal smell from the kennel. The article below says Rottweiler but the techniques apply to all breeds. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-to-poop-outside

Thank you we will try that

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ziggy
Chihuahua
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pooing in bed

i have a 3 year old chihuahua we've had for 2 years he was absolutely fine when we got him bu over the last 2 months he has been soiling in his bed by the front door and in our daughter bedroom i've tried everything and anything possible even getting up 3 times a night to let him out. although he doesn't do anything he never left longer then 3 hours we are just at our wits end dreading the thought of waking up to it or coming home to it what can we do? please hep

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be a behavioural issue or medical issue, it sounds more behavioural to me; we have a training guide which covers training a dog to not defecate in the house. However, if there is a medical cause, you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-poop-in-the-house

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Mia
French Bulldog
1 Year
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Pooping in crate

We have french bulldog who was 1 in January. We have had her since 8 weeks. We crate her when we are not home, at night, and sometimes while we are at home. She seems to not care about peeing/pooping in her cage. Her cage is the right size and yet she will still do it...even after just going on for a walk or a run in the backyard. She eats once a day in the morning but will poop multiple times throughout the day. Any help would be appreciated!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mia may need to be examined to make sure that she doesn't have any parasites that are contributing to her problem, and that she has normal nerve function to her back end. Frenchies are prone to neurologic problems, as a breed, and that may be affecting her ability to control her bowel movements. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Nova
Chocolate Labrador Retriever
3 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Pooping in crate

Our 3 month old Chocolate Lab only prefers to poop in her crate. Nova can be taken out and walked for 45 minutes, brought inside and crated and will poop within 10 minutes of being in her small confined crate. She is on a strictly timed and measured feeding schedule (1/2 cup, 3 times a day) she is let out often during the day and taken on walks. The evening ritual is for her to be walked from 8-8:45PM, let out again at midnight, and then again at 4AM. Most times we find lots of poop in her crate. She lies in it without care. While on walks, she cries and pulls to head back to the house. Most of the time we have to drag her. She pees in her crate too, and in the house, but she will pee on walks too. Yet with poop it seems like she holds it to only go in the crate. A friend suggested leaving her with an old sweatshirt of mine to help her relax. One night and it went into the trash because it was smothered in puppy poop. We are doing all of the consistent praise, and rewards and remaining patient, but she is making no progress.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is frustrating. If she is fine defecating in her crate, that can be a hard habit to break her of. He may only need to be fed twice daily, and that will decrease the frequency that she needs to defecate, and may help. Typically, dogs need to defecate 20-40 minutes after eating, and you can try to time her walks for that time frame. I'm not sure what food she is eating, but making sure that she is on a good quality, highly digestible diet can help too. I hope that that helps.

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Buddy
pit bull terrier
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Deficating

I recently adopted a one year old pit-mix from a shelter. When I first got him he was not potty trained and would pee in the house. When I first started putting him in a crate it would be for maybe an hour tops every day and he did okay. He would bark but would soon stop and go to sleep. Now he is potty trained in the house but he has started pooping in the crate anytime I'm gone for more then about 30 min. I've tried different blankets and beds, put chew toys and even gotten a bigger crate. He used to get the poop all over him in the smaller crate so the bigger crate has helped with that. I know he has separation anxiety and I've tried giving him melatonin to calm down while I'm gone. None of this has helped and it's becoming a HUGE problem. I Will even take him out and make sure he goes poop and pee before I leave and he still manages to get more out not even an hour later. He doesn't whine or bark anymore. He even sleeps in the crate at night with the door open and will go there without me telling him to. It's his "den" but he still goes poop when I'm gone. I know it's not a physical thing because anytime anyone in the house is there even if he's locked in the crate he will not go. I need help! What do I Do? My fiance wants to get rid of him unless it's fixed fast! (He has also started Peeing within the last week or so)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Buddy may have intestinal parasites that are making him need to go more often, or a dietary problem, as it sounds like he defecates more than normal. Feeding him twice a day instead of leaving food down can help quite a bit, as the timing of his bowel movements is more predictable. It would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian to make sure that nothing is wrong with him and have a fecal sample looked at to identify any parasites that might be a problem.

He is allergic to grains so is on a grain free diet. I have taken him to the vet for a fecal sample and it came back negative for any parasites.

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Bruno
German Shepherd Dog
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety

my 6 month old German Shepard is continuously peeing in and sometimes pooping in his crate. He is in his crate overnight and for the most part does fine. On the other hand when we are at work he is never alone for more than 2-4 hours by himself, he will completely saturate his crate with pee and he will be dripping with it. At this point I don't know what to do. Anxiety maybe? he honestly is so needy, won't go outside to go potty unless other dog is outside and even one of us. Im so frustrated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It may help to actually take Bruno for walks instead of letting him out in the yard, if you aren't already. Feeding him at regular meal times helps with knowing when he is going to have to defecate. If he seems overly anxious, it would be a good idea to start training with him, as he is very young and should be very confident. Your veterinarian can recommend a trainer for you. Making sure that he is out for a walk right before leaving should help with the urinating and defecating in his crate.

My yellow lab was diagnosed with seizures three weeks ago, idiopathic seizures they called them. She was put on phenobarbital. She was dopey for two weeks, as they told me to expect this I wasn't surprised. She started to come around and play more, she was more reactionary too. Now three nights in a row she has pooped in her crate. It's a challenge cleaning her, the crate and getting ready for work. I spoke to the vet. He said the med rarely causes diarrhea, but it's the only thing new in her life. I'm going to bring her in for checkup, just curious if this rings a bell for you. Thanks

James

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Sancho
Boston Terrier
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
Pooping in crate

My dog will cry really loudly (almost to the point where it sounds like screaming)when ever I put him in his crate before I leave and he will still be crying when I comeback. He will also pee and poop even if he is alone for more than 30 minutes. I have tried so many things to calm his anxiety but nothing really has been working. Any suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sancho may need anti-anxiety medications, and to work with a trainer, as he sounds like he is very upset when you leave. These problems don't typically get better on their own, and it would be best to make an appointment with your veterinarian to talk about medications, and training.

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Layla
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
9 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

none

We recently rescued a young staffordshire and she we kept in a crate most of her life covered in her own feces. She is fine with the crate now but because she was in one so long she thinks it's where she's supposed to go. We can walk her and try to get her to go outside and she will still wait until we leave and go in her crate. We constantly have to bathe her and clean the crate. We take her with our other dogs and praise them when they go to show her its a positive thing. On the rare occasions she goes we praise her and give her treats. How do we kick this habit? She is absolutely wonderful just need to fix this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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This is going to be a difficult problem to resolve, as she has always known that the crate is where she defecates. For her, it is going to take time, continued praise and encouragement, and patience. If she does have times when she does defecate outside, those are very positive, and praise and treats are exactly the right thing to do. Making sure that she is on a regular feeding schedule of twice daily will help as well, as she should need to defecate about 20-40 minutes after she eats, and you can use that to try and time her walks.

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Calley
Australian cattle dog
7 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

self harm
Urination
severe separation anxiety
Defecation

Medication Used

No medications work

My dog has severe separation anxiety and cannot be left alone. Anytime I leave her alone in her crate she poops and pees in it and ends up with gashes and cuts all over herself from trying to escape. I have tried tiring her out, even when she plays at daycare all day and is exhausted it does nothing, neither does long walks or runs. Medication does nothing for her anxiety. She has no problem being in the crate when I am home and sleeps in it at night and during the day without any problems, as long as a human is there. I'm at a loss on what to do. I now have to leave her in a small pen outside as I can't leave her loose inside either because it looks like a tornado hit when I get home. I know she can hold it as she has for over 8 hours when I have been home all day and been fine. I don't like leaving her outside as it is summer and hot and I can't leave her any water since she just tips it over. I end up having to leave her a giant hunk of ice which I don't think does much since I come back and both she and the pen and the block of ice are covered in urine and feces. I also have a fan to blow air on her to keep her cool, but I would really like to do something about her anxiety. Also, having another dog around does not help as I used to have another dog and he did not help her at all. He used to run away from her after being locked up in the same room together. Her in a crate and him loose. She's also really smart and I try to leave smart toys for her to play with while I'm gone but they do nothing to distract her. The anxiety seems to almost overwhelm her. Been dealing with this for 4 years.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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No two cases of separation anxiety are the same and it can be difficult to determine the causes and triggers of why this behaviour is occurring; this isn’t something which I can help with over a simple message online and you should think about consulting a certified dog trainer to help get to the bottom of this as it is a purely behavioural issue. The link below is a general guide, but you should think about asking our certified dog trainer at the bottom of the article in the link for further guidance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-separation-anxiety

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Minnie Mouse
Pit bull
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pooping

My dog is a pit bull mix she is 6 years old. We adopted her from a shelter about 3.5 years ago. She has recently started pooping in her cage multiple times a day sometimes just once a day in the morning or in the afternoon. It is not diarrhea. She did this when we first got her but it has not been an issue since. She will even sleep with me an fiance some nights and she does not have any accidents. We are tired of picking up poop daily when this has not been a issue. What can we do? Is something wrong with her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Minnie Mouse may have a parasite that is causing her to defecate that often, or she may be eating too much. Having a stool sample evaluated, making sure that she is eating the right amount of food for her weight, and feeding her on a schedule rather than having food out all day can all help with that problem. Walking her on a leash rather than letting her out in a yard can help sometimes, too, as dogs tend to be more motivated to urinate and defecate when out walking vs in a yard.

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Reeses
Mini Dachshund
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

My mini dachshund is 10 years old. She has always slept in her crate at night and in her crate when we are not home. She loves her crate, in fact, we laugh because at night when she gets tired, she asks to just be put in her "bed". Over the last 8 months, we have noticed a big change in her. I am waking up to a mess every day! She poops and then somehow she messes it up into pieces. She always pees in there, but the poop everyday is new. I have now only pee pads in there, because I couldn't keep buying new blankets for her to eventually ruin. She takes the medication Phenobarbital for seizures and is at a whole new level of being obsessed with water. She's at the point where she is licking the grass for drops of water. We give her water, but have to limit her intake because all we do already is let her out, with increasing her water, it will only be so much more. I feel like she is restless, never seems to get settled, basically trotting back and forth while we are watching TV...her weight has dropped and we can now see her bone structure. I am up on her VET visits and have her scheduled next week, I just don't feel like they comprehend the exhaustion my family feels with her. She needs a CONSTANT eye on her, because if we look away for ONE SECOND, she is off jumping in the tub, sticking her head in cups (and believe me, we always close doors and put drinks away). I just feel with this added pooping thing in her crate everyday, I'm at my wits end. AND she poops outside, so going in her crate as well, makes that sometimes 2 to 3 times a day. She is TINY, I don't know where it all comes from! Thank you in advance for any advice!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Reeses may need some lab work to see why her terrible increase in needing water and weight loss is happening. If she is having a systemic problem, that might explain the defecation issue. While waiting for your appointment, it might help to feed her a few hours before bedtime, then take her for a walk right before bedtime so that she is stimulated to defecate and theoretically more 'empty'.

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Rusty
Brittany (Spaniel)
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pooping and peeing in crate

My dog is 9 months old and he is peeing and pooping in his crate. He does not go to the washroom in the house at all but if we go out During the day he will pee and at night he will poop and then eat it to hide the evidence. He also eats his poop when he goes outside he does not eat any other dog poop only his own. I don’t know how to stop him from doing this can you help? We have tried changing his food to dehydrated raw as maybe he was not getting all the nutrients did not work

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Rusty has associated defecation as being a behaviour so he will eat his own faeces to prevent him from being punished; you need to ensure that you are walking him when he defecates and praise him defecating outside and pick up the faeces immediately so he registers that that is the correct behaviour. I don’t think it is a nutritional issue if he isn’t consuming any other faeces or non-food items; but I am not sure about resolving the issue of defecating in the crate unless praising defecation outside would help with that problem too if he knows where he is supposed to go. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
French Bulldog
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have a 6.5 month old French Bulldog. We got her at 3.5 half months and immediately started crate training her. She eats in the morning and in the evening. She was sleeping through the night with no accidents for the first month, but the past two months she has been having accidents. The frequency of the accidents is getting worse and she has been pooping nearly every night in her crate the past week. We recently caught her eating it. She has had some issues with diarrhea. The vet put her on prescription dog food and her stools have been solid during the day, but at night through the early morning she has very loose stools, which we assume are causing the crate issue at night. She doesn't pee in the crate or in the house at all. Just poop. We take her out before bed every night, but many times she doesn't have to go. NOt sure what to do here. Should we forgo the crate since she is developing the bad habit and doesn't seem to mind pooping in there now

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There may be a number of things happening. She may be eating too much and causing her to defecate more than normal. She may have parasites that are causing the diarrhea. If you put her on a leash and walk her, vs letting her out on the yard, she may be more motivated to defecate while outside, and then will be empty when inside. Since there are so many aspects of Lola's situation that I don't know, it may be a good idea to check in with your veterinarian and check on amount and type of food, any parasite testing that needs to be done, and anything else that she needs to regulate her stool timing and consistency for you. I hope that everything goes well.

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Bailey
Chihahua
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pooping Peeing

My Chihuahua iNows about 1 1/2 yrs old. We sent him for board training to stop the barking, and he started pooping and peeing in his crate. He. Was peering in the cage at how occasionally. The trainer did he will go put. And ee, sometimes poop, then do it again as soon as he gets in his crate.It's almost le he is remarking, as Thu cream and disinfect the cute each time. We are at our wits end.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to control urination and defecation in a crate and whilst this is behavioural issue the specific cause for soiling the crate needs to be determined; there is no single solution or treatment and requires training, cleaning and repetition. The article below goes over some principles but there is also a section where you may follow up with a certified dog trainer to help solve this issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-poop-in-the-house

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Hecate
German Shepherd
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, eliminating in crate

I have an 11m.o. female GSD who has been eliminating in her crate for the past month. She hasn’t had a change in diet, she is monitored outside to make sure she isn’t eating grass or anything of the sort, and we’ve added a scoop of pumpkin to her food at breakfast and dinner. She doesn’t have food 2 hours before bed time and she is let out right before she is put in her crate. I thought it might be anxiety from a small crate, so we put her in a larger crate and we still wake up every morning to diarrhea all over the crate and now our carpet. I’ve tried waking up throughout the night to let her out to offer her relief, but without fail, every morning it is everywhere. She only does this when I’m not downstairs!
I’m 7 months pregnant now and am losing the ability to haul crates outside to clean and bleach them. What do I do? I’m on the verge of trying to regime her, but I feel utter guilt over it!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since there is diarrhoea, it is possible that this is a medical issue however we would expect diarrhoea at other times of the day; without examining Hecate I cannot determine truly if this is a medical condition or due to behaviour (stress etc…). I would recommend seeing your Veterinarian for a once over to check for medical causes and may be worth stopping the pumpkin to see if it firms up the stool. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cuda
German Shepherd
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

pooping in cage

We adopted a 10 month old German Shepherd on Father’s Day. The poor thing came from a family who worked and went to school, leaving him in his cage for 10/12 hours a day! He kept pooping in his cage and we explained to them that it was because he was left for way too long! Anyways I finally got him the last two times not to poop in his cage. I have him eat in his cage and he gets treats in there. I even put my night shirt in there with him. We only leave him alone for no more than two hours because I know he has severe separation anxiety and probably is traumatized by being in his crate for too long by his previous owners. whenever we take him out to poop he always steps in his own poop and this morning he had an accident in his cage after eating and stepped all in it. My question is, has he lost that instinct? Should I not feed him in his cage? I understand accidents happen but we go a few times with no accidents and then boom! Also we took him out this am and he peed and pooped before we but him in his cage to eat! Sorry if I’m all over the place!!! He goes to the vet next month for his yearly but do you think this is more of a behavioral? I don’t think it’s medical but I am not a Dr! Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cuda I cannot say for certain whether it is medical or behavioural since German Shepherds are prone to spinal conditions which may result in faecal incontinence but these generally present at a much older age (three years or older). It may be good to feed him outside of the crate so he has an area for eating/drinking, an area for sleeping (in the crate) and an area for defecation (in the garden); this may just be an old habit which you need to break. The article below mentions Rottweiler but may be applied to any breed, have a read through. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-to-poop-outside

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Calvin
Labrador Husky
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pooped in crate

We have had Calvin for two weeks now. He is 9 weeks old. Potty training has been going ok, with accidents here and there. But last night he pooped in his crate for the first time ever. He went to the vet two days ago and had a clean bill of health. The only change in his day I can think of is that they gave me some sort of medicine to give him for once a month and I gave it to him yesterday. Could that have been a side affect or is this something more?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At nine weeks old Calvin will still be having accidents and this may be perfectly normal, however it is possible that a medication (you didn’t mention which one) may have caused some gastrointestinal upset which lead to defecation. I would keep an eye on Calvin, but the odd accident at this age isn’t uncommon but be more concerned if it becomes frequent. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Millie
brown merle poodle
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

urine acidents

Medication Used

none

we have a female poodle,we pad trained her and are pleased that she simply likes to poop inside her playpen on a pad when she needs.her diet and consistancy is healthy and living in an apartment this is convient. we still take her out for fresh air every day. our problem is with urination,she goes on her pads inside and we keep another outside,but she has still been having acidents all around the apartment. its fustrating cause she will stop playing or eating to run to her play pen to poop. why cant she be this consistent with her
urine. shes almost 5 mons old. i dont think its age cause i keep her water bowl in all nite and there have been many 8 hr nites while asleep she holds all nite then comes out to pee on the pad? shes very smart but this one issue seems a struggle for her to master,and its hard on me ,most of her acidents are on our carpets. wheat can we do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It can be confusing for a dog to think that one spot is okay to eliminate in but another is not. She may be confused, and the spots that she has urinated in probably smell like urine so that she thinks they are okay spots to urinate. You may need to block access from the areas that she has soiled until she is more clearly house trained.

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Breezy
pitbull
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

HI I have a 10 month old female Brindle Pit Bull that continues to not only urinate and defacate in the house, but also in her cage. I got her three months ago, and she was underweight and didn’t look good. I have got her up to weight and I have had to treat her for worms two separate times but they have been gone now for a few weeks. Her stool has been consistently a normal texture for a
Couple weeks now and she knows that it she shouldn’t do it, she even covers it up with her blankets so no one will see it right away...please tell me what I need to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We have two training guides below which you can follow as this may be more a behavioural issue than a medical issue, read through both of the training guides and see how you can apply the techniques mentioned; there is also a section at the bottom of each guide where you can ask a follow up question to a certified dog trainer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-poop-in-the-house https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-to-poop-outside (says Rottweiler but applies to other similarly sized dogs)

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Ellie
American Pit Bull Terrier
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pooping
possible anxiety

I have a 8 month old pitbull and almost every time we put her in the crate she poops, I tried making her crate smaller, but she still poops and then lays in the poop. (I know, gross), that causes me to bathe her every day. It is really stressful cleaning poop up every day I get home from work and I need help figuring out how to make her stop. I don't know what else to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Defecating in the crate may be a behavioural issue (needs more training or purposefully defecating in the crate) or a medical issue (she simply cannot hold it); you should visit your Veterinarian to check anal tone, spine and other issues which may indicate an issue. However, if this is a behavioural issue it will be more time consuming to enforce training and punish the ‘bad behaviour’. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Akira
Siberian Husky
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
Pooping in crate

Medication Used

none

Hey guys,

I recently purchased a 4 month old female Siberian Husky puppy. She is having some difficulties with potty training (I believe she was kept in a crate for most of her life and allowed to pee and poop whenever she needed too). She has never pooped on the floor, but will consistently pee on the floor if we look away for a second.

We have just started crate training her at night and during the day while we are at work. The first day there was pee in the crate and a couple of pieces of poop (we thought it may have been because we changed her wet food), but nothing major. The second day she had completely ripped apart her puppy pads, and would not pee or poop on our afternoon walk, but did not eliminate in the crate. The third day, when we came home to walk her in the afternoon there was quite a bit of poop in the crate. She pooped again on her afternoon walk. When we got home from work, she had REALLY pooped in the crate and had gotten it all over the sides of the crate, on the floor outside the crate, and even on some clothes that were a few feet away.

Her routine at the moment consists of me taking her out of the crate at around 5am and immediately taking her outside for her morning walk. After that I give her her breakfast and put her back in the crate. Around 7am-730am I walk her again before I leave for work. We come back at 12pm for lunch and I walk her immediately. She will hang out with us until 1pm (I try to throw her toys around and get some of her energy out) and she goes back into the crate. The boyfriend gets home around 330pm and will walk her immediately. I get home at 5pm and walk her as soon as I get home.

We have been taking her on long walks around town (~30 minutes) or to the park to run (~45 minutes - 1hour) every day. I'm not sure what I should be doing to correct this behavior. I believe it may be a separation anxiety response since she has slept in her crate the past 5 nights with no issues and this only occurs during the day when she is alone. I know that Huskies are very pack oriented animals, so I believe the combination of being left alone and still not being fully housebroken may be contributing to this situation. I do put quite a few toys in the crate with her during the day, as well as a kong toy with treats in it, to keep her occupied. I know it has only been 3 days, but I would like to curb this behavior as soon as possible. I am also going to put a divider in her crate as I think it may be just a bit too large for her. The crate states it can hold dogs up to 80lbs (I really don't believe it is QUITE that big, but that's what the box says). She does have plenty of room to stretch out and turn around, but maybe too much. It takes two puppy pads to cover the floor of the crate.

Any tips would be appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Three days is still very early and it may take weeks to get Akira used to the routine and you coming home etc… It is important to continue with training and to encourage defecation outside by using some encouragement, taking some faeces outside (to associate smell with outside) and to thoroughly clean the crate after each accident. The two articles below should be useful for you and there is a section towards the bottom of each article where you may as a follow up question to a certified dog trainer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-separation-anxiety https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-to-poop-outside (the article says Rottweiler but applies to all large breeds)

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Jon Snow
Pug
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements
Pooping in crate

We have a four month old pug who has never pooped in his kennel since we’ve had him at 4 weeks. We’ve just started trying to crate train him a few weeks ago and he has been doing well. He is not fully potty trained yet but has been doing well the few weeks holding his bladder and going outside when we take him outside. For the last four days, every time we put him in the crate, he is pooping. It’s not completely diarrhea, it’s loose but also somewhat soft. We got a smaller crate with enough room for him to stand and turn around and lay down hoping this would help but he is still pooping in it. We aren’t sure what to do. He doesn’t seem ill, is playing with his toys, eating and drinking well.

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