- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 2014
Bees, I’m at the end of my rope. My FI and I adopted a puppy from the humane society about seven weeks ago. He was nine weeks old when we got him, and we expected some difficulty potty training- but to our surprise, it went better than expected! He had a few initial accidents, but we crate trained him, and he did great- no accidents- for about a month.
Well, just in this last week, he’s been peeing and pooping in the house. Wildly, without regard. It started a few days ago- we didn’t pick up on his cue that he had to go (he tends to get excited and rambunctious). So, he pooped in the closet (this is where he had his previous accidents, and this is where our old cat was incontinent during the last few days of her life- all cleaned up with like six different bottles of enzyme cleaner, but I’m sure he can still smell it.)
Anyway, since that time, he’s decided that he can just pee and poop wherever he’d like. Like, this morning. My FI took him out right before he left at 6am; he went. I woke up and showered, puppy was fine. At 7am, he walked to the kitchen (nothing unusual there), had literally two bites of food, then wandered into the living room (still not weird, he sleeps on the couch and all of his toys are there) and pooped. Everywhere. All over the rug and the hardwood floors. No pee.
So I immediately grabbed him and took him outside- he refused to go. So now he’s in his crate.
Here’s the thing. He is a sweet, loving, intelligent dog. Nothing has changed in our family unit- the cats are the same, I’m not pregnant, etc. Only thing different is that he’s in obedience training (this week on Friday will be his third session), but it’s positive and shouldn’t be stressing him out…Well, and I had the last four days off of work. So he has gotten considerably more attention than usual (he’s usually in the crate from 6-10 and 10:15-2:30).
Oh, his poops are normal, no diarrhea, he’s not in any obvious distress…his vital signs are normal, no weird lumps or bumps, eyes and mouth look good (I’m a nurse, admittedly not a vet, but I feel like I’d be able to see anything obvious)…..this strikes me as a behavioral thing.
Anybody have any insight or advice? I don’t know what to do.