Every fall, we encounter the same issue with Sadie. Indoor poopies. I know it's cold & rainy outside but seriouslys? I feel like pooping inside for her is the equivalent of me demanding a heated toilet seat. Hold on! Must get out the Honey Do List...but I digress. Usually, her Fall Indoor Poopies only last a few nights or maybe a week tops. But it's now the end of November and this has been going on since October. Maybe she leaves us a surprise in the bathroom during the day or maybe she sneaks down into the basement at night. But it's been almost daily for at least 6 weeks.
So we made the decision to start crating Sadie when we're gone for extended periods of time and at night. I don't feel one iota guilty about this - girl's been pooping in my house, yo! And she happens to love her crate. When we got Hurley and set up one of the crates for him, I would regularly find her napping in it. I had to set up our second crate after we got him just so she would have her own place to nap. The only difference now is that the door is closed.
Yes, she gets bathroom breaks right before I leave in the morning and right before we go to bed. She even gets alone time in the yard so that she may do her business in peace (she's always been a bit shy about doing her business in front of others and I think Hurley follows her around outside too much for her pooping comfort). But whether it's performance anxiety in front of her brother or princess-ness about the cold wet weather or jealousy over my soon-to-be-installed toilet seat warmer (kidding!), this pooping princess has been thwarted once and for all by my good friend crate.
|Who me? I am way too cute to poop.|
Has the change in weather brought out any abnormal behaviors in your dogs?