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There's nothing more disappointing than coming home from a long day of work only to find that your dog pooped on your bed or perhaps left you a puddle of pee. Don't worry, though. Your pup isn't leaving you these unpleasant presents to upset you, she's doing it because something may be wrong or she hasn't learned any better.
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If your pooch is consistently peeing and pooing on your bed, that's not normal behavior and could mean that she's sick, anxious, hasn't been taken out enough, or just isn't properly potty trained. Whatever the reason, there are several ways you can stop your dog from pooing or peeing on your bed.
Visit the vet
It's possible that your dog pooped on your bed or peed on it because he's sick. This is especially true if the behavior seems to come out of nowhere or your dog is suffering from diarrhea. If your dog is experiencing loose poo, he may be dealing with anything from stomach upset to something more serious like parasites or even bowel cancer, warns PetMD. Peeing on the bed could indicate he has a urinary tract infection.
Bring your dog to a veterinarian to rule out a health issue as the cause of his odd behavior and get him treatment. Usually treating a health issue should stop him from pooping and peeing on your bed.
Older dogs could be dealing with mobility issues due to conditions like arthritis. Your dog may simply not be able to move quickly enough off of high spots like your bed or couch to make it outside before he accidentally eliminates.
Provide your pooch with a comfy bed might be the solution to his inappropriate elimination issues because it's closer to the ground. A warm bed, such as the K&H Pet Products Deluxe Lectro-Soft Heated Bolster, can soothe your dog's achy joints while allowing easy egress when he needs to relieve himself.
Use pet steps, available in pet supply stores, to make mobility on and off your bed easier for him. Petsfit Wooden Pet Stairs for Elderly Cats or Dogs has a longer, more gradual angle that is easier on your pet's achy joints. Make sure steps or ramps are appropriate for your pet's weight and size.
House train her
Whether your dog keeps pooping in your room or your dog pooped on your bed, it might just be because she's not properly house trained. Make sure she understands that she needs to eliminate outdoors, not indoors. Start by taking your dog out when you first get up in the morning, after meals, and before you go to sleep to give her ample opportunity to do her business outside.
Place some of the poo you find on your bed outside in a spot you want her to go. The scent will attract her to the spot, and she'll likely remark the spot by eliminating there. When she eliminates outdoors, always praise her so she knows that's what she should be doing.
Crate training is a terrific way to get your pup properly house trained and is an excellent dog poop deterrent and dog pee deterrent. Dogs view the crate as a safe space and won't generally poo inside the crate, making them an excellent house training aide between potty breaks, recommends VCA Animal Hospitals.
Think beyond the traditional airline carrier dog crate. Merry Products Double Door Furniture Style Dog Crate & End Table provides all the benefits of a metal crate — including a slide-out bottom tray and chew-proof sides — while doubling as an attractive piece of furniture. Removable wooden panels let the item double as a traveling crate as well.
Take him outside
Even if your dog is the best-trained dog in the world, he will still eliminate indoors if you don't take him out enough. Dogs can generally hold their feces and urine for about eight hours or less if they are young puppies or seniors.
If you plan on being outside of your home for more than three to four hours, have someone stop in to give him a potty break, recommends the Humane Society of the United States. This will prevent him from going indoors, especially if your dog won't stop pooping on your couch or bed.
Another option is to bring your pup to doggie daycare for the day. This way, he'll have plenty of potty breaks. Doggie day care also ensures he gets plenty of exercise to keep him healthy and it's a good dog poop deterrent because he won't have a chance to eliminate in your home.
Keep her calm
Dogs who suffer from anxiety, especially separation anxiety, may poop or pee on places like your bed that contain your scent to comfort themselves. Using a synthetic dog pheromone spray around your home could help calm your dog down and make her feel more secure. Or, getting another dog as a companion for her may help her deal with being alone during the day.
Ensuring that your pup stays calm during the day is an excellent dog poop deterrent because she won't feel the need to eliminate in strange spots, like your bed. You can also work with your veterinarian to see if medication could help in calming your dog when you aren't at home to supervise her.
Spay or neuter
Some dogs urine-mark their territory, and some also mark their turf with poo. If your dog keeps pooping in your room or peeing on your bed, it could be that he's marking that space as his own. He uses the scent of his pee and poo to mark the territory.
If your dog isn't spayed or neutered, getting him fixed may be the solution to this problem, recommends Vetstreet. It will reduce the urge he has to mark territory and advertise for a mate.
Start dog poop deterrent training
To ensure your dog doesn't poop or pee on your bed, prevent her from accessing your room. This is especially important if your dog keeps pooping in your room and not anywhere else in the home. But, only do this after ruling out other issues to ensure she's healthy and not anxiety-ridden.
This will also give you a chance to thoroughly clean your room of any residual odors from her urine and feces, which could continually attract her back to your room to eliminate again. While she may resort to pooping or peeing elsewhere, this will at least keep your bed safe.
- WebMD: Why Does My Dog Poop In the House?
- VCA Animal Hospitals: Dog Behavior Problems -- House Soiling
- Vetwest Animal Hospitals: House Soiling -- Elimination and Marking Problems in Dogs
- The Humane Society of the United States: How to Housetrain Your Dog or Puppy
- The Humane Society of the United States: Crate Training 101
- Vetstreet: Canine Urine Marking (Indoors)