Your Dog Is Going To Poop In Your House
If you are a dog owner, then I am going to lay down a universal truth at your feet. At some point, your dog is probably going to poop in your house during the course of his lifetime. Do yourself a favor and make peace with this. It may have happened already and I’m really sorry about that. If it has not happened yet, then pat yourself on the back. You win the crown. For now anyway.
It’s only a waiting game my friend. There is no telling when but you need to be emotionally prepared for the day when it does. It may happen the day you are away at work for far too long or it may happen in the middle of the night while you are sleeping and too tired to hear your pooch trying to wake you up. It may even happen when you get up from the couch to get a soda from the fridge (which I always thought was the most frustrating).
When it finally does happen, I like to call it a S.N.A.P.U. (situation normal all pooped up). I want to emphasize the normal part for a moment. The other universal truth that needs to be told is that when your dog has an accident in your home, it doesn’t mean he hates your guts or that he enjoys seeing the agony in your face and the tears on your cheeks as you clean up another one of his messes. It just means that he relieved himself in a very unfortunate space which is your home.
A dog will do number two in your house for a variety of reasons. Here are some below: He’s being housebroken He’s got some intense gastrointestinal upset that really could not wait any longer He’s gotten older and his plumbing doesn’t work as well as it once did He’s on medication He’s anxious He’s developed some bad habits He’s developed a serious medical issue He’s hasn’t been let out in hours and instinct took over
The good news is that your veterinarian can help you out by answering your questions about your dog’s poop troubles. You would not be the first person to ask for help in this area and you will not be the last. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them with specific concerns you may have regarding your own dog. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again--they are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this sort of thing.
The bad news is that you have a super-duper house pooper on your hands. This can be quite stressful for pet owners to deal with because of the pungent smell that never seems to go away completely even after you’ve cleaned up the accident. It is also maddening try to find out why it is happening in the first place if the answer isn’t obvious (like housebreaking a puppy).
Unfortunately, there is no magical formula to stop a vicious poop cycle. A little detective work may need to happen. Are you coming home too late? Are you sleeping in and not hearing your dog’s pleas? Are you missing their signals? Are they sick? If you have determined that it is not a medical issue, then maybe your dog needs a refresher course on housebreaking.
Whenever we had a problem pooper in the house, we always attached a string of bells to the door so when one of our dogs nosed at the door to go out, our chances of hearing it would improve. We would also just jiggle the bells and give a treat when our dog came to the door and then whisk them away to the backyard so they would learn to associate the bells with going outside. Yellow Dog Design has a variety of bells in all sorts of patterns. My favorite is American Daisy Ding Dog Bell, but there are many to choose from. Having a dog bell won’t be a cure-all, but with proper training it may help.
So how do you keep your own mental poop in a group when you are trying to clean up your dog’s? First, take a deep, cleansing breath. I recommend NOT doing this as you are cleaning up because you will probably gag or pass out. No one wants that. Before you try and tackle the issue at hand, just try and gain your composure. This will help you not to yell. It’s hard not to do it. BELIEVE ME. I’ve had to give myself a ‘time-out’ on my front porch before I cleaned up the mess just to maintain my sanity.
To all of you out there dealing with S.N.A.P.U.’s on a regular basis, I feel your pain. I can tell you my own stories that would blow your hair back with shock. To those of you that this has just happened to for the first time, please know that it’s all going to be ok. To those of you that this has never happened to, well….tick tock my friends...tick tock.