Suffering from Doggy Accidents at Night?

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I have had a few requests lately from people who are waking up to find “surprise packages” for them on the floor in the morning, and need some help.

First to make this clear this article is geared toward dogs that don’t have potty training issues during the day or are mostly potty trained.  For those of you having general potty training issues pick up a copy of my potty training course here.

I am a HUGE proponent of crate training, and again at another time we will discuss why!  Crate training will undoubtedly fix the issue of dogs that get up and have accidents at night, because it eliminates their ability to get away and potty on the floor.  I recommend putting the crate next to you while you sleep so you can hear your dog wake up and become restless if they truly need to go out at night.  And if your dog struggles heavily with WHINING while in his crate, and that’s what’s keeping you from crate training, I would also recommend you try these Impulse Control Training games that will really help.

However, I am hearing from most of you that you are prematurely enjoying the company of your dog on the bed with you at night!  I say premature, because I believe sleeping on the bed is a privilege and should only happen if you dog has no dominance issues toward you or your family and only if your dog is completely and reliably potty trained.

But…changing human behavior and the desires of people is often more difficult than just giving some advice that may make you both happy.  If these recommendations don’t work, I do suggest going back to square one and crate training until your dog is sleeping quite successfully throughout the night and there are no daytime accidents!

First and foremost, change the time that you are feeding your dog and do NOT give treats at night or in the evening.  I recommend not feeding your dog after 5 p.m. and taking the water up an hour or two before bedtime.  However this is contingent upon your schedule and your bedtime; you will have to make the appropriate adjustments.  This should encourage elimination before bed.

Outside is the Only Place to Go!

Next and even MORE IMPORTANT is EXERCISE!!!  If your dog is exhausted, chances are he won’t wake up in the middle of the night and go exploring.  Exercise also encourages pooping and gets the bowels moving.  So go on a walk, or play some games before bed to ensure that he is truly tired!

Then if you are not going to use a crate, try at least shutting your bedroom door.  Make the environment smaller.  Dogs, especially smaller dogs, have no problem going into another room to poop because they can easily “escape” the package they just left and it doesn’t bother them.  If their environment is smaller (the door to the room closed) they might be uncomfortable pooping in the same room they sleep in.

If you must use a tether or a leash, use a body harness.  I have tethered dogs before while sleeping, but I always have the leash attached to me (wrist or ankle), so that I will wake up if it is yanked too hard.  Make sure that the leash leaves ample room for your dog to get off the bed and wander a few feet on the floor, we don’t want your dog to strangle or to get wrapped up in the leash and get injured.  NEVER use a collar; only use a harness, otherwise your dog could strangle or his neck may snap.  Tethering is always a risk, but less so if you use a harness and it is attached to you.   This is only a temporary fix until your dog stops getting up at night!

Ultimately, if you are having issues, restrict his food at night, exercise him so that he will eliminate prior to going to bed and so that he will be tired and sleep through the night, and close your bedroom door to make the environment smaller and less conducive to accidents.  Then sleep with one eye open and soon your dog should form the habits to sleep through the night and get on the right track!

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Comments

  1. Amy Johnson says:

    Thanks again for the informative article. I have a terrier that sneaks away at night every once in awhile and does this. I am going to make sure and feed her earlier in the evening.

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  2. Great post and great article! That is an issue we come across on a daily base. Sleeping on the bed IS not for all dogs and it is a privaledge. I couldn’t agree with you more in regards to the crate training part, that is one way whomever is having this issue can releive their stress in the morning. Have a great day.

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  3. Angela says:

    Thanks for the advice, but we have the opposite problem. Our 21 month old small dog sleeps through the night (in our bed) and wakes us up when she has to go. However, during the day is another story. If we miss her “cue” she will go on floor (thank goodness we have hardwood floors). Unfortunately her cue for going out and wanting to play is the same. We have blocked the area and that has helped. How long do you think it will be before she gets it and we can remove the barrier? Thanks for all your help.
    ps My parents watch her quite a bit and she hardly ever has an “accident” there. Which leads me to believe it is just a bad habit she’s developed at our house.

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    patt Reply:

    Angela: I have a nine month old maltypoo who I managed to train to let me know when she needs to go out by ringing a bell that I have attached to the door to go outside. It only took me two weeks and she loves ringing the bell.
    I think you might be as glad as I am to try it.
    Good luck Patt

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    Doc Reply:

    Oh Boy, do I sympathize! We adopted two rescue dogs 3 years ago who have given their fair share of behaviour problems. The little one has regular accidents at night, and the big one suddenly began doing his business inside at night too! Since my husband and son have been home for the December break, there is an improvement because the family room is more used but I can see the value of closing the bedroom door at night and more exercise, both of which I will definitely implement once on my own again. There has also been regular outbursts of aggression on the part of the bigger dog towards my hand-raised husky, who with his sister, have never given any behaviour problems, but now he ‘comfort’ eats, poor thing. I have always intervened when there has been a show of aggression, which has calmed down considerably, but still have to be alert to big boy’s moods!

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  4. Terri says:

    I have a terrier that sleeps in a cat tent beside me in the bed. She was sneaking off and having accidents during the night, so I’ve tethered her. Doing so works well as she will no longer even try to jump off the bed, although if she does, the tether is long enough that anywhere she jumps from will give her free clearance and assure that she doesn’t get hung up. Now she jumps on my stomach to wake me and alert me to her need to get off the bed and we are both all the more satisfied by this. Great articles, keep them coming 😉

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  5. Marion Dutcher says:

    I trained my 9 month old Morkie to the crate for nighttime. Never any problems.. I am so glad I did it that way!

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  6. Joann says:

    I will tell my sister about this. She has a problem with her dog using the bathroom in her frontroom. Her dog is 15 months old and use to use the bathroom outside thanks again

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  7. Elaine says:

    Hi
    Have a miniature doberman, 6 yrs old, and wetting and pooping on the kitchen floor at night. I think it definately is due to my feeding times. I am going to change feeding times from tonight.
    Thanks for all the usefull info.

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    Minette Reply:

    if this is a new behavior at 6 years old, I would have a vet check to make sure there are not health issues!

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    min pin owner Reply:

    No such thing breed as miniature doberman. If you have a miniature pinscher mine does the same so does my friends.

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  8. Shari says:

    Thanks for the information! I have a question. The dog in the picture above (squatting) looks alot like my dog. Can you tell me what type of dog it is? Thanks in advance!

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  9. Wendy says:

    Our problem is a bit different, but does involve some nighttime issues. Our dog has been waking us up several times in the night, whining as if he needs to go out, but then refused to go out. He often gets back on the bed before one of us does and we no longer have our space to sleep in – the dogs sleep at the bottom of the bed, not on our pillows, but when Eddie gets back up on the bed, he takes over our pillow. For a while, we realized that there was an issue with having to go out and if we forced him out, he’d go. Now there doesn’t appear to be any reason for his insanity! It’s driving me crazy as it gobbles up a lot of my sleep time. We’re in an apartment so are very aware of not disturbing other tenants, so we can’t just let him whine. Any suggestions?

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    Jackie Reply:

    Sounds like your dog has outsmarted you! A friend of ours had a cattle dog that would pretend to need to go to the bathroom and then jump on their chair when they got up to let him out. I would suggest getting a dog bed and making your dog sleep on it or crating your dog at night. Practice this routine during the day time to prevent disturbing neighbors when night time rolls around.

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    Amanda Reply:

    Hehe, our female 3yr old staffie does this, she wakes up hops off our bed and sits beside my side and cries, i trued toilet but she wasnt interested, she has to ask to hop up on our bed or couch and one night I pulled the covers up and said OK and she dived under the covers and promptly went back to sleep beside me! I did some research and staffs hate the cold so she was telling me I want under to keep warm! Then I’d wake up in the morning and she obviously got too warm and snuck out and hopped back down the end of our bed!

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  10. Bit says:

    These are good tips for young dogs, but if an older spayed female dog that has been reliable in the past suddenly has leakage in her bed, it’s cause to take her to the vet because it’s probably due to urinary, or spay, incontinence.

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  11. I know the feeling but like everyone else they have to go too and you can do all the walking you want with them and they still find a way to do it on the floor.
    I have stepped in it in my with bare feet and with shoes.
    I walk them at least twice day in the morning and in the evening after they have had their supper at 4:00 I will take them out at about 7 or 8 pm and I am starting to find less of them with age they are both 1 and a half.( and sometimes a third time if I think they need it) During the winter months I have used newspaper and that has worked.
    And if the house smells a little i will use the Lysol has a spray can’t think of the name i thinks it’s Nutra air spray that works well to get rid of any bad lingering odors

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  12. Katherine says:

    Hi my name is katherine,
    I have your program and everything is going great however….
    The potty training. I have a 5 month old retriever and she is in an area we can see during the day the size of a small room.

    I take her out whenever I see her circling but she still goes on the paper when we come back in ? She’ll pee outside do her buisness in the morning but sometimes a second time inside right after and forsure through out the day. How do I get her to give me a signal to go then wait for me to take her. There’s a lot of snow here so I have to put on boots and a jacket but the only time I can tell she has to go is if I’m looking at her when she’s cirlcling or if I hear her walk on the papers.
    She’s fine and in the crate at night! Thank goodness

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    Teresa Reply:

    Try a bell on the doorknob and everytime you take the dog out hit the bell with her paw. Hope it helps.

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  13. Donna Williams says:

    We have a 26-month old dog who was fully potty trained. She has a dog door and sleeps in our closed room at night. But a couple of months ago, she started peeing on the carpet just inside her doggie door, about once a day. We have even changed the carpet, to get rid of smells, and she still does it. We take her on the leash to watch us clean it, but have never caught her in the act because the doggie door is downstairs. Otherwise, she is a great dog and seems very happy. We think she began this behavior when the weather was really bad and has just continued. Nothing seems to work. I hope you have some ideas. Is there anything to spray that dogs won’t go on that spot? I have tried vinegar. Thanks, Donna

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  14. Cheryl says:

    That was just the info I needed…my mini Tenterfield Terrier has been doing little surprises for me on and off…she is 6 years old, I do think it has definately has to do with my feeding time at night…will try it and hope that is the problem.
    Thanks heaps…
    Cheryl

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  15. tanya says:

    thanks for the great advice 🙂

    i was just wondering if there is a page were we can go to to find all of your blogs to scroll down and find the things u have written about so we dont have to waste ur time ansering questions that u have already ansered 🙂 ( u probably do i just cant word it right on google, hopefully i said that right

    thanks
    tanya and tazzy

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    Minette Reply:

    thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog You can use the search button or scroll through the posts. Also if you join us on Facebook you will get alerts each time I post a new article and I also post other great sights and information 🙂

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    tanya Reply:

    thank you 🙂

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  16. Jolene says:

    We have a 6 week old puppy and tried putting him in a crate at night, and nobody got any sleep. How can a dog cry that long?? Do they all cry at first, or how long does it take to get them to stop and go to sleep??

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  17. Ashlea says:

    I just had to post because my beagle does this ever once in a while, and I call them “revenge poops”. She will only do this if there if my boyfriend sleeps at my house and she is displaced from her bed… she usually does this near something that belongs to him. It’s hilarious… but nasty. Wachie Girl has some serious issues with someone taking her spot in the bed. Whatta jerk. 🙂

    (Please note that this post was intended for its humor… I understand the underlying issues she has, and we are working through them 🙂 )

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    Minette Reply:

    Dogs don’t do revenge!

    Read this! http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/dogs-simple-people/

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  18. Erika says:

    We have 3 small dogs. Two min pin and a Pomeranian. I do use a crate when not at home turning the day which doesn’t happen very often since I stay at home. My female doesn’t like being in the crate but eventually will settle down. I would like to crate them at night because of the pee issue but I don’t want her to wake up hubby. I take them out between 11-12am before going to bed. Any idea on how to keep her quiet?

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    Minette Reply:

    Start crating them during the day!!! Do it while you are home and get them use to it during the day so they can acclimate at night and then exercise them 2+ hours before bed and make sure they are exhausted!!!

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  19. Susan says:

    I have a 100 lb 10 year old German Shepherd that in the last year has decided to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. All over my living room. He has health issues. Everything sets his intestines off. The only thing I can feed him is Natural Balance vegetarian food. If he sniffs, licks, or digest anything with animal protein in it he has uncontrollable bathroom problems. Why the middle of the night gets me. I walk him every night from 3 – 5 miles. Take him out during the day. And again at 12:00 at night trying to advert the middle of the night accident. Looking for some kind of disposable accident sheets to lay down at night.

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  20. Garry says:

    Hi

    My 13 month old was fine until I stopped allowing him and his big brother into the bedroom at night, now I find little presents at the back of living room each morning. I put him back in the crate for the past month and again he is fine, no accidents and doesn’t wake until 7 or 8am.

    I let him out of crate last 2 nights and he has started again, I even have sprayed the area with a deterrent spray. It seems as he is out at night he gets bored.

    I will try feeding earlier and see if that helps and also locking them both in the living room to see if that stops him eliminating there. I just hope that works as not sure what else to do 🙁

    Garry

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    Minette Reply:

    What if it is anxiety because you are in another room and he is left to protect the rest of the house at night?

    This is too much responsibility, stress, and exercise for some dogs and causes the need for them to urinate or defecate.

    I would keep him in his crate and be happy with that, it seems he is!

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    Garry Reply:

    Hi

    Thanks, he is actually with an older dog who he loves and plays with, the eldest is 5.5 years where he is 13 months.

    I will go back to crate for now, but if you did have nay ideas would be grateful.

    Thanks

    Garry

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    Garry Reply:

    And as said below, if I am not there as have to go to the office for full day on occasion he never has an accident its only if I am blocked from him on bedroom, was thinking trying a child gate so he can see me still.

  21. Garry says:

    Hi

    Plus note during the day when not there he has no accidents. Its only during the night.

    G

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  22. Glenda says:

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    Both absolutely brilliant.

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  23. Erin Donaldson says:

    My staffie cross English bull has a little issue and needing help! He likes to sleep in our bed under the covers without fail every night, recently we’ve woken up to pee underneath him it’s almost like he’s not noticed doing it, or just to lazy to move. He has access to the garden at all times even through the night thanks to the cat flap, so I don’t understand why he’s started doing it.
    Anyone help or have any suggestions? We’ve also tried keeping him out of bed but it’s heart breaking listening to the little sook at the end of the bed crying.
    Thanks

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    Minette Reply:

    He needs to go to the vet, that is not normal

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  24. Paige says:

    Please I’m in need of help! My 7 month old pit keeps having nightie accidents around 4am. He just poops where he is laying, he doesn’t get up or anything. He only gets fed once in the AM he gets plenty of excersize in the mornings, then I got to work and he’s crated for a few hours and then gets let out by my friend. When I get home I make sure he has been outside to play with the other dog. I let him out once more before going to bed. I stopped feeding him at night time thinking it would help. I need a solution because I can’t keep waking up at 4am cleaning up a 60 pound dogs poop. It’s terrible.

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    Minette Reply:

    If he is laying down and pooping himself, that isn’t normal he needs a visit to your vet.

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  25. Ana Summers says:

    Thanks for this advice. Im looking after a small dog for a friend who is very unwell. Id like to look after it for as long as she needs me to, but its started pooping and weeing overnight even though it is house-trained.
    Thanks for the tips, I’ll start feeding the dogs earlier (I feed my own dog, who is larger after we eat dinner ourselves), and step up the exercise (we’ve all been sick this last week so the dogs haven’t got much walking).

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  26. Brandi says:

    Hi, I have a 5 month female boxador and the problem I’m having is that she will poop in my bedroom in the middle of the night but during the day she won’t mess in the house at all its only in the middle of the night… I take her out before bed and I feed her around 5pm every afternoon and evwrything but she still poops in my rooms every night and I wake up to it every morning.. it has gotten to the point that my 16 month male miniature dachshund doberman pincher mix (who is completely house trained ) is starting to pee pee in my room at night without waking me up night like he use too… what can I do cause I’m all out of options… Help!!!!!!!#!

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    Minette Reply:

    Use a crate until you have a completely house trained dog.

    Dogs should not get privileges before they earn them and now they are creating a bad habit. And, bad habits are sincerely harder to break

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  27. lana ward says:

    Hello, we rescued a 9 month old Min Pinscher cross 5 days ago. We feed him with our other dogs at approx between 4-5pm He is perfectly happy with us, we have a lot of land so he gets lots of excercise. In the short time that he has been with us he has messed in the house quite a number of times as well as in the garden. We have to get up once or twice in the night to let him out for the loo. I have never owned such a small dog before, is this a problem that he will always have ? Perhaps I should feed him in the morning and pray that as he gets older and with training that he will stop ?? Any comments would be appreciated thankyou !!

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  28. Karen says:

    My 7month old golden retriever has lately been wetting her bed and laying in it at night…she has access to a doggie door and has used it up til now…we have taken her to the vet and he says there’s nothing wrong and to retrain her at night…she doesn’t have accidents in the daytime…any ideas?

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    Minette Reply:

    Nope, I would go back to housetraining as your vet recommended.

    I also keep crates in my room so I can hear my dogs stir, that way I can get them outside before they have accidents.

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  29. judith says:

    Hi my 15 week old lab has accidents during the night but he doesn’t tell me he wants out but instead cries to tell me after lol he’s great during the day tells me he needs out so I don’t understand why not at night he gets out late before I go to sleep what else can I do thanks for reading

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    Minette Reply:

    My guess is there is noise before he goes potty in his crate. This is why I put the crate right next to my bed so I can just hear if they even get up and spin in their crate; indicating they are awake and perhaps need to go outside.

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  30. Rosemary says:

    Our 7 year old lab mix (rescued 3.5 years ago) has in the last few months started pooing in the the house nearly very night. He did have issues with his digestion and is now fed fish and vegetable kibble (no fillers). He was a starvation case so is very protective (and enthusiastic!) about food. We feed our two dogs at about 7 in the morning and 4.30 in the afternoon. They are both encouraged to go out last thing but our lab is very reluctant and sometimes poops just after we have gone to bed. My husband is usually the one who finds the little “presents” and is starting to get annoyed (although of course he realises it is not the dog’s fault. Apart from his meals he is given a few cubes of uncooked sweet potato as snacks. Could this be doing it? He is quite overweight despite having two walks a day and not being given dog biscuits between meals. Any ideas?

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    Minette Reply:

    It may be a combination of the food, the quantity and the treats. I would definitely cut back and put him on a diet, plus crate train him at night so he is much less likely to have accidents.

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  31. Briana says:

    We have an adult min pin who has been peeing and pooping in the house her whole life. She does fine going outside during the day but every morning, there it is, either on the bathroom floor or right at the bottom of the steps if the bathroom door is closed. It does not matter how late or how early in the morning we take her out. She sleeps downstairs while we’re upstairs. Even if i get up in the middle of the night to take her out, as soon as she gets back in, she goes at the bottom of the steps. When we had her in a crate at night she would go in her crate. I am beyond frustrated. Help!

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  32. Katherine says:

    Hi, my rescue dog is about two years old and is generally housetrained (except once in a blue moon she would have an accident) ,up until about two weeks ago when we bought a new carpet, now she is going every late night/early morning on it and its such a pain to clean :(. And what I don’t understand is she doesn’t do it when anyone is home, only when we are sleeping in the other room. I tried keeping her in my room at night with the door closed, and she actually peed in my room. I understand it’s a new scent for her, but its been almost 3 weeks and it’s really irritating me! Your article is very interesting and informative, and I would really appreciate a reply. Sorry for the long comment! Thank you

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    Minette Reply:

    Go back to crate training till she adjusts

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  33. April says:

    My 13 week old yorkie puppy poops in her small crate every single night, no matter how many times I take her out, up to about 1am…She has no accidents in the house in the daytime.
    She’s on a consistent diet & is only fed Simply Nourish puppy food. Until the beginning of this week her last meal would be at 6pm, now her last meal is at 4:30pm & she’s still pooping at least twice in her crate in the middle of the night.
    Her crate is in my bedroom & sometimes I can hear her up moving around & catch her just in time but sometimes I miss the mark. (By the way she has a cat bell attached to her collar lol)
    I’m not sure what to do as this interrupts my husbands sleep & terribly stinks up my bedroom. Is there anything else I can do?

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  34. Cheyenne says:

    I have a 4 month old Pomeranian. She is not completely potty trained, but she at least KNOWS that potting inside is bad and that she’s supposed to go outside. She has accidents throughout the day still. Yesterday she had so many accidents and I don’t know what the deal was! She was taken out potty every time she whined to go. Pooped and peed most times she went out, yet she still had like 4 accidents in a few hours time.
    She always has at least a poop accident at night. Last night I put her in a small crate, since people say dogs won’t go where they sleep. She pooped and peed on the bed in her crate! She always goes potty for the last time about 11:30 or midnight. And then has an accident by 4:00 a.m.. I take her food up at 6. I’ve tried 4 or 5 but that doesn’t change anything! I seriously just don’t know what else to do! :/

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    Minette Reply:

    First, she does not know! If she is having accidents she doesn’t understand.

    Potty training is more about you monitoring her than anything else. Use the search bar at the top of the page to find more articles on potty training.

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  35. Diana says:

    I am a dog sitter and I have a client with a Wheaten terrier. He is completely house trained and never has any accidents during the day. At night he is left alone to sleep in the kitchen in a closed room, but nearly every night he leaves his owner a present on the floor, even though he is in a closed room. Most night she would take him out just before bed and he will poop, the kind of poop you’d think is the last one for the day. But he will still leave at least a little bit in the kitchen during the night.
    The dog is very emotional and gets tressed easily, I think with his kind of personality he will get very stressed in a crate and might do it anyway, he wouldn’t care if he has to stay in the same confined space with it. He usually doesn’t poop when he stays with me and my dog overnight. He only did it once with me, I’ve cleaned it up with special smell destroyer from the pet store and he never did it again. But as soon as he’s back home – it’s back to pooping every night 🙁 My client is devastated. Any advice?

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  36. Deb says:

    Thank you! I love the lease idea! There are plenty of articles on how to deal with the night popping but you are the first to admit, we don’t want to crate and loose our cuddle buddies. This is actually practical advice I can follow!

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  37. Jessica Holloway says:

    I use crate at night and he still pooped in his bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. Amy says:

    My dog does that. When she got made at me, she went outside, and then put her front paws in the grass and her back paws on the concrete. She was staring at me as she went potty.

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  39. Litina says:

    I was wondering i have a crate but have not use it at all only the pads, but what I have been experiencing is my 5 week old Chihuahua wakes up at 4:30 am and finds her way every morning to poop on the carpet near my side and not daddy side…I need help understanding why??? And if I start to use the crate could I put the pad inside there as well?

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    Minette Reply:

    crate train and 5 weeks old is waaaaay to young to have a dog away from it’s mother or expect any kind of potty training.

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  40. Adam says:

    I take my dog out at night, and he poops outside, but I still wake up to poop on the floor in the morning, even though he pooped the night before. I changed feeding him to mornings only but that hasn’t seemed to help. He is about 4 and a terrier mix and typically fully potty trained. Any Advice?

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    Minette Reply:

    Read the article there are tips in there

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  41. Loraina says:

    I have a five year old Pom. She was perfect at potty training. Never messed in house but 2 times and that was on my bed. She’s a very high strung type. When people she knows comes home or to house, she yaps like crazy. We have been going through lot of stress do to a family members health. She sleeps with me and the last few weeks about every other night when im asleep she goes over me and does her thing on the carpet. It doesn’t matter if br.door is open or shut. I’m at my wits end. She is took out last time at night after 11 p.m. I refresh her food so she has full assets to it as I was total Poms can get low blood sugar. She knows I’m mad this morning. I showed her and told her you don’t do that in br. My 2 granddaughters are in their low 2ps and are gone most of time now. Shes not that close to them. She goes nuts barking when they come home. Do I pull my hair out yet ? DON’T NEED MORE STRESS AT THIS TIME. TY for just reading. Good luck everyone. Blessings

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  42. Mollie says:

    Hi I have a 14 week old puppy his training has been going so well until bedtime.
    He seems to poop and wee in my mums bedroom or the landing.
    He is good when it’s light because we have the back door open as we have cats so they wonder in and out and so does he.
    I’ve tried telling him off for it.
    I let him out with my other two dogs before I go out but it seems like a couple of hours later I’m woken up to poop or wee I want him to get out of this but how do I do it please email me its molliebeth11@hotmail.co.uk

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    Minette Reply:

    I would put him in a crate at night. He is way to young to be free in the house.

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  43. Jemma says:

    My puppy has been crate trained since day one, she goes in the garden in the day but once she’s in her crate at night she poops and then spreads in around and gets covered in it I know she suffers from separation anxiety but I can’t risk her coming upstairs until she stops this?

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  44. Karen says:

    My 10 month old chi x poops on the floor and bed between midnight and 4. Stinks up the whole room. I have the door closed and I am not sure how to break her of this. She gets cold easy so I keep her in a heated room. But the pooping is driving me nuts and am tempted to place her in the pantry which is cold.

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    Minette Reply:

    Crates are great tools and help with potty training.

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  45. Linda middleton says:

    I have 4 dogs the newest one is a very small cross pom and Yorkie. Firstly all the dogs have free access to their food and water. I also have a doggy door. All day my little one is good, she goes outside, by the way she is 15 weeks old,. We made sure that before bedtime we play with her to wear her out, we even took the food away at 8 pm, and even though she has access to go outside at night, we will wake up to a little packet of poop in the morning. Any suggestions?

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  46. Lanya says:

    Hi all! Your posts have been very informative. Pardon my English it’s not my native language.
    My partner bought me a maltese cross with shitzu puppy and she’s 9weeks now. We lived in a 2bed unit before and she sleeps in the living room in her doggy bed. She poops and pee anywhere but I understand she’s still a puppy so I potty trained here using newspapers and pee pad. She gets used to it eventually.
    2 weeks ago we moved in to a new house a 2level and she’s fine with it coz it has 2 yards front and back garden so she can use it as her toilet area.
    She’s perfect during the day and never pee or poop inside the house.
    The only problem is during the night (she sleeps downstairs ) I think she’s not sleeping at all. I wake up in the morning with poops at the bottom of the steps and pee on the rugs even though I have a special rug for her to pee. We closed the doors at night so she can’t go out maybe that’s why.
    We bought her a dog house but she never sleeps in it she just goes there to play with her toys. She loves to sleep in dark corners but now she’s teething she chew everything including cables even though she has toys she can chew on.
    The last surprise she did was last night when we’re having dinner and wonder where she is. We looked around the house and found her upstairs. She just climbed our 15steps stairs. We decided to bring her in the bedroom to sleep in her bed incase she tries the stairs again and fall. We woke up at 4am with poop and pee everywhere on the carpet and I didn’t sleep because I have to clean. My partner got upset coz he can’t sleep anymore (sad). Such a nightmare.
    I think I will be in for more surprises. Lots of it actually. Any suggestions or comments will be appreciated. Thanks.

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  47. Robert Murdock says:

    When she was a puppy, we bell trained our cockapoo during the day and crated her at night. She learned quickly. Currently she stays outside the crate all day while we are at work and at school. She can wait all day until the kids get home from school. Now at 18 months, I wanted her to learn to sleep upstairs with us at night. I figured she holds it all day so all night is doable. I take her food and water away hours before we all go to bed. I let her out to pee before we go upstairs. An example, last night I checked at 2am, she was fast asleep in her bed in my sons room. I checked again at 5am, I noticed she peed in the hall outside his room but she was back in her bed fast asleep. The bell being downstairs by the backdoor doesn’t help. I tried adding a bell upstairs. She doesn’t get it. We don’t know how to get her to stop peeing at night. Any help out there would be really appreciated. Thanks….

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  48. We have a different problem. Our dog is 2, was castrated quite early but we never had any problems with her at night until last autumn. She does eat dead things if we’re out walking and I cant catch her, and last summer had a bad stomach infection. She was treated with antibiotics. A short while later she began having accidents in the day which I put down to her drinking a lot when out. Then it began in the night, we have a small flat and her nails clatter on the laminate and one of us gets up and lets her out. If we leave it she gets more and more frantic. The majority of the time she needs a pee. The vet said we should change to evening feeding, dried food, special diet. The only time we didn’t have problems was when we drove for three days to the UK, and her water and food were restricted.As soon as she was in a house rather than a hotel she wanted out. On return we returned to the vets, who said it was a bladder infection, antibitiotics, no change, pee was clear of protein. He then suggested we try Incontex for incontinent bitches, he did give me the wrong dose at first, but even so, no effect.He now shays she has learnt the behaviour and we have to break it. We have tried ignoring her, but she was so frantic we had to let her out. It goes in cycles and she can go a few days without it. I’m sorry but I am anti crates so that is no option. She sleeps in the sitting room, she did sleep on our bed but chooses now not to. How do we break this habit, if we encourage her to pee indoors, that effectively breaks her house training. I am considering going to another vet who could do an ultrasound and blood tests but I am at my wits end with the sleep deprivation! Help!

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  49. Jodie says:

    My little Papillon is 16, I moved out of my parents house over a year ago. I bring to my home about 3 times a week and she does not mess at night. (I can’t keep her here during the day as she wines when I’m not home). She goes through stages of being very good when she will go outside, or my mum will put down a puppy pad as a just in case as she is getting old and may not hear her get up. She sleeps upstairs in my mums room in her bed. However every few weeks she will go through a couple of days of seeing or pooing in the house. Her food times have not changed, she does not do it while at my home. I just don’t know how to get her to stop or why she does it? Please help!

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  50. Kim says:

    So my pup is almost 5 months. She has been both potty trained and crate trained. She started pooping in her crate at night. She sleeps in her crate in the room with me. Every night for a week now she has pooped in her crate. I put her in the bathroom over night most recently because cleaning her and the crate and everything else each morning before work was far too much to be doing. So her 1st night in the bathroom she peed and pooped all over the bathroom, although there were peepads down and she knows that if she needs to go and can’t go outside to use the peepad. She totally didn’t not use them. This has only been a week, but is very frustrating. Even at 8 weeks she would wake me to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, but has not done so this week. Please help me figure something out.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would walk the dog at night until she poops

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  51. Millie Long says:

    This article and several other suggest using the leash at night. I did that. Just dunno when to stop. I don’t wanna have to do that forever! (5 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel! I’m going crazy waking up to pee and poop! SOS

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  52. Sarah says:

    My 8 month old Pom puppy started eating her stool only at night. I’m giving her stop stool eating from Vets office. She won’t eat it but she still plays with it. I need help

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  53. lesli says:

    my 4 month old husky whines to go out AFTER she has peed and pooped on the floor. She gets lots of exercise in the evening, we take her out at ten to pee. She pees a bit, rarely poops. Have tried a crate, she was ballistic.
    what are we doing wrong?

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  54. Chris says:

    What if the dog keeps pooping even if it goes potty before it goes to bed???

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  55. Kate says:

    My four month old puppy goes for a walk either 6:30 at night or 8pm does her business and will still have accidents on the puppy pads in the bedroom or when I go food shopping during the day. When I’m home and throughout the day she has zero accidents and only goes outside. Do I need her shut in the kitchen or should she still be in our bedroom? She never sleeps in our bed.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would suggest crate training

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  56. Kimberly Van Meter says:

    My Beagle is 10 years old and we have never had this problem up until a month ago. Either he wakes us at night or ends up going in another room to poop and pee in the middle of the night. Is this a medical issue? He is on Temaril-P every other day.

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    Minette Reply:

    Talk to your vet, it is probably the steroid

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  57. Sophie Watson says:

    Hi,

    I’ve got a 6 month old pug and she has never cracked no toilet over night. We always take her out before bed and she’ll wee but never poo.
    She doesn’t have a crate but had a pen. We were told to make this the smallest it can be at night, so we’ve just done this and the first night, no accidnents at all. The nights following she’s weed and pooed! Which she never does.
    She’s fed around 7pm but because of working hours etc the earliest I could feed her would be 6. But we used to feed her early and she’d still do it.
    I’m struggling with what to try next

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    Minette Reply:

    I would try a crate

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  58. Addie says:

    We have a 4 1/2 month old Great Dane. We had to puppy pad train first (we were told to be careful of parvo in the area) never a single accident in his kennel (or floor during the day) no night runs from 8 weeks to 16 week. Transitioned to outside at 16 weeks (3 weeks ago). We have no accidents during the day. He sleeps in his kennel. He was having poo accidents 2x a week, whines for a nightly potty 4x, and one Good nights sleep night. Now it has transitioned to poop and pee. We feed at 9am and 3:30pm. We go to the dog park 5-6 (he goes there, even twice yesterday) he goes out several times after that, last break is usually around 11 right before bed. Some nights he wakes us up, some times we have surprises. We have even had wake ups twice a night some nights (rare, but has happened) what else can we do?

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  59. Elaine Flora says:

    My dog was completely house broken for over a year. She has suddenly started pooping in our bedroom, and not just at night. We walk her, and let her out whenever she goes to the door. Also, the last thing at night.

    We are beside ourselves. There has been no change in food or eating habits.

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  60. Hannah says:

    Hi my dog poos in her crate every morning before we have chance to get down ! I have horses so am up early but this doesn’t matter! Yet we can leave her all day whilst at work and nothing!! Vet checked her nothing wrong please help she now sleeps on a sheet on plastic tray and it’s not nice!

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    Minette Reply:

    try feeding her earlier

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  61. Judith Wysocki says:

    My maltipoo is 10 years old, we moved from one town to another and has gotten used to getting up around 3-4 to poop in either the living room or dining room! Help!!!!!!!!

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  62. Briana Turnbull says:

    I have been feeding at 4:45pm and taking my dog out for a walk at around 6pm and 10pm. He doesn’t poop at those times and goes instead at 3:30am! It seems like it takes him a long time to digest. It says here not to feed him after 5 but based on the current distance of time between dinner and poop I was thinking feeding him at 8 or so might actually work so that he’s pooping on his morning walk.

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  63. Charlotte Eaton says:

    My dog is nearly 12 months old, she’s a rescue who was confined to a tiny crate 23 hrs a day so was forced to toilet on herself so crating won’t work. She was also abused for toileting in crate and house so she was terrified to toilet with me in sight. We’ve got over that and she’ll go in garden and on walks now. I feed at 5pm we exercise but she’ll still go overnight. Also she would always go on the puppy pads so not really a problem now I’ve had carpet put down she’ll do one on the pads and one on the carpet no matter how many pads I put down! Just feel like she’ll never get the hang of it!

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  64. Claire Prior says:

    Please please help!!! I have a 17month old border collie and he still has poo and wee’s at night not every night but most he is kept downstairs in the kitchen, he is walked daily and let out before bedtime but still does it…. he has no accidents in the day when left (same place) any advice please a desperate for owner.

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  65. JennaGail says:

    My dog is a two year old poodle-maltese mix. She was not potty trained at all a year ago when we got her. She is pretty good during theday now, but that is with a lot of measures in place… babygates blocking her from the bed rooms (she pees on beds), and never any kind of cloth on the floor (so no bed or blanket for her) if I crate her with any kind of bedding she will go potty on it, even if she is going to have to lay on it. We are at our wits end. We hoped that spaying her would help but, night accidents have become even more common. She is a great little dog, but we are actually considering rehoming her, strictly based on this ongoing problem. Please help

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  66. Andrew says:

    My pups have never had issues in their crates in the middle of the night, and have always woken me up when they need to go out. This week they’ve been sleeping through the night no issues, but I think it’s because they’re peeing in their crate. They’ve never had this problem until this week. How can I put a stop to that if they’re not giving me warning like they usually do?

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  67. Jeweliana says:

    Please help me. I have a 6 month old Australian Shepherd and she goes pee and poop before bed but I can’t do the crate she seriously beats herself up in there no matter what. She sleeps on my floor but ALWAYS pees and poops on my floor and has accidents sometimes during the day and I’m so stuck. I’ve ever tried using a bell but she still goes in the house. I don’t know what to do.

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  68. Ashley says:

    Hi. I tried create training my 11 month Pom when he was younger but had the issue of him whining all night long no matter if the crate was right next to me or not. He would also still make mistakes in his crate even thought it’s as small as him. Now he sleeps on my bed. No matter how much dominance or discipline I show he still poops on the bed. Doesn’t even jump off to go on the flood. What should I do? He’s almost a year old. 🙁

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    Minette Reply:

    I’d go back to the crate

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  69. Heather Elliott says:

    My 1 1/2 year old mini Aussie still poops and pees at night in our house 3-5 nights a week. She is taken out side regularly, dinner before 6 pm, water taken away 1 hour before bed, always poops and pees right before bed. Please help! I feel bad crating her at night because 3-4 days a week she crated while we are at work. The Vet says it is all behavioral but doesn’t have any suggestions to improve.

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  70. Ora Conlon says:

    I have a 14 month old male golden doodle that has been potty trained since a young age. He is kept in our laundry room at night as he has always been kept there at night and when we are gone. When we go to work during the day he has no accidents and we are gone 8-9 hours. But at night he pees and then whines after 4-5 hours of going to bed. We have taken his water away at night with no change and also he has water all day but still no accidents during the day just at night.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would give him lots of exercise before bed. I would also crate train him. There are many benefits to using a crate and potty training is just one.

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  71. Michael greaves says:

    Hi,we have just got ourselves a puppy , he is 9 weeks old and we are trying to crate train him , this is only his 4th day he is being very good the only problem is he poops and pee in his crate by time we wake up in the morning ,we think he is staying on his training pads ?

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    Minette Reply:

    He may need out more often at this age. It is like expecting a baby to be potty trained. I would put the crate in your bedroom and get up every few hours so you don’t teach the puppy to get used to being dirty.

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  72. Danielle says:

    I have a ten month old puppy that will not poop at night. She pees around 10 or 11 then races to the door. If I put her on a leash she pulls and pulls and then will just sit down. Stay outside for 10 mins, inside for 15 mins, back outside, up to three times. I then put her in the crate and she poops once or twice in the night. She must stand up in it as rarely has any on her body. The crate is just big enough for her to turn around. Feed her around 7 am and again between 4 and 5 pm. Went through a stage where she would not poop at all during the day and hold it for the evening. I now just shut her outside and watch her thru the window until she eliminates then praise her and give her a treat. Not safe to do that at night due to coyotes in the area. Any suggestions?

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    Minette Reply:

    Take a long walk

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  73. Brandy says:

    I don’t know how old our puppy is since we rescued her. But she has had 3 accidents in the house which we expect and punish her for doing so this way she knows better. But she pees in her crate in the middle of the night while we are sleeping. The crate is a big crate for her current size. Could changing the size stop that?

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    Minette Reply:

    Yes

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  74. Ellen says:

    I adopted A 3-4 yr old yorkie 2 yrs ago. She came from Porta RICO. She had one litter. This is my 3rd yorkie so I am familiar with the breed. All my yorkie used the wee wee pad ( most of the time… but, I never had carpets) now I hv carpet in my bedroom n I can’t get my dog to stop peeing on my carpet!!!! When I first got her I borrowed a cage n she wanted no part of it. I didn’t want to traumatize her so I didn’t force the issue. She wasn’t that bad the first yr I had her but, now she’s comfortable n is horrible especially at night!!!!! I walk her to her wee wee pad in the other room ( in the middle of the night) n when I got back to my bedroom she already peed n pooped. I just shampooed my carpet…. I’m so puzzled n frustrated… walking her doesn’t really help with my problem at night…. what should I do?

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  75. Kerry witton says:

    Hi I have a 3 year old border collie, I also have 3 other dogs. During they day they are toilet trained but when it come to night time my one border collie always wees and poops so we have started crate training and this isn’t stopping him he’s still doing it in his crate, the other 3 don’t do it. They go out for 2 walks a day each for an hour to 2 hours a day. They also have the run of the garden all day I’m out of thing to try please help

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  76. Brooke says:

    Our two year old rescue is fairly housetrained and has slep in a crate since we adopted him, but has almost always peed in the crate. We’ve tried feeding him at 4-5, as well as not taking him out (at night) until 10:30-11:00 so we’re sure he has to go. He used the go into the crate without hesitation. Taking out his bedding to avoid the pee issue worked briefly but has resulted in him now avoiding his crate entirely and as a result he also now refuses to go pee before bed (he’ll sit and stare at us for 45 minutes to an hour, no matter how we coax or offer reward). And of course that means he now also pees the crate again in addition to keeping us up late waiting in vain for him to pee. Even making his crate area smaller and using bedding only big enough for him to sleep on didn’t work but one night. He’s fine during the day and seems happy. It’s just the nighttime that this crops up.

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  77. Katy says:

    I have a six month old Shih Tzu, he’s the best well-behaved dog ever, but now has had one problem. Peeing on my bed at night. He’s slept with me from day one, that was a big reason I got him. He doesn’t have accidents during the day, but unless I set my alarm to wake me up in the middle of the night to take him out, he ends up peeing on my bed. It’s always on the other end of the bed since it’s a queen sized bed. Do I really need to crate him overnight, or keep waking up until he’s old enough? He’s great with his crate, it’s me that’s sad. 🙁

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  78. Teri says:

    What if the dog is a mature (10yr) shihtzu and has been potty trained for years and now is only having accidents at night? Is 10 old enough that she can’t hold it that long? And she doesn’t eat before bed? She was crate trained so we’re going to start that again but I wondered if some underlying probably could be causing it.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would ask your vet

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  79. Amanda says:

    My Husky Lab Retriever is approx. 16 years old. He usually is really good, but lately he has been peeing and pooping in the house at night after being outside all day. It started when he had diarreah and there was a small amount of blood. I do not know what I should do.

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    Minette Reply:

    Go to your vet

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  80. Haylie says:

    This article says to try and shut the bed room door and the dog shouldn’t want to poo in the same room as they sleep. Well I crack my door so if my dog was to poo she could get up and see her way out and poo on her pads that we have laid out for her in our mud room. But here lately i have been waking up and in the same spot right in front of my closet she has pooped. She use to do it on the rug in the bathroom but we began to shut the door and now she is pooping in my room. We let her out to go do her business in the morning and while we are gone she has no problem she doesn’t use it on the floor or anything and then when we come home we let her back out for a bit and she usually wants to go back out before bed. So what am I supposed to do this morning I woke up and there were three piles of poop in the same spot. She is a little old but not much and she has never been in a crate and I feel so bad when I make her sleep in the living room and not in my bed so I know I would feel so bad if I put her in a crate and she whines.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would recommend a crate and no potty pads

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  81. alice k hall says:

    Hi ! 14 month English Springer Spaniel–housebroken, crate-trained; food now restricted to only big breakfast; water only until noon. Well-exercised and let out at 9pm. Some nights are fine-sometimes we get up to face poop/pee in the crate in the morning. Help ! Thank you in advance.

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    Minette Reply:

    exercise before bed, exercise stimulates the bowels

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  82. Elizabeth Kempers says:

    Thank you. Best article I’ve read on this problem. I think she’s going to sleep in the laundry from now on! She’s my sister’s dog. My old dog who passed away a couple of months ago would never have done this.

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  83. Missie says:

    My 8 month old irish wolfhound holds it all day and poops in the house overnight.. she wasnt doing this before just for the past week… she goes out at 9-10 PM, goes potty and we treat her and go to bed. We tried the crate just to wake up to poop in the crate too, and her needing a bath.. idk what to do

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    Minette Reply:

    Feed earlier and take her for a long walk before bed

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  84. Diana says:

    Hi my 16 week old lab pup is brilliant with toilet training in the day but we wake up 1 or 2 nights out of 3 with a poop unless we let him out at about 3am. We have tried the crate, but he is reluctant to be in there after a night when he had diarrhoea and it went everywhere (took 2 hours to clean from 2am – 4am) hence we are now both very nervous of the crate and I haven’t shut him in it since…

    We feed him 2/3rds of his food in the morning and a 3rd at about 4.30pm – do you have any ideas to help – or is it just an age issue and he will grow out of it?

    Thanks

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    Minette Reply:

    Crates are wonderful things, you will all get used to it if you use it consistently

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  85. Mary says:

    I have a very smart 2 year old Shiba Inu who randomly poop’s on the carpet in the same area at night. Since it is so random I do not know what is triggering it. Today she poop’d when I went out to an appointment (10a-11a) and then again during the night. 2x w/in a 24 period. 1st time this ever happened. I shampoo’d the area in the afternoon and in the morning. Why would this be happening? How do I discipline her when I find the “poo”?

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    Minette Reply:

    You don’t discipline her. You prevent it by using a crate.

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  86. Magda says:

    (I hope) at 6 weeks old she has only just been taken from mum. Your answer is right there. She is sad and lonely having had company of mum and litter mates. That’s why I don’t recommend separating that young. It’s traumatic. 8 weeks is better- they’ve had a chance to learn and mature.
    You just have to put up with it now but remember to be patient.

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  87. Stephanie says:

    My dog is not making it outside in the mornings to poop and we’ve just missed it by maybe an hour or two, or even less. We go to bed 10/11pm and she will go out to pee but doesn’t poop then. I tried using her empty command in the evening but she just goes to her favorite poop corner and then turns to stare at me and doesn’t seem to need to go then, whereas months ago she was very consistently having her dinner then pooping 2-3 hours later. I wait and neither praise nor punish her for not completing the task requested then ask if she’s done which is her potty time release cue that we’re going back inside and she comes running. I still don’t praise but just let us both in and request she goes to bed which she does.
    The morning poop happens whether she was allowed to sleep in her chair overnight or is put in her crate, if she was loose she leaves it right by the door. We keep our bedroom door shut, so aren’t sure if she’s ringing her potty bells and we’re not hearing it or if she’s decided not to ring it since we’re not up. Her overnight is 10pm-7am and she’s 19 months old and otherwise completely potty trained. Is 9 hours too long? She’s a French Bulldog.
    We started giving her “dinner” in the afternoon instead of evening to see if that helps, but she’s not a consistent eater. She’s even gone up to a day and a half or more on occasion without eating between refusing it when served and us taking it up after a couple hours of it not being eaten and her refusing again when served again. We even double checked serving size and she’s at the min. for her weight. “One year” checkup at 14 months, including stool sample, was all clear. No noticeable tummy issues; poop still looks good and she doesn’t seem gassy or lethargic but is her normal self just hasn’t eaten that day. Obviously there’s no way to “make her” eat or poop so we have no more ideas on how to fix the issue, and definitely don’t want to get up any earlier.

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    Minette Reply:

    Feed her at a certain time each day, give her 10 minutes to eat and then take the food away. She will eat when she is hungry. I would also go back to crate training

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  88. Xtine says:

    I have 3yo rescue. Good for the 1st week now pees nightly. I don’t want to put a previously homeless non- dominant dog in a crate that old. She doesn’t sleep with us. I can’t walk her before bed with little ones and no other adult at home some nights. What to do ?

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    Minette Reply:

    Crate her, age doesn’t matter. A crate should be her home and her den and will be after a while if you use it correctly

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  89. tris s says:

    i am totally okay with the crate training idea, which is what i do for my 2 puppies while i’m gone during the day. (one of my puppies is 100% potty trained and hasn’t had any accidents in over a month) the other one has accidents daily and nightly. the issue i am having is that she seems to have no problem going potty in her kennel either. is there a way to get her to stop this?

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  90. James says:

    I have a very elderly 15 1/2 year old dog. We live in rented accommodation and she has to sleep downstairs as upstairs is carpeted (she has slept downstairs for years) . She used to bang on the stair gate and wake us up if she needed to go in the night but she seems to have stopped letting us know and is pooing and weeing in the house now every night. She is also sometimes waking up in a pool of wee. A lot of this advice is directed at those who have their dog sleeping in their room but are there any ideas for those in our situation where they are not close by? Maybe we have to sleep downstairs with her?!

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