Moving to new home

Posted by Shirleyl
May 13, 2009
Hi, This is my first post.
I will be moving to a new home in two weeks. My problem is my 9 month old mini poodle still has a habit of pooping in the basement. He even does it if the door is open for him to go out. The other day I let him out and watched him go. I did something else in the basement and went upstairs and he was pooping again by the front door. When I saw him my mouth just dropped open. He took off for his kennel and didn't come out until I called him. Obviously he knows he is doing something wrong. (I'll admit, my husband was sleeping on the couch so I didn't want to reprimand at the dog.) I just left him in the kennel for a few minutes. I don't know how to stop him and I don't want this happening in the new home. He doesn't have any stomach problems and his stools are well formed. Do you have any suggestions? Do those pads work if I take them outside to the same spot every day so he gets the idea that is the place to go?
Thank you.
Posted by KOPsarah
May 19, 2009
Hi there shirleyl
It is possible that your dog has a particular association with the area in the basement rather than with toileting inside in general and that it may therefore not be a problem in your new house. In the mean time try using specific animal deodorizers on the spots he uses. Also you can try putting tin foil (aluminum foil) over the floor, dogs usually will not stand and defecate on this because they don't like the feel, the way the light reflects off it and the sounds it makes when walked on. Also continue to put your dog outside for toileting regularly. Regular exercise of the property will also encourage better toileting behaviors as dog love to go to the toilet on walks and at the park to mark.

Hope this helps and let me know how you get on so we can make sure we save your new home from poop!