I appreciate all of the advice I've been getting here. I've tried it all! Now my 9 mo old pomeranian is crated when we go out (but not for more than a couple of hours), and he can't get out the crate. Hence, no accidents in the house or the crate when we're out. That has been a help. I thought he was only pooping in the house when we left him alone, but now he has changed his ways. He does not poop inside when we are out of the house or while we are asleep (because he sleeps with my son). He does not poop inside when we are in the same room as him, but he will sneak off and do it and then come to us scooting on the floor with ears and tail down as far as they can go, looking ashamed, knowing he did something wrong. Looking for attention? Even if it is not good attention? I have seen him poop outside many times, so I know he knows how and he doesn't look ashamed after pooping outside. I was thinking that he just poops when he feels the need no matter where he is, but the shame thing tells me he knows better. If he went to the door and indicated that he needs to go out, we'd certainly let him out. We've tried to show him that. When I clean up the poop, I take him outside and show him where it should be. He's such a well-behaved dog in every other way. All of the neighbor children love him and he is very gentle with them. He loves when people hold him and pet him. He'll fall asleep on anyone's lap after he has sniffed them a few times and decided they're ok. It is just this one issue. I need some more advice. Maybe I'm missing something. Thank you.
Keep him on a leash 100% of the time so he can't 'sneak off'. More than likely, his acting ashamed has to do with your reaction when you discover the poop. You *must* catch him in the act of pooping in order to have a chance of correcting the problem. When he starts to stoop to poop, pick him up immediately and firmly and take him outside. Keep him outside, when he does go give him lots of praise so he understands that pooping outside gets him rewarded. Is the room he's doing it in not a main room of the house? A bedroom or something? If it is block off the area entirely with a child gate or shut the door.
i agree with minni. for some reason, both our dogs continued to poo in the house much longer that they would pee in the house. as far as cleanup goes i'd rather clean poo, but i'd really rather they not do it at all.
we found our younger dog would do it only in my b/f dtr room in the mornings; of course she was 'watching' him, so he got put on what i call 'visual lockdown (vl)' status. he was never out of my sight. ever. and still isnt, b/c we have found that, now he's housebroke, but loves to eat area rugs. so v.l. continues for him.
he still doesnt tell me when he needs to go, so they both go when i decide its time. they are on a schedule which helps immensely also.
Incidentally, he knows how to get our attention if he wants it. When he is outside and wants to come in, he scratches on the door. He never scratches from the inside to tell us he needs to go out. Am I nuts to think separation anxiety again?
Your pom needs to be on a regular schedule so you can predict when these little accidents will happen. Do you feed "free choice?" If so he needs to be fed only two/three times a day 9depending on his weight and age) and nothing in between. I would get up and take him out first thing, then feed him and take him out, then watch him like a hawk until his next feeding and take him out immediatelly after he eats. Do not let him eat between meals so you can predict when he will have to poop. I know it sounds time consuming but you will not have to do this for-ever. Once you predict his pooping times then you can be a little more lenient. Dogs are like children they thrive on schedules they can predict and you can predict. Poms are very smart and he needs to know how to let you know that he needs to go out. Have you thought of using a puppy door? I have one and my dogs love to go in and out through out the day. Hope this helps. Ive got 4 poms and have had no problems with them. Good luck!!
Q. "Do you feed "free choice?" A. No, we feed him in the morning and at dinner time.
"I would get up and take him out first thing, then feed him and take him out, then watch him like a hawk until his next feeding and take him out immediatelly after he eats. Do not let him eat between meals so you can predict when he will have to poop." A. We actually do this. The strange thing is he doesn't seem to have a schedule except that he never goes overnight.
"Poms are very smart and he needs to know how to let you know that he needs to go out." A. Actually, he does knwo how to get our attention. He scratches at teh door when he wants to come inside from outside.
Q. "Have you thought of using a puppy door?" A. I would consider that, but I actually have no where to put it. Our 2 entries are our front door which is steel or something and our back door is a slider to a deck. We rarely use the front door. We go downstairs through the garage to go out via car. We only go out the deck door if we're going to the back yard. he goes out the deck door all the time, as the yard is fenced.