My best friend, who got a yorkie on the same day I did, works full time every day and bought a 16 square foot exercise pen. She puts his bed, food and water and a piece of newspaper in there in case he needs to potty. As a puppy he would use the newspaper but he rarely uses it now and usually just waits for her to get home to potty since he's an adult now. The pen worked really well for her since she was gone so long every day. The pen never worked for my puppy...as of about 16 weeks old when visiting my friend, she would always climb right over the pen (2 feet tall). She could also jump over a 3 feet tall childgate...so therefor I've always used the crate for her since she can't climb out of that. But the pen might be a good way for you to go since your pup will have more room and a place to potty but not be able to tear the room up.
Hi! I came across your question as I did a google search on "puppy eating poop". My 15-week old Westie, her name is Molly, seems to like eating her poop too, so I sympathize with you- your situation is a lot like mine, since I also live by myself and I work a regular 9-5 day, but I love my baby and want her to be happy, so I'm also looking for help. The poop eating started with Molly when she was about 10 wks old, and the vet put her on For-bid, which is a powder that is sprinkled on her food. He said it could be the type of food, and that it wasn't a health issue, just a bad habit. We also changed her food, to Hills Diet (the breeder had suggested Iams). It seemed to work for a few days, but then she went back to it. In the last week or so, she appeared to have stopped, but just yesterday, I came home to find that she had eaten her poop again- not all of it though, so I guess at some point she decided she'd had enough (yuck)- I'm hoping this is a good sign, and she'll stop soon. Like you, my problem is that she eats it when I'm not there. When I'm home and she poops, she doesn't seem interested in it at all, which makes me think she might be doing it out of boredom during the day(?) I understand how frustrated you are, because you're not there to stop it from happening. I think the reason why Molly had stopped for a while was 1- I gave her a very strong reprimand the only two times I caught her trying to eat it, and 2- I've been trying to get her on a more regular schedule where she poops in the morning when I'm there, and in the evening once I'm home. I'm upset that she did it again yesterday though. Oh, just to let you know, she stays in the washroom while I'm at work, with her bed, her pee pad, her toys and water, and she is fine. The breeder, and other books and articles I read, recommended not leaving her in the crate for more than 3 or 4 hours, which I can't manage with my schedule, even on the days when I can go home for lunch. So I would suggest that you try the washroom, with a baby gate at the door (ie. door open, so he doesn't feel trapped). When I'm at home, I put her in her crate for a couple of hours each day, to give her some "quiet time" (sometimes not so quiet though!) and she sleeps in there at night, which prevents her from peeing. She just barks a little in the morning, when she needs to go potty, and then I know it's time to get up and take her out. Good luck with the poop eating! I hope it stops soon... for Prince and Molly :)
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