Our 6 week old Husky puppy has decided that the best thing in life is to play in poop. I know what everyone will say, "clean it up before he can play in it". Well here's the deal, he has a "puppy room" he spends the nights in so he doesn't have accidents in our bed. (oh we learned that lesson already, haha!) Well if he poos in the middle of the night while we are sleeping we can't clean that up at that second. And we kinda thought oh it's a whole room, he can get away from the poop. Well we've waken up several times now in the morning to find our cute fuzzy and extremely furry puppy coated in poop, sometimes he's still playing in it. Now aside from being weird and gross any suggestions on what to do about this? We've tried the kennel thing, all he does is get more covered in poop because it's a small space for him. We've also tried to put our 9 month old dog Sunny in with him and all that happened was he jumped on her and coated her in poop to... What's worse then one dog covered in poop? 2 dogs covered in poop.
Just a side note, he really doesn't just accidently get poop on him. He walks away and then makes a running start to come back and play in it. Yep we saw it and were horrified. Oh and NO he doesn't eat it. Just plays in it.
Dogs don't like to eliminate close to where they sleep and eat, so he probably has too much room. I would try a crate. You should be taking a six week old pup out several times during the night(actually a six week old should still be with his mom and littermates). I took my Rottie out two or three times during the night until he was six months. He has had a total of two accidents in the house and he's four now.
My guess is that puppy was penned with it's litter in a very small space and is accustomed to playing in it's poop. Dogs are naturally "clean" animals - and huskies especially are supposed to be clean dogs. But if they are whelped and raised in an area that doesn't provide them enough space and they "grow up" playing and living in poop - it's a habit they are likely to continue.
I'd invest in a puppy play pen/excercise pen and work on paper training. 6 week old puppies are a bit young to even start crate training as they have to potty WAY too frequently for this to be effective (you'll just start teaching the pup to potty in it's crate). Set up the play pen at night or when you can't supervise the puppy with either newspaper or a housebreaking pad - I would then recommend shredding newspaper and putting that on top (so after he uses the pad/paper he'll cover the poop and make it harder to play in). Only put the papers in one corner of the pen, and put a small blanket in a different corner. When you're with him, if you see him use the paper, praise him.
Really 6 week old puppies should still be with their breeder. There is no good reason for a breeder to send a 6 week old puppy to a new home - ever. The puppies miss out on a lot of important things they should have learned with their litter mates and the familiar environment of their breeder. I'm only saying that - because now YOU need to be doing all the things a knowledgeable breeder should have done. You need to teach bite inhibition (when puppy nibbles on you or play bites, "yelp" like a littermate would to help teach that it hurts). You need to be really actively socializing the puppy by exposing it to new things throughout the house (noises, surfaces, smells, areas). Housebreaking isn't really a realistic goal for the near future - but teaching the puppy cleanliness is. I agree with rottluvr - you need to take that puppy potty a couple of times a night - or expect it to potty in it's pen and play in it.
It also sounds like it's stools are a bit soft/loose? Is this from a food change - or what kind of worming did the breeder do? Almost every puppy is born with worms. They also have immature immune systems and pick up bacteria and parasites that adult dogs wouldn't have a problem with. If you haven't already done so - have your vet run a fecal panel. If you just switched food, you may see some soft stools. But solid stools should be hard if not impossible to make a big mess in...
CocoLab, you are going to have to take the pup out side to potty at least 3 times during the night. There's no way he can hold it even for 4 hours. What time is his last feeding? I would personally make it at supper time, and then take him out immediately afterwards. After that I would probably watch him, and take him out at every sign of circling, about every half hour to hour.What type of food are you feeding him, it could have something in it that doesn't agree with him. The other question I would have,how much are you feeding him? As was mentioned before, 6 weeks is not a good age to get a puppy. Were there special circumstances that made you get him before 8 -9 weeks? Let us know how things go.
Yes, I agree with the others. In several states, it's actually illegal to sell a pup that young.
Why aren't you crate training him? I have raised 2 pups-both crate trained, and neither one of them EVER pooped in their crate. It's better to start out with good habits, rather than try to break bad habits.
I had the same problem also. My 6 month old Border Collie did the same thing so I'll give you some advise that helped me with my messy problem. I let my pup outside to relive himself and then we put him to bed.And whenever you get up to go to the bathroom during the night let your dog out also.
You have the power,the love,the hope to love and care for an animal.