I need help! I adopted a great rescue dog named Maisie in June. She has been the perfect dog for the most part. About a month ago, she didn't poop after dinner, but she had done this a few times and never had a problem, so I didn't think anything of it. That night, she pooped all over my bedroom in the middle of the night (no whining), ate the poop, and then threw it up all over. I'm pretty sure she ate it because she knew she would be in trouble for pooping (she hates getting in trouble). After that, I started putting her in her kennel at night (in the bedroom). That incident threw off her schedule, and she ended up pooping in her kennel a few more times. I took her to the vet, and they did a general exam and everything was fine. Her poop was also negative for parasites. They suggested it was a behavior thing and suggested I work really hard to get her back on schedule and make a big deal of it when she poops outside (praise, treats). I also stopped giving her any extra treats and only used her food (Blue Buffalo Chicken and Brown Rice) as treats. She got back on schedule and everything was good for about two weeks. Then, she threw up in the middle of the night, and while I was cleaning that up, had diarrhea on the carpet. She also threw up again later that night. Then, I thought the issue was an oil I had added to her food for bad dandruff (Alaskan Bear Treats Salmon oil). I stopped giving her the oil, and again, things got better. Then, two nights ago, she pooped again in her kennel, and did the same thing last night. I am at such a loss as to what to do! She eats dinner between 4:30-5:00 and pretty much always poops afterward. Could she be doing this to get attention? What can I do to stop her? I hate having her in her kennel all night, but I can't trust her to be out. Does anyone have any ideas about what I can do to stop this?
To prevent her pooping in her kennel, take her out a couple of times in the middle of the night. Take her out at 12:00am, 2:00am, 4:00am, 6:00am. Try to go to bed around 10:00pm (take her out right before you go to bed) and wake up around 8:00am. (take her out as soon as you get up) Hopefully that will work. Good luck! =)