Tarzan Mama of Two
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The land down under!
Is this a new thing Steph or has he never been great at the potty training?
If it is a new thing, that has started with his seperation anxiety, I'd talk to the behaviourist about it. Dogs can and will mark their territory with both urine and faeces. Nacho, with all his problems, would defeacate on every single walk, no matter what, in the same places.
Regardless of why he is starting you need to end it now! So you start from the beginning. When you bring a new puppy into the home they have to earn their rights to free roam the house right? Well I'd be blocking off areas for Gumbo. He is certainly getting out enough to go to the toilet and should be at least starting to understand the concept. Keep him in his crate...make sure he gets adequate exercise and give him a stuffed kong to keep him occupied in the crate but take him out every 2 hours to go to the toilet. Once he goes outside reward him inside, by allowing five minutes of play time inside the house, closely supervised. Then put him back in the crate. If it's a new thing he needs to learn that outside is the only place that is okay. If it is a new thing then it may only take a week before you decide that he is fully understanding that outside is for the toilet and you can slowly increase his area (move up to a pen, then one room, etc.) If it is a habit he has never broken then by giving him free roam of the house is too much for his brain to take in. He knows not to go in his crate, cause that's unpleasant for him, he needs to learn it is unpleasant to go in the house at all.
Unfortunately marking is more common in male dogs, and if it is cause he is marking then I'd be getting him neutered as soon as possible (I know most places won't do it until they are 6 months so have him booked for the day he turns 6 months old). The longer you leave that, the harder 'breaking the habit' will be.
What you are feeding him is fine. Try and determine how many hours after he eats he goes to the toilet. Maybe document his habits for a week, to see if you can see some sort of a pattern. My thoughts, if he has just started this up, is territory marking and going back to square one plus neutering will be the best way to stop it. If it's not a new thing and he has always been this way then you just need to wait for that light bulb to go off in his head, which shouldn't be too much longer!!!
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