me (mevthem) wrote in thequestionclub,

help! dog people!

Ok. I have a 3 1/2 year old dachshund that is extremely well-behaved. I got him about 14 months ago, and in the first year, he only pooped in the house once. Now, the past couple of months he's been pooping at least two or three times a week, when I run out to do errands or whatever.

How can I stop him from pooping in the house without using a cage?

I take him out regularly, I reward him with treats and petting and 'good boy's and stuff when he poops outside, yet he still goes in the house one out of every two times I leave him completely alone. I don't know whether it's related or not, but he's also recently chewed up the bill on a baseball cap and torn the wool lining out of some slippers. He would never have done anything like that in the past.

My only theory is that I used to work 9-5 and he was used to being alone a lot. Now that I'm home every day, he can't deal with the hour or two that I leave. But that doesn't make sense, does it?


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