Do dogs sleep in their own poop? Good question. The answer isn’t an easy yes or no. The answer is – it depends.
Potty Training in a Kennel
Dog experts for years have said that kenneling a new puppy for potty training is a good idea because dogs won’t defecate in their sleeping areas.
After caring for multiple puppies and dogs, we will tell you this isn’t always true. In our experience, it was never true.
We’ve had our new puppies poop in their beds and lay in it. So, if that doesn’t go against the myth of dogs won’t poop where they sleep, I don’t know what would refute it.
Why Dogs Sleep In Their Own Poop
Older dogs and younger dogs will often sleep in their own poop for a variety of reasons. Below are just some of them.
- Not being able to hold their bowels. This goes for both older dogs and younger dogs. Older dogs (just like people) have a difficult time holding their bowels because they are well, old. A puppy has a hard time because their bowels aren’t strong enough to hold the poop until it’s time for them to go outside.When you gotta go – you gotta go. That’s what it’s like for a senior dog or puppy. It’s one of the reasons for dogs sleeping in their own poop.
- Sickness is another reason dogs sleep in their own poop. Have you ever had diarrhea so bad that you can’t make it to the bathroom? Imagine being a dog who has to be let outside and no one is available to open the door? Yes, that’s when a dog or puppy ends up doing his/her business wherever it falls. Sometimes, it falls in a sleeping area.
- Limited room to sleep. This should never be a reason for dogs sleeping in their own poop, but unfortunately, it is especially for puppy mills. Small quarters and not providing opportunities to relieve themselves, puppies will have no choice but to poop where they sleep.
- Mother dogs may need to sleep in their puppy’s poop if there’s no other place to go. Again, this shouldn’t be the case, but for some mother dogs, there’s no choice.
- Having behavioral issues is yet another reason for a dog to poop in his/her dog bed or sleeping area. This is common for dogs or puppies who want to “punish” their owners for somthing, such as not enough play time, too much kennel time, or adding a new member of the family (pet or baby).
- Puppy and senior dog bodies may not stop production of stool or urine at night like humans and adult dogs, which requires them to have additional opportunities to relieve themselves often throughout the night.
- A medical issue can cause a dog to release its bowels and bladder without knowing. This often occurs when a dog poops or pees in his/her sleep.
Please Note: Contact your veterinarian whenever you feel as though your dog may have a medical issue causing him/her to poop or pee in a dog bed or bedding around it. Allow the veterinarian to tell you whether or not it is normal behavior for your pooch.
What About the Dog Poop Scent?
The scent of dog poop is no one’s favorite smell. It’s why dog owners try desperately to potty train their new puppy as soon as possible.
Dog poop smell is not pleasant to dogs too. It’s why many will sniff it and use their nose to try and cover it up. It’s also the reason why many dog experts say that dogs won’t poop near their bedding.
Unfortunately, for a puppy or senior dog, it may not be possible to hold their bowels or bladder to do its business outside when its time.
What to Do About Dogs Who Sleep In Their Own Poop
If your pet is pooping where he/she sleeps, it’s time to move on to Plan B when it comes to potty training. This means taking your puppy outside much more often, especially before bedtime and a couple of times at night. The need for releasing the bowels and bladder will ease up as the puppy develops into an adult.
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As dogs grow older, it will be time to start taking him/her outside more often as well. This time, either an age-related medical issue or aging body is to blame.
For dog owners who have to work all day, it may be a good idea to invest in a dog sitter or dog walker. This person can come to your home to let your puppy or senior dog outside.
An alternative to having someone let your dog outside is using dog pee pads. This way, the urine is contained in one place. Many dogs will poop on a pee pad and then use their nose to cover it up with the other side of the pad.
Below are some options for those who have a difficult time managing their pooch’s habit of sleeping in their own poop.
Now you know the answer to, “Do dogs sleep in their own poop?” Be sure to call the veterinarian first to ensure your young dog or senior dog is healthy and then manage it with either providing more opportunities for your dog to relieve him/herself or use pee pads.
FAQ About Dogs Sleeping in Their Own Poop
The following questions are common among dog owners who wonder if dogs sleep in their own poop.
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