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11 Jan 2006

Housetrained Dachshund started urinating and pooing inside
Hi there

Our reasonably well-trained, 3 year-old dachshund has been urinating and pooing on the kitchen floor every morning for the last two or three weeks. There is a doggie door, which allows him free access in and out of the house so there is NO reason why he should be doing this.

We rub his nose in it and put him outside but I am starting to think he doesnt know why he is being punished as he keeps doing it. I also want him to realise why he is being punished and that it not just soemthing we have dediced to do to him every morning. It is upsetting us and also my other dog - a yorkie - who is still continuing with his same routine every morning (goes outside for his wee and then gets a treat) but often ends up outside with the dachshund because we feel too bad to separate them.

We cant understand the behaviour change. We were wondering if the heavy rains could be putting him off going outside? Also, could fire crackers over Christmas caused him to become scared to go out at night?

I am also pregnant and will be having my baby in the next four weeks. Could he be sensing this and acting out?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Dune

Yes, your dachshund could most definetely have problems with the heavy rains. Fire Crackers over Christmas could have given him a fright and now he has a negative association possibly with making his toilet outside. Also your pregnancy could have something to do with it. Please do not discipline him when he has made the toilet inside. He unfortunately does not understand what he has done wrong. I would strongly suggest you ask an accredited animal behaviourist to come and do an assessment on your dog and help you with some detailed solutions.
You can contact www.animal-behaviour.org. You will find someone in your area that could assist you.

Regards
CDV
Animal Behaviourist
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