I have a 2 year old Boxer (male) who is mostly an inside dog & (was) perfectly potty trained by 6 months old. In the past week I would say he has pooped, peed, & vomited in the house 4 or more times. He is not sick & has not eaten anything besides his normal amount of dog food each day. He has been to the vet recently & was cleared of worms or any other illnesses. We have, however, brought home a new member of the family (8 week old baby) recently & I am wondering if he is acting out to get attention that he feels he is not getting as much of anymore. His so called “accidents” seem to be worse and more frequent when I bring my Labrador inside. My Lab is NOT an inside dog but when the nights are too cold for him I have kennel in my basement for him to stay warm in. And last week that is where I found all three accidents in the same area directly in front of my labrador’s kennel. Is he marking the house as if to say “this is my area… yours is outside” ??? A few nights a ago I tried something different by putting my Labrador in my heated garage & giving my boxer his normal night time routine which is full range of the house with his dog bed (that he usually never leaves) in my bedroom. Then I woke up to poop on my kitchen floor. So having enough the following night I stuck them both in the garage. And woke up to poo in the garage, knowing perfectly well which dog provided it. Last night was warm enough for the Labrador to stay outside so I put the boxer in the garage by himself and I got both poo & pee in my garage last night. Whats the deal? Do I need to put him in his own crate at night? Which I have for him, but have only used it when traveling. I would hope he would not poo or pee where he has to sleep. Although when I try putting him in my labrador’s kennel (in the basement) he somehow manages to hike his leg and pee out the door (smart dog!). Between the baby’s poo & the dog’s poo I’m DONE cleaning up poo! I really wonder if he is acting out because of the baby but I have no idea really. His poo is always solid so its not like he has diahera (spelling?) & he always goes out just before bed & as soon as I wake up. Like I said this is just recently a problem.
The labrador is 7 years old and i have had him sense day 1. The boxer is almost 2 years old and i have also had him sense day 1. I would like to think that i am the pack leader but i also understand that probably isn’t the case. What I see is one dog (lab) is the pack leader of the backyard & one dog (boxer) is pack leader of the house. I have allowed him time to sniff the baby out now that the baby is getting bigger and can hold his head a little better as before the boxer would sniff his head so hard the baby’s head would bobble whether i am holding it or not. the boxer will also lay next to the baby on the floor and gradually inch closer and closer until his snout is in the baby’s lap.