We cannot help but sigh in frustration when we arrive home and see the mess our dogs have made.
Dogs poop naturally, but pooping in multiple spots can be a telltale sign of something more severe.
5 Reasons Why Dog Poop in Multiple Spots
Besides looking for a more comfortable spot to do their business, your dog may also have other reasons why they poo on multiple locations.
Here are some:
- Diarrhea, or other digestive illnesses. Dogs suffering from diarrhea can either have overeaten or eaten the wrong food. Some dog food contains many fillers that can trigger indigestion or loose stool.
- Allergies can also trigger irregular bowel movement in dogs. Some dogs can have allergic reactions to more than one allergen. Food allergies vary from dairy to beef and others.
- Anxiety and emotions of revenge. They could be pooping anywhere to get back at you for being away for a long while. Like humans, dogs also experience separation anxiety. They become restless in your absence, which could be the reason behind their inconsistent behavior.
- Aging. Dogs, as they age, gradually lose control of their bowel movement. It gets more challenging to control their pooping and experience other physical problems due to old age.
- Loud Noises. When dogs fear jarring noises and shock, they tend to behave unusually. In worst cases, they poop anywhere inside the house even though they are well-behaved and trained.
What Should I Do?
It is valid to feel awful that you must clean after the mess while your dog cowers in guilt and shoots you those puppy eyes.
First things first: clean the spots with a concentrated pet odor removal formula.
Then, observe your dog’s unusual behavior and recall possible reasons behind it.
Note their pattern of behavior, if any, and their reactions to stimuli like when emotionally unstable or anxious when you leave home.
Check its poop for irregularities such as:
- loose stools
If you can see any of the above signs, consult the vet for treatment.
Be sure to check their dog food for fillers.
It might be the culprit. Feed your dog with food prescribed by the vet.
Food rich in wheat and grains can harm your dog’s digestive tract.
There are human foods that can be a healthy choice for your dogs like strawberry, fresh coconut, and green peas. Feed them in small portions.
Your dog might need a new kind of food to recover.
Adjust the diet according to your dog’s needs.
If they suffer from a stomach problem, you can give them fruits and vegetables under the bland pet diet.
If it is because of excessive food intake, make a schedule for feeding your dog and stick to it.
Train your dog to eat at least twice a day and poop only in a specific spot.
Some dogs show unusual behaviors like pooping anywhere as signs of emotional or physical discomfort.
To help them recover, you can slowly introduce a new diet. If you have time, walk your dog around the neighborhood.
Give it some time to explore the outside more often.
When you are away most of the time, you can hire someone else to ease its separation anxiety.