I adopted a five year old mini-schnauzer, and it took him two weeks t adjust to his new home. He came to me from a 10 acre farm, and hi owners were breeders. He was well cared for, neutered, an housebroken. Soon after his vet visit for shots he suddenly starte pooping in the house. I really think it was accidental, since the ve told me to change his food because he was having gas, and the poop wa runny. I work all day during the week, and I don't want to leave hi out, although I have a fenced, gated yard. He is so affectionate, an I want to keep him forever, but my husband is concerned about the hous soiling. Any suggestions

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I adopted a five year old mini-schnauzer, and it took him two weeks to adjust to his new home. He ... so affectionate, and I want to keep him forever, but my husband is concerned about the house soiling. Any suggestions.

crate him while no one is home
I adopted a five year old mini-schnauzer, and it took him two weeks to adjust to his new home. He ... so affectionate, and I want to keep him forever, but my husband is concerned about the house soiling. Any suggestions.

You probably changed his food too rapidly - start by mixing a little of the new food (probably a different one than you tried) with the old, and change the proportions to increase the amount of the new food gradually over a few days. Some dogs have "sensitive" digestive systems.
If he hadn't been pooping in the house before the food change, he probably just couldn't hold it - it was diarrhea, after all.

Crate him while you're out - he'll probably sleep most of the time, and won't be distressed if you introduce him to his crate gradually, feed him in there, give him treats in there. He probably will come to look at it as his den and spend time there even when the door isn't closed.
Or confine him to a room that is easily cleaned up, like the kitchen or bathroom, with water and a comfortable bed.

Can you come home for lunch to let him out? Or do you have a neighbor or someone you could hire to do that? At 5, he probably can normally "hold it" all day, but it would be a kindness and break of routine for him if someone could stop by.

HTH -
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my husband is concerned about the house soiling. Any suggestions.

The SpotBot the best $125 you'll ever spend. Queenie is having a bout of stomach upset now too and I just set this thing over the spot, turn it on, and in 3 minutes, no spot. No work, either. It is a revelation.

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my husband is concerned about the house soiling. Any suggestions.

The SpotBot the best $125 you'll ever spend. Queenie is having a bout of stomach upset now too and I just set this thing over the spot, turn it on, and in 3 minutes, no spot. No work, either. It is a revelation.

how does it do for the smell left by the soiling?
how does it do for the smell left by the soiling?

If you use an enzyme cleaner specifically formulated to clean carpets and remove dog oders, I'm guessing it's perfection.
my husband is concerned about the house soiling. Any suggestions.

The SpotBot the best $125 you'll ever spend. Queenie is having a bout of stomach upset now too and I just set this thing over the spot, turn it on, and in 3 minutes, no spot. No work, either. It is a revelation.

Does it only work automatically? Is it possible to use it to clean a whole rug? I need something to spot clean area rugs, but would like to be able to clean a whole rug with it.
Mustang Sally
Does it only work automatically? Is it possible to use it to clean a whole rug? I need something to spot clean area rugs, but would like to be able to clean a whole rug with it. Mustang Sally

Those only work where you put them down. They don't work like a Roomba, which we are considering.
Roombas only vacuum and I don't think their Scooba counterpart works on carpets...
Anyone here use a Roomba?
Does it only work automatically? Is it possible to use ... able to clean a whole rug with it. Mustang Sally

Those only work where you put them down. They don't work like a Roomba, which we are considering. Roombas only vacuum and I don't think their Scooba counterpart works on carpets... Anyone here use a Roomba?

Roomba? Scooba? What the heck are they? Never heard of either one of them.
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