We've recently taken in a rescue dog with some strange habits. Some of them we're on the way to sorting out, but she has one I haven't encountered before: she readily pees outdoors,but she seems to prefer to poop in the house.
I'm already doing all of the things one normally does when housetraining: taking her out regularly, returning to the same spot, using the key phrase, using scent-destroying cleaner, etc, etc. Yet although she occasionally does it outdoors, she seems to almost save her feces for indoors.

Has anyone encountered this before, and if so, any thoughts on how to break her of it? Have you found that time does it? (Crating her would be an absolutely last resort, since I think it would exacerbate her other issues.)
Has anyone encountered this before, and if so, any thoughts on how to break her of it?

Here's what we did: leash the dog to you in the house, take outside every 1/2 hour or so to poop. If the dog poops throw a party, if not go back inside, keep the dog leashed to you, and wait another 1/2 hour. It's a day or two of hell but it's worked for me. What you don't want is the dog loose and unattended at any time until she learns.
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Has anyone encountered this before, and if so, any thoughts on how to break her of it?

Here's what we did: leash the dog to you in the house, take outside every 1/2 hour or so to ... it's worked for me. What you don't want is the dog loose and unattended at any time until she learns.

Thanks, Melinda I have the horrible feeling that your method is what I will have to use! It would be infinitely preferable to crating her, though.
We've recently taken in a rescue dog with some strange habits. Some of them we're on the way to sorting ... time does it? (Crating her would be an absolutely last resort, since I think it would exacerbate her other issues.)

When I first got my Sheltie pup, she resisted going poo on the leash. It wasn't a problem at home where I had a fenced in yard, but it caused problems on trips. I was finally able to get her to go more reliably on leash by taking her on long walks. The walks would get her bowels moving, and she'd generally have to go before we got home. After a few days of that, she got over her shyness and we haven't had a problem since.
Don't know if this applies at all to your situation, but thought I'd throw it out there.
Bizby
We've recently taken in a rescue dog with some strange ... resort, since I think it would exacerbate her other issues.)

When I first got my Sheltie pup, she resisted going poo on the leash. It wasn't a problem at home ... problem since. Don't know if this applies at all to your situation, but thought I'd throw it out there. Bizby

Yeah, I thought about that. Only she visits the "spot," then goes on the long walk, then visits the "spot," then comes inside and..voila! I'm going to tinker with the timing of her meals and the walks, though. I think that would help.
We've recently taken in a rescue dog with some strange ... resort, since I think it would exacerbate her other issues.)

You can always "match" her to convince her that poop happens outside. I would not give her any in house freedom until she produces. Not a smidge. Tethered to you, confined right near you or crated. Keep plugging. She'll have to give in eventually.

Janet B
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Here's what we did: leash the dog to you in ... dog loose and unattended at any time until she learns.

Thanks, Melinda I have the horrible feeling that your method iswhat I will have to use! It would be infinitely preferable to crating her,though.

When she poos in the house does she do it out of your sight? She might not feel relaxed enough to go in front of you outside or if she is on a lead and asked to go in a certain spot, it might be too much pressure for her. With rescue dogs you don't always know the background and she might ascertain pooing with punishment. With my own rescue dog, I kept him close to me indoors and I stood outside with him in the garden but didn't look at him directly so as not to put pressure on him.
Alison
Update: for the last two days she's been pooping outdoors. Thankfully, I didn't have to resort to extreme confinement/leashing. (Maybe she's smarter than I think, and read all about what would happen if she didn't shape up! )