Puppy peeing at back door
Q. Hi Dr Joanne
I am hoping that you might be able to guide us on a frustrating problem we are having with our 14 week old Cocker Spaniel.
He is an adorable puppy, however he persistently relieves himself at the doorstep of our back door. We work hard to take him down in to the yard, to encourage him to “go” on the grass (this is about 10 steps down). He only ventures down to this area when we are down there with him.
His bedding and food are up on the back step, just outside the door. This does not deter him from doing his “business” literally only cm away. I had always assumed that dogs did not defecate near food or sleep area, however this doesn’t seem to be the case with our Milo. This morning I spent about 50 mins downstairs playing with him in the hope he would go downstairs, only to head up stairs where he did it almost immediately. It is almost always after he scratches at the back door, which makes us thinks it is a separation thing. As he does it where he scratches at the door, he also steps through it and makes an incredible mess. As you can imagine, this is frustrating to deal with first thing in the morning as we prepare to go to work – and he always does it before we get up and also whilst we are out…
Would you have any hints or tips on how we can change this behaviour? We are desperate!
A. There are a few things that could be going on with Milo...
Remember Milo is still young and learning. You could even put toileting behaviour on command. Most dogs take 6 months or more (longer at night) to get the hang of it.
Good luck, Jo