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Our 3 year old Lab in the house when we leave the house. He

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Our 3 year old Lab poops in the house when we leave the house. He is a rescue dog, very sweet, but needy. It seems as though he has separation anxiety. When we are home, this never happens.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Gabby.

Has he done this since you have had him? How long have you had him?

Does it happened even if he poops on a walk right before you leave?

Could you set up a video camera to see exactly what is happening when you leave?

Could you get a crate?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he has done this since adoption. He was a stray before Humane Society received Jack. Yes, this does happen even though he has been walked. Wie have considered a cage, but have not purchased one.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He always seems ashamed, too.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We adopted him in early August.
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Ok thank you,

It is most likely separation anxiety. There are a bunch of things you can try.

If he were mine I would start with a crate. The crate should be large enough that he can turn around but not so large that if he poops he can get away from it. That is why the bathroom will not work. To get him used to the crate I would put him in there, with food and toys, for short periods while you are home. Then put him in the crate, walk out side for 5 minutes, and come back in and let him out. Gradually increase the time you put him in there and walk out the door and come back in. Leaving the tv or radio on can help too. Try to get him really tired, with lots of exercise, before you leave the house. If he is exhausted he is less likely to have anxiety and just sleep.

You can also take him to the vet and they can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication.

They make diapers for dogs. You can put a diaper on him before you leave as well. He will learn it is not so fun to have poop in the diaper while you are gone. That plan will not work if there is a chance he will chew up and swallow the diaper.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

House training the adult dog

Separation anxiety

I posted links above with more information if you are interested.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?