How do I stop my dog from messing on the floor over night?

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  1. Tony the writer profile image66
    Tony the writerposted 12 years ago

    How do I stop my dog from messing on the floor over night?

  2. Sharon McConnell profile image62
    Sharon McConnellposted 12 years ago

    Have you tried or are you able to use a Doggie door?

  3. plussize-lingerie profile image60
    plussize-lingerieposted 12 years ago

    Take them out for a walk later on somewhere where they can "perform".

    Sometimes, they just do get caught short, but if it's regularly, then they need an evening stroll. You can train them to go in the morning only - ours does - but you need to be religious about taking them out at a certain time.

    It's also possible you are overfeeding. Most dogs will eat as much as you give them, but they only need one meal a day as adults. Check the portion size for your dog and ensure you're not over-feeding. It'll save their health as well as your floor.

  4. Matt Clooney profile image55
    Matt Clooneyposted 12 years ago

    Put down newspaper and get the dog to go on the paper, reduce the size of the paper over time and then move it outside. The dog will get the idea.

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    fit2dayposted 12 years ago

    Take the dog to the seen of the crime and point to it. A little smack on top of the nose helps to teach some dogs to stop a behavior. Of course the first step is to make sure that the dog is being walked at night. If your dog is male, he's probably marking his territory, so you have to break him of that habit.

  6. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    It depends on the age of the dog and other factors.  We have one mature dog that still tends to do that.  So we take them out a midnight and let them wander around to do their business and then we usually get to sleep all the way through.

    But if the dog is older there might be some health problems.  Dogs brains are not wired like ours to they do not understand in the morning if you punish them for something they did during the night..  They need to be caught in the act.

    You can also kennel them at night in a particular place like a laundry area or something.  Personally, our dogs are part of the family and have run of the house, but if the messing is a huge problem, you might want to consider it.

  7. Moon Lightened profile image68
    Moon Lightenedposted 12 years ago

    Two words:  Dog crate.  This will resolve night time messing 99% of the time as most dogs won't mess where they sleep.  Some feel crating is cruel, but if you consider a dog is a descendant of the wolf and still retains some of those wilder traits, they really do like having a little den of their own.  The key is purchasing a crate that's the proper size.  If it's too large, it won't resolve the messing problem.  If it's too small, the dog isn't comfortable.  They should have enough room to stand, turn around and stretch out comfortably with a little to spare.  You may have a noisy night or two as your dog adjusts, but in the long run it's worth it.  I used to put a towel over the top of my dog's crate and leave the door open during the day.  She would nap in there voluntarily or lay and play with her toy.  Which reminds me of one side-note.  A crate shouldn't be used as a form of punishment.  You don't want to convey the wrong message while the dog is adjusting. 

    Then in the morning when you let him out, take him directly outside to do his duty.  This will get the message across that in the house is a no-no.

    1. profile image50
      beth136posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      well my pup has a great dain cage and shes doin great

  8. NicholeRLovi profile image78
    NicholeRLoviposted 12 years ago

    I used to have the same problem with my American Bulldog. No matter what I did she would still go potty in the house(only at night). I did some research and finally decided to get her a dog cage for inside. I Started telling her to go to bed and would give her a peice of cheese when she went in the cage. It worked amazingly!! They say that dogs will not go to the bathroom where they sleep and that is why it works. I also decided to put her on a schedule with going outside and eating. Instead of letting her eat all day and have food available non stop I started giving her food in the morning, noon, and night, but only left it down for about 45min. She had access to water all day. But at 8pm i put up the water and her last meal. Shethen got taken out to go potty at nine and again at ten. At ten thirty she goes to bed(to the cage). I have not had a problem with her since:) Happy training:)

  9. profile image50
    beth136posted 10 years ago

    i think you should tell them no tap them on the nose show them it say no again and put them outside if they go outside praise them and let them in

    also try to stop them befor they go and put em out side


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