My Dog Gets Aggressive When He Has to Poop (How to Fix!)

We all know our pups do some really weird things at times, but what if your dog gets aggressive before pooping? This unusual behavior will certainly get you worried, especially when it seems like they’re just getting worse and worse.

In this guide, we will help you understand why your dog might exhibit this type of behavior and provide you with strategies to manage it effectively. We’ll shed light on everything from puppies showing aggression before their bowel movements to dogs barking or even biting when they have to relieve themselves.

Does your furry friend go a bit wild before doing his business? You’re not alone! Let’s dive deeper into the possible causes and solutions below.

Dog Aggressive Before Pooping: How to Stop It

My Dog Gets Aggressive When He Has to Poop

If your dog becomes aggressive before pooping, it could be due to various reasons like feeling vulnerable or having a medical issue. Here are some steps to help stop this behavior:

  1. Identify Triggers: Before tackling the issue, you need to first understand the ‘why.’ Anxiety is the most likely culprit, but does your dog show aggression in specific locations or situations? Try to spot any patterns in their behavior to uncover the root of the problem. This information can be pivotal in devising an effective strategy to handle their aggression.
  2. Provide a Calm and Secure Environment: Once you have identified possible triggers, work on creating a safe and quiet spot for your dog to relieve itself. This could mean using a leash to keep other dogs at a distance or choosing a more secluded spot for their bathroom breaks. The idea is to limit their exposure to the triggers that cause aggression.
  3. Positive Reinforcement: Reinforce good behavior by rewarding your dog when they remain calm before, during, and after pooping. Use their favorite treats, toys, or affection as rewards. Over time, they will associate calm behavior with these positive experiences, which can help in reducing aggression.
  4. Consult with a vet: Aggression can sometimes be a sign of pain or discomfort. If your dog is aggressive before pooping, they may be experiencing gastrointestinal issues. Consulting with a vet can help rule out any medical problems.

These steps will get your dog to stop getting aggressive before pooping, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issue (usually anxiety) that was causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address that, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“So, how do I make these changes stick?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog gets aggressive before pooping and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog getting aggressive before pooping ever again!

Puppy Aggressive Before Pooping

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When you notice your puppy becoming aggressive before pooping, it may seem peculiar and even worrying. This behavior could be due to a variety of factors, ranging from excitement to discomfort.

Puppy Biting Before Pooping

Biting is often a way puppies express themselves. When you observe your puppy biting before pooping, this might be a display of excitement or energy. Puppies can get particularly active or playful when they’re about to have a bowel movement. It’s also important to remember that puppies are still learning their boundaries and how to communicate their needs, so they might nip or bite to signal that they need to go outside.

Puppy Goes Crazy Before Pooping

If your puppy goes crazy before pooping, it could be because they feel an urgency to eliminate and they’re not sure how to handle it. They might start running around, barking, or acting unusually active. This could be their way of telling you they need to go outside immediately.

Discomfort or Pain

Sometimes, aggression before pooping could indicate discomfort or pain. If your puppy is straining or seems uncomfortable when they have a bowel movement, they might display aggression as a response to the discomfort. In such cases, it’s important to consult a vet to ensure there aren’t any underlying health issues.


Training is key in managing such behaviors. A well-implemented potty-training regime can help your puppy understand how to appropriately signal when they need to go outside. Also, teaching them basic commands like ‘sit’ or ‘quiet’ can help in managing excessive energy or excitement before they need to poop.

In all situations, remember that patience and understanding are essential when dealing with your puppy’s behaviors. Learn more about understanding and then preventing this behavior by going back to the first section of this article.

Dog Bites When He Has to Poop

A dog biting when he has to poop is unusual behavior and can be quite concerning. This could be due to discomfort, fear, or other underlying issues. Here are some strategies to deal with this issue:

  1. Consult a vet: It’s possible that your dog is experiencing physical discomfort or a health issue related to bowel movements. Conditions like constipation, anal gland problems, or digestive disorders could cause discomfort that leads to aggressive behavior. A vet can diagnose these conditions.
  2. Maintain a calm environment: Creating a peaceful, safe environment for your dog to do their business can help reduce anxiety and fear that may be leading to aggression.
  3. Positive reinforcement: Reward your dog for calm behavior during bathroom breaks. This could be with praise, treats, or a favorite toy. Avoid punishing your dog for aggressive behavior, as it can worsen the situation.

Remember, it’s crucial to approach this behavior with patience and understanding. To learn how to determine the root cause and then treat the misbehavior, go back to the first section of this article now.

Why Does My Dog Bark Before Pooping?

If your dog barks before pooping, they might be expressing several emotions or reactions. Here are a few possibilities:

  1. Anxiety and Vulnerability: The act of elimination can be a vulnerable time for dogs. They are in a compromised position and can’t quickly react to potential threats. Some dogs may feel anxious during this time and might bark as a way of expressing their discomfort or alerting you to their perceived vulnerability. This is especially likely if your dog tends to look to you for safety and security.
  2. Seeking Attention: Dogs are known for their communication skills, and barking is one of their primary ways of expressing themselves. If your dog barks before pooping, it could be an attempt to get your attention. Perhaps they want you to know they’re about to go, or they might be seeking your approval. This can especially be the case if you’ve inadvertently reinforced the behavior by responding positively when they’ve alerted you to their need to poop in the past.
  3. Physical Discomfort: Dogs can’t verbally tell us when they’re in pain or discomfort, but they often show it through changes in behavior. If your dog is experiencing any digestive issues, like constipation or diarrhea, or any other medical condition that makes defecation uncomfortable, they might bark before they poop as a sign of distress. It’s important to monitor your dog for any other signs of health issues and consult with your veterinarian if you suspect this could be the case.

Keep in mind that every dog is different and the exact reason may vary from one dog to another. Learn more about how to do that by going back to the first section of this article now.

It’s important to get a handle on your dog’s aggression before things get any worse. Otherwise, you’ll soon have a dog growling at you for no reason, or getting aggressive towards your husband or roommate. Nobody wants to live this, obviously, so I’m sure you can see why you need to get started.

Dog Barks Before Pooping at Night

If your dog barks before pooping at night, it might leave you scratching your head. It’s not an unusual behavior, and it could be attributed to a few different factors.


The most common reason your dog might bark before pooping at night is that they’re trying to communicate with you. Your dog might be signaling that they need to go outside to do their business. Dogs often develop routines and your pooch might have conditioned themselves to a nighttime bathroom schedule.

Discomfort or Anxiety

If your dog is barking excessively before pooping at night, they could be experiencing discomfort or anxiety. This could be due to various reasons, like an upset stomach or fear of the dark. Some dogs might feel anxious about going outside when it’s dark and may bark as an expression of this fear.

Attention Seeking

Dogs can sometimes bark to seek attention. If your dog has learned that barking before pooping at night gets your attention, they may continue this behavior. It’s important not to reinforce this behavior by giving them excessive attention when they bark.

To learn more about determining the root cause of your dog’s issue, and also how to stop it, go back to the first section of this article now and we’ll help you through everything.

I’m sure you’re eager to make potty time not so stressful for you and your dog, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “My Dog Gets Aggressive When He Has to Poop.”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.