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How to Stop Your Dog From Pooping in Your Home Office

You’ve got important work to get done, but that’s tough to do when your dog keeps pooping in your home office! Why are they doing this? Why does your dog poop in your office? What smells will repel your dog from pooping in your office? Do dogs poop inside your office for attention or is something else going on?

Wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog from pooping in your home office for good! Soon, you’ll be able to work without any stink bombs being left for you! Keep reading for all the information you’re after below!

Why Does My Dog Poop in My Office?

How to Stop Your Dog From Pooping in Your Home Office

Your dog poops in your home office because they’re experiencing anxiety. Dogs feeling stressed out will often be unable to control their urge to go, and your home office has the benefit of being nice and closed-in like a den, and also smelling like you. Your dog has a very acute sense of smell, so while you may only smell electronics and paper, your dog senses you.

It’s also possible that they’ve gotten into the habit of pooping in your office because you’ve inadvertently rewarded the behavior at some point. They may have gone potty in there, and then without realizing they had, you saw them and immediately gave them pets and attention.

If your dog has been experiencing constipation or diarrhea, then IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is also something that you should consider. Consider taking your dog to the vet for a check-up, and ensure that they’re being fed a highly digestible diet with high soluble fiber content.

But even if your dog is pooping in your home office only occasionally, it’s something you need to address immediately or you’ll give them the impression that it’s okay. Soon, you’ll find your dog is pooping in your bedroom, pooping in your kitchen, pooping in your closet, and maybe even pooping on your laundry (remember they like to go where they can smell you).

To stop your dog pooping in your home office, skip to the last section now where we’ll tell you exactly what steps you need to follow.

What Smell Repels Dogs From Pooping in Your Home Office?

Vinegar is a smell that repels dogs from pooping in your home office. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply it by spraying it on your dog’s favorite spot to go in your office, and at the door if you’d like to keep them out of there altogether.

The smell will go away in about an hour once it’s dried, but your dog will still be able to detect the scent. Avoid using this solution if your carpet is made of natural fibers like wool or silk, as these can be very delicate and the acidity of the vinegar might damage your carpet. However, it is safe for both wood and composite flooring.

Do Dogs Poop Inside Your Office for Attention?

Dogs do not poop inside your office for attention. They are likely doing so due to anxiety, and when dogs feel stressed they can have trouble controlling their urge to go.

It’s always a good idea to be sure that your dog is getting plenty of playtime and attention (which would help with their anxiety), but they are not pooping inside your office (or elsewhere) to get attention.

How to Stop Dog Pooping in Your Office

To stop dog pooping in your office:

  1. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray this in your dog’s favorite spots to go in your office, and at the doorway if you’d like to keep them out altogether.
  3. Do not use this spray if your carpet is made of delicate natural fibers like wool or silk, as they could be damaged. Wood or composite floors will be fine.
  4. Wait about an hour and the smell will go away once it’s dried.
  5. Your dog, however, will still detect the scent and be deterred.
  6. Learn your dog’s schedule for needing to poop as best you’re able.
  7. When it’s time, put them on their leash and lead them outside to the grass.
  8. Wait for them to go, and when they do immediately give them praise, pets, and a small treat.
  9. If your dog poops in the office, briefly put them in time-out for about 10 minutes in their crate or a closed-off room.
  10. Do not yell or get angry. Your dog is pooping in your office likely due to anxiety, and this will only make the problem worse.
  11. Ensure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps.
  12. Be patient and consistent.

You’ll still, however, need to address what was ultimately causing all of this to begin with, which is your dog’s anxiety problem. A failure to do that will just lead to your dog finding other inappropriate spots to go, and their suffering will also continue.

To properly cover that, we should first talk about what makes dogs function. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. When your dog experiences anxiety and then responds in inappropriate ways like pooping in your home office and displaying other types of disobedience, they are clearly showing that they don’t respect you in this role.

If they did, your dog would stay calm even whether you’re around or not, and would not poop in your home office or anywhere else inside the house. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times, and do so happily.

Once you’ve shown your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a worthy one deserving of their respect, you’ll be able to make all of these wonderful changes happen.

You’ll be able to work in peace without worrying about what messes you might find in your home office. But your dog will win too because you’ll have freed them of all that stress, anxiety, and worry that they’re currently lugging around on their little shoulders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

So it’s a great thing for everyone. Terrific, right?

“Of course, but how do I do this?”

You should watch an excellent free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In his training series, Dan explains everything in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll start seeing these important changes in your dog in no time.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your four-legged assistant. Dan never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

I’m sure you’re ready to get some work done without stepping in or smelling anything disgusting, so I’ll let you begin now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for reading our article on how to stop your dog from pooping in your home office.

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.