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Stop Dog Pooping in Bedroom

It’s completely disgusting when you find that your dog pooped in your bedroom! Why are they doing this? Why does your dog keep pooping in your bedroom? Is your dog pooping in your bedroom to mark territory? What smells will deter them?

Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this disgusting problem. We’ll also get to the most important information you came here for: how to stop your dog from pooping in your bedroom! Soon, this nastiness will all be a thing of the past. So without further ado, keep reading for our article “Stop Dog Pooping in Bedroom!”

Why Does My Dog Keep Pooping in My Bedroom?

Stop Dog Pooping in Bedroom

Your dog keeps pooping in your bedroom because they’re experiencing anxiety, which often makes it difficult for them to control their bowels. Your bedroom feels safe and secure, and has the added bonus of smelling like you, which also helps them to feel more comfortable.

It’s also less likely, but still possible, that your dog has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This can show itself through both constipation and diarrhea. Be sure that your dog is eating a diet that is highly digestible with high soluble fiber content, and consider a trip to the vet for a check-up if symptoms persist.

Your dog may even be pooping in your bedroom because they’ve gotten into the habit of it after you inadvertently rewarded them for doing so. Did you give your dog lots of pets and attention once when they were exiting your bedroom, only to find out later that they had just gone potty in there?

But no matter what reason is causing your dog to poop in the bedroom (and again, anxiety is the most likely), it needs to be addressed immediately. Not doing anything and expecting the behavior to just pass gives your dog the impression that it’s acceptable, and maybe even encouraged.

Soon, you’ll find your dog is pooping in the kitchen, pooping in the closet, pooping in your home office, pooping on your bed, and maybe even pooping under your bed. And obviously, you have better things to do than being your dog’s poop patrol all day long.

To stop your dog from pooping in the bedroom and other places they’re not supposed to be going, skip to the last section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.

Is My Dog Pooping in My Bedroom to Mark Territory?

Your dog is not pooping in your bedroom to mark territory. It is very unusual for dogs to poop in places as a result of marking behavior, but when it does happen you would see it being done outside, or next to a door or a window if they happened to see another animal out there.

The most likely explanation for why your dog is pooping in your bedroom is that they’re experiencing anxiety. Skip to the last section now where we’ll tell you how to handle their stress issue, while also stopping them from going in places where they shouldn’t.

What Smell Keeps Dogs From Pooping in Your Bedroom?

Vinegar is a smell that keeps dogs from pooping in your bedroom. Make a 50/50 mixture of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Apply it where your dog likes to go potty in your bedroom and at the doorway if you’d like them to stay out completely.

The smell will go away after about an hour once it’s dried, but your dog (who has a very acute sense of smell) will still be able to detect it and should be repelled. Avoid using this mixture if your carpet is made of delicate natural fibers like wool or silk, as they could be damaged. It will be fine for both wood and composite floors, however.

How to Stop Your Dog From Pooping in Your Bedroom

To stop your dog from pooping in your bedroom:

  1. If you catch them in the act, give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” immediately.
  2. Place them in time-out in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys for about 10 minutes.
  3. Learn your dog’s schedule as best you’re able, then take them outside when it should be time to go.
  4. When they poop where they’re supposed to, immediately give them pets, praise, and a small treat.
  5. Do not yell or get angry if your dog poops in the bedroom. They are likely doing so because of anxiety, and this will only make the issue worse.
  6. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  7. Apply the mix where your dog likes to go in your bedroom, and at the entrance if you want to keep them out completely.
  8. The smell will be gone in about an hour once it’s dried, but your dog will still be able to detect it and should be deterred.
  9. Avoid using this mix on natural carpet fibers like wool or silk. It is, however, safe for wood and composite flooring.
  10. Make sure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps so that your dog is getting consistent feedback.
  11. Be patient and consistent.

This should stop your dog pooping in the bedroom, but you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which was causing all of this in the first place: your dog’s anxiety. If you ignore that, your dog will continue to suffer, and you’ll keep finding their poops in unwanted places, it just won’t be in your bedroom anymore.

You, of course, don’t want either of those things to continue, so you need to get to this problem at its root. And to do that the right way, we first need to quickly go over what makes dogs function, and has for thousands and thousands of years now.

I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals and that in every pack there is a pack leader. But when your dog experiences anxiety (whether you’re around or not) and then responds by misbehaving in ways like pooping in your bedroom or just being disobedient in general, they are definitively telling you that they don’t completely trust you in this role.

If your dog did respect you in this role, they would stay calm even when you’re not home. They wouldn’t get anxious, and they wouldn’t poop in your bedroom or anywhere else they’re not supposed to be going. They would end any other behavioral problems you’re having troubles with. And they obey your commands at all times and do so happily.

You would win because you’d no longer find disgusting, smelly messes in your bedroom. But your dog will be the even bigger winner because you’ll have freed them of all the stress and anxiety that they’re currently suffering from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sounds like a heck of a thing for everyone, right?

“Sure, but how am I supposed to do any of this?”

You should watch an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this very subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In the series, Dan explains absolutely everything you need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so you’ll begin seeing these changes in your dog before things get any worse.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your four-legged little buddy. Dan only uses 100% humane and loving methods at all times. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to getting in bed at night without smelling your dog’s feces or possibly stepping in it, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “Stop Dog Pooping in Bedroom.”

The Author



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.