How to Stop Dog Pooping in Shower
“You have to be kidding!” Sound like something you’ve said? Of all the places for your dog to do their business, why do they have to poop in your shower? How in the world can you stop this? Is there a smell that repels dogs from pooping in the shower? And why are they doing this anyway? Do dogs poop in the shower for attention?
Well, don’t worry any longer, because today we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this disgusting problem. Soon, you’ll be able to step into your shower without wondering what nasty things you might find already waiting for you. So let’s not delay any longer and get to our article “How to Stop Dog Pooping in Shower.”
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How to Stop Your Dog From Pooping in the Shower
To stop your dog from pooping in the shower, make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, then apply it to your bath mat. Be careful if your mat is made of natural fibers, as vinegar can damage some of these. The smell will help to stop your dog pooping in the shower, but you’ll still need to address the underlying issue or they’ll just do it elsewhere.
If your dog is bloated and experiencing diarrhea, then they could be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. You should then take your dog to the vet for a check-up. Otherwise, your dog is pooping in your shower because they’re having anxiety issues, and going in there makes them feel safe while they’re doing their business because it’s closed-off and smells like you.
To properly discuss how you can get to the root of their problem, we first need to quickly go over what makes dogs function. Dogs are pack animals, and in every pack there is going to be a pack leader. But when your dog experiences anxiety like this, it’s a clear sign that they do not see you fulfilling this role properly.
If they did, your dog wouldn’t poop in your shower because they wouldn’t feel stressed and need somewhere safe and secure to go the bathroom. They also wouldn’t poop in the house or other areas they’re not supposed to be going. And they wouldn’t be displaying any of the other behavioral problems you’re likely experiencing (or will be soon) due to their anxiety.
But once you’ve shown your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one who can handle everything, you’ll be able to end your dog’s anxiety problems once and for all. You’ll also stop your dog pooping in the shower, and they’ll finally listen to you and obey your commands at all times — and they’ll do so happily!
You’ll be better off for obvious reasons (no more disgusting surprises in your shower or elsewhere), but so will your dog, because they’ll finally be able to enjoy life with you free of all the stress and anxiety which they’re currently lugging around 24/7.
Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?
“Of course, 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 exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In it, he’ll show you 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 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 don’t worry, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your four-legged friend. Dan never uses those types of methods. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because loving teaching techniques are the fastest way to achieve permanent changes with your dog.
Why Does My Dog Poop in My Shower?
Your dog poops in the shower because they’re experiencing anxiety and it’s closed-in and smells like you, so it makes them feel safe while they go. Dogs feel very vulnerable when they’re going to the bathroom, so somewhere like this will help them stay calm while they poop. Many dogs also enjoy pooping on a hard surface.
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Your dog also may be having digestional issues, and they’re unable to get outside in time. Your dog then poops in the shower because they know they’re not supposed to go in the house, but going in there feels somewhat hidden out so they won’t get in trouble.
Remember that dogs are descended from wolves, so closed-in areas like these feel safer to them. Thus, when they’re feeling anxious or trying to hide that they’re going inside, pooping in the shower might seem like a good option.
If your dog is making decisions like these, you’re probably going to also see them doing things like pooping in the closet, pooping in your shoes, or pooping in the garage. If you have reason to believe your dog is having digestional problems like irritable bowel syndrome (signs include bloating and diarrhea), your next stop should be to the vet for a check-up.
But if you can rule that out, then your dog is pooping in the shower almost certainly due to anxiety problems. You would then handle this through behavioral training, which we’ll cover in the last section of this article.
What Smell Repels Dogs From Pooping in the Shower?
Vinegar is a smell that repels dogs from pooping in places, but you shouldn’t put it in the shower because it will make it too slippery and dangerous. If you have a bathmat that doesn’t have natural fibers which might be damaged, make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and squirt the mat to dissuade your dog from pooping in your shower.
Do Dogs Poop in the Shower for Attention?
Dogs do not poop in the shower for attention. The most likely explanation is that your dog is feeling stressed and is looking for somewhere closed-off, possibly that smells like you, to go to the bathroom so that they’ll feel more safe and secure while they go. Many dogs also prefer a hard surface to poop on.
I’m sure you’re ready to shower without having to clean up a nasty mess first, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading “How to Stop Dog Pooping in Shower.