Why Does My Dog Poop in My Room? (+How to Stop and Clean!)

Wondering “why does my dog poop in my room?” It’s a frustrating (and downright gross) situation when your dog decides your bedroom is the perfect spot for their business. Today, though, we’ll tell you why your dog keeps pooping in the bedroom and everything you need to know to deal with the problem.

We’ll look into why your dog poops in your bedroom, covering both medical and behavioral reasons. We’ll then (of course) teach you how to stop your dog from pooping in your room. From cleaning strategies for dog poop in bedrooms to smells that deter dogs from choosing certain spots, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to ensure your room stays poop-free!

Why Does My Dog Poop in My Room?

Why Does My Dog Poop in My Room?

Your dog poops in your room due to various factors such as anxiety, territorial marking, inadequate house training, or possible medical issues. Understanding the root cause is essential for effectively addressing the problem and creating a healthy environment for both you and your pet.

Why Does My Dog Keep Pooping in My Room When I Leave?

Your dog keeps pooping in your room when you leave possibly because of separation anxiety or a lack of proper house training. Dogs experiencing anxiety when left alone may poop as a stress response.

Additionally, if your room has become a familiar place, they might choose it as a spot to relieve themselves in your absence, especially if they haven’t been fully house trained to go outside.

Dog Poops in My Room: Medical or Behavioral?

Determining whether your dog’s habit of pooping in your room is medical or behavioral requires careful observation. Medical issues, such as digestive problems or incontinence, could lead to accidents indoors.

On the other hand, behavioral reasons might include anxiety, territorial behavior, or insufficient house training. If this behavior is new or accompanied by other symptoms, you may need to contact your veterinarian to rule out medical causes.

How to Stop Dog Pooping in My Room

To stop your dog from pooping in your room, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure your dog has regular, timely access to outdoor areas to relieve themselves.
  2. Use positive reinforcement to reward your dog for eliminating outside.
  3. Restrict access to your room when you’re not there to supervise, using baby gates or closing the door.
  4. Consider crate training if anxiety is causing the behavior, as it can provide a secure space for your dog.

Addressing this issue may also involve retraining with a focus on establishing a clear, consistent routine for bathroom breaks and reinforcing outdoor elimination as the correct behavior.

But while your dog pooping in your room can be stopped by following these steps, it’s important to remember that any underlying behavioral issues (anxiety, territoriality, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present.

And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

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 your dog pooping in your bedroom 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 pooping in your room ever again!

How to Clean Dog Poop in Bedroom

Why Does My Dog Keep Pooping in My Room?

Cleaning dog poop in the bedroom requires a careful and thorough approach to ensure the area is not only clean but also sanitized and odor-free. This unfortunate situation can happen to any of us, and handling it properly is key to maintaining a hygienic and pleasant living space.

How to Get Dog Poop Out of Carpet

To remove dog poop from carpet, follow these steps:

  1. Remove as much of the poop as possible with a spatula or cardboard, being careful not to spread it further into the carpet fibers.
  2. Apply an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for pet stains to break down and neutralize the poop particles. Let it sit according to the product instructions.
  3. Blot the area with a clean cloth to absorb the cleaner and poop residue. Avoid rubbing, as this can push the stain deeper into the carpet.
  4. Rinse the area with cold water and blot dry again.
  5. If a stain persists, consider using a carpet stain remover or a mixture of water and vinegar to treat the area, then blot dry.

However, prevention will always be preferable for obvious reasons. Learn how to stop your dog pooping in your room by going back to the first section now.

What Smells Deter Dogs Pooping in Spots?

Certain smells can effectively deter dogs from pooping in specific spots within the home. Citrus scents, vinegar, and ammonia are known to be unappealing to dogs. Spraying these scents around areas where you want to discourage your dog from pooping (under the bed, on the bed, in your closet, in your shoes, etc.) can help prevent future accidents.

Remember that it’s important to use any deterrents safely and in a way that won’t harm your pet.

How to Get Rid of Dog Poop Smell in Room

To get rid of the dog poop smell in a room, start by removing the poop itself as quickly as possible. Clean the area with a mixture of water and an enzymatic cleaner, which breaks down the odor-causing bacteria.

For lingering odors, baking soda can be sprinkled on carpets or upholstered furniture, left for a few hours, and then vacuumed up. Air purifiers and opening windows can also help ventilate the area and reduce the smell.

How to Clean Dog Poop on Hardwood Floor

Cleaning dog poop on a hardwood floor requires prompt action to prevent damage to the floor’s finish. Remove the poop with a paper towel, avoiding spreading it further. Clean the area with a mixture of water and a mild detergent or a cleaner specifically designed for hardwood floors.

Avoid using harsh chemicals or too much water, which can damage the wood. After cleaning, dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth.

In conclusion, cleaning dog poop in the bedroom and eliminating the associated smells involves prompt removal, thorough cleaning, and the use of appropriate cleaning agents. Preventing future incidents can be aided by using deterrent scents and maintaining a regular bathroom schedule for your dog.

By taking these steps, you can keep your living spaces clean and comfortable for both you and your pet.

You’re probably ready to get going now that you have all of your questions about your dog pooping in the bedroom answered, so I’ll let you begin. Good luck, and thanks for reading our article “Why Does My Dog Poop in My Room? (+How to Stop and Clean!)”.

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.