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Old 09-20-2016, 02:08 AM
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I adopted my 7 year old Captain Falcon from the local shelter on in July (2 mo ago). He was very house-trained.
I have never seen him pee in the house.

My plan was to walk him morning & evening so he could move bowels.

This worked well in the beginning, but about 10 days ago, he started going during the night. He doesn't wake me up. I sleep upstairs (with him in my room, either in my bed or near my bed). He goes downstairs during the night & I find poop in the back bedroom. I laid down newspaper in the back bedroom, hoping he would use that, which he does about 50% of the time. Otherwise, he goes random places in that same bedroom.

In the past 2-3 days, it seems he feels free to go anywhere. I have found poop in my living room, & on a pillow in the back bedroom.

I am very saddened by this & don't know what to do. I would like him to go in my backyard & have placed his poops out there, along with newspapers. I have spent a lot of time back there with him & one time he did poop there & I praised him a lot.

At 1st, I thought if I did not feed him after about noon, his evening walk should suffice. Now I just don't know what to do.

I tried putting him in crate last night; it may be too small for him but he predictably did not like it & I let him out. (I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea & really need my sleep). Hmmm now that I think of it, maybe the mask I have to wear concerns him, though he has not shown signs of it.

Any help or even comforting words will be very much appreciated.
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Crate is best bet, if he's not used to it he won't like it. Probably going to have to tough it out till he gets used to it unfortunately. I have also heard of people litter training their chi's. I have not does this, but may be an option for you to look at? Good luck!

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It sounds like you need to restart from scratch with potty training. Don't let him have access to the rest of the house unsupervised until he's trained again. At night, I would close the bedroom door if you can so he can't go elsewhere to poop. You could also put a pee pad in your bedroom and if you notice him using it at night, praise him. My chis are trained to do their business outside, but we also trained them to use pee pads in the house just for desperate times, like at night, and this has been working well for us.
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I agree with Camille, you probably need to make his world much smaller while you retrain him so that he can't slip into another room unnoticed and poop. If he doesn't like the crate you may try an x-pen or may have to train him to like the crate before enclosing him in it at night. You could also shut your bedroom door and set your alarm to take him out in the middle of the night and slowly set it for later and later until he's waiting until the normal time you get up to go. Lots of praise/treats when he gets it right will help too. Good luck and thank you for taking on an older rescue boy, he's lucky to have you.
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I appreciate the feedback. When he first came home, he did have too much space, & I can understand why he chose my back bedroom (I closed it off at first - the only room I closed). That is actually the only door in my home, except the 2 bathrooms. I think he became confused for awhile with all the changes in his life.
Today, I bought enzyme to re-clean all the mistakes, & some pads with attractant, so it says on the label. I looked at the pens at PetSmart, & they are $$$$$.
He & I are a very good match, & I am gaining patience because I love him so much.
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I learned the hard way to use a crate. My guy would get out of his soft bed and pee not 3 feet away! Iris pens are under $30 at Walmart online! They are much better and half the cost of the Petsmart pens. While my girls can leave their crates in the night and will find a pad, he still can't be trusted to roam at will at night. Lazy guy! It is frustrating, but you both will get it soon and then it will be worth it.
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PS- Unless he's a really big chi, it's hard for a crate to be too small. I use the 12 x 18 size for my 5 lb. chi and it's really a bit larger than she needs.
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Looks like my post got lost. I second the idea of an Iris pen. This dog cannot be given the run of the house. Lock him in your room if you don't want to spend the money on a pen. If you use a crate, have it in your room. It will take time for him to 'like' it. Have it set up where you are most of the time, and toss a treat in many times a day. As soon as he is comfortable toss a chew toy/bully stick in and close the door. Longer and longer until he can go all night. At seven years old, he should be able to go all night. My chi's use the Iris pens, so they can 'go' if they need to.
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