Why Does My Dog Poop On My Bed – Causes & Prevention

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We’ve all been there. You come home from a long day of work, ready to unwind in your own bed, only to find that your dog has beaten you to it… and added a special surprise. Why do they do it? Is there any way to prevent your dog pooping on the bed? Let’s look at some potential causes and see what we can do to stop dogs from pooping on our beds.

Why Does My Dog Poop On My Bed Or In The House?

Cute Dogs on Bed at Home

Dogs may poop on beds because they consider them to be a comfortable place, just like they would in their own home. Some dogs may not have been properly trained to go outside and may eliminate indoors. Other causes of these behavioral issues can include anxiety or medical issues.

If your dog is pooping on your bed because they’re stressed or anxious, the best thing you can do is try to create a calm environment for them. This means ensuring they have plenty of exercise, plenty of time to relax, and a consistent routine, depending on whether they have mobility issues.

If your dog is pooping on your bed because they’re not getting enough exercise, then the solution can be as simple as ensuring they’re getting enough exercise! A tired dog is a good dog. Certain breeds of dogs are also prone to having potty issues. This mostly pertains to smaller dogs who can go somewhere to hide and have urine or fecal incontinence.

What Are Some of the Common Causes of Fecal Incontinence?

Separation Anxiety

Sad Dog

Another possibility is that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety. This occurs when a dog becomes stressed or anxious at the prospect of being away from its owner. When left alone, they may express this anxiety by pooping on your bed (chewing up your shoes, barking incessantly, or many other destructive behaviors). 

Asking yourself why do dogs scratch, burrow & dig at their beds? This may be another sign of separation anxiety, especially if you’re trying to make your dog beds last. So how long do dog beds last? It depends on your dog and the materials the bed is made out of.

If you think separation anxiety may be the cause, there are a few things you can do to help ease your dog’s anxiety. One is to provide them with a “safe space,” such as a crate or bed with crates, where they can go when you’re not home.

You should also try to lengthen the hours you’re away from home, starting with just a few minutes and working up to more extended periods of time. Going shopping for hours without prepping your dog will result in back firing and undoing all your training. With patience and consistency, you’ll see an improvement in your dog’s behavior.

A sign of distress can include the following telltale signs if you’re still asking:

  • Excessive barking or whining when left alone
  • Urinating or defecating in inappropriate places
  • Destructive behavior such as chewing furniture, carpeting, etc.
  • Excessive salivation
  • Panting or drooling
  • Pacing or circling
  • Following you from room to room
  • Refusing to eat their food when left alone

Lack of Potty Training

It could also be that your dog isn’t fully potty trained yet. Puppies are known for having accidents indoors since they haven’t yet learned that there are certain places where they should (and shouldn’t) relieve themselves. If this is the case with your dog, the key is to be patient and continue working on their potty training. Eventually, they’ll get the hang of it!

Here are some steps to start potty training your dog, no matter their age or anxiety issues:

  • Start by teaching your dog where they should go to relieve themselves. This can be done indoors on a puppy pads (preferably in a designated area) or outdoors.
  • Once your dog is consistently going to the right potty spot, begin gradually increasing the time they are left alone.
  • If you catch your dog pooping or peeing in an inappropriate place, immediately correct them by giving a firm “NO” and leading them to the correct spot.
  • Reward your dog with treats, toys, or positive praise when they go potty in the correct spot.
  • Be consistent with your training and praise.
  • Always be positive unless giving a firm “NO” in response to inappropriate behavior.
  • Never punish your dog or rub its nose in it! Simply redirect them to the proper spots.
  • Ensure you’re designating an area for your pooch to mark their territory with urine. Canine urine marking is common even when potty training.

With time and patience, your dog will learn where they should (and shouldn’t) go to the bathroom.

What If My Dog Has a Health Problem?

If you think your dog’s inappropriate pooping is because of a health problem or not a normal behavior, it’s important to take them to the vet as soon as possible. They will rule out any potential medical issues and provide you with guidance on how to proceed.

Sometimes, your dog may need medication or other treatment to resolve the issue. For example, if your dog has a digestive issue, the vet may prescribe them a special diet or medication. If your dog is anxious or stressed, they may recommend behavior modification training or anti-anxiety medication.

No matter what the cause of your dog’s pooping problem is, it’s important to get professional help so that you can resolve the issue and get your dog back on track. Just continue to keep an eye out for odd or strange behavior through the process.

When Should I Be Concerned About Medical or Other Issues?

If your dog is pooping on your bed, be concerned if your dog has any of the following signs:

  • Bloody stool
  • Severe or volumes of diarrhea
  • Lethargy or lack of energy
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Straining to defecate
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Gastrointestinal tract discomfort (stools may have mucus at times)
  • Intestinal tract irritation (stools may have mucus at times)
  • Abnormal toileting behavior
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Lack of bladder control, urinary incontinence, or fecal incontinence
  • Any other medical conditions (bowel cancer, bowel complications, obstructions, etc.)
  • Urgency in the morning hours with fecal and urine incontinence or unpredictable bowel movements 

If your dog has any of these signs, it’s important to take them to the vet so that they can rule out any potential health problems. If your dog is pooping on your bed because of a health issue, they will probably need medication or other treatment to resolve the issue.

Treatments your vet may use could be something like:

  • Diet change
  • Medication
  • Enzyme supplements
  • Probiotics
  • Behavioral modification

Stop Your Dog From Pooping on Your Bed

There are a few key things you can do to help train your dog not to poop on your bed. First, be sure to provide plenty of opportunities for them to have a potty break, and praise them when they go in the right spot. You may also want to consider crate training your dog, as this can help teach them to wait until they ample opportunity to go outside.

If your dog has already pooped on your bed, you’ll need to clean it up immediately and ensure the area is thoroughly disinfected. You may also want to consult with a professional behaviorist or trainer to help address the root cause of the problem. Do not punish your dog or rub their nose in it; this is likely to make the problem worse.

To recap, the following steps can help with the issue:

  • Always provide your dog with plenty of opportunities to relieve themselves outside.
  • Praise them when they go in the right spot.
  • Crate train your dog to help teach them to wait until they may go potty.
  • Immediately clean up any messes and disinfect the area.
  • Consult with a professional behaviorist or trainer if the problem persists.
  • Do not punish your dog, and be an angry owner! Redirect them and double down on potty training.

What Should I Do If My Dog Poops On My Bed?

If your dog has already started pooping on your bed, you’ll need to take immediate action to clean it up and prevent them from doing it again in the future. Here’s what you should do:

  • Clean up the mess immediately. Use a paper towel to pick up as much of the feces as possible, then dispose of it in a plastic bag.
  • Thoroughly clean the area where the accident occurred. You may need to use a disinfectant or steam cleaner to remove all traces of the feces and any odor.
  • Take steps to prevent your dog from pooping on your bed in the future. This may include crate training, increasing opportunities to go potty outside, or consulting with a professional behaviorist or trainer.
  • If you think your dog’s inappropriate pooping is because of a health problem, take them to the vet as soon as possible.
  • Consult with a professional if you have any concerns about your dog’s health or behavior.

You can also give them plenty of exercise, so they don’t have too much energy pent up. And finally, make sure you are consistently reinforcing good potty training habits. With patience and a bit of work, you should be able to get your dog’s potty behavior under control!

What Do I do to Clean Up Poop and Get Rid of the Smell?

Female Housekeeper Cleaning Bed

If your dog has pooped on your bed, the first thing you’ll want to do is remove as much of the poop as possible. You can do this by using a paper towel or a damp cloth. Be sure to dispose of the paper towel or cloth in a garbage bag, so the smell doesn’t linger.

Next, you’ll need to disinfect the area and eliminate the scent of poop. You can do this using a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water if not on carpet or fabric) or a pet-safe disinfectant. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and allow the area to dry completely before letting your dog back on the bed.

If you cannot remove the residual odors altogether, you may need to wash your bedding. Be sure to use hot water and a strong detergent. You may also want to consider using a fabric freshener or scent booster in your laundry.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, dogs pooping on beds is a common problem that many pet owners face. But never fear – it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible pet owner! There are several plausible reasons your dog may do this, but thankfully, there are solutions to help fix the problem. Remember to be patient and consistent, and you and your furry friend will snuggle up in no time.

Do you have issues with your pup pooping in the house and on your bed? Do you feel this article was helpful? Let us know in the comments!

Meet our writer

Karen is a former pet business owner with 17+ years of experience in training and taking care of pets. She currently owns three dogs (a greyhound, saluki, and golden mix) and has gone through several types of programs to further her education in the pet world.

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