Why Do Dogs Poop Where They Sleep?

December 9, 2023

Dogs sleep in a variety of locations, but sleeping where they have pooped is not a good idea. They can pick up pieces of feces while asleep and, over time, this can become a bad habit that leads to a very dirty dog. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to address this behavior and ensure your pet is not sleeping in their own excrement.

The first step is to find out why your dog is behaving in this manner. Is it because of a lack of training or some other underlying issue?

For example, if your dog is a puppy and has never been taught to sleep away from their potty area, they will instinctively look for areas where they can eliminate in the privacy of their bedroom. This can be problematic if they wind up sleeping in their own mess because it will require them to wake up and clean up the mess every night.

In addition, some older dogs may develop a condition called sphincter incontinence that causes the anal reservoir to leak. This can lead to a soft watery poop that covers the bed or furniture, making it uncomfortable for the pet.

The vet can diagnose sphincter incontinence and prescribe medicine that will help strengthen the anal and sphincter muscles. This will often help resolve the problem, but in some cases surgery may be required to fix problems with the anal and sphincter. Dogs with anal leakage due to age can also benefit from a change in diet that will help lower fiber in the stool and reduce bowel leakage.

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