Dog Pooping Accidents In Home

Reader Question: Dog Pooping in Home After Being Housebroken

My Jack Russell Terrier is 5 years old and has recently began pooping inside on a regular basis every 2-3 weeks for the last 3 months. I have never had this problem with him other than an accident here and there.

Any recommendations appreciated.

Suggestion from Our Vet


Whenever an adult dog that has previously been housetrained begins having “accidents,” the first course of action should be a thorough medical evaluation. Many different health conditions can cause dogs to poop in the house including gastrointestinal disorders, nervous system dysfunction, anxiety, and more.

If your dog were my patient I would start with a physical exam (including a rectal exam) and unless the problem was immediately evident, move on to some combination of blood work, a urinalysis, fecal examination, and x-rays of his abdomen and spine.

Only once the dog is cleared medically, is it appropriate to address his “accidents” as a behavioral issue.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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