Why Won’t My Dog Poop Outside? 9 Ways training to Poop Outside

Training your dog to poop is one of the hardest things for many owners. It requires a lot of determination and patience from the owners.

If your dog has passed the age of 12 weeks, it becomes necessary for them to learn how to poop. Sometimes young puppies go outside and pee but come inside to poop. They tend to hold their poop for later.

Well, there are various reasons behind your question of why won’t my dog poop outside? It can be the weather, distractions, and others. Before you treat or train your dog to poop, it is best to know the reasons.

In this article, you will learn why your dog is not pooping outside and how you can help your dog. But, first, let’s read the article to learn more about your dog’s pooping habits and others.

Why Won’t My Dog Poop Outside?

Why Won't My Dog Poop Outside
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There can be many reasons behind your dog not going to poop outside. If your dog has never done pooping outside, the owner needs to train on how to poop outside the house.

It may take some time for the owner to figure out why their dog is not pooping outside. Here is a list of possible reasons for your dog not to poop outside.

1. Change in Weather

Your dog can refuse to poop outside if it is raining. Yup! Often, owners have noticed that dogs refuse to go outside to poop when the weather is bad. As in rainy seasons or rainy weather only, the grass is wet, and they may not like to sit on it. So yeah! Sometimes, your dog gets into drama, and you have to bear with this.


Buy your dog rain boots and a coat. Rain boots and coats will help them keep themselves clean from the dirt and mud on rainy days. It will keep your house clean too. In addition, raincoats and boots will make your dog feel more comfortable going out and pooping in rainy weather.

During rainy seasons, you can arrange a shelter or some traps so that your dog can take a break from the rain and protect himself in the shed.

Train your dog to be outside during the bathroom breaks. Training your dog will help you as the dog will move outside due to habit whenever the dog feels like pooping.

Make a plan for your dog’s pooping when rainy weather conditions strike.

2. The Dog is in the Housetraining Phase

The Dog is in the Housetraining Phase
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If you have brought home a puppy, it will take about 4 to 6 months to be completely housetrained. However, in some cases, housetraining can take up to a year.

The size and breed of the dog also matter. For example, a small dog like a Chihuahua, Pomeranian, or Pug will require frequent trips outside to relieve themselves.

If you have adopted an adult dog, then its previous living conditions come into play. For example, if the dog has been kept inside a crate for a long or trained to poop only on paper sheets.

In such cases, the dog will end up pooping inside the house, and you will have to be patient with its housetraining.


With teaching the dog to poop outside, you need to be consistent with your training efforts. Understand how many times it needs to go in a day and schedule its walk times accordingly.

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Positive reinforcement works best when training dogs. This may test your patience, but when your dog poops inside, clean up the mess and do not scold or punish. Instead, praise the dog when it does successfully poop outside.

Suppose you see the dog starting to squat; take it outside. And when it does poop out, give it treats, cheer and tell the dog what a good pet it is.

3. Change in Environment

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If you have moved to a different city or country, your dog will take time to adjust to this change.

Moving can be a significant emotional change and can also take a toll on us humans. For example, you may find it difficult to sleep or poop in a new environment. The same goes for your dog.

The spot where it used to poop is no longer there. So the dog may understand that pooping inside is not good, but it may not know where it is supposed to poop.


If you have moved houses, you must re-train the dog to poop outside. This should be comparatively easier than the first time around.

You better understand how soon the dog pees and poops once it has had something to drink or eat. You can accordingly establish a routine and take the dog out to take care of its business.

If it is a new backyard, choose a spot, take it there and praise the pet when it poops in the spot.

4. Irregular Feeding Schedule

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Canines like routines. It helps them know what to expect. For example, when the dog is fed two or three meals daily, it knows its food needs will be met. 

On the other hand, feeding the Dog one big meal a day at variable timings will confuse the dog. It may overeat as it does not know when it will be fed next.

Such an inconsistent feeding schedule can also lead to an irregular pooping schedule. For example, if you feed the dog around 5 PM, it will poop once before bedtime. But if you change the feeding time to 9 PM, the dog may end up pooping inside the house at night.


Feeding the dog a proper diet is essential. Feeding it at the right time is also crucial. If the dog is left hungry for a long time, its stomach can become hyper acidic. This‌ can pose serious gastrointestinal issues.

Ideally, one should feed the pet at least two meals a day. The gap between these meals should not be over 12 hours. You can also break down these two meals into three.

Take the dog out around the time it usually poops. Most dogs will poop within 30 minutes of eating. It may take a few hours more, depending on the health and metabolism of your dog. Most importantly, maintain a feeding schedule so you do not have to deal with cleaning up messes inside the house.

5. The Dog is Picky About Surfaces

 suppose you have potty trained your dog using paper or potty pads
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Puppies can develop surface preferences early in their life. For example, if the puppy grew up in a home with a lush green backyard where it took care of its business, transitioning to concrete can be difficult.

Similarly, suppose you have potty trained your dog using paper or potty pads. In that case, the dog will hesitate to poop on natural surfaces like grass or dirt.

So, if your dog is picky about surfaces, it may poop inside the house because it may not like the spot you take it to. Or it can also happen when the dog cannot find the right spot to poop on its walking routes.

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As mentioned above, pooping can be a vulnerable activity for the dog. It wants to feel safe when it goes potty. As a pet parent, you should try to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

Figure what surface your dog prefers to poop on. If the dog poops on the hard floor inside the house, it will poop easily on concrete. If the dog poops on soft rugs and carpets, it may prefer pooping on a grassy patch.

So, next time you walk out, take a route that offers these surfaces. If that is impossible, create a small patch of your dog’s preferred surface in the backyard.

6. The dog has Diarrhea

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If your dog has diarrhea, a small amount of poop may leak. The dog may try to control the poop flow and alert you. But, Diarrhea does not wait for anyone. And the dog may create a mess inside the house before you can do something.

There are several reasons for your dog to have diarrhea. Some common reasons are:

  • Eating spoiled food
  • Eating from the trash can
  • Eating too much
  • Change in diet
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Allergies
  • Health issues
  • Stress or anxiety

If Diarrhea does not subside and the dog does not start feeling like itself in 24 to 48 hours, please contact the vet.


Let us explore some of the AKC-recommended diarrhea treatments.

You could make your dog go on fasting for around 12 hours by only giving it water to drink. This can help the stomach settle and heal on its own. Fasting is only recommended for otherwise healthy dogs. If your pet is too young or old or has issues like diabetes, please get in touch with the vet.

After fasting, you can give the dog simple food that will go easy on its stomach. These foods include rice water, plain rice, plain skinless cooked chicken, pumpkin, boiled potatoes without skin, or plain yogurt.

Please consult the vet if the dog’s condition does not improve, and you see signs like lethargy, dehydration, fever, or pale gums.

7. Bowel Incontinence

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One reason your dog won’t poop outside is that it has lost its ability to control its bowel movement. In some cases of bowel incontinence, the dog may involuntarily poop; in others, the dog may be aware but will not have any control over the poop.

We can further categorize the condition into reservoir and sphincter incontinence.

If the dog has reservoir incontinence, the dog’s rectum cannot hold an average amount of poop. So the dog will get a strong urge to poop but cannot control it.

If the dog has sphincter incontinence, the dog’s anal muscles will not close properly. The nerves around the area can also get damaged because of spinal cord issues. These causes lead the poop to leak out from the anus without the pet realizing it.


There is no one specific cure for incontinence. Instead, it is the underlying issue that needs to be treated.

So for reservoir incontinence, the vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory and anti-diarrheal medication. With sphincter incontinence, surgery will be required if the cause is an anal lesion.

You may have to switch to lifestyle changes like feeding the dog a low-fiber diet and making provisions for it to go poop inside the house.

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8. Joint Issues

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Some dogs can have joint developmental issues from birth. When the puppies’ joints do not grow as they are supposed to, it can lead to problems like hip dysplasia in the future.

Osteochondrosis is another condition that can affect large dogs that proliferate. The dog may show signs like lameness and joint stiffness.

Osteoarthritis is a joint issue that can be caused to due to age, injury, or disease. It is a degenerative joint disease. The dog may have decreased range of motion, inflammation, and also experience pain.

Pooping requires the dog to squat, and these joint issues can be painful; the dog may not wholly empty its bowels outside. Therefore, you may see poop on its beddings or wherever it lies down, as the position would be less painful.


You must consult the vet on the right treatment plan in case of joint issues. For example, the vet may suggest checking the dog’s weight for hip dysplasia to reduce the pressure on joints, physical therapy, NSAIDs, and supplements. Surgery is another option.

The treatment for osteochondrosis is again surgery and medications. Unfortunately, in the case of osteoarthritis, there is no specific cure, and the condition will progressively worsen. However, the vet may suggest supplements like glucosamine or green-lipped mussel to improve the dog’s quality of life and reduce pain.

Other treatments like cold therapy, acupuncture, a balanced diet, and physiotherapy may relieve the dog.

9. Aging-Related Issues

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As the dog ages, it may start experiencing issues like joint diseases or loss of bowel control. These conditions can make pooping a painful experience. So, the dog may pass poop in its sleep, when it is in a comfortable position, or involuntarily. 

It may develop cognitive dysfunction syndrome. Apart from pooping inside the house, the dog can show other signs like disorientation, behavioral changes, and loss of appetite.

Dogs can also become forgetful as they age. The dog may want to alert you, but it may just go towards the door and stare.


Check with the vet to identify the underlying health issue that makes your dog uncomfortable. Treatments like medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes can help improve the quality of life if not cure the disease.

As the dog ages, you must pay special attention to its routine. You can try making frequent trips outside with the dog.

If the pet’s condition has worsened, it would be best to give it a spot inside the house to take care of its business. This way, it will not at least create a mess around the house.


Won’t your dog poop outside? First, know that your dog is not deliberately engaging in such behavior to anger or upset you. Instead, there could be changes in its routine or health issues responsible for pooping inside the house.

For example, there could be a change in the dog’s diet, feeding schedule, or environment. Extreme weather, like rain and snow, could also discourage factors. Or it could be health concerns like diarrhea, joint issues, or bowel incontinence.

Practices like maintaining a feeding schedule, taking frequent walks, and understanding the dog’s preferred pooping surface can help. For health issues, it is best to consult with the vet for treatment.