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Hi there, right here goes I have a 3 year old "heinz 57" rescue bitch(Pippa) who is the sweetest possible girl you could ask for, thats not saying she hasn't had her issues she has and we have worked through them together and have been successful. Now in January I brought into our family another 5 month old rescue and again he is a fab guy super confident and fun although he has his "issues" that I just can't seem to right. (can i just say also that i dont want to crate train my dogs i have nothing against it but please dont suggest it.) Rossi toilets in the house to an extreme and only when i'm not around generally just poo but there has been the occasional wee too I know this is going to sound strange but could he be toileting due to seperation anxiety? as an example he was fed yesterday at 4pm had his outs to the loo as usual. i went to bed about 1am and he poo'd,when i woke in the morning 8am there were 3 poo's cleaned up and took the kids to school at 9.15 (he was let out just before we left and poo'd once) was gone for about 2.5 hours and arrived back to 3 more through out the day he has had 2 more poo's thats a total of 10 poo's in 24hours, he is in full health the poos are always full sized solid &normal, i have tried changing his food, he gets the correct amount for his weight, i have tried feeding him at various different times of the day nothing seems to ease it. if i am at home all day he toilets outside everytime and not as much still more than i would expect to be normal but not as much as he does when i'm not there...hopefully someone will have an answer....
 

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I used to work at an animal shelter. It was one of my greatest pet peeves when people would surrender dogs because they couldn't house train them. The people would say that they had "tried everything" but when I asked about crating, they would look at me in horror and say they would never crate a dog. So they would sign the surrender form and I would take their dog into the back room and put it in a crate, where it would stay for weeks unti it either got adopted by someone who would likely crate train it, or I would move it to a travel crate for euthanasia.

I respect that the dog is your and applaud you for trying to find answers. Not everyone is okay with crating and I am okay with that too. However, it is a pretty good tool for house-training and for some dogs, it is a powerful tool in helping to manage seperation anxiety.

Otherwise, I think that I would work on incrementally leaving your dog. Moments, then minutes, then more minutes. If you have to leave for longer than that, can you kennel in the back yard or confine your dog to a single room? Perhaps leaving stuffed kongs or recreational bones will help. If you have to leave, taking your dog for a long walk first might be really helpful, the longer the walk, the better. I think that leaving a dog for hours will be too big of a leap for starting off. Building to the first hour will take the most time, but extending after the first hour will likely be much easier.

Bless your heart for adopting and I hope this resolves for you very quickly. Your dogs are lucky to have you!
 
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