There is something about the basement of our home that makes dogs want to do their business down there and we don’t understand what it is. Even before we got our 2 rescue dogs, we had some relatives visit with their dog and the first thing it did was run downstairs to the basement (it’s fully finished) and relieve itself on the floor. She urinated and pooped within minutes of each other. My relatives apologized up and down because their dog is fully housebroken and they claim she has never had an accident in the house. We knew that the previous owners of the house had dogs, so we are not sure if that is the issue. Then a couple of weeks after we got our first rescue dog and she was no longer afraid of going downstairs she started pooping down there. We didn’t understand it at all as she would often be outside just before she would head down there and poop - almost like she preferred pooping down there to going outside. It became a daily thing. We would have to watch her carefully and put her out if she was headed for the stairs to go down. We tried shampooing the carpets several times thinking that maybe there is a smell that is attracting her to poop down there. That didn’t work. We were finally able to break her of the habit for several months over this summer, but she recently and more randomly started again but it is not near as frequent. We got another rescue dog this last week and the same thing, as soon as she was no longer scared to go downstairs she went down and peed and pooped down there. Both our rescues came to us housebroken and have not had any other accidents in the house. Has anyone ever heard of this or had something similar happen to them?? We are getting a gate so that they cant go down there on their own, but would like to be able to put them in them downstairs when guests come over and when we need them out of the way, but would like them not to pee and poop all over the place if we do. Is there something we can treat the carpets with?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.