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I have a near seven month old Shih Tzu puppy. He is a really sweet little dude and is always by my side, following me around. He's very high energy, but it may just be because he's still a puppy. The only area where we're having a hard time is with him pooping in the house. He knows to ring the bells to go outside, and he does so to go pee. He hasn't peed in the house in a long time. He likes to run off really quick to poop somewhere private in the house, or will just go right in front of us sometimes. It's often right after I took him out for 15-20 minutes, trying to get him to go outside. We always give him his favorite treats when he poops outside and praise him a lot. I decided to just put him on a leash and have him tied to me all day. I've been doing this for about 2 months now but he still poops in the house if he gets the opportunity. I don't know what to do!!! I take him out regularly. Am I being impatient? I know it's not because of the weather, he loves to be outside. I'm getting frustrated, does anyone have some words of advice???
 

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I have a 7 month old puppy myself, I don’t currently have this problem but I understand the frustration, when I first had my puppy I had a similar problem, does he normally poop shortly after eating? Could you feed him outside and keep him out with you in the garden say for a bit longer so he can’t poop inside? Maybe he’s a little scared outside. I’m really no expert but just wanted to offer you something. If you can keep any tract of when he might poop, like post playing or something I would get him outside and keep him there till he goes. It’s very hard some times so hang in there! He will get it, I stood outside for hours and hours in the beginning because mine just wouldn’t go outside but they get it in the end.



I have a near seven month old Shih Tzu puppy. He is a really sweet little dude and is always by my side, following me around. He's very high energy, but it may just be because he's still a puppy. The only area where we're having a hard time is with him pooping in the house. He knows to ring the bells to go outside, and he does so to go pee. He hasn't peed in the house in a long time. He likes to run off really quick to poop somewhere private in the house, or will just go right in front of us sometimes. It's often right after I took him out for 15-20 minutes, trying to get him to go outside. We always give him his favorite treats when he poops outside and praise him a lot. I decided to just put him on a leash and have him tied to me all day. I've been doing this for about 2 months now but he still poops in the house if he gets the opportunity. I don't know what to do!!! I take him out regularly. Am I being impatient? I know it's not because of the weather, he loves to be outside. I'm getting frustrated, does anyone have some words of advice???
 

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I've been doing this for about 2 months now but he still poops in the house if he gets the opportunity.
It seems to me you have to eliminate that "he gets the opportunity" part of what you're doing. Do you have a crate for him? Is your yard fenced so you can pop him outside for a minute if you need that minute for something you can't keep him right by you for?
 

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I have a near seven month old Shih Tzu puppy. He is a really sweet little dude and is always by my side, following me around. He's very high energy, but it may just be because he's still a puppy. The only area where we're having a hard time is with him pooping in the house. He knows to ring the bells to go outside, and he does so to go pee. He hasn't peed in the house in a long time. He likes to run off really quick to poop somewhere private in the house, or will just go right in front of us sometimes. It's often right after I took him out for 15-20 minutes, trying to get him to go outside. We always give him his favorite treats when he poops outside and praise him a lot. I decided to just put him on a leash and have him tied to me all day. I've been doing this for about 2 months now but he still poops in the house if he gets the opportunity. I don't know what to do!!! I take him out regularly. Am I being impatient? I know it's not because of the weather, he loves to be outside. I'm getting frustrated, does anyone have some words of advice???
My dog will only poop on walks- never in the yard, but 2 minutes into the walk, she'll poop
 

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Are you on a fixed routine? You said regularly, but how often? I'd say for a 7 month old puppy who still poops in the house, every half an hour, to an hour you should go out and walk around the yard.

And like what @Kensi said, walking your dog around a bit induces bowel movements
 

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I have a 7 month old puppy myself, I don’t currently have this problem but I understand the frustration, when I first had my puppy I had a similar problem, does he normally poop shortly after eating? Could you feed him outside and keep him out with you in the garden say for a bit longer so he can’t poop inside? Maybe he’s a little scared outside. I’m really no expert but just wanted to offer you something. If you can keep any tract of when he might poop, like post playing or something I would get him outside and keep him there till he goes. It’s very hard some times so hang in there! He will get it, I stood outside for hours and hours in the beginning because mine just wouldn’t go outside but they get it in the end.
I have the same problem he poops behind my recliner chair , we cant take him outside yet its too cold here but we rather he be inside trained any way a very tiny dog he wont ever get over 5 pounds ,pee on the pads is no problem
 

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I have the same problem he poops behind my recliner chair , we cant take him outside yet its too cold here but we rather he be inside trained any way a very tiny dog he wont ever get over 5 pounds ,pee on the pads is no problem
I have a 9 week old female min pin and she pees on the pad about 80% of the time but she just will not poop on the pad either. I take her for a walk every day but she has never pooped on the ground. I can't stay out too long with her because of my schedule for now but I do plan on spending more time outside because I eventually want to do away with the pad.
 

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I would spend less time outside to go poop like 5 mins to instill the purpose of you going out (to poop). If he doesn't poop, I'd be watching him like a hawk for any signs he has to go and take him out immediately if I see any. Take him out in a 1/2 hour to 1 hour later to try again. I'd make sure he was getting a bit of excersise inside (if it's too cold for a walk and you're only potty training at this point) to get things moving.

I always took him out after his meals, eventually he was pooping within a half hour after eating.
 
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