Potty training is one of the most difficult skills to teach a dog or puppy. And, as luck would have it, we generally have to teach potty training to our dog or puppy when we first get them.

When we finally get our puppies potty trained, we generally think that’s the end of the story. This is sometimes true; however, dogs that were previously house trained might abruptly or inexplicably start soiling inside again.

Why Your Dog Keeps Peeing and Pooping on the Carpet

There could be quite a few reasons, and one or many of them could be causing your dog to pee and poop in the house. The most common reasons that dogs start peeing and pooping in the house again include the following reasons:

Not Enough Exercise

Dogs can become bored easily, and this leads to behavior issues. When left alone for too long, many dogs will become frustrated and start acting out. In some cases, this can include peeing and pooping in the house. If your dog doesn’t get enough exercise, your dog may be peeing and pooping in the house to ‘vent’ their frustrations. Dogs can become bored easily, and this leads to behavior issues.

Territorial Behavior

Territorial behavior is another common reason behind a dog peeing and pooping in the house. Just like a human, a dog wants to “mark” their territory with pee or poop. If a dog feels that their territory is being threatened or invaded, they may feel the need to “mark” that space with pee or poop. 

Medical Issues

Medical issues such as a bladder infection or arthritis can cause a dog’s urge to pee or poop to become more than they can control. A dog with a bladder infection may actually have to pee or poop more frequently and may not be able to go outside or get to a potty pad in time. A dog with arthritis may have difficulty holding it in, and its body may react to the pain by having a potty incident.


Moving to a new home or apartment can be exciting for a dog but stressful too. A dog that’s stressed out from a move may pee or poop in the house as a way of marking its new ‘territory.’

What to Do

Once you’ve determined the reason for the house training problems, you can begin to take steps to correct the situation.


If your dog is peeing and pooping in the house because they are bored and not getting enough exercise, that’s a problem that can be easily fixed with a long walk, a game of fetch, or a romp in your backyard.

Territorial Behavior

If your dog is peeing and pooping in places in the house where you don’t want the dog to mark, this may be a case of territorial behavior. This can be corrected by simply putting a dog crate in the room where your dog is peeing and pooping in. Dogs will naturally shy away from relieving themselves in a familiar territory like a crate, providing you more control over their potty schedule.

Medical Issues

If your dog is peeing and pooping in the house and they are showing other signs of pain such as limping, it’s possible that there is a medical issue at work. Schedule an appointment with your vet to determine what’s going on and treat any pain.


Moving to another house or apartment can cause a dog to pee or poop in the house. In many cases, this behavior lasts until the dog becomes more familiar with its new surroundings. If your dog is peeing or pooping in the house because of a move, you need to give it time to get used to its new surroundings. This could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.


As you can see, there can be several reasons why your dog may be peeing and pooping inside. Once you know why your dog is peeing and pooping in the house, it’s easier to correct the problem. The key is knowing the reasons why your dog is doing so and taking steps to correct the problem.

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