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Pitbull Terriers are certainly one of the most loving and affectionate dog breeds you can choose to adopt but pooping inside the home is never the behavior or action you are looking for.

It can be frustrating to deal with.

Sometimes, pooping inside the house occurs after you thought potty-training efforts were complete.

Other times, you are simply dealing with a Pitbull Terrier puppy or elderly Pitbull that can’t control bowel movements as well as they did in the past.

Nonetheless, it is essential to understand the different reasons why a Pitbull Terrier may poop inside of the home.

Additionally, I think it is essential to give you actionable information to help you effectively get your Pitbull Terrier to stop using the inside of the home to poop.

As someone who has been raising a Terrier for the past 3 years, I can tell you that I have been in your situation and understand how frustrating it can be.

Peeing inside the home and pooping inside of the home are the most feared consequences if I had to guess when we choose to adopt a dog.

The rest of this brief discussion will be designed to inform you why indoor pooping is happening and how you can effectively stop your Pitbull from doing it in the future.

Why Your Pitbull Terrier Is Pooping Inside And How To Fix It

Potty-training, a Pitbull Terrier, is a process.

Potty-training any dog breed requires consistency, routine, and patience.

No doubt about it.

For the sake of this discussion, we are going to assume you have been doing your best with your potty-training routines and methods and dig deeper.

I want to start with some of the reasons your Pitbull Terrier may be pooping inside first.

Then dive into detail about what you can do to stop the behavior.

With the goal of no more pooping taking place inside.

And, of course, all potty-related duties taking place outside where they belong.

Here are some of the top reasons I can say with certainty can cause issues with a Pitbull pooping inside instead of outside.

Reason #1- Your Pitbull Is Still A Puppy

No matter what you do in the beginning when you first adopt your Pitbull Terrier, your patience is going to be tested.

Pooping indoors is bound to happen at least a few times.

I get it, and I hear you.

Sometimes, you are so good or have experience with dogs in the past that maybe you do a great job and avoid it.

Doubtful but possible.

I can tell you this.

I have owned several dogs in my life, and even when I adopted my Terrier, I thought I had things under control.

She still ended up pooping inside of the house several times before I could end the behavior entirely.

It happens.

Especially with puppies.


Do us all a favor and yourself a favor and let it go.

Pooping indoors is part of owning and adopting a Pitbull Terrier puppy and should be expected.

Puppies take time to learn the world around them and to learn what you expect from them.

It takes awhile for a full socialization process to start taking hold with a new Pitbull Terrier.

In addition to discipline.

Not to mention, it takes you, as the owner, time to get to know their tendencies and learn from prior mistakes.

I want to put this in the easiest-to-understand language.

If your Pitbull is still a puppy, do not sweat a potty mistake or some poop indoors.

It is not uncommon, and likely you will deal with it.

Reason #2- Your Pitbull Is Confused With Your Potty-Training Methods

The next reason you may be having issues with your Pitbull pooping inside the home could be your own training methods.

This is not to say you are doing something wrong; it is simply to put into perspective that it is possible that you could be doing better.

Are you making it clear where your Pitbull should be pooping?

Are you ensuring you reward them each time for pooping outside, further reinforcing the behavior you are seeking and desire?

Are you are even yelling or disciplining in a fashion that is scaring or confusing your Pitbull when they do poop inside of the house?


You need to be consistent and make it crystal clear for your Pitbull that they need to only poop outside.

Rewards and positive reinforcement is the best way to accomplish this in my opinion.

Lastly, never use yelling or physical discipline if your Pitbull does poop indoors.

If anything, it will break the trust with your Pit and make them even more confused.

Remain calm and patient, and keep at it with your potty training.

The results will follow, I promise.

Reason #3- You’re Not Consistent With Feeding Our Pooping Time

One of the most challenging things for a new Pitbull is not understanding when they are likely to go outside.

Dogs, including Pitbull’s, are very good at understanding timing and tendencies.

I had this problem with my Terrier as well.

Pitbull’s have big bodies as they grow and mature, so it gets easier as they develop.

However, while they are young and growing, they have small bodies, and the food they consume will go through them much faster.


Not going outside on a consistent schedule and not having a regular feeding time will make it difficult for your Pitbull to understand when they should be pooping.

Not to mention, not being fed at the same time or let out at the same time will mess with your Pit’s internal clock.

To get your Pitbull understanding the potty breaks during the day and when they should be pooping outside, be super consistent with your feeding schedule.

Wait 15-30 minutes after feeding and take your Pitbull outside to poop.

Once they do, use my recommendation from #1 and provide them with a reward for doing so.

This way, you are consistent with your feeding, potty breaks, and positive reinforcement for behavior.

Combining all 3 of these is a recipe for success and will help dramatically with pooping indoors.

Reason #4- Your Pitbull Has Loose Poop And Can’t Hold It

Sometimes we make a mistake and give our dogs some table food or a few too many treats because they are too darn cute.

I get it, and I have been in the same situation.

You need to understand that too much food your Pitbull is not used to or too many treats can cause an upset stomach or loose poop.

In these scenarios, it is not your Pitbull’s fault if they have an accident and poop inside the house.

This really has nothing to do with potty training, either.


Limit the amount of food you give your Pitbull that is not their primary diet.

Once your dog is used to this food, they can regularly plan bowel movements and control them.

Doing this is going to help silly mistakes of loose poop or accidents inside.

Outside of this, realize that sometimes, even when appropriately trained, your Pitbull may just have a situation where they could not hold it.

It happens, and you shouldn’t stress over it too much, as frustrating as it can be.

Reason #5- Too Much Freedom Too Early

This primarily applies to your primary training efforts.

With my Terrier, boredom, and freedom caused her to make more mistakes than anything.

Mainly because she was always sneaky.

If you have too much access to the home and they need to go poop, they may sneak away from you to do so in private.

This can be a case of boredom and frustration because they didn’t feel like waiting to go outside to poop.


When your Pitbull is young, limit the amount of house roaming they can do and the amount of time outside of a crate they have.

They do not want to poop inside in front of you or where they sleep.

Giving them nothing better to do, missing a potty break, and giving them the entire house to roam is begging for a mistake to happen.

Eliminate these possibilities, and the chances your Pitbull poops inside will dramatically decrease.

You should also limit the time you are away from home when your Pitbull is young to avoid more potty-mistakes.

Adult Vs. Puppy Pitbull Terriers Pooping Indoors

We have already discussed how a Pitbull puppy will go through their learning curve with pooping outside or learning their schedules in general.

We have not discussed that as dogs get older, pooping accidents are also more prone to happen.

As your Pitbull ages, ensure that if pooping is beginning to take place inside the house and never did before, consult a vet.

Ensure no other illness is present and that your Pitbull isn’t having other issues.

Also, realize that bowel control is not as strong as it once was.

Again, to put this simply, a Pitbull that is aging or considered a senior may poop inside because it is more difficult to hold it, or illness is present.

Get them checked by your Vet that you trust to be safe and roll with it.

It is part of owning a dog and should be expected.

Not punished.

Effective Potty Training and Routine Can Eliminate Your Pitbull From Pooping Indoors

As you can see, patience with a Pitbull Terrier is required after the adoption and pooping inside should be expected or at least not shocking to you.

With consistency, a routine, and practical training, pooping inside should not be something you have to deal with for very long.

Hang in there; it gets much easier every single day.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Pitbull Terriers and hope pooping inside the house does not remain a problem for long.

Have You Dealt With Your Pitbull Pooping Inside The Home? How Did You Fix The Issue?

Have you had to deal with your Pitbull Terrier pooping inside of the house?

If so, what did you do to correct this behavior?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Also Read: How To Potty Train A Dog That Is Used To Going Indoors

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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