My 12 1/2 yr old dog has started having bowel movements on her crate AND in the house on occasion. In her defense her sibling, who was euthanized due to multiple medical issues (1 month ago), had been doing the same thing for about 1 year before he was put down so I think this behaviour was learned from him.
She's always been a clean dog. I was hoping that after we let him go that she would stop the behaviour but she hasn't. I've reduced the size of her crate to give just enough room to stand and turn around (it would be cruel if I went any smaller with it). She'll also go in the house if she's not let outside every 3-4 hrs. This part I can deal with since I have someone home during the daytime while I'm at work. It's the pooping in the crate that is trying my patience. She doesn't do it every night, but at least 2-3 times per week.
I know how to train a dog. I've had many, but it seems nothing is working. She's going out before bedtime, etc. The only thing I haven't tried (which I just started today) was feeding her in the morning as opposed to suppertime. If this doesn't help I'll be at my wits end. Any other things you could suggest I try to break her of this nasty habit? She is healthy otherwise. She is on prednisone daily for a cough issue but other than that she has no other issues. Help!