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Dog Pooped on Your Bed? Here's Why

By Aviram K.
Published in Training & Behavior
March 11, 2022
5 min read
Dog Pooped on Your Bed? Here's Why
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There’s something uniquely disorienting about finding something where it doesn’t belong.

Finding bonus money added onto your paycheck? Score! Now that’s disorienting in an awesome way! But discovering a hair in your salad…definitely not the best.

How about coming home from a long day of work, excited to hop in bed, only to find something on your bed that _really _shouldn’t be there: poop!

Well, you know it certainly wasn’t you. So, the only other option is your dog.

But the nastiness…the disrespect…the dare you say it, betrayal of it all!

Why on earth would he do this to you?

There are several reasons your dog may poop on your bed, and rest assured, none of them are intentional or spiteful. Instead, they could be doing this because they are simply attracted to your scent, are anxious, or physically have something wrong with them.

In this article, I will explain the many reasons your dog may have pooped in your bed and share ways to stop your dog from doing that.

Are you feeling more agitated with each passing moment as you think about the present your pup left on your bed?

Well, no need to dwell anymore! I’ll give you the scoop on the poop.

Let’s go!

Table of Contents
Why Your Dog Pooped on Your Bed
How to Stop Your Dog from Pooping on Your Bed
Greatest of All, Have Patience Pup Parent

Why Your Dog Pooped on Your Bed


If your dog’s pooped on your bed, you might be surprised by the strong emotions that can surge through the core of your being. Poop symbolizes something totally vile and filthy. Something not meant for inside your home and certainly not meant to be on your bed!

Catching your pup in the physical act of pooping on your bed can be a jarring sight to see. You may feel a pulsing mixture of shock, anger, and confusion. What is your best friend literally doing?!

Stumbling upon the aftermath in the form of your pup’s turds can make you feel violated. Like they’ve been sneaking around behind your back, plotting to ruin your day with his “packages.”

As much as this may feel like a personal attack, it is not!

Dogs don’t plot, plan, and manipulate in the way that humans are capable of. Your dog is not saying, “that’s it! I’m going to show him we’re secretly enemies by pooping on his bed.”

Canines don’t operate that way. And their genuine purity and innocence are big reasons why they’re so easy to love!

If your pup is pooping on your bed, it may be for one of the following reasons:

Your Dog Is Anxious

Pooping on the bed could be evidence that your pup is feeling stressed out or anxious internally.

If there has been a move, death of someone close, or new addition in the form of a baby or another animal, your pup may be feeling off.

A trip to the vet could be helpful in this case to see if your pup’s anxiety is what’s causing them to potty in this inappropriate spot.

They May Have a Health Problem

While you’re at the vet, it only makes sense to check and see if your dog is having any physical problems as well.

This is particularly likely to be the case if your pup’s bed pooping is a recent and sudden phenomenon. Therefore, it is recommended to take a stool sample to your appointment so they can analyze it and rule out conditions, and/or make a diagnosis.

Common physical ailments that could cause your pup to poop on your bed include:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Perianal Fistula
  • Loss of control of bowels due to old age
  • Spinal Cord disease
  • Gastrointestinal parasites

Your Pup May Have Gotten Scared

Dogs get scared just like you do! The same way someone could say, “that scared the crap out of me,” your pup may be expressing that same sentiment, in real-time…on your bed!

Your dog may have seen or heard something that freaked them out to the max. And they just happened to have been on your bed at the moment when the dam broke. Lucky you!

They like the Way Your Bed Smells

Dog’s sense of smell is so much more sensitive than humans! Your pup may like to go poop on your bed simply because it smells like you. They may figure they love being around you as close as possible at all times…so why not during bathroom time too?

Your pup could also be prone to pooping on the bed because that’s where they’ve done it in the past, so they smell themselves there. And this causes them to return time and time again.


How to Stop Your Dog from Pooping on Your Bed


Thankfully, the situation is far from hopeless. Although it can be discouraging to launder and perfectly make your bed only to find your pup’s soiled it, there are many things you can do to stop this.

First, I would recommend taking your dog to the vet to see if their mental or physical health is causing them to poop on your bed.

If they’re all clear and healthy, try implementing some of these tips:

Keep Your Dog out of Your Room

This seems too easy, but it is the only surefire way to know your dog won’t be pooping on your bed. This may or may not be realistic, depending on your lifestyle and preferences. But it sure works: zero access equals zero poop!

Thoroughly Clean Your Bed

If you do want to allow your dog in your room and on your bed, try giving your bedding an extremely deep cleaning.

Your dog may be coming back to poop there because they can still smell the lingering scent of when they’ve pooped there in the past. So do your absolute best job of giving them nothing to want to come back to by working to remove the smell from your bedding entirely.

Or, perhaps take it as a life-giving-you-lemons moment and go make lemonade: lemonade in the form of purchasing all new bedding! A very practical and beneficial reason to redecorate!

Make Sure You’re Taking Them out Enough

Your dog may be pooping on your bed simply because they aren’t being taken outside enough.

Try adding an extra walk or two or simply staying out longer. If you’re unsure, try taking your pup out first thing in the morning, after each meal, and before bedtime. This should give them ample opportunities to successfully use the restroom.

And a few other suggestions include:

  • Have your dog spayed or neutered
  • Add a dog to the family to keep your pup company
  • Try to keep your dog’s daily schedule as consistent as possible
  • If your intuition tells you your dog needs more love and affection, give it freely!
  • Don’t react dramatically when your dog poops on your bed
  • Praise your pup when he poops in the correct place

Greatest of All, Have Patience Pup Parent


Our dogs are truly our children in so many ways. And that becomes even more apparent when you’re dealing with sloppy scenarios like your pup pooping on your bed!

Your dog’s little messes don’t make you love them less, but maybe sometimes they do make you very upset! And this is okay.

Breathe deeply as you keep in mind your dog is not doing this to torment you. They’re likely doing this because they are anxious or dealing with a health problem. After you make sure your pup is okay, there are so many little tricks you can try to help them stop.

But most of all, through your patience in working through this challenge with your pup, you’ll have solidified your love for them even further.

You’re there for them, not just through the social media-worthy moments of dog ownership. But you’re also with them through the nitty-gritty, less than glamorous moments too.

And that’s the stuff enduring love is made of!

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