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7 Reasons Your Dog Brings Poop Into His Bed

Last Updated: December 10, 2023

If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably experienced the unpleasant surprise of finding your furry friend cuddled with poop in their bed. While it’s certainly not a pleasant sight, it’s important to understand that this behavior is not uncommon among dogs. There are various reasons why dogs may bring poop into their bed.

From behavioral issues such as attention seeking or scent marking to medical problems such as coprophagia (although this can also be behavioral), several factors could contribute to your dog’s poop-filled bed.

Understanding why your dog is engaging in this behavior can help you take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening in the future.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common reasons why dogs bring poop into their beds, so you can take the necessary steps to help your dog kick this nasty habit.

Dog Hiding Under Bed Covers. Why Does My Dog Bring Poop Into His Bed?

Why Does My Dog Bring Poop Into His Bed?

1. Scent Marking

One possible reason why your dog may bring poop into his bed is scent marking

Dogs use scent to communicate with each other, and bringing poop into their bed could be a way for them to mark their territory and assert their dominance.

It makes sense when you think about it. Dogs have a keen sense of smell, and they use scent to gather information about the world around them. 

By bringing poop into their bed, they could be sending a message to other dogs that this is their space and no one else’s. 

It’s like they’re saying, “Hey, I’m in charge here, and this is my spot.” 

Of course, this behavior can be pretty gross and unpleasant for us humans, but it’s important to remember that dogs have their own unique way of communicating.

2. Poor Hygiene

I always try to keep my furry friend’s bedding clean and fresh, as poor hygiene may be the reason why dogs bring poop into their bed. 

If a dog’s bedding is not cleaned regularly, they may become less discriminating about where they leave their waste.

This also makes sense when you think about it. 

Dogs have a strong sense of smell, and if their bedding is dirty and smells like urine or feces, over time, they may not be able to differentiate between that and their own waste. 

Plus, if they’ve already soiled their bedding once, they may be more likely to do it again, especially if it’s been left uncleaned for a while. 

That’s why it’s important to clean your dog’s bedding regularly and thoroughly to prevent this kind of behavior.

Mixed Breed Dog on Bed

3. Hiding From Predators

I never thought about it before, but did you know that one reason why dogs might carry their poop around is to hide it from predators? 

Apparently, a dog’s poop has a distinct smell, and for predators that rely on tracking to hunt their prey, this can be enough to locate your dog.

It’s a survival instinct that dates back to when dogs were still wild animals. In the wild, dogs would carry their poop away from their den or sleeping area to prevent other animals from finding them. 

Even though our dogs may not be living in the wild anymore, this instinct is still deeply ingrained in their behavior. 

So, when your dog carries their poop around, it’s not just because they’re being gross or mischievous – they’re actually trying to protect themselves from potential predators.

4. Hiding From You

Okay, I have to admit, this one may make you chuckle a little bit. Another reason why dogs might carry their poop around is to hide it from us – their owners. I guess it’s understandable. 

Dogs are pretty smart, and they know that if they poop in a place they’re not supposed to, they might get in trouble. So, by carrying it around, they’re trying to keep it hidden from us, so we won’t get mad at them when we see it.

It’s like they’re saying, “Hey, I know I messed up, but look, I’m trying to fix it. See, I’m carrying my poop around, so you won’t find it!” 

Of course, as humans, we still have to clean up after them, but it’s kind of endearing to think that our dogs are trying to be sneaky and avoid getting scolded. 

Dogs really are man’s best friend, always trying to please us and avoid our wrath.

Yorkie In Bed Under Covers

5. They Are Playing

Oh boy, dogs really are something, aren’t they? One reason why dogs might carry their poop around is that they see it as a toy. 

I mean, we all know how much dogs love their toys, right? They carry them around. They sleep with them. They chew on them – it’s like they’re their most prized possessions. 

So, I guess it’s not that surprising that they might view their poop in the same way.

It’s kind of funny to imagine a dog carrying its poop around like it’s a teddy bear or something. I can just picture my dog walking around with a big grin on her face, proudly showing off her poop to everyone she sees!! 

Of course, it’s not exactly the most pleasant thing to think about, but hey, dogs will be dogs, right? 

At least we can take comfort in the fact that they’re having a good time, even if we don’t quite understand why.

6. Attention-Seeking Behavior

Ah, the joys of owning a dog. One minute they’re cuddly and adorable, and the next minute they’re doing something totally gross and weird. 

Like carrying their poop around, for example.

One reason why dogs might do this is to get our attention. Yep, you heard that right. 

Our furry friends can be pretty petty at times, and they know that carrying their poop around is a surefire way to get us to notice them.

I can just imagine my German Shepherd strutting around with her poop like she’s the king of the world, waiting for me to see her and give her some attention. 

It’s kind of funny, really, when you think about it. But, as with any attention-seeking behavior, it’s important to make sure we’re giving our dogs the love and attention they need so they don’t feel the need to resort to carrying poop around. 

After all, no one wants a poopy, attention-starved dog on their hands.

Dog on Bed

7. Trying To Eat It

Okay, I have to admit, this is probably the grossest reason why dogs might carry their poop around. But it’s also kind of funny in a weird, twisted way. 

One reason why dogs might carry their poop around is that they’re trying to eat it. Yes, you heard that right. They’re trying to eat their poop. Gross, I know. The term for this is coprophagia.

It’s one of the many strange dog eating behaviors.

But before we start judging our furry friends too harshly, we need to remember that dogs that are not being fed well may resort to eating their poop out of desperation. 

It’s not a pleasant thought, but it’s important to remember that our dogs rely on us to provide them with the proper nutrition they need to stay healthy and happy. 

So, if your dog is carrying their poop around and trying to eat it, it might be a sign that they need some extra TLC when it comes to its diet. 

Trust me. It’s better to deal with a poopy situation now than to have to deal with the aftermath of a sick dog later.

Learn More About Coprophagia In This Video…

How Do I Stop My Dog From Bringing Poop Into His Bed?

Stopping your dog from bringing poop into his bed requires a multi-pronged approach.

  • Ensure your dog’s bedding is clean and comfortable.
  • Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and playtime.
  • If your dog is still learning proper bathroom habits, provide consistent training and positive reinforcement. 
  • Address any underlying medical or behavioral issues.
  • Discourage this behavior with a firm “no” or redirection to a more appropriate activity.

It may take time and patience, but with consistent effort, you can discourage this behavior in your dog.


Is It Normal For Dogs To Carry Poop Around?

While it may not be a behavior that we as humans find normal or desirable, carrying poop around is not entirely uncommon among dogs. Some dogs may do it as a way to mark their territory, while others may do it to hide it from predators or their owners.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that this behavior can also be a sign of underlying issues, such as poor nutrition, medical problems, or behavioral issues, and should be addressed if it persists or becomes problematic.

Can This Behavior Be A Sign Of A Medical Issue?

Yes, carrying poop around can be a sign of a medical issue in dogs. Gastrointestinal problems, urinary tract infections, and other health issues can cause changes in a dog’s bowel movements, leading to loose or difficult-to-control feces.

It’s important to rule out any underlying medical issues if your dog is carrying poop around, especially if it’s a sudden or unusual behavior. A visit to the veterinarian can help determine the problem.

How Can I Prevent My Dog From Eating His Own Poop?

Preventing your dog from eating his own poop requires several strategies.

First, ensure your dog is getting a complete and balanced diet that meets his nutritional needs. Secondly, pick up your dog’s waste as soon as possible, so there is no opportunity for him to eat it. Thirdly, supervise your dog during potty breaks to discourage this behavior. 

Fourthly, use a deterrent spray or taste-aversion products to discourage your dog from eating poop. Lastly, provide plenty of toys and mental stimulation to keep your dog engaged and occupied.

With consistent effort and a multi-pronged approach, you can discourage this behavior in your furry friend.

Sharon Waddington
Sharon Waddington is the founder of World of Dogz. With over 30 years of experience working with dogs, this former Police Officer has seen it all. But it’s her trusty German Shepherd, Willow, who steals the show as the inspiration behind this website. As Sharon’s constant companion Willow has played a pivotal role in shaping her passion for dogs. Recently, Sharon has become deeply passionate about the plight of rescue dogs and is an active advocate for dog rescue, striving to make a difference in the lives of dogs in need.

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