Sorry this is so long, but I want to give you all the background so you know the history...
Kodee is 9-1/2 mos old, and I've had him since he was 7 weeks old. He's done wonderfully - great temperament, great w/my kids, housebroken/crate trained with no problems, except for one thing. He has a pretty regular poop schedule - once after breakfast (usually right after), and once after dinner (usually within a couple of hours). I've taken him out so regularly that normally he doesn't even have to let me know he needs to go out - he just goes when I take him, if that makes sense. He doesn't go to the door and whine each time, or anything. If we are already in the kitchen (which is the door we use all the time), he'll whine a little if he needs to go, but that's it. And he ONLY does this if we are already in the kitchen.
So my issue is - in the evenings he is in the living room hanging out with me after the kids are in bed. If he has already had his evening poop, then no problems. I can relax. If he hasn't, he'll run around and play with me for a while, and then sneak back into the hallway by our bedrooms. If I don't get him and take him out, he'll poop back there (I know this b/c he's done it twice, probably 3 weeks ago now). Now I'm savvy enough to know that the second he goes back there, I need to take him out. So as soon as he goes back into the hallway, I tell him "let's go outside!" , he comes running, I take him out, he poops. No problems.
BUT - how do I get him to just let me know
he needs out? (Not just in this situation, but always?) He never goes potty in the house anywhere else, ever. Just back in that hallway, IF he hasn't already done so after dinner. How do I teach him w/out letting him "start" the dirty deed, and correcting him?
One other thing I should point out - this hallway is a new addition to our house, it's just a few months old, and the carpet has been in for about 8 weeks. So he may kind of think of that as "no-man's land", rather than part of his "territory" (where he doesn't relieve himself). We had a similar issue when he was much smaller - he never "went" in the kitchen or living room (where he spent the vast majority of his time), but if I turned my back at the wrong moment - he'd pee/poop in the dining room. At that point he was so young I just stopped letting him run around un-crated in the evenings if I wasn't literally right with him. (This was also during his "playtime" with me after kids went to bed). After a couple of months of keeping him crated in the evenings unless I had my eyes right on him, I started letting him out in the evenings again, and no problems. I guess he outgrew it. Or just got used to the dining room, not sure which.
So, 2 questions: #1 - What would you do to stop the "hallway pooping"? #2 - How do I get him to "tell" me whenever he needs to go out, iinstead of just taking him out when I think he probably has to go. (I stay home with him and my kids, so I'm always here with him. Which is why I've been able to pick up on his "schedule" so well that I know he has to potty before he does...LOL).
I think (hope) this is our final housebreaking issue)...