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Yet another thought would be to take some of the deposit outside and place it where you want her to go. She may get the idea.
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Haha yes I agree Malibu that title is a little misleading.....When I got her 8 weeks ago I was assured she was housebroken ..... she does poop outside most if the time but if she can get into that room for even a minute it seems like - itís all over. I am using an enzymatic cleaner and thereís minimal residue to start out with but Iím sure the scent is still there for her .... I like everyoneís ideas.... putting it outside and also feeding her on that floor. It honestly seems like thereís something that draws her to that place ..... I Fostered a dog a few months ago who also pooped down there so I wonder if thatís what started it? I promise my house is very clean but I wonder what else has happened in that room since the house was built in 1936 lol!
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Haha yes I agree Malibu that title is a little misleading.....When I got her 8 weeks ago I was assured she was housebroken ..... she does poop outside most if the time but if she can get into that room for even a minute it seems like - itís all over. I am using an enzymatic cleaner and thereís minimal residue to start out with but Iím sure the scent is still there for her .... I like everyoneís ideas.... putting it outside and also feeding her on that floor. It honestly seems like thereís something that draws her to that place ..... I Fostered a dog a few months ago who also pooped down there so I wonder if thatís what started it? I promise my house is very clean but I wonder what else has happened in that room since the house was built in 1936 lol!
Does that floor happen to be concrete? If yes, she could have been kenneled a lot and was imprinted that way.
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No whatís weird is that itís the only room that has wall to wall carpet.... rest of the house is hardwood with area rugs ....the laundry room has linoleum and itís easier to get to than this bedroom lol.
Itís fairly new carpet within the last 5 years and room is only used when family stay over but the foster dog did poop in there .... I donít know if they are drawn to it bc itís dark maybe?
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Just chiming in, so that's the only room with carpet? That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? Dogs tend to relieve themselves in soft grounds. That's part of the reason when potty training we train them to pee/poo on the grass or soil.

So you've been cleaning up your dog's mess on carpet?? That's rough...
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soft surfaces ----- the latest pup took forever to house train. She also found a dog bed and peed on it (in the garage) when the garage door was open and I was standing right there...............
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Thankfully she has nice firm stools lol
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Close off access to the basement. She I s not allowed in there unless supervised, and also make sure to clean the soiled areas with an enzyme remover so she does not feel compelled to continue eliminating in the same area. Perhaps also take her out more often just to be sure?
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The carpet might look clean after cleaned with enzymes but the scent is still in the pad underneath. When we moved to a new home our dogs started pooping inside the house in one room. Neighbors told us that the previous owners' pets had soiled there. We removed carpet and pad, sealed the wooden base floor with stain killer (paint) and put in a new pad new carpet. Dogs never went back there.
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I wonder if installing a dog door to the outdoors would help since she is reluctant to announce her needs.
Installing a dog door, if possible, was one of the solutions I was thinking of also. I also think it would be helpful to put up a gate to keep her out of the basement (if you don't want to close the door). I have this gate across our stairs to keep my toddlers away from the stairs. I like it because it is sturdy, somewhat attractive, and auto-closes.

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