One of our two dogs is about to send my fiance over the edge! The dog in question is a 2.5 year old hound mix who has -always- been a really finicky pottier. I tried a search for this situation and it didn't turn anything up, although if I missed something, please link me :] So anyway, let me tell y'all what a normal day is like: Wake up at 8, walk the dogs, and they both poop/pee. After breakfast, they go back into their crates for the day. We get back at an average of three, and walk them again. Our other dog will poop, she will not. We eat dinner, then hang out in the living room. We walk them again, and she may or may not even pee. Bed. Then on some days, like today (say, once every other week), we'll be eating dinner, and we'll go into the kitchen to get something, and a huge pile of poop will be sitting on the floor! (this is about how it goes: ) And I have no idea what to do! This has only been going on since we moved into our new house that has a stairwell that she likes to do it in, and a kitchen that's out of our view! She stays around us 98% of the time, but that two percent that she slinks away.... she poops. We already barricaded the stairs, but I don't want to climb over a gate to the kitchen forever because my 2 year old dog can't hold her poop! So what the heck do you do for a grown dog that's developed this new habit? And finally, can somebody please explain why it's so important to catch a dog in the act? My fiance thinks that she will remember what she did 10-15 minutes after the act, but I keep saying that it's probably useless to try and discipline her after the fact. I wish we had a fenced in back yard, but we don't, and we don't have the time to stand around outside till her business becomes urgent enough for her to actually use the bathroom! (I tried that- I regularly stood outside for 30 minutes with no results.) Thanks!