As posted last week, Phod spent some time in the crate while we sort out his poop issues. After a successful day in the crate Tuesday, I, the Lady worked from home on Wednesday. This meant Phod had to be in the crate on Thursday.
To further prove no good came from a Thursday, he managed to open the crate (cutting his nose in the process) and get out. Then he used the games room as his bathroom. (I am grateful I am not the first one home). The Man was very upset to say the least. To quote him "your dog is going to drive me to drink!"
Friday, the Man arranged to work from home so that Phod would have access to the great outdoors when nature called.
Now, unfortunately, we can't work from home every day. This week, Lady is home Tuesday and Wednesday, but that is it as she has to see clients in the city and attend a conference. In effort to finally sort this out, as clearly it is not safe to keep him in the crate, we have finished totally transferring him to the new food. We have reduced the amount of food he is getting in the morning (having researched in general it takes 10 hours for a dog to process food) and increased his evening meal a bit. We also hope now that hopefully the very, very cold mornings are behind us and we can get back to walks (which it was too cold to do for 2 weeks) this will help. If we don't see improvement in another week, we will have to consult a V-E-T.
If anyone has suggestions on how to break the using the floor as a toilet we are all ears. We know he can hold it from 7:30-5 because with the exception of Friday, when we have been home, he hasn't had to poop during this time.