Over last 6 months maybe has taken to pooing on the living room floor at night. Always in same place.
He does it maybe 1-3 times a week then not at all then just when I think vet time he stops then starts again.
He has not got tummy upset or worms.
Home situation or food hasn't changed in that time.
I go to bed about 10pm letting him out in garden first. DH works most nights and lets him out when he gets in between 1-3 am and someone is up by 6am nearly every day with the dds so he doesn't have to hold on for long.
Any ideas or is this the beginning of incontinet old mutt??
I would have him checked over by vet just to rule out anything medical. How late do you feed him at night? Does he get one big meal late in the day - splitting it and bringing the last meal forward could help.
I haven't got a dog, but my experience of other's older dogs is that they don't like to be left alone for long periods of time, and they may get caught short! They sometimes have a dirty protest for being left alone, but sometimes if they wake in the night needing the loo, they don't have time to warn you before it's too late. They get stiff joints as well, which makes getting up slow.
Could you stop him having access to the lounge, and keep him in an area that is easily cleaned overnight? Pets at Home do some disposable floor pads for adult dogs which you could train him to use overnight. They also have a range of cleaning products for use on a variety of surfaces. I use the Simple Solutions one for cats, but I'm sure they do a dog one. They contain enzymes which digest the organic matter left after you have removed the accident, rather like biological washing detergent, and leave no odour which will encourage the animal to return to the same spot. Don't use cleaning products that contain ammonia for this reason. The best thing about the Simple Solutions is that it works outside too: some disgusting cat left a messy poo on our patio the other day, I scraped up as much as poss with newspaper, but sprayed the Simple Solutions on the rest, and it just dissolved away leaving no stain!
Don't use the antibac spray and flash. Get a proper pet cleaner. (you can get them from most pet shops) The anti bac spray makes the smell stronger for the dog so he is more likely to poo indoors or near the same spot again. Worth a try anyway