Your dog could be reacting to changes in the household or possibly have a health problem. This guide is about previously house trained dog peeing indoors.
By PitJoJo 1
I have 2 Pit breed dogs. One is female and is over 9yrs old and the other is a male and he is 4 yrs old. They both are spaded and neutered. Both have been house trained. We have recently moved to a new house 6 months ago. My 4yr old male Pit has just recently started peeing in front of the back door where he goes outside. He dribbles with pee until he reaches the door and usually has 2 puddles of pee on the floor. He also starts barking which wakes us up at 4 am during these 2 episodes.
I am at home during the day so they both get let out and have plenty time to empty their bladders. He is drinking water excessively that we have noticed because the water bowl is completely empty in the am. After he is let out in the am he goes straight to the water bowl to drink a lot of water. I plan to take him to vet because I have never had any issues like this before. The only thing different in his routine was that I had taken him to the vet to get bathed about 5 days ago because he weighs 117lbs. He is terrified of water and is a big baby, so it's hard to bath him. Please help with any suggestions. Thank you.
January 30, 2016
This sounds like possible diabetes or a kidney or bladder infection. The vet can diagnose this for you.
By Knighty99 1
My 2 year old dog, a Beagle/Patterdale cross, has just started whinning and uncontrollably weeing in the house. He's house trained and knows he's done wrong and goes to his bed straight away. His whinning is constant at the moment. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. My mum has a female Border Collie which he sees roughly once a week. She is in heat now and he's seen her once, but he hasn't seen her in a week. Could this be the reason? He's never behaved like this any other time she's been in heat. He also will sniff me and my girlfriend for an hour after we have been to my mum's.
January 20, 2016
I don't think it would be the dog in heat, unless he were exposed to her more. You really need to see a Vet right away. Dogs are very good at hiding their pain from us, it is part of their preservation instinct. If another animal sees them looking sick they may become prey. Your dog may be in a lot more pain than you realize.
By Cody D. 1
I have a male Malamute/wolf mix and a male red/white Siberian Husky, a little over a year and slightly under a year in age. Well, as many know these dogs are famous for digging. After escaping and scaring everyone to death, I set up a hot hire along the bottom of the fence line. The issue is both dogs wanted to mark this new thing in their yard, so both peed on the fence multiple times, and have been shocked multiple times. The Malamute/wolf learned easily enough to pee elsewhere, meanwhile my Husky now will not pee in the back yard. He has been going to the backdoor where he knows we will let him out, and instead urinating in the kitchen area right by the door. Often times he holds it so long that he starts to dribble when he is playing.
I have unplugged the hot wire, though it is still up (which was always my intention), and my Husky has made progress. He for the first day wouldn't even leave the porch area outside, but still refuses to urinate out there. It's been two or three weeks now of daily accidents for my Husky.
It's getting very frustrating, he is such a good boy, I don't know what else to do. I let him out front a few times a day where he will urinate, but I have been trying to encourage him to go back to his usual routine outside as my front yard is not fenced a he has to be let out on the leash. This is fine when I'm home, though my fiance has a hard time controlling him at his first excitement of exiting the house, and needs to be able to let him out back.
I have walked him around the backyard on leash, he doesn't fight it as much as he did the first couple days. I have lured him around with treats, up to the fence line and all around the yard. I praise him even if I get just the smallest marking outside. I have not been the most consistent to this point, as I was hoping his fear would subside. But it's not looking like it. Any suggestions dog owners?
I have a Cain Corso Pit Bull mix and he just had his first litter of puppies. Now he is peeing all over the house. Any idea how I can get him to stop?
December 24, 2015
Your dog is nervous about possible intruders harming the puppies. This is symptomatic of a bigger issue: He doesn't trust you as pack leader.
When you have a large breed dog such as a Cane Corso or Pit Bull you must absolutely be the pack leader. The last thing you want is this dog taking control of situations in his own way. This could end in tragedy. If he pees as a territorial behavior he can bite or attack as a territorial behavior.
Get started pack leader training immediately. Here are some links to get you started:
By Sally 1
I have a 4 year old track rescued Greyhound. She has been a challenge since we got her (her sister is fine). For about 8 months she did really well, then recently started peeing in the house on occasion again. We have a neighbor coming in to let both dogs out midday, and we limit the water intake, yet 3 times this month she peed. It is in the same spot all the time even though we use Nature's Miracle to clean it up. It is not a medical issue, and seems to happen if we are home after 6pm. Is she afraid of the dark? We are getting frustrated trying to figure out what she is thinking. Any thoughts?
By Sally from Allentown, PA
December 5, 2012 Flag
Our 5 year old labrador started peeing in the kitchen floor 6 weeks after we moved house. She does it in one particular spot and only if the kitchen door is left opened over night. Her bed is in the kitchen.
It is annoying and it feels as she is doing it out of spite. I understand, many people would say "just keep kitchen doors closed", but it is stupid if kitchen gets puddle every night if the door wasn't closed!
After reading all the posts above I still cannot come up with a solution and feel our dear lovely doggy is trying to make a point that we can't understand...(( Please help!
By Leonor J. 1
Can steroids and antibiotics cause my dog to pee more often? My sweet girl Athena is a Lab mix, she just got back from the vet, she had an ear infection. Well since then she has been less active, constantly eating, and always wanting to go outside and pee. And I used to be able to leave her for 4-6hrs (working) by herself in my house. Now she can't hold it; is it because of the steroids and antibiotics that are messing with her? Or is it a more serious problem?
By Leonor J.
March 4, 2013
Certain antibiotics, diuretics and steroid medications will produce large amounts of urine.
Read more: Dog Urinary Tract Infection & Excessive Thirst | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_7237890_d ... -excessive-thirst.html#ixzz2MYd1o3Le
I need some helpful tips and ideas on what to do with my dog! He's very attached to me and follows me everywhere. When I'm gone at work or just leave the house, he gets mad and pees on the corners of beds, couches, and on the floors. I live with my parents and sisters; this dog gets more attention and love than any other dog I have met.
When I'm not working I'm home and we go for car rides. I take him to Petsmart and play outside. Nothing I do is good enough for this dog and the peeing is getting worse, no matter how many times I let him out to use the bathroom. My family is sick of it and I don't wanna get rid of him. He's my baby, but if something doesn't change we're both going to be kicked out.
December 13, 2011
Interesting that my Cesar Milan (dog whisperer) newsletter this week deals with separation anxiety. Here is the link to part 1 of his video on the subject, then you'll find a link to the part 2 video here also. Hope it helps your poor confused baby.
I have a 2 year old male dog that has started peeing in the house. I've talked very straight to him; he hides when I yell at him. I don't know what do. Please help.
By Janie S.
July 15, 2011
Any sudden changes in a dog's behavior should be checked out by a vet immediately. My little Pomeranian started urinating everywhere. Took her to the vet and I found out she was full of kidney stones, over 21 in her bladder. Scolding your dog will make the situation worse by adding stress which your dog doesn't need if he is sick. It is worth every penny to have your dog checked out.
I have a 3 year old lab and and 1 year old Catahoula. Both are fully housebroken and have been for quite some time. Every day when I get home from work I immediately let them both out to use the bathroom and then run around and play together a while. When I was training them I would take them out on a leash and make them pee and poop before I would let them off to play so they know the order of how things need to work. Yesterday, about 30 minutes after I let them back in my Lab starting peeing on the floor. I stopped him and made him go outside to finish. He came back in and 30 minutes later did it again.
Tonight my husband and I were on one side of the house and both of our dogs were in the dining room laying on their beds. My husband walks into the room and again my Lab was peeing all over the floor. We get that cleaned and our Catahoula follows us to the bedroom jumps on the bed and pees all over it. It's large amounts of pee. They haven't been drinking more water than usual and I let them out to go out the same number of times as usual. What could be wrong?
By Jess B
March 31, 2013
My female greyhound age 12 started peeing on the dog beds in my house. Later I found out she had a cancer tumor growing in her abdomen. The poor thing was trying to let me know how she felt. Take the dog to the vet for a professional opinion.
We (Tessa and I) have recently moved to Florida with my sister-in-law and their Beagle-Lab mix dog. My 4 year old Lab is peeing a significant amount of urine in the dining area lately, even when we are in the house! She has plenty of opportunity to go outside, has no issues with the other dog, no issues with potty training, and goes on daily walks. Any suggestions?
January 4, 2012
Have you taken her to the vet? Usually when they do things they know you don't like, it's because they can't help it. How does she act when you find it or see her at it? Does she look ashamed? When my lab was doing this, she had an infection. Before doing anything else, I would have her checked out there.
As a side note, labs are known to be spirited and (I called mine psycho) spiteful. She might be jealous of the new dog and angry that now she's sharing attention with another dog. She chewed up my stuff when she thought I was slighting her. In that case, it's best to continue to reinforce that it is bad behavior so she knows you're unhappy with her when she does it. Eventually, she'll pick you over that.
My Lulu, a Japanese Spritz is potty trained and recently has been pooping and peeing sometimes at home. We bought her 3 weeks ago and she recently started sneezing and peeing inside. What should I do?
By Diana from Ghazieh, Lebanon
February 17, 2015
I have some questions here. You say she is certainly potty trained, yet you only bought her three weeks ago. What is your guarantee she is potty trained?
Was the dog in a kennel, a store or in a person's home when you bought her?
I would suggest you act as if her house training was incomplete and continue her training just like you would a puppy.
My 8 month old Cocker Spaniel has been house trained for months and has a dog flap so he has constant access to the garden. I have not had any problems for months, except the very occasional accident at the back door when it has been raining a lot. Little wimp ;)
However, all of a sudden he has now started to wee in the front hall way at night. He has free run of the house at bedtime and sleeps in my room on his bed, the area that he is weeing on is the only carpeted area downstairs. I can't help but think that he is wimpy and because he knows I am in bed he is just being lazy going at the bottom of the stairs rather than to the back door.
April 15, 2013
With no disrespect has it occurred to you that your Dog may have a Bladder infection? Talk to your veterinarian.
I have a spayed 3 1/2 year old GSD who has never peed or pooped in the house. Recently, a female neighbor, who also has dogs and is a pet-sitter, has started coming over to the house. Twice now my GSD has folded her ears back and peed the floor in front of my neighbor. She doesn't do that with anyone else. What's going on?
By Richard F.
April 12, 2013
Robyn is right, this sounds like submissive behaviour. I had a GSD mix in the 70s-90s who did the same thing when certain friends called in.
This particular type of submissive behaviour is unfortunately usually fear-triggered.
In our situation, we finally figured out it was a body type that was causing the reaction. She'd been a seven month old rescue puppy and when we adopted her we were told she'd been very badly abused but no real details were given.
Apparently her abusers were primarily large men with facial hair-every time any man with facial hair and a muscular build came into the house she would crouch and urinate, then try to hide. The connection finally dawned on us and so my then husband tested it by growing a beard whilst out to sea for an extended time (we were active duty USCG at the time), and holy moly, the minute he got home and she caught sight of him she piddled and then ran.
The trigger can be anything, I've learned over the years. It needn't be gender or appearance, the trigger can be cologne, cooking smells, even tobacco smells.
You need to figure out if there is a chance your fur-baby was abused before coming to be your fur-ever-baby; the alternative is either she has been somehow made afraid of this new person, or that this new person is bringing in the scent of something that your dog finds deeply upsetting.
Since it is her home and not your newest visitor's, the best thing would be to not let this person into the house until you find out why your GSD is reacting this way. I certainly wouldn't try to force her to accept this person's presence.
If the visitor refuses to understand why you are meeting her on the front porch, that's another 'point against' in my opinion-if a dog reacted to my presence in that way I would backtrack out of there apologising for upsetting the dog in her 'safe place', to be honest. That this person who is supposed to be pet-friendly doesn't get it is a little worrisome, I would NEVER leave my fur-baby in her care if this is the reaction she provokes.
My dog, Yogi, is 3 yrs old. He has been with me since he was 1 and a half. Although we bring him outdoors 3 times a day he is still peeing in the house randomly. Please help with some possible solutions, as I fear my hubby is getting fed up with his actions and I'm afraid he wants to give him up for adoption. I would hate to see this happen.
March 3, 2015
There can be many reasons why Yogi has trouble keeping his urination needs to your schedule. He may have a medical problem that results in his inability to hold his urine. Take your dog to your vet to rule out any medical issues. You vet can also help you with suggestions to help you help Yogi. If possible, you might consider a "doggie door" to allow Yogi to go outside when he needs to pee.
Our Beagle is a year and a half old. For most of her life, we've had problems with her not being able to hold her bladder very long and leaking in the house a lot when she acts like she wants to go out. She's trained with underground fencing in our yard so almost all the time she just wants to go outside and run around, but other times when she wants to go outside to pee, she usually just gets really quiet and acts really anxious/stressed out and starts pacing near a door and before we have a chance to let her out, she leaks. There are a lot of other times where we will just come across a puddle or drips by a door or steps or even just a random spot on the carpet. We had her on incontinence pills for a while which seemed to help, but eventually those stopped working, we've had her checked for urinary tract infections. She's never shown any signs of pain or discomfort with peeing so we don't suspect any stones. She has never had an accident in her crate and has held it for over 12 hours sleeping. Has anyone had any type of problem like this, is this a behavior problem, can it be fixed?
By David F.
December 21, 2014
If your dog is spayed, she may be having this problem from having been spayed. Sometimes the vet who has done the surgery can accidentally nick areas that should not be and you end up with this type of problem. There is nothing the poor dog can do to control it. If this happens to be the problem, maybe there is some corrective surgery that can be done to elimate the problem. If not, you might consider doggy diapers. However, they do need to be checked and changed regularly because the dog can develop diaper rash just like babies can.
I don't know what to do with my 9 year old female Rat Terrier dog. She is having problems urinating all inside and on my rugs. What should I do?
November 15, 2014
Talk to your vet this is not uncommon in older dogs, they also sell diapers for your best friend at any pet store. Don't forget hygiene is also your job now too. I am sure your baby is worth the extra help now that he/she is needing your extra time & help . God bless you both
My Romanian Rottie is neutered and has been fully housebroken for years. He just turned five the other day. He had an abusive past, but has never shown any signs of it altering his great personality. However, the past couple weeks he has been pooping on my bedroom floor every night after I fall asleep. And tonight I brought him back inside (I put him out during the day to play and get some sunshine) and when I went to pet him before I opened the door he shook my hand off his head. Then I called him into the bedroom and went to rub him and he snapped at me. I tried again and he growled and snapped at my hand. I don't know what's going on.
I know his hips are hurting because of the cold weather. He is now inside his kennel whining without end. But I'm not letting him out of it tonight for fear of him making a mess on my floor again and in light if his unusual anger towards me a little bit ago what is going on with my dog.
By Kat B. from Salisbury, NC
January 28, 2014
It is hard to sort out what is physical and what is behavior. You need to have him checked out by a Vet to eliminate physical problems. Then you can concentrate on behavior. Are there new dogs in the neighborhood that could be bothering him? Is he neutered? Good luck.
By Lacy D. 1
I have a very smart, moody dog, named Tyson. My boyfriend and he had a a very strong bond. We had just moved in to a new house when my boyfriend of 3 years died. This was Tyson's longest lasting home. I got him when he was 1. It was his 3rd home and I want this to stay his forever home, he adds a part to our family that nothing can replace. Since my BF's death Tyson began peeing and pooping on my BF's stuff and only his stuff. I know that my baby is hurting, but I don't know what to do. Anyone else ever had this problem?
By Lacy D.
November 10, 2013
I don't have an answer but I understand it. I think it is so sweet and sad. Give him pass on this for a while. Put your bf things up were he can't get to it. You don't what this to become a learned behavior.
My lovely 2 year old dog Lola has begun to pee inside every time she is lying down or resting. We took her to the vet's immediately to rule out more serious problems. She had very dilute urine so he could not see a UTI and he took blood which came back fine. She was put on antibiotics to clear up a UTI that he might have missed, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything.
The thing is, we sit outside at cafes and go to other peoples houses, etc. and she can control her bladder in those situations, but as soon as we are in at home she just leaks everywhere! She was very well house trained and I am making sure to let her out every hour or so, but she doesn't really bother peeing when I do. I'm not really sure why a dog would purposely wet herself? It's very strange.
September 5, 2013
Until you find out if your baby has any medical issues with her bladder you can always purchase doggie diapers or get creative and make her a female wrap. Hope this helps both you and her.
We got our 2 year old Chiweenie last year from a high kill shelter that didn't know what he had previously been through. He's proven to be very attached to my mother and I, but scared of my stepfather and younger brother.
When we first got him, he was trained to bark when he had to go, and to go on a pad, when we we're not home or at night when we're asleep and can't let him out. The last month or so, after getting a job with my mother and working at the same time always, we've been coming home to pee and poop on the floor and him hiding under the couch because he knows it was bad.
Generally, we put his nose close to the pee and put him on his leash outside for a while to show that he's done wrong. He does this every night, and we have no idea how to solve this problem. My mother and stepfather get very upset when he does it. I believe it is either a medical problem or that he is hiding under the couch from being afraid of my stepfather and brother. and when he comes out he can't hold it and just goes, even if there is a puppy pad out, which there always is. Even if he isn't hiding, he won't let my stepfather or brother close enough to get him to let him out and he most definitely won't go to the door so they can let him out.
He's hardly ever left alone, but he only does it when my mother and I are not here. Is there any way we can solve this problem without having to change our schedules? I really can't afford changing my schedule considering we really need the money right now. They're talking about getting rid of him because they're sick of him doing it. I really love this dog and I don't want to have to get rid of him. What can I do?
By Briana B.
August 6, 2013
The dog needs to be crated when you aren't home to watch him. Then take him outside, and run around the yard with him. Praise when he relieves himself. Don't punish for accidents in the house, if you do this after the fact, the poor dog has no idea why he is getting punished. Have the men in your home praise the dog, pet him, give him some (otherwise) forbidden treats. Good luck
I adopted a rescue dog last weekend. Her foster mom said that she didn't have any accidents while she had her, about 4 months. From what we can tell, she has had multiple litters of puppies. She had been the perfect dog up until yesterday when she started to pee in the house, even when we would bring her out often. She has also become a bit destructive while we are gone. We still love her, but are not sure why her behavior has changed so fast.
By Sue C.
April 16, 2013
It is not surprising your dog has some anxiety issues. Read up on anxiety in dogs. Be sure she gets lots of exercise and if her behavior does not improve there are lots of techniques for dealing with anxiety. Good luck to you.
My five year old Pit Bull Boxer mix female dog has started randomly "piddling" in the house. She is a very well disciplined dog and is well trained to go outside. She is normally able to easily hold it for 8+ hours at a time if need be. Her urination is only a tiny bit and it is when she is laying down. I have not scolded her, but only cleaned up the messes and gave her the chance to go outside because I know it isn't purposeful. She is fixed and has been for years. Could it be a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection? Please help me help my dog. Thank you.
April 9, 2013
Has she had a litter (or more than one)? I don't know much about Pits but I raised AKC Boxers for over 40 years in the US and saw this happen a lot with females who'd whelped at least one litter, even if later spayed.
Since this condition (prolapse) is increasingly uncomfortable for the dog, and is often accompanied by a UTI, the best thing you can do for your girl is have her into the vet ASAP. The vet will test her for the infection and examine her for the prolapse, then advise you on how to avoid a recurrence. She may need surgery if the prolapse is severe; the surgery is highly effective and at 5 years old she should tolerate the anesthesia well with a rapid recovery from the surgery.
Poor baby, and good on you for not punishing her for the accidents. You're right that she cannot control it.
We adopted a 2 year old female hound/Pointer mix from a shelter 4 months ago. She has adjusted to our home beautifully except for chasing the cat (!) and about once every month, she pees in the house - a different place each time, but "always" on a carpet.
The frustrating part is that we work at home and so can take her out almost anytime she "asks" which ends up being about every 2-3 hours during the day. We always put her on a leash for a walk since our yard is not fenced. The fact that it isn't a constant problem makes me think it isn't a medical issue. I have tried to analyze the situations to figure out what's the common thread. In each case it seems to be situations when it may have been slightly over that 2 or 3 hour timeframe since her last walk.
Given her age (2 years, not a puppy) and the fact that clearly she can "hold it" for 10-12 hours at night, or for 5-6 hours when we are out of the house and she is in her crate - this has been frustrating! It almost seems as though it is spiteful, "if you can't take me out on my preferred schedule you will pay!"
Have we "spoiled" her by walking her on such a frequent schedule? - and if so, how do we get her to hold it for longer periods of time? My carpets/rugs can't take much more of this - and neither can my husband!
By E. A. H.
March 26, 2013
Dog's are not "spiteful" please consult your veterinarian and discuss this problem in detail with them. There could be possibility of uninary track infection. Good luck.
Our German shepherd puppy is 10 months old and has been house trained for about 6 months! When we are at home at night in bed she is left in the hallway and kitchen and does not make any mess some times up to 8 hours at night. But if we leave her for an hour in the day on her own, we come back to wee and poo every where. When we first started to leave her she never made a mess. Any suggestions?
By Chyvonne j from Hailsham
January 27, 2013
It sounds like your girl has developed some separation anxiety. It is very common and there are many ways to deal with it. Have a look at the many websites that deal with it. I like Ceasar Milans site. Good luck.
My Shih Tzu is 8 months old and is in heat. She has always used a pee pad until the last few days where we find her peeing wherever she wants. We do not startle her while she is doing this, but firmly say "No" and take her to her pad. What is odd is she still poos on the pad. I don't know if this is related to her being in heat or what. She will be fixed after her cycle.
February 4, 2013
My mini Dixie just turned one year old. She is spayed and is doing the same thing. We are so puzzled also.
By dreamer 1
I have a 7 month old Lab/German Shepherd mix, she went 4 months with no accidents in the house. Then a month ago she started pooping in the house, first in the living room, then every night for 4 nights in her bed, not on the puppy pads I put down. I washed the carpet and washed the floor with vinegar water. Yesterday she started peeing in the den, then last night she pooped and peed again. I get up and take her out at 2, 4, and 6 am. I am at my wits end. She has also chewed her harness off, four of them. My husband wants to get rid of her or make her an outside dog. Any advise for this?
By dreamer from El Paso, TX
May 29, 2012
Take the dog to the vet right away! It could be a serious medical problem!
My 20 month old puppy keeps peeing in the house all of a sudden when we are gone; what can I do? He has been doing really well, we have been leaving him out with the other 2 dogs for the last 6 months while we are gone with no problem. Now all of a sudden about 2 weeks ago, he began peeing in the house - twice on the toilet seat once in the living room, and now today in the kitchen. What can I do? The hubby is talking about getting rid of him, but I don't want that, please help.
By Karen G
August 5, 2011
Hello, Your Pet might have crystals in his urine. Please take him to the Vet for a urinalysis. You Vet can advise you on how to take care of him. He might need some antibiotics for now and you might have to change his food. Please take him and get it looked at, it is not fair to him to give him away if he is in pain....
I have a 3 year male dog and two females They are all house dogs. They are trained to go outside. The male is neutered, but he pees on everything in the house when we are not looking. He has ruined so much furniture. Please help me. I am tired of cleaning up his pee.
By JB from Cincinnati, OH
February 18, 2010
If he was trained to go outside and this is something new for him--off to the vet. Could be a bladder infection or something else going on with him.
I have two dogs. The older one is Nate and we got him from the humane society. He was already house broken and is the best dog, but when my husband and I got married my grandparents gave us another dog and we named him Bear. He got house trained pretty quickly since he was a puppy and could follow Nate's lead. Now the problem is my husband and I are expecting our first child and we noticed Bear has started peeing on all the baby stuff. So we got him fixed since he hadn't been fixed yet, hoping that would help, but now he's peeing and pooping at night by the bedroom door. We have tried letting him out longer at night and early in the morning, but it's still happening and I'm almost at the end of my rope. Any suggestions would be great.
By Ambyr C
April 20, 2015
You say Nate is the best dog, and mention that Bear was given to you. You obviously consider Nate "your" dog and consider Bear the "other" dog.
Bear knows you are having your own child and is worried about what his place in the family will be. He's already feeling insecure about his place in your home. Nate isn't worried because you favor him, and he doesn't see why the baby would change this.
If you honestly only wanted one dog in the first place, I suggest you re-home Bear to a loving home. You will have even less time for him with the baby and his problems will continue. Another family may see him as that dog they've always wanted instead of the dog they were given but didn't choose.
If you really want Bear, however, stop favoring Nate. Bear needs to feel secure. An insecure dog should not be allowed around a baby.
My 12 year old Pit Bull has been house trained for 12 years. She's been peeing in the house for 2 months. What can I do?
By Brandy from Henderson, KY
April 11, 2015
I agree that it sounds like she has developed a medical problem. A vet visit is in order.
I have a 4.5 year old Puggle, Pug/Beagle cross. For the past month and a half she has been peeing and pooping indoors. She is ashamed when it is found. I do not believe she has a medical issue because it is both poop and pee and she will go outside as well as inside. She is potty trained and I have never had issues until recently. We give her tons of opportunites to go outside and when she does go to the bathroom outside we throw a party for her, the same things I did when I first potty trained her years ago. What do you do when nothing has changed in the environment, they know what they are doing is wrong, and they have recently been to the vet and have no medical issues?
April 10, 2015
When you say nothing has changed have you considered things that may be causing anxiety in your dog. A dog will not disappoint its' owner just for fun. It is not in their nature. It is a painful situation for them. So please be open to looking at other reasons for this behavior. Has she been vet checked for this specific problem, or just been into the vet for a checkup or some other reason. Think about your environment. Are there new dogs in the neighborhood that may scare her. Kids or people walking that may scare her. Are you gone more than usual? Is there new tension in the house? Any of these things could be affecting her and need to be checked out and considered. Good luck.
I have a 2 year old Shih-Tzu, who until about 2 weeks ago was fully house trained and could hold in pee for hours at night and whilst I'm at work during the day. Lately he will pee in the house within a 1/2 hour of coming back from a walk. This is an ongoing problem. Any advice?
By Nc from NI
March 4, 2015
I'm irritated by posters who often seem to want to fix their dog's current problem so they can continue the lifestyle they are comfortable with, which often apparently includes neglecting their dog until there's some sort of emergency. I can't be sure that's true of the poster in this case, though, so I shouldn't have said that.
Dogs are mammals and mammals will have to pee several times per day. The best thing to do to accommodate a small dog is often to train them to use pee-pee pads. That way they can "go" when they need to, not when your schedule allows, which may not be when they actually have to go.
I have a six year old German Shepherd who started peeing in my house and when I take him to my daughter's and mother-in-law's. Mack has been to these houses often and never went to the bathroom. I am wondering should I take him to the vet?
By Shirley j
July 12, 2014
Yes you should. And be thinking about changes in his environment that may be causing his to behave differently. But I suspect this will be a physical problem. Good luck.
My 9 yr old house trained Dachshund has started peeing on her bed, but only the one in family room, not her night time bed or on the couch pillow she likes to lay on. She's been to vet, had tests and X-rays, but nothing major showed up so they put her on incontinence meds. Still she only does this on her daytime bed. I've washed it many times and the last washing was with vinegar, but the same day she peed in it again. I took up the bed for about a week and no accidents anywhere. I bought a new bed, of course with no pee scent, and within 24 hrs she peed on it.
This doesn't seem to be a problem of holding her bladder because she doesn't go anywhere else and she can hold it all night! I just can't figure out what it is about that one place regardless of the bed apparently, new or not. In January we moved her from sleeping on a chair, to prevent her from jumping due to a disc problem common to Dachshunds, to sleeping in the dog bed on the floor. The peeing in the bed started the first week of March though; I just didn't know if it could have anything to do with that!
April 19, 2014
My 12 year old Greyhound started doing that and then developed a large tumor on her side. It was cancer and I think by peeing on her bed it was her way of trying to tell me something was wrong with her. Take your dog to the Vet and get it checked out.
My fiance and I have three dogs; a Boxer, and two Yorkies from different parents. Our oldest Yorkie's name is Lexi. The younger is Chloe. We got both of them when they were close to six weeks, Lexi is 1 1/2 years old and Chloe is almost 1. When we first got Lexi we house trained her, and then when we got Chloe we house trained her. Lexi was already trained when we got Chloe. Recently they have been making messes in the house at night when we are asleep. Is there a way to train them to wake me up at night if they need to go out?
Now they have been relieving themselves at other times of day when we are home. During the day when we are at work, they all stay outside. We are getting so frustrated and don't know what to do anymore. We discipline them by putting their nose by the spot and tapping them on the nose and saying "NO". Are we doing something wrong with this? Is there another way to discipline them that would be better?
April 16, 2014
The nose in the puddle training method has been pretty much debunked. If you do not catch a dog within 10 seconds and correct it, it does not have any idea what you are getting at. Check this website for ideas. It is a common problem. Good luck.
I have a 4yr old Border Terrier who has started peeing in the house at night. I put her back in her crate last night and she peed in there also.
By Pat W.
My dog has suddenly started peeing all over the house. Could this be due to the cat being in heat? He is not marking; it's a lot of pee. I had him checked by a vet; it is not medical.
By P L
February 24, 2014
I don't think it would be the cat. I think you need a 2nd opinion. Unless your dog is quite old I think this is a medical problem. Could be a bladder infection, and it could be diabetes (which is not hard to treat). Find a new Vet.
Our 5 year old Springer Spaniel is peeing on our bed on occasion. I have had her tested for kidney or urinary infections and she is fine. Sometimes she pees when she is sound asleep and is now being treated for incontinence. She has been on this medication for about 3 weeks.
My 4 and a half month dog, Buddy, was house trained and hasn't weed in the house for about a month, but recently he has been weeing everywhere, even when the door is open. He doesn't poo in the house just wee.
I have a 7 year old Yorkie that has been peeing on the floor, chairs, couch, if something is set down on the floor, he will pee on it. He has been doing this for awhile now. We even put up a child's gate to keep him from the family room.
My house trained dog has recently started peeing in the house, whether we are home or not. What can we do to stop him?
I got my Schipperkee about 4 months ago from the SPCA. I was able to get him to go pee outside. Lately he will poop outside but pee in the house when I am at work. Is there anything that I can spray all over my carpets to deter him from going in the house?
Terralei from Sacramento, CA
If the dog hasn't yet been neutered; do it asap! It sounds like he's marking his territory but you can fix this. It is a common problem, so don't worry. There may have been some scent you weren't aware of on the old rugs and the new scents being so foreign, have caused him to start marking.
The problem may stop on it's own after neutering. You may have to do a little work on firming up the potty training, long walks am and pm, plenty of water, but not right before bedtime or leaving the house, etc. All the things you did to help house train him in the first place, may need to be redone. If necessary, restrict him to one or two rooms until you get him neutered and under control.
Keep an eye that you don't reinforce the bad behavior. Only scold when you catch him in the act. Never after the fact, because he really doesn't associate your anger with the act of peeing if any time has passed since he peed. Give him lots of positive attention and reinforcement at the appropriate times. You don't want to make having the dog a horror for both of you when it can easily be fun again. Also, clean the affected areas in the house thoroughly with an enzyme based cleaner to get rid of all possible scent.
You don't mention how old the dog is either. If he's a real senior citizen, but already neutered, you should get him to vet for a checkup anyway. The peeing might then be unrelated to the new rugs throughout. Best of luck to you and kudos for not just "rehoming" (dumping) your dog at the local shelter at the first sign of a problem. (08/15/2008)
By frugal tipster
I have a 5 year old Shih-Tzu that has been house broken since she was very young. Lately she has been having accidents in the house even after I have just taken her outside. I've noticed she has been wanting out 3-4 times/night to use the bathroom. I took her to the vet today and she was found to have a UTI and bladder stones which may need to be surgically removed. It is definitely NOT normal for a house trained dog to start peeing in the house. If this is happening, take you dog to the vet immediately for an x-ray and urinalysis. Just FYI. (11/14/2008)
By Holley D.
I have 3 year old Shih Tzu that for the last year has been peeing on everything in the house. I need help.
Cindy from Bay City, MI
Get him or her to the vet. (03/21/2009)
Go to www.animalbehavior.net. Free to join. Very informative. (03/22/2009)
Something has changed, here's three things to look at:
1. Medical problem, bladder infection, blindness, diabetes
2. Nervous condition brought on by some environment change (a new pet, taunting by house guest, noise, etc.)
3. The area the dog usually pees is dirty, very wet or perceptually unsafe to the dog, so he/she pees inside instead of wanting to go out. (03/22/2009)
By Big Head
My 11 month old Maltese who has been toilet trained for months now has just started peeing inside in the evening. He is also doing it when he gets excited to see people. Does anyone know why this is and how to stop it?
By Jazzmyn from Timaru, New Zealand
Just like you said, its an excitement thing! Dogs can't tell they're bladders they're happy! We pee when we laugh! Okay, when you come in the house, ignore him. Give him a minute or two to calm down and realize you're home.
Dogs have no conception of time! When you walk in the door, don't look at him. Say hi, in a calm voice, and walk away with your arms crossed. When he just looks at you after the minute or so, then and only then do you pet him and say hello in a normal calm fashion! Don't ever make a huge deal that you home! It worked with my Chihuahua. Good luck. (04/16/2009)
I have a 6 yr old Dachshund who has started the same thing after no problems for the past 5 years. I have brought out my old cage that I used to originally housebreak him in, and am putting him in it when I leave the house or go to bed. He's getting the idea again that I won't put up with it!
The most important thing though is to find out why. With mine, I had adopted a cat, but she (for many reasons) didn't work out. The cat had become a great friend to my dog (his best friend is my other dachshund), and now he's upset that he can't find the cat anywhere in the house anymore. I feel sure that it won't take but a couple of weeks and he'll be straightened back out again. Good luck with yours! (04/22/2009)
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I forgot to add before, both my dogs are trained that the minute I come in the door, the first thing I do is put my stuff down, then it's straight to the back door to let them out. They've gotten to where they say a quick hi to me, (not the other way around), then they take off to the back door. They wait till they come back in to greet me properly! (04/22/2009)