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Dog Peeing in House After Arrival of New Baby

I have a 11 month old female white Shepherd pup who has been house broken since we got her with no accidents. Recently we had to kennel her for 18 days while we were in the hospital having a baby (18 days because the baby was early and had to spend some time in the NICU).

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We got home today and introduced her to the baby. She did very well with her. They sat together on the floor, and every time the baby made a peep, the dog got up and checked on her.

Well, I was feeding the baby and the dog came in the living room and started peeing on the carpet. I was so disappointed because she was doing so well with the baby and then we had this accident. Does anyone know why she may have done this? And do you have any advice on how to correct this behavior so that it doesn't happen again?

By Josh from Perry, FL

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May 7, 20110 found this helpful

Like another child, your pup is feeling insecure. Try to give her extra affection and be patience with her. First, she had to stay in a kennel and now there is a little stranger who takes up most of your time. You might try allowing her to sniff the baby while you are holding it and stroking her. Praise her when she behaves properly, and be understanding when she doesn't.

She just needs reassurance and patience right now. Soon, she will be your baby's best friend.

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