House Training Cavalier Spaniel

I have an 18 month old male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He's still urinating on the carpet several times a month. We crate trained him, helped him mark his spots outside, offered food rewards early on and remained gentle throughout.

I work at home, so he is not left alone for long periods of time and goes out regularly. He is very loving, overall, but is a bit stubborn. He adores his older sister, a 3 year old Cavie, but they are very competitive for food, toys and affection at times. Help, I am at whits end about his house training problem.

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Linda from Redmond, WA

October 9, 20080 found this helpful

You might try a belly band. It is a cloth band with a space for a pad; it fastens with velcro. The dogs do not like the feeling of wetness that stays if they urinate while wearing it. I have Cavaliers, too; most of mine stop leg lifting in the house after a couple of 'accidents' while wearing the belly band. Occasionally, one will forget and have to wear the band for a couple of days as a reminder.

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

If the dog isn't neutered; he should be because that will likely fix the problem. You also need to recognize when he is wetting and take note. Is it when he's left alone for a long time? When someone else leaves the house?

If it seems he's wetting the floor mostly am or pm; adjust the two long brisk walks/jogging you should be doing with both the dogs daily so you do the one of the long (30-45 minutes minimum each) walks before he seems to be wetting. He may not be adequately relieving himself if he's just let out into the yard on his own.

Being at home isn't a substitute for giving the dogs and yourself the daily exercise and attention, training and play time they need. One dog will not train or amuse the other. You need to train and exercise and play with both of them.

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October 10, 20080 found this helpful

Companion dogs are actually some of the most stubborn breeds to train, so hang in there! Don't let him get the best of you! You have the advantage of being home all day, so you can head him off at his own game. Puppy basics are what you are going to have to return to, and the bell system. Around your doorknob hang a bell that he can reach, so when he is trained, he can tell you when he needs to go out.

Every 40min. to hour take him out, ON A LEASH!

*Call 'Buddy' to you while you are in front of door

*Ring the bell, then place Leash on 'Buddy'

*Walk outside-make sure you walk outside first, you are the lead dog, HE IS THE FOLLOWER!

*Take 'Buddy' to a designated restroom area (there are actually pee sticks that you can purchase that will encourage him to only go in that area)

*Tell 'Buddy' to GO POTTY! and do not leave that area until he does. NO PLAY! No talking to him save to tell him to GO POTTY and no interaction with him. He has to do his business first!

*When 'Buddy' has gone potty praise him! In a high pitch voice tell him he is a good dog! Play with him outside for 5-10 min NEVER GO STRAIGHT BACK IN as the dog may decide that going potty outside is actually a punishment, since he doesn't get any play time out there. Remember you want him to think going outside is a good thing!

*When you go back inside, Make sure you walk over the door mantle first! You are leader of the household, of the pack, NOT HIM!

*Upon entering, hand him a cookie of some sort (I would recommend a small chunk of fruit-apples WITHOUT skin...never grapes, or a chunk of a carrot, since these are low in calories, and CKC tend to try to pack on the pounds), and tell him that he is a good dog. Remove the leash, hang it up near the door with the bell

*Repeat process for the next two weeks...I know it will be exhausting, but in the end, it will mean a pee free house!

In the end it will take loads of patience, but it sounds like this is what you have! Good Luck!! You will learn to love the bell. Well, until he gets the sick and starts ringing it at 3am LOL

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December 28, 20150 found this helpful

The only time my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wets in the house is when a urinary tract infection is causing urgency. I'd consult a veterinarian and have a urinalysis. Then use the suggestions given above.

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