I have a German Shepherd and he will be 7 years old in November this year. In the past 4 months he has started to use the living room as his business area. We have tried keeping him outside in the day, but he still does it. The vet says there is nothing wrong. We have even tried the puppy spray, but that has not worked. Any ideas on how to stop him from doing this?
Something has happened in his life to unsettle him. Has a family member left home? Have you moved the furniture around? Have you changed his daily routine in any way? Did the weather change to freezing cold? One of the other reasons could be he is unwell and it would be advisable to get a liver function test done on your dog as his dog food could be causing him to feel ill and this is his way of telling you that things aren't right in his life.
I hope you don't bellow at him and smack him as this will only make his behaviour worse. Keep him out of the room, and deodorize the area with vinegar which masks his smell. I dog sit and two of my charges showed the same behaviour until I took them both at various times to have their ears checked out for inner ear problems and then liver function tests. Both were being poisoned by the toxins in their food and both have had plastic liver shunts fitted to give them a better quality of life. And the peeing has stopped!
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We have a one-year old Weimeraner that we rescued several month ago from a home where he was unwanted and lived outdoors. We house trained him and had him neutered. He would whine when he needed to go outside.
Cold weather hit last week, and he suddenly is having daily "accidents" in the house while we're at home. Twice now he has peed on the carpet within 20 minutes of being brought in from outdoors. He didn't even whine to go outside. What happened? Did he suddenly decide it's too cold to pee outside so he prefers to pee in the warm house?
I'm very frustrated, and with a very challenging school semester coming up if we can't correct this soon he may have to go on to another home.
Kris from Omaha, NE
I think you hit the nail on the head, it's cold out there. I had this problem with my little mini Doxie. I started taking her outside often and staying with her. She didn't seem to want to be out alone. When I saw her have an "accident" (not sure that's the right word) I would immediately take her out and we'd stay for a good while even thought she was probably finished.
Eventually she seemed to realize she was going to go out even if she didn't want to so she may as well do it outside and avoid my cold shoulder. I didn't spank or punish, but I wouldn't hold her for awhile after she wet my floor. When she did it outside I would clap and tell her how wonderful she was and I'd take her in and hold her and love her. She got rewarded for good instead of punished for bad. Seemed to work for us, but did take time and persistence. (11/29/2007)
Have you tried getting him vet checked for a urinary tract/bladder infection or kidney stones? (12/03/2007)