I have a 6 year old Staffie. He started weeing and pooing in the house when my Akita died at 7 months. He still has my other dog who he has been with for all 6 years of his life. Could he be doing this because he has lost his playmate 4 months ago? I need help to keep him from doing this in the home.
By Angela from Durham, UK
Yes, your dog could very well be going through a grieving stage if there was a strong attachment made. We had a female dog who mourned over another dog's grave for a long time and was off her feed for awhile. With time she finally became her old self again.
Try changing the dog's daily routine and sway interests to other places like a walk in the park or woodland, a ride in the car. A new toy or treat. Anything that would draw the dog's mind toward focusing on something different/exciting. Do this for awhile and see if it helps any. In the meantime, put a pair of doggie panties on the dog; you can buy disposable at Family Dollar or washable ones over the internet. It'll save you from having to clean up so much or take a couple old hand towels and fold one inside the other for padding to catch the urine and the outer towel will be a band wrapping around the lower body and pin together.
I'm so sorry Angela. If it's not a health issue (schedule a routine health examine to eliminate that worry), I highly suspect your pup is sad, sad, sad. I've been a pet parent for decades, and it never ceases to amaze me how difficult it is for some of these furs to lose a housemate of any breed or species.
They miss their friends and don't understand why they are gone and they can become worried, insecure and act out of character (peeing and pooping in odd places to start the long list).
Every pet is different, but every pet needs at least three of the same things: Kindness, compassion and patience from his/her humans! Work with the fur guy and keep reminding him he need not fear his friend was "abandoned". (I know you didn't abandon this dog's "friend", and I am relatively sure your surviving dog probably knows so as well, but again, he is sad and he apparently needs more validation from you.) Carry on with your love!
Again, I believe kindness, compassion and patience will cure all of his ills but it may take some time and special attention to let his fright pass. Hope all goes well and take care!
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