Housebreaking Cocker Spaniel

I have a 2 year old Cocker Spaniel. When she gets excited, she piddles on the floor. But now she always pees on my carpet.

My parents just bought a house this summer (July) 2009 and the people before us had a dog. We do not know if any of the other previous owners had dogs, but my dog always goes to the bathroom on the floor. She's only going to the bathroom in the dining room, living (both rooms are connected), and my parent's bedroom. And when she can get down into the basement she'll go down there too. But she doesn't go in my room, my sister's, the hallways, or the family room.


I take care of the cleaning in my house, because that's how I am. However, I'm afraid to walk on the carpets because of all the dog pee. My dog peed on my carpets in my old house also, but only the living room and dining room.

We used to crate my dog all the time and finally when we moved into my new house, after 2 months, we let her stay out all day. I just want to know if there's a way I can keep my dog from peeing on the carpets.

Also, I would like to know how to get the stains and smell out of the carpet. I constantly shampoo the carpets, but she doesn't stop and the stains never come out. Please help me and my dog.

By Crystal from PA

February 23, 20100 found this helpful

I would take the dog outdoors more often on a regular basis and allow her to use the same area each time. Eventually she will come to you and let you know when she has to go, circling around the room sniffing and smelling, whine or walk over to you and nudge. Also, you might try getting her a pair of doggy panties and cut in half a Kotex and insert it to catch any mishaps between potty time.

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

Take her to the vet (if you haven't already) and make sure there is nothing medically wrong with her, like a UTI. If she checks out OK, then you need to train her not to go in the house. Treat her as if she was a puppy and try to get her on a schedule: first thing in the morning, take her out to go; then during the day, take her out every three to four hours, gradually, increase the time between walks; about twenty minutes after a meal, take her out to go; last thing before bedtime, take her out to go.

Praise her when she does her business outside but don't make a fuss if she does it inside - that will only make her want to hide where she does it. For cleaning soiled carpets, try using a cleaner made for pet stains like Nature's Miracle (or any other brand which will remove the smell - this is what draws a dog back to pee in the same area).

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March 2, 20100 found this helpful

Go to ebay and look up female dog belly bands. They are cute diapers that you put a womans pad in. They have lace and ruffles, all types and protect your carpets and floors.

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My Cocker Spaniel, Petey, has had an issue since day one going to the bathroom in the house. We have tried it all, the potty pads(which he just thinks is a toy and rips up), crate training, and he just continues to bark. I cannot stand to keep him in there. Any ideas on what I can do? My white carpet is taking the brunt of everything!

Derik from Minnetonka, MN


Housebreaking Cocker Spaniel

Sounds like a puppy. Set frequent times throughout the day and night when you take Petey outdoors to go potty. Give less water at night. Stay close to the set times and you'll have fewer accidents indoors and more outdoor usage. Dogs are smart and will learn fast to go outside to potty. Use the same term to express potty break and the dog will come to you when he needs to go and will expect you to take him outside or open the door so he can run out and do his business and come back in.

My Cocker comes to us and whines and finds some way to express his need to potty. I ask him, then if he has to go potty, he gets all excited. "Well come on, let's go!" I say to him and he beats me to the door waiting. Just make sure you use some term for going potty when you take him outside. He'll catch on. (10/25/2007)

By Lorelei

Housebreaking Cocker Spaniel

My Cocker was easy to potty train. Every hour or so, and about 10-20 minutes after he ate, I would go to the door and say "gotta' go potty?" in an excited voice. Then when he went, I would always congratulate him, then ask "gotta' go poopy?" and he would usually try. Now, he just goes to the door and asks, and remember, if you take him for "potty walks" don't turn around as soon as he goes or he will think he is being punished for going potty; he won't want to go after that cause he'll figure out that going potty = going home. At home, get him to potty first, and then allow him to play so he gets the whole "work first, fun later" thing down. And never punish a dog for going potty in the house after the fact, unless you catch him in the act, you'll just confuse him. (10/27/2007)

By watsonsmom

Housebreaking Cocker Spaniel

We have a Jack Russell Terrier and it took about a year to potty train him. Also, we had trouble with him "marking" stuff - even the luggage our company would bring with them. What eventually seemed to work, was to take him outside at least every two hours and 10 minutes after he ate or woke up from his nap. I gave him a treat after every trip outside. But he continued to have "accidents" in the house - usually at the kitty litter box or in the bathrooms. So he seemed to be trying. However, for a while, they were so often that we finally had to "punish" him. (While I know everyone says to NOT do this, it worked for us.) He then started coming to tell me that he'd had an accident.

Inside he is a "quiet" dog. He won't go to the door and bark or hardly go to the door. We have to watch for signs. He will start "sniffing" around and that's a clue. If I'm sitting at the computer or in a chair watching TV, he will come to me, and put his paws on my lap and look at me. I have to ask "outside?" And if he gets down and heads for the door, I know he wants outside. Then when we get outside it's "hurry up!"

However, he will come and put his paws in my lap if he wants a hug or a treat. So it's a guessing game. If I think it's outside and we head for the door, he will stop half-way, so I know he doesn't want to go outside. And sometimes he wants to go outside to just play. If he's been outside barking all the time for the past 10 minutes, then I also know he hasn't done his "job." So, unfortunately, it's a guessing game with our dog.

It's funny, though, when we take him for a walk - he has to "mark" every tree, fence, post, whatever along the way. He will continue to mark even after there's nothing left to mark with. (10/28/2007)

By Noella

Housebreaking Cocker Spaniel

Well, my way of knowing that my Cocker needs to go to the bathroom is to look out for side affects, like sniffing and going around in circles. As for the door, carry a treat with you when you see the sniffing and circling and hold it up so that he/she can sit then open the door. Keep doing that until you think she gets the point. (01/23/2009)

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