Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
I have a 2 year old Pit that I got from the shelter and she will not stop going to the bathroom in my house, no matter how much I take her outside. I have rubbed her nose in it and told her no! I have tried giving her a treat and praising when she goes outside only to have her come right back in and go again in my floor.
Help me please!
Normally a rescue dog is abused and lives in very dirty conditions. That is one reason the dog is pooping and peeing in your home. The second reason could be is the dog is marking his/her territory. I think it would be a good idea to have the dog fixed if it hasn't been done yet. Normally, they will fix dogs now before they adopt them out.
You are going to have to get a kennel for your dog I am afraid. You might need to keep the dog in the kennel when in your home. This doesn't need to be a permanent situation, but a temporary one until the dog learns to stop doing this.
You are doing the wrong thing when your dog wets in the house. That sends the wrong message, and confuses her even more. What you want is for her to understand what she needs to do. When you "rub her nose in it" she most likely has no idea what you want from her. Unless you catch an animal within 10 seconds of making a mistake, they do not connect the act with your reaction. They just get more confused and frightened.
Maybe sitting outside with your dog for awhile different times of the day (if you can, meaning time permitting) and have some "treats" with you - that way each time she goes potty after sniffing around and she gets more familiar with everything outside, you can show her those that every time she goes, she gets a treat. She'll put it together sooner or later, but, in the meantime, maybe watch some Utube video's on dog training (I'm sure they've got some) and that will help you help her better so she'll be a great companion to you forever.
My 4 year old Shihpoo is peeing all over the floor. We let her out regularly and try to keep her busy and exercised. She will pee when we are home and when we are out. I don't know what to do anymore. We have bought a crate and have been using it a bit, but my dog is so anxious that she just digs and pants while in there for hours on end.
Always start by taking to the vet. You need to rule out a UTI or bladder infection. Also tell the vet that she is anxious.
Maybe the dog has a urinary problem that is causing her to do this. By the time she is 4 years old, she should be able to go several hours without having to pee. I would suggest having a vet look at her and make sure she doesn't have any type of urine infection.
As for the peeing all the time in the home, you'll need to let her out every hour on the hour and make sure you stay with her and she pees outside. You can also try confining her to a smaller area of your home and make sure it has tile so it is easy to clean.
Your dog wasn't raised in a crate and this will be hard on her. They get very nervous when they are confined to a small crate. If you put her in this crate, make sure you do this the right way. If you force her in she will be scared and not want to go near the crate. A lot of people use treats to bribe the dog to go inside the crate.
We just adopted a 3 and 1/2 year old Pit Bull from a shelter. He was abused, but he's very sweet. My problem is he was an outside dog and now he keeps peeing in the house with many potty breaks.
You need to put him on a strict feeding and walking schedule. Praise him when he goes outside and dont punish him for accidents.
Make sure you use an enzyme based cleaner to clean the places he has marked or else he will keep going back to the same spot
Have you had the vet check him out? Being an outside dog, the poor thing could have a health condition going on that is contributing to this.
Your pup is adorable!
I would begin to by getting a wire crate, I like the large ones. In this crate would be where he eats and gets treats and stays between exercise and potty breaks.
I would not give him run of the house, since he is not ready for that kind of freedom.
Here is an article I like to go by when house training a new dog:
I hope this helps. Enjoy your sweet new friend:)
I worry about crates because he was abused and put in a small space before so I worry hell see the crate as a punishment no matter how much I try to show him its a safe place and thank you
My new APBT is 10 months old and has been in many homes. I am having some problems with her doing pee pee a lot even though I take her out a lot. Stress maybe?
By cynder from CT
She may have some insecurity and marking with urine is a way of making her surroundings feel familar. Are you getting all the old urine odor removed as this is an invitation to remark. I rescued a insecure male a year ago and we are still working on the marking issue. Two things I have used and were recommended on a dog internet site, were not to let the dog have free run of the house, so crating when unsupervised. Also you can buy doggie underpants (or make them from fabric and Velcro) which helps when they sneak away from you. Our guy knows not to do it when we are looking :). Best of luck and let us know if anything works. Time and feeling more secure may help too.
I have a four-year-old male blue Staff. And lately, probably for the back past eight months, I am struggling with the times I have to clean up around my house even though he has a dog flap where he can go in and out at will. My family and I are really coming to the end of our tether. As soon as you spot what he has done, he will go back in his bed and put his head against the wall. So he obviously knows it is wrong.
Make sure he gets a clean bill of health from the vet. There may be a reason he cant hold his waste.
There are so many reasons this behavior happens. First you need to have him checked by a Vet. Behavioral problems can be part of it too. That can be complex and more difficult to tease out. More information about his living situation would help too. He may be afraid of something outside, or he may have become afraid of the door flap. Stress in the household can trigger this behavior. But your best bet will be to start with your Vet. He knows the right questions to ask. Good luck to you.
I would restart potty training again, and take him out every so often. I would also throw treats outside, so he gets the idea that t here are great items outside. I would not feed him treats in the house.
In addition, make sure you are not leaving kibble out all the time, this makes his system never rest from having to digest food and go to the bathroom. Try feeding a grain-free food, that does not have corn in it. Corn produces lots of stool.
Don't forget to take the water up around 2 hours before you go to bed. This will help him be able to potty train more successfully.
Your dog could be reacting to changes in the household or possibly have a health problem. This page is about previously house trained dog peeing indoors.
It is frustrating and confusing when your house trained dog backslides. This is a page about what to do when a previously house broken dog has started pooping in the house.
Introducing a new dog into your home can cause stress to other pets you may already own. This is a page about dog peeing inside after new dog arrived.
This is a page about dog in heat peeing inside. It is frustrating when a house trained dog who is having her cycle starts peeing inside.
There are many reasons a previously house trained dog begins to pee in the house, including advancing age. This is a page about old dog peeing in house.
This is a page about when a dog pees in house when left alone. Even a house trained dog will have accidents under certain circumstances.
This is a page about what to do if a dog pees in the house when excited. Some dogs can accidentally pee when they become excited.
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
My 10 year old Yorkie has been peeing everywhere in the house. He has a spot in the bathroom where he can pee, but he doesn't use it as much as before. I'm worried that there might be something wrong with him. What should I do? Thank you.
By tina from HI
If you're worried that there is something wrong with him, take him to the vet. Especially if this is a new behavior, there could be an underlying medical issue. If nothing else, call and see if they can give you any advice over the phone.
And you're going to have to treat the areas where he's been peeing, so he won't come back to them. I suggest you get an enzymatic cleaner. We use Petzyme from Petsmart (I think their brand), but there are other brands around.
Give the vet's office a call. I hope everything is okay with your dog. Best of luck! (04/13/2010)
My first guess is that there was a male dog in this home before you at some time and he's just making it his home. Sure he's ashamed. They hate being caught being bad, but also I'm wondering if your dog is neutered. In many breeds, if the males are not neutered by a certain age they will mark for life. Has another dog been over? Maybe he's angry? Otherwise please go to the pet store and get a doggy diaper, put a Poise pad in there and that might work. They don't like the wet feeling when they wet their diapers. They're about 20.00 and you can buy bladder control pads at the dollar store. I would definitely put a call into the vet. Some medical conditions like bladder infections or even some doggy diseases can cause frequent urination and it's better to be safe than sorry. But definitely try the diaper. Good luck.
We've had the carpets cleaned and a doggy door installed so he can go out anytime he feels the urge, yet when we are not looking he's not just marking, but full on pee.
What do I do? Making him an outdoor dog is out of the question because of our climate, and he's literally like my 3rd son. Diapers come to mind. Maybe that will shame him into going outside.
By Kim from Denver
He was purchased from a pet store, and he was a puppy mill puppy. They have no family members or mom to teach them what to do, therefore our Yorkie doesn't go to the door to let me know he wants out. So now every single time I go to the bathroom, I let him out to go also. I think it is helping, but spanking or making them feel bad about it doesn't work. I hope this could help a little.
I have thought about a little diaper while we're out, but haven't done it yet. Good luck! (03/04/2010)
By Jen Rivet
I have a 3 year old Yorkie who has not been fixed (which could be the problem). I let him out to do his business, which he always does, but then he comes back in the house and lifts his leg everywhere.
I have a 3 year old German Shepherd/Husky mix. The past few months she has been peeing in my bed, on the couch, on the floor, just as she lays there.
I have a Lab and he is almost 3 years old. During the day he stays outside, but at night when we are home he comes in. Well, he has found a spot that he likes in the house and he urinates on it. This behavior is not like him, how do I get him to stop?
I need help getting my dog to stop peeing inside. She pees when you go to let her out of the kennel and when you take her out to go she will not go. She is to interested in other things.