Dog Peeing on Rug Since Death of Other Pet

I have just lost my older dog, who had bladder problems. I had to have her put to sleep a couple of weeks ago. I know my Yorkie Poo has grieved for her. Now all of a sudden she has peed on the rug just like the older dog would do, although I got a new area rug. Could this be the reason? She has always been trained to use puppy pads and has been very good about it. Your thoughts please?

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By M.V. Adams

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February 6, 20150 found this helpful
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The yorkie has made a mistake. She thought the old dog was peeing on the rug for a reason. She did not realize it was a medical condition. Now that he is gone she has taken over the peeing on the rug duties. You should be able to train her out of this, but she might be confused for a while.

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February 5, 20150 found this helpful

We also lost our older male dog who had special things about him and we noticed our female dog began picking up those traits of his and acts a lot like him now. She was never much for being a guard dog like our male, but now she has resumed his habit. We don't understand why, but perhaps it's something that is strongly remembered and creates a bond whether the habit is good or bad. Whatever the cause, we have a part of our older dog with us too.

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Dogs do teach each other and they learn quickly to repeat those things. That's why it is easy on us when we introduce a new pup in the household and our older dogs are teaching them to go potty by observation and repetition. One dog will sniff out the place where the other dog peed and use it. You may even notice strong traits your older dog had that your other dog is now doing besides the in house bathroom duty.

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January 21, 20190 found this helpful

I believe youre dog is just tagging the spots where youre deceased dog went potty in the past. My Lhasa will tag spots wherever another dog has peed even if the last dog that peed there was years ago! Its not that they need to go potty, they just are inclined to tag any area where another dog peed! It can be tough to get your dog to stop this, have to watch them like a hawk and try to stop them before they pee and scold them and take them outside and leave them outside for quite a while to try to make them go potty outside. If you can try to clean the area with vinegar and water. If you have a shampoo machine for carpet that can help a lot to clean carpet with vinegar and water too. Theres also pet shampoo designed to get rid of pet odors as well. I still have to watch my Lhasa when I take her different places were not familiar with cause shell still tag any spot she finds!

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I also try to take mine out every hour on the hour for quite some time till they get in the habit of peeing outside again. I added pet doors now since I live on 5 acres and its not a problem for my dogs to go outside unattended on their own. If you have a area where your dog can go outside in a secure area a pet door can be a huge help too! If youre handy with DIY projects a dog door not too tough to install with a couple power tools. Otherwise you may want to hire someone to install one for you? If youre not home 24/7 where you can keep a eye on your dog, it almost impossible to stop this behavior! You could try buying pee pads and putting them in the areas where youre dog pees as a last resort? Wish you the very best of luck!

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