Dog Pees in the House When Left Alone?

I have 9yr old Jack Russell who wees in our home when left alone! It can be from 10 mins to 2 hours, we've crated him in a smaller crate in which he stopped cocking his leg, but while not in the crate he is still peeing on the kitchen corner units. Why does he do this? He knows it's wrong. He has done this all his life, however I've only known him 2 1/2 years! He's my partner's dog. I'm sick of the weeing. Now, no matter if we take him out for 5mins to hours he still wees within 10 minutes when left alone in kitchen. So we have to crate him at all times when he's unsupervised. I would really like to get him out the crate. He's such a little character and I hate crating him, but I can't cope with the weeing and ruining our home. Please help!


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April 4, 20180 found this helpful

You may have to resort to diapering the dog when you leave tbe house. After 10 years I dont think things are going to change.

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April 6, 20180 found this helpful

Can you put up pet gates to keep him out of the kitchen? Or can you block off his favorite targets? Hopefully he wont just choose a new target.

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April 6, 20180 found this helpful
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My folks had a dog for many years *Baby* was her name, part Pit and part Terrier, which my dad had found her initially wandering in a canal out in the middle of no where, and figured someone left her there that didn't care, so he brought her home so he and my mom could care for her, and they ended up having Baby for 19 years.


Now, she didn't wee in the house, but when she was left alone, even for 5 minutes, she'd turn into a very destructive dog.

My folks RV'ed a lot, and left her in the RV once for an hour while in the clubhouse at the campground, only to come back and find she tore all the blinds and curtains up on the windows, chewed the carpeting up, seats, you name it, she destroyed all that she could.

When they put her in a room in the house, she'd chew the door frames, so they couldn't ever close a door. If she were outside,
she'd chew on the frames of anything she could, to get back in.

The whole problem was, she didn't want to be alone, and that
is a great problem for owners if they're not 24/7 there with them.

If you can (video) for yourself your dog when she's left alone, you may find clues to something that sets her in motion,


or see something you're unaware of, which could help in re'training.

This link might give you some suggestions, I hope, or it can be
a lead to other solutions.

It really is sort of like a person that has an anxiety problem when others see no reason for their anxiety - but they still are anxious
because they can't help it. But, it's not a person, the dog has it, and it's probably very similar in that we may see no reason, but they do in fact have that problem.

Some dogs (from reading) can get over that, and some never do.

When a dog feels that *separation anxiety* though, they can become destructive with belongings or property, or wee anywhere, even when they know they're not suppose to do any of that, they still do it, because they just can't help it. That separation anxiety usually is "a mental thing" as we know, which makes it so difficult to remedy, but...not impossible.


I sure feel for you, because I know from what my folks went through, all the ups and downs from getting mad at the dog, to trying to soothe her nerves which was a non stop ordeal.

But read about it, and that too may give you some more clues
in how to handle your situation.

I wish you well and the best.

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April 15, 20180 found this helpful

Ive tried gates and this made him worse, as he had free run of kitchen, this week he has started cocking his leg so he pees out his crate!! Im at my wits end,

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February 17, 20200 found this helpful

Use disponsable wrap for dogs.

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