We have a small older dog (mutt) that is pretty much potty trained, except when no one is home and our door is open. He pees on our bed, right through to the mattress. What do we do, short of keeping him outside. He really is sweet.
By skag from Vancouver
Have you considered corralling him into a place that won't be affected if he pees, like the kitchen or a large bathroom? (07/26/2009)
You could put him in a crate when you're not home. The crate can be bought at Walmart, and it should be big enough for him to stand up, turn around and lie down in, but not so big that he can have a spot for his "bathroom". Most dogs feel safer in their crate, and some even go into their crate to sleep while their master is still at home. (07/27/2009)
By Patty Lynn
How about closing the door to your bedroom? Dogs do not need to have free access to the entire house. You said doggie is small, so put him in bathroom or kitchen when you are out. Block off the door with a baby gate. (07/27/2009)
I have the same problem that you do when we got our new dog, except he was a stray. But your dog might be lonely. When we got my dog a companion, he stopped peeing everywhere. Another thing is if you have a dog door, lock him in a room with it. Also try taking him on long walk, it will tire him out more and he should be finished peeing. Also, whatever door you go out of in the morning, keep a bag of treats by it. And everyday your dog goes with out peeing on everything, reward him. (07/28/2009)
Sounds to me like he has separation anxiety and is peeing where your scent is the strongest. First keep him out of the bedroom. You could get him a puppy friend and that might help. Put up his favorite toys that he can play with by himself, then put them out only when you leave this way he gets them as a treat when you are gone. Also, it helps to prevent him from getting bored with them. If you leave everyday then have a couple sets of toys that he likes and rotate them based on the day.
I work for the local humane society so I see this a lot. These are some of the techniques they teach us to use. Also if this only occurs when you are gone for longer periods then try and work you dog's tolerance up for being a lone by leaving him and coming back before he would normally pee this shows him that you are going to return. (07/29/2009)
Without traumatizing or extensive training, you can work around his behavior by:
I know it's "behavior" resulting from separation anxiety; but if all training fails and leaves you frustrated, and you don't want to stress out your dog; just treat him like you would a child that wets the bed. Save your mattress and bedding by protecting them. Put the towels for absorbency, and sheet overall to make sure the towels stay in place (and trick the dog).
You could use disposable "chux" instead of towels.
Use baking soda to wash the towels or whatever (obviously) and a black garbage bag to transport the stuff to the washing machine. Dry outside if possible, the UV kills germs and uses less electricity.
Some readers won't agree with this solution, but our dogs are like kids with fur coats. Might as well treat them the same. (07/30/2009)
Try putting diapers on him. (08/01/2009)
Yes, I had a Labrador once that used to do this. She would be mad cause we left her home alone. I bought her a kitten and didn't have this problem after. If you don't want to do that then close the bedroom door when you leave. I have 2 small dogs right now who pee on pee pads in the bathroom when I leave for work or when they have to go in the middle of the night, but you might have to train them as pups to do this as I have. Not sure. (08/07/2009)
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