Grieving Dog Pooping and Peeing Inside

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Dogs can have strong emotional responses to the death of another pet or one of their people. Sometimes this grief can result in a well trained dog beginning to poop and/or pee inside. Read on for some helpful suggestions to assist your pet in moving through their grief.

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October 25, 2017

Stella is a 10 yr old Australian Shepherd/yellow Lab mix who just lost her 14 year old chocolate Lab sister. When no one is home, she has been pooping and peeing in the house since our other dog died. Stella did not do that when her sister was alive, why is she doing it now?

Could she be in mourning? She knows she did bad as she runs outside when I get home and won't come in the house for fear of getting in trouble for her actions.


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This is definitely a grief-related situation.

Step 1
Make sure you put her on a strict food/walking schedule.

Step 2
Praise her when she does the right thing.


Step 3
Don't punish her for accidents.

Step 4
You may have to crate her until she only goes outside.

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Grieving dog.

Step 1
Dogs grieve to the loss of another dog to the point of even getting physically ill. Just keep things the same as much as possible following his regular routines.

Step 2
Provide more things for him like playing with him, extra walks, let him run somewhere for exercise. You can try obedience school to keep him busy.

Step 3
The two dogs probably played and napped together, so keeping him busy with a game of tug of war or a walk will help him cope with the loss.


Step 4
Try rewarding him with praise and treats when he goes outside. Play with him for a few minutes. Eventually, he will get over it he needs time.

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March 31, 2011

I had two dogs a chocolate Lab 13 years old and a Pomeranian 4 years old. My lab passed away a week ago, since then my Pom is peeing in the house. I will take her outside to the garden and walk around with her, but she will not go. She waits to come in the the house and pees indoors. I have scolded her and punished her, now I find her licking her pee or drinking it from herself. Please help I don't know what to do?

By dee from Honolulu, HI


Dog Peeing in the House Since the Death of Other Pet

Do not punish or scold her! She is in mourning! How would you like it if your best friend that you lived with passed away, and you were scolded or punished for wetting your pants or your bed, because you were upset and confused? Is it possible you can take her to choose her own new best friend at your local animal shelter? (10/26/2010)


By Deeli

Dog Peeing in the House Since the Death of Other Pet

Take her to the Vet to make sure nothing else could be wrong. It does sound like she is so heartbroken. Maybe get her a companion closer to her age. This way they could old together. Please give her some time. Best Wishes to both of you. (10/26/2010)

By xintexas

Dog Peeing in the House Since the Death of Other Pet

That poor baby! Please don't punish her, she is grieving. You should probably have her checked by a vet, stress can cause physical problems that might need to be treated, or maybe she needs a sedative. Or like Deeli said, take her to the animal shelter and see if she's interested in a new friend to fill her empty space. That is so heart breaking, that poor little girl!

My parent's had a 1/2 wolf,1/2 dog they had to give up when I was little because he wasn't good with kids, he lived in the country with his new family and their other dog was his best friend. When that dog died, this dog laid on his friend's grave and literally mourned himself to death! They buried him next to his buddy. (10/26/2010)


By Judy = Oklahoma

Dog Peeing in the House Since the Death of Other Pet

Aww, please do not scold/punish her, she is grieving. She is upset and doesn't know what to do. She is probably looking for her friend around the house and is confused. Please be kind to her, and take her for an exam. (10/27/2010)

By Sherri

Dog Peeing in the House Since the Death of Other Pet

I am a rescue mom and I highly recommend a few things for your dilemma. First, get to a pet store and buy her a little diaper to wear to protect your rugs and furniture. Simply put a poise pad in there to contain the urine if she pees. This might curtail it. Just as a baby who doesn't like the "wet feeling" from peeing her diaper.

Next, visit a shelter, let her see other dogs and /or just walk her around a pet store where she might encounter other dogs. She is grieving, and just like humans is going through an angry stage. She is mad that her companion left her. I'm sure you're not hurting her by "punishing" her and that you didn't mean it to sound as harsh as others took it, but she must be corrected.


As soon as you take her in and she goes to pee, pick her up and put her outside immediately, to let her know this won't be tolerated. She needs to relearn. Was she a puppy mill dog or something who used the other dog as her socialized partner to learn and watch from? Please be patient with her. She is just sad. Hold her and tell her it will be ok. She needs to feel safe again and obviously the lab made her feel safe, visit a friend who has a larger dog. That might help too. Good luck. Lynne (10/27/2010)

By Lynne

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