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House Trained Dog Peeing Inside After a Move?

So we recently moved, and my 4 year old who has been potty trained for some time is now going to the bathroom in the house. I literally took her outside, watched her pee, and as soon as we came inside she peed again. What is going on?

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

My late Carmel Ann did this for about a month after our move. I have a feeling it was from the stress as it eventually (after lots of enzyme cleaning and reverting back to crate training) it stopped.

I took her to the vet as soon as it started because changes in pee/poop often signal a health issue. In this case it was just the stress of the move. The vet said if it went for more than "a few months" she could have given her puppy Prozac or some other anti anxiety med. Luckily we didn't need that.

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If your pup gets a clean bill of health at the vet (always the first stop), you may want to keep up with the spots with an enzyme cleaner, put furniture over the spots to deter the peeing (we used a footstool), also go back to the crate training, and praise her lavishly when she does go outside. Hopefully it will pass quickly. If after a few weeks it is not getting better, maybe talk to the vet about alternatives (like Prozac).

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

This is a major change in her life. You will have to have a strict feeding and walking schedule and a lot of patience!

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Your pet has to get used to the new location. This is a big change in your dogs life! In time the potty training will come back!

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Pets will do this when they are stressed. A change in environment will definitely cause this, as I have had this very thing happen. One thing I know has worked is to place an item of your clothing with your scent near them at all times. This will help remind them they are still home, just in different surroundings. Or, if you've cuddled up with a blanket or pillow put this in their bedding.

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Help soothe your pet as you know them best. Since we cannot talk to our pets to explain the move, then try to think of ways to make them most comfy with the idea that your new home is "home" now. I'll send some good thoughts your way, hope you have a good weekend.

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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

You have moved and she does not know the smells in your new home. She is marking her own territory and making herself feel at home. You should try and clean the carpets in this house to make sure another animal was not living there before. I know this will stop over time but it is frustrating to have it happening right now.

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When a dogg is stressed this can happen. You may need to retrain the dog again and this can take a bit of time to do this one. But normally a dog that is 4 years old should adjust in a few weeks to the new home.

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