Puppy Peeing Inside After Adopting a New Dog?

Puppy Peeing Inside After Adopting a New DogWe have a 7 month old female Frenchie Pug mix (neutered) who was mostly house-trained. 3 weeks ago we adopted an 8 year old diabetic Pug female. They get along pretty well, but fight over toys (and me) a bit. The puppy has started peeing all over the house 2-3 times a week, usually when we are in another room - she sneaks out to do it.


I don't know how to stop this behavior. I have tried giving her tons of attention, and minimizing the attention the poor new dog gets, but she is a very strong-willed little girl. I think they are both trying to establish themselves as alpha, but it is still not resolved - help!

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May 4, 20180 found this helpful

She is jealous and wants attention. I would crate her. She will get the idea very quickly that if she wants free run of the house, she will have to do her business outside.


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May 4, 20180 found this helpful

Crate her. As soon as you find where she has gone, take her to the spot and then scold and crate.

October 20, 20182 found this helpful

Terrible advice. Do not scold and then crate. Never use the crate as punishment or more problems will unfold.

December 8, 20181 found this helpful

No no no, absolutely not. That will teach the dog to fear you.

December 8, 20181 found this helpful

No no no, absolutely not. You should never, ever use the crate as a tool for punishment; that is supposed to be a dog's sanctuary, a place they enjoy going into. And you're definitely not supposed to take a dog to "the spot" and scold them - that will do nothing but teach the dog to fear you.


Don't give out advice unless you know what you're talking about.

April 26, 20191 found this helpful

Correct crate is the safe home

January 11, 20201 found this helpful

Exactly. The crate should never be a place of fear. U should never punish a dog anyway!!! It our job to show the dog what to do instead. And teach them.


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May 6, 20180 found this helpful

this is definitely territorial behaviour. You just have to demonstrate that you are 'top dog' by providing firm discipline and curbing all other territorial behaviours, also provide lots of exercise.


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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

It's still early in the new home environment, but the pup should be taken outdoors more frequently than the older dog who can hold its water longer and if the pup goes to the water bowl more often which you might want to zero in on. That might be a part of the problem as to urinating in the house. When a pup plays hard, it's natural to get thirsty afterward. Also, you could try washable doggie diapers on the young one while indoors.


I would also take the pup outdoors with the older dog to go potty and the pup will learn from the senior dog. My young dog would sniff out the place where the older dog went and it became a habit for it to go in the same area. It is spending time retraining the pup's mind and it shouldn't take long before outdoors is the place to go when duty calls.


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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

I agree this is an alpha dog struggle and will clear up with time. I think there are things you can do in the meantime. Make places for each of them to have their food and water bowls that keep them separate. If you can do that with the beds as well, great. Separate but equal is what we are going for. When you come home, greet both dogs at the same time and with the same level of intensity.


Continue whatever training you were working on for the puppy. Remember scolding and correcting needs to be done in the 1st 10 seconds after the infraction. Coming back later to scold confuses and frightens the dog.


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